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RUSH: Rick, Fort Collins, Colorado, you’re next. Open Line Friday. Hello.
CALLER: Hello. Good to talk to you, sir. I had two points today. The second one about liberals and war. But the first one about the caller you had yesterday who was very upset with the frugal illegitimates in the Republican Party. He referred to them as cheap bastards?
RUSH: Oh, yes. That was the minimum wage caller, a guy named Mike from Troy, New York.
CALLER: Yeah, and in a battle of wits he was unarmed. He made a comment about how much money you make and you said, ?Don’t insult me,? and what caught me is from his liberal point of view, he immediately said less money than he first said.
RUSH: Right.
CALLER: And you said don’t insult me, and he said less. So he thinks it’s an insult to make lots of money, or more money.
RUSH: Well, I don’t think that. I think you’re overanalyzing it. I think the guy is just basically stupid. I mean his argument on the minimum wage is testimony to that. He’s just plain stupid. Some people are. There’s nothing you can do about it. You can have sympathy for them if you want, he’s not my problem. I really couldn’t care less. Statistically we’re going to have a certain percentage of stupid people that live in this country, the more of them that call here on the left, the happier I am.
CALLER: Yes. Well, secondly here, I was reading a lot about the liberals’ reaction to 9/11, the war, et cetera, you can’t help but read it if you open your eyes. And I remember 9/11, on that day — I work in the liberal arts field, have been doing so for many, many years. I was at an institute in New Orleans teaching. I showed up for work, and one of the custodial staff was putting up an American flag in the lobby.
RUSH: Uh-oh, uh-oh.

CALLER: And let me tell you, I was so proud to see that, and as I turned, I saw my immediate supervisor standing off outside his office around the corner looking at it, glaring, and he just says, ?Come here! Come here!? And I come right over to him and said, ?Yes?? And he said, ?Look at that. You know what that means?? And this is before noon on 9/11. I looked at it, just kind of shrugged my shoulders. I said, ?What?? He said, ?That means war,? and turned around and stormed into his office. And I stood there realizing how alone I was in that particular business.
RUSH: Raising the American flag, before noon on 9/11, that means war!
CALLER: Oh, yes.
RUSH: Of course, the burning towers didn’t mean war.
RUSH: Raising the American flag means war.
CALLER: No, and when I walked in it was on TV in one of the offices I went through after signing in. I saw the second tower and I just shook my head, I said, ?Build them back exactly as they were.? And everyone just turned and looked at me like I was crazy.
RUSH: Well, I gotta tell you something. New Orleans is doing a quicker job of rebuilding than they are in New York, for all the complaining and whining about how slow it is. School Bus Nagin, in the middle of being assaulted and attacked for being incompetent and so forth said, ?Well, wait a minute, what are you getting on me for? There’s nothing but a big hole in the ground in Manhattan.? Everyone descended on him, didn’t matter if he was clean, didn’t matter if he was articulate, didn’t matter if he was a Democrat, they just descended on him, and he ended up apologizing. But he’s right. Do you realize the politics that have gone into the freedom memorial? They want to put up some treatise on how we destroyed the country in the first place, we came and stole it from the Indians. Everybody with a grievance against this country wants to have a plaque at the freedom memorial where 9/11 happened. In the meantime, I don’t even know if we’ve settled on a final design. You think they have, and I do, too, but I’m really not sure if they have. Or if they looked at the final design and said, ?Yeah, that’s fine,? but somebody said, ?No, it’s not, back to the drawing board? I thought so, too. I thought, build ’em back just the way they were, my first reaction.

By the way, I should have kept this. I read this, what was it, must have been last week. Some architect, scientist group said that had there been asbestos in both of those towers, the likelihood is the towers would have survived. Why don’t we have asbestos? (Laughing.) Liberals. Asbestos kills people. Asbestos destroys people, just like we had to get rid of DDT, because pesticides were killing people. In the meantime, malaria has taken over where DDT was once used and has wiped out millions of Africans. It’s the same liberalism, ?We’re going to get alternative fuels. We’re going to use ethanol. We’re going to get corn. We’re going to have less pollution.? No, it causes more smog, we’ve learned, plus we’ve got tortilla riots happening in Mexico because the price of corn’s gone up. (Laughing.) I just can’t help but laugh at all of this.

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