RUSH: You know one of the funniest things in Harry Reid’s comments on the floor of the Senate yesterday was this. He said, ‘I can’t help but wonder how my Republican colleagues would have reacted if the tables were turned, if a well-known Democrat radio personality had used the same insulting line of attack against troops who support the war.’ What’s funny about that is, what ‘well-known Democrat radio personalities’ are there? The fact is, there are several Democrat radio personalities who do just what Senator Reid said. They trash the troops daily and have been for four years. It’s just that nobody hears it because their audiences are minuscule. You could put the totality of their audiences in a thimble and still have room left over for some scotch, or rum, vodka, whatever your preference. Even Diet Coke or Snapple.
RUSH: Here is Leon. Leon’s in Frederick, Maryland. Great to have you, sir. Nice to have you on the EIB Network.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush. I’m going to give you old-fashioned traditional liberal dittos from Jefferson and Locke, the people who really understood what liberalism was, the inventors of the concept — which is individual rights, individual values. The basis of the Democratic Party; supposed to be the basis of our democratic country. I’m appalled at the contemporary anti-war movement. I was a leader of the anti-Vietnam War movement. You could argue the differences and they’re appallingly easy to see. Vietnam, we were sticking our nose in somebody else’s business. Here, we were attacked. You can’t argue that. You can argue everything else, but you can’t argue — we were attacked. These idiots that are our competition in America don’t have any concept that the people we’re fighting want to kill us, and the first ones they’ll put against the wall will be Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and the rest of them. We have absolutely no way to argue the war because there is no conscious, competent other side to talk to. They offer nothing, and I am broken-hearted by it because it totally destroys the concept of a balanced conversation — and I’m just tongue tied.
RUSH: This is way cool! You are a leader of the Vietnam War anti-war movement, and you are saying that the current crowd of anti-war people is embarrassing and doing your cause, your reputation great harm, correct?
CALLER: Horrible harm. It’s atrocious. My specific job in the anti-war movement was to run the marshaling program in DC to make sure that the crazy people did not embarrass us by attacking the police or doing anything stupid, and we succeeded because we cared about a civilized discourse. There’s no civilized discourse now. It’s all the attempt of one-upmanship without any understanding about what the issues are! You and I could argue domestic policy between now and when the cows come home but if the tower bomb or Al-Qaeda or any of these people win, you and I are both out of business — and they don’t have a clue.
RUSH: Well, you hit the nail on the head with that. You are so right on the money. Not only that, this current crop has to lie and they have to prop up phony soldiers in order to make their anti-war case.
CALLER: I know. It breaks my heart. The first anti-war movement demonstration I was involved with was in 1966 in Baltimore. The first of ten people were in wheelchairs. They were real soldiers. I don’t see anybody today who would even announce what they truly did! Now, it would be okay to be a soldier and be against the war. You could be an honorable person and be against the war. But when you are a liar and then you prove it, all it does is diminish the position that you’re supposed to be supporting. They haven’t a clue. It makes them even weaker.
RUSH: You know, here’s another big difference. You guys succeeded in turning public opinion. They haven’t, and so now they’re desperate, and they have to resort to lies and false pictures and false images in order to try to convey the notion that they have succeeded in converting public opinion on a majority basis to defeat, to get out now, to lose.
CALLER: Absolutely, because the basis of their argument is false. ‘If we walk, we can still survive.’ It doesn’t work!
RUSH: (laughing) All right, look, thanks. I appreciate the call so much, Leon. I really do. All the best to you, sir.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush.
RUSH: Nice to talk to you.