RUSH: Here is Oleg in Brooklyn. Oleg, I’m glad you waited. I really appreciate your patience. Hello.
CALLER: Yes. Hello. Mega dittos from the motherland, Rush. Motherland, where taxes were high and that’s why national disasters never happened. The government withheld 95% of the people’s income and that’s why in the USSR bridges never fell, levees never broke, and Chernobyl reactors never exploded, if you know what I’m saying.
RUSH: Well, I do, that’s very funny, thanks for the call.
CALLER: You’re welcome. I now live in America, but I keep the memory of the old country alive on my satirical website which you mentioned on Monday when you referenced what you said was ‘a great editorial cartoon.’
RUSH: — of murderers, thugs, tyrants, spreading disease, destroying the planet and all that, and then stealing all the world’s oil?
RUSH: That was such a great cartoon, Oleg.
CALLER: Thank you.
RUSH: The satire in that, you know, the great thing about comedy which you captured in that cartoon is that good comedy has to have an element of truth in it, and the element of truth in your cartoon is that there are gobs and loads of Americans who believe that that’s what the purpose of this country is, and that we had some corrupt founders that actually set it up. They are actually Americans that believe it, and that’s why it was funny.
CALLER: Right. Well, a lot of it on my website is funny. You said that you didn’t know who did the cartoon, so I decided to fix that historical mistake because you are the all knowing Maha Rushie.
RUSH: Well, the problem is that somebody sent it to me with just the picture of the cartoon. I have tried to tell people, if you’re going to send me something you think I might like, send me the link, so, A, I can say verify it, and, B, put on my website and cite the source. It is something I am constantly having to pound over the heads of my staff. It happens every day. They forget to send links and yours unfortunately was one of those where the link was not sent.
CALLER: That is okay.
RUSH: But we found it for the website.
CALLER: Did you find it?
RUSH: I think we did, I think Koko was looking desperately for it. I was unable to provide any help because the person that sent it to me didn’t send the link.
CALLER: Can I say the name of it?
RUSH: Sure. What is the name of your website?
CALLER: It is ThePeoplesCube.com. A lot of people already know about it, but I thought the mention would not hurt. It’s a parody site working under the slogan: ‘Curing weak liberalism with strong communism,’ it’s sort of like a Stalinist version of The Onion.
RUSH: (Laughing.) A Stalinist version of The Onion. (Laughing.) Curing weak liberalism…
CALLER: That cartoon is a sample.
RUSH: Okay, so it’s www.ThePeoplesCube.com.
RUSH: All right, in about 30 seconds, Oleg, your site will be shut down. This audience is making such a mad dash to get to it right now if your server farm is not capable of the load that it’s going to get, as a result of your site being broadcast on this program, then it will actually look like a denial of service attack, it really isn’t. We shut down websites constantly when they get mentioned on this program. It’s not the KGB coming after you, it’s not Putin.
CALLER: (Laughing.) Right. We are the party ourselves. On the website, we have our own party, we have our own politburo members, and we have discussions, you know, planning and plotting.
RUSH: This sounds cool. I love satire. I love parody.
CALLER: I know.
RUSH: Especially with people who don’t get it. That’s the most fun is when they don’t get it and they really get upset, really get irritated, really get riled, that’s what it’s fun, because they eventually will figure it out.
CALLER: Oh, I have a lot of enemies already because of that.
RUSH: You know, learn to take as a measure of success the criticism of your enemies. That is a fundamental thing that people like you in controversial businesses have to learn how to do. Take as a measure of success the hatred, the actual despising of you that they have. Okay, I think I’ve shaken Oleg up here a little bit. It won’t be that bad. It won’t be that bad. We’ve gotta take a brief time-out. Oleg, thanks for the call, ThePeoplesCube.com is his website, if you can still access it.
RUSH: You know, Oleg from the Motherland, the former Soviet Union, Russia? Do you know what the average life expectancy today is for the Russian male? Take a stab what do you think it is. It’s 57! What is the current population of Russia? Take a stab. Take a wild guess. This is Russia now, not all those former Soviet satellite bloc nations. This is just the motherland. It’s 140 million. Do you know what the estimated Russian population will be 20, 30, 40 years from now? It’ll be 100 million. The average male life span is 57. They are losing population. They have runaway alcohol problems and AIDS, needles and AIDS. This is one of the reasons why Vladimir Putin is running around beating his chest all over the world, because Russia ain’t what it was, and he knows it, and he knows that people don’t have the same fear. So he’s trying to insert himself into as many of these world situations so that Russia will be a respected power. (Plus he’s KGB.) He’s got an inferiority complex.
Do you know what the biggest problem in China is? No, seriously. What is the biggest problem in China? No, let me rephrase that. When the leader of China, Hu Jintao, gets up every morning, what is his biggest challenge? No, it’s not the environmental pollution of his country. It’s the fact that he has to create 25 million jobs a year because he needs those billions that don’t live in the cities to stay the hell out of them, and if they can’t find jobs out in the hinterlands, they’re going to come to the cities, and he will lose control of his population, and when you are a ChiCom, maintaining control of your population is fundamental. That’s fundamental if you’re a communist. He’s already losing control because of the exportation of capitalism. He needs it. Twenty-five million jobs a year, he has create, or the Chinese economy has to create. Now, traditional communism can’t do this. Under communism, people work for the state. If you don’t work you get paid a little bit. You starve. You go to the grocery store, there’s nothing there. If you say the wrong thing they come kill you, wipe you out — and look what’s happened in the old Soviet Union, Russia, its situation.
The Chinese are not going to let that happen and that’s why they’re doing as much as they can on the capitalist front. What you say when he wakes up in the morning, the biggest challenge for Kim Jong Il is? Staying alive. He doesn’t care about feeding his population. He’s different from the ChiComs. He doesn’t care about feeding his population. Anyway, these are just things that people don’t look at in a certain perspective. I’ll illustrate the point about China, from the Christian Science Monitor. ‘It’s a parent’s nightmare: a routine vaccination gone wrong. For Liang Yongli, whose bright-eyed daughter suffered brain damage and paralysis after a mandatory shot, it triggered a four-year search for compensation, justice, and an explanation. He tried to sue the hospital for malpractice, and lost. Medical authorities in southern Guangdong province said there was no link between the vaccination and his child’s condition. So he took his campaign to the media and traveled thousands of miles to Beijing,’ to the city, ‘by bicycle to petition the central government, without success. Then in April,’ of all things, ‘a court accepted a lawsuit filed by Mr. Liang together with the parents of two other children who had also fallen ill. The suit alleges that vaccines were to blame in all of the cases.’
This is China we’re talking about, the ChiComs! Ten years ago this guy would be shot for bringing a complaint to the government that a poor vaccine wiped out his kid, and they’d shoot the kid, too. ‘Last week, the court began hearing the case against provincial and city health agencies and a state-owned drug company, based on laws concerning product safety and inspection…. While consumer activism is on the increase in China, the legal system isn’t bound by precedent and is squarely under the control of the Communist Party,’ the ChiComs. ‘That makes it hard to force change from the bottom up, though not impossible.’ This is the last line of the piece: ‘The government wants a ‘harmonious society’. How can they abandon their children and do nothing?’ asks the girl’s father: ‘How can they abandon their children and do nothing?’ Well, their definition of a ‘harmonious society’ is placated, satisfied people who stay put out in the hinterlands and the country, and don’t show up and cause trouble like this. But, see, the genie is out of the bottle over there. I don’t care what they’re making right now in the shoe shops and the iPhone shops. I don’t care what they’re making. The fact of the matter is that there’s a capitalist bubble that is gumming up from the bottom.
I know there are various parties in the ChiCom party.