I occasionally get e-mails from people: “Rush, don’t you care what they’re saying about you on X? Why, it’s outrageous what they’re saying about you!” Yeah, sometimes I do, but most of the time I don’t. It happens too much to get worried about it and be affected by it. But I did an NPR interview recently. It aired yesterday, and one of the questions — I’m going to play my answer to the question — one of the questions that the reporter from NPR asked me was, “You use terms like feminazi. You throw these things around. Don’t you worry about it bothering people?” This is sound bite #21, Mike. This is the answer that I gave.
RUSH ARCHIVE: The fewest number of words you can use to convey a point, the more power the point has. Now, I understand people are going to be offended, but I’ve had a policy all my life not to worry about offending people because it’s going to happen. It’s a daily part of life. I think way too many people are way too sensitive walking around just waiting to be offended, and I think a bunch of people claiming they’re offended is really an attack on free speech. It is the root cause of political correctness, which is nothing more than silencing things you don’t want to hear when uttered by others, so, “That offends me! I will not sit here and put up with that!” I don’t grant people that much power to offend me. Things said about me or the things I like… I’m not going to waste time being offended by it. Life’s too short, and it’s just words!
RUSH: Plus, my life is fulfilling. I’m not wallowing in misery, thinking, “Everybody else thinks I’m a dork, because I know I’m a dork,” which is the attitude so many people have. They’re just miserable. They get offended and they run around saying they’re offended, and they try to shut people up because they’re offending them and it’s just because they’ve got nothing else to fulfill their lives! You know, they’re basically empty and meaningless. If you have a fulfilling life and you’re occupied and doing what you like, these things are minor, especially when you know that it comes with the territory.