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RUSH: San Diego, this is Keith. Welcome, sir, to the EIB Network.

CALLER: Hi. I love your show, but I disagree with the fundamental premise you take that the conservative movement is advancing. I just see the conservative principles in America as slowly dying, and maybe we slow that down a little bit when Ronald Reagan takes over or something like that, but the secular humanists seem to be taking over the country little by little.

RUSH: Well, the brakes have been put on that. I know it’s a challenge out there, but I just cannot accept the premise that conservatism is dying when I am thriving and I am conservatism.

CALLER: Well, I think your medium is popular and there’s a lot of conservatives still in America, but I just think conservatives need a major reformation around fundamental principles. I think we need to rethink the whole Enlightenment, the idea that you don’t need God, that intellectualism isn’t going to save us and all that, and I just see that —

RUSH: Wait. Wait, wait, wait, wait. Why do you think there’s been a fall-back in that?

CALLER: Well, in my lifetime —

RUSH: Let me tell you something. If there were no conservative movement, we would have already signed the Kyoto accords, you would have already lost a bunch of freedom, and earth would be your new god and you wouldn’t be allowed to mention Jesus Christ.

CALLER: Well, just because it’s happened slower in America doesn’t mean that the same pattern that happened in Europe isn’t happening in America. I think that we’re slowly but surely following the same pattern as France and Germany and the UK, albeit we’re a little behind them because we’re so fundamentally religious.

RUSH: Good point. The number of, quote, unquote, ‘leaders’ and self-admitted braggart intellectuals in Europe that say they don’t believe in God, is at an all-time high.

CALLER: You know, we talk about leadership, and one thing I think America has lost sight of with regard to political leadership is that in order to be a good leader, you need to say what you believe most fundamentally. You can’t just be a technician like Hillary is. You need to be able to say, “Hey, here’s what we believe,” and I think what conservatives need is some good leaders that say, “Hey, look, we’re opposed to…”

RUSH: Look, I understand what you’re saying — and if I allowed myself to, I could be absorbed and immersed in all of the apparent failures — the wuss society, the pop culture interests — that people have, how they’re devoid of substance. But that’s always been the case with young people through any generation. This is an ongoing battle, and it will always be. It has always been. There’s never going to be a triumph where the country is totally conservative. It’s always something we’re going to have to battle the left on, and you gotta get used to it.

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