RUSH: This is Mark in Paso Robles, California. Nice to have you, sir, welcome.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. I appreciate you taking my phone call. I’ll get straight to the point because I actually can probably talk for quite a while, but I grew up in an environment ? I?m 41 years old now and I grew up in an environment I guess you would call a generational Democratic environment, very liberal, military was not spoken highly of. Anyway, long story short, September 11 happened, I joined the military at 36 years old, got in, went overseas, was directly involved with Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, came home, saw what they were putting on the news, couldn’t believe it and then about six months ago I was working my civilian job, I was out in the field and a guy had your radio program on, and for the first time I heard somebody speaking about what was going on over there truthfully. I’ve been listening ever since, and the last election we had, I changed my affiliation. I’m actually a registered Republican now.
RUSH: Hear, hear! Hear, hear!
CALLER: And you know what, Rush, you have just given me a level of support and confidence that before that point, I felt all alone, even though I was in the military. So I just want to thank you.
RUSH: Well, that’s great to hear, and I appreciate your kind words but, you know, I hear this a lot. Don’t be afraid to credit yourself here. You did the work. All you had to do was listen. Somehow we permeated your skull full of mush out there and have turned you now into a functioning cerebellum.
RUSH: But you did it. You know, let me tell you something here, Mark. I’m being entirely truthful with you here. The enthusiasm in your voice for what you’ve done, and we hear it from so many like you that call, are what really buck us up, particularly when you come under attack, and you are more and more. I want to take the occasion of your call to read an e-mail that I got from a subscriber at Rush 24/7. It came in at ten o’clock last night. I didn’t get home from Miami ’til about 1:30, so I was up a little while looking at e-mail and news and stuff, and this just stopped me dead in my tracks. Now, I want to read this to you without pausing so that you get the full impact of this. It’s going to be difficult to do, because as I am wont, I want to stop, pause for effect and really focus your attention on something, but I think to do it that way would actually lessen the impact of this. It’s from a man named Christopher Rutter, and he’s a sergeant in the United States Army.
Dear Mr. Limbaugh,
I am a soldier that was serving my second tour in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. May 7th of last year, my vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb; the explosion instantly severed both of my legs. I have been recovering and going through therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for almost 9-months.
Sir, I listen to your program everyday, I even try to schedule my therapy and appointments before noon, or after 1500 so I don’t miss any of it. On behalf of my fellow soldiers, and myself, I would like to thank you for standing up, and bringing THE truth to Americans. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support of the ideas that are America.
Once I completed my therapy, and am medically retired from the Army, I am returning to my hometown of Clinton, Missouri. I will be running for State Representative in 2008, and hope that I can begin to bring the ideas and the morals that founded this amazing country, back to our elected officials.
Thank you for your time again sir, and please continue the amazing job. America is counting on you to continue bringing the truth to her people.
Your fellow American,
SGT, United States Army