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RUSH: Jason in Lincoln, Nebraska. Hello, and welcome to the program.

CALLER: Good afternoon, sir. Can you hear me okay?

RUSH: Yeah, I hear you fine.

CALLER: Okay, good. I know we don’t have a lot of time. I have a couple questions.

RUSH: Yeah, yeah.

CALLER: I have a question about FDR.

RUSH: Yeah?

CALLER: I was wondering, what were Democrats like before him, and what motivated him to make this liberal putsch, almost?

RUSH: Power.

CALLER: Power?

RUSH: Power.


RUSH: Look, there have always been liberals. Now, what were Democrats like before him? The Democrats have always been the — well, in the modern era, in the last century, they’ve always been — the home to American liberalism.

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: But there were many more mainstream Democrats. You go back and you listen to a speech on family values by Hubert Humphrey in 1968, who was considered a liberal in his day, and you think you’re listening to Ronald Reagan. FDR had one purpose. A lot of people are trying to run. Amity Shlaes has a great book about this, by the way, called ‘The Forgotten Man.’ I would urge all of you to read this book. It explains exactly what happened in the New Deal and what the whole purpose of it was, which is something my father, by the way, believed. It was always his opinion, and I grew up believing that the whole purpose of the New Deal was to entrench the Democratic Party in majority power for 50 years, to create as many dependent citizens in this country on the government — get ’em waking up every day and almost bowing down and saluting Washington — so much so that they needed it in order to survive. It was purely partisan politics disguised as ‘compassion.’ That’s where this whole playbook actually started being written, by FDR back in those days.

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