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RUSH: This is Justin in Benton, Pennsylvania. Great to have you here on Open Line Friday.

CALLER: Hey, Rush!

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: I love you! I’m so glad to be talking to you. I wanted to say that you are the crack cocaine of the media. You got Fox News, they’re like the cigarettes, the gateway drug, and you got Sean Hannity, he’s the gateway drug with marijuana, and you are the crack cocaine of the media. I just wanted to lay that out there. You know. But I’m calling to see what your thoughts on — and I’m really nervous, sorry. Okay.

RUSH: I would be, too, if I were you, you just called me crack cocaine.

CALLER: I’m sorry.

RUSH: You just called Hannity marijuana or whatever you called him.

CALLER: Yeah.

RUSH: What’s Mark Levin?

CALLER: Ummm, he might be speed.

RUSH: Speed. Okay.

CALLER: We won’t go into any other drugs.

RUSH: Okay, so I’m crack cocaine, Levin’s speed, Hannity is marijuana. We’re all gateway drugs.

CALLER: Yeah, I was just theorizing —

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: — for a little bit.

RUSH: Yeah, we all understand.

CALLER: Well, actually my question is, why is polygamy — why can a man be put in jail for taking many wives and having many babies in a marriage situation, but a man who is not married can have many girlfriends, ten girlfriends and have ten babies, and they get government assistance —

RUSH: Snerdley. Okay. Let me see if I understand this. And I’m speaking to you here as crack cocaine.

CALLER: Yes.

RUSH: You want to know why a polygamist is breaking the law when he marries a bunch of babes, has a bunch of kids, and why a cad who doesn’t marry the babes, just runs around and has a lot of kids with different women —

CALLER: Isn’t it the same thing?

RUSH: — is not found to be in violation of the law. You want to know why one can get away with it and the other can’t?

CALLER: Yes, I would.

RUSH: Well, basically it’s the law. I mean, marriage in this country is one man, one woman; one man, one man; two women, two women; one man, one dog; one man, one gerbil. But when you start adding a third party to it, then you have violated the law.

CALLER: So it’s a contract that violates the law?

RUSH: No, it’s because weddings take place, they’re religious-legal things. Many of them are religious. You take the oath under God, before God. Sometimes you do it before a croupier in Vegas, but it’s a solemn thing. You can’t legally marry two people in the United States. I don’t know why not. It’s just because you can’t, that’s what the law says. Look, the law says I can’t have my damn turtle lights on, why? Because the law says. Is the law stupid? Yes. You know, the real question here, Justin, this is what you ought to ask yourself. Have you ever been married?

CALLER: I’m married now.

RUSH: Would you want a second wife? Would you want to be married to two or three at the same time?

CALLER: Maybe if they’re foreign girls.

RUSH: What do you mean, if they’re foreign? If one lives in one country and the other one lives in another country?

CALLER: I don’t want to bash American women on air, so —

RUSH: Why? I mean you just bashed American talk show hosts as gateway drugs.

CALLER: No, I was just trying to make a — (goofy laugh)

RUSH: You want to marry somebody else but you don’t want to get divorced, that’s obvious.

CALLER: Oh, yeah, I love my wife, but she’s against it.

RUSH: I wonder why? Why do you want to marry another woman at the same time you’re married to this current wife?

CALLER: Why?

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: I guess maybe it’s pride, more power, have more babies, rule over more women.

RUSH: You just want to spread your seed all over the place and you need a lot of women to do it.

CALLER: Yeah.

RUSH: Yeah. Well, you know, using your example, I would divorce your wife and stay in a relationship with her and then go get a couple girlfriends and just do what your alternative scenario was, and then nobody will get mad at you.

CALLER: Yeah. I love her, so I’m actually fasting right now because of it, trying to change my mind-set, kinda.

RUSH: Well, that’s a real way to do it, deny your brain nourishment. So you’re going to go out there and try to change your mind-set about this.

CALLER: Yeah.

RUSH: Have you tried crack cocaine?

CALLER: Oh, yeah.

RUSH: (laughing) We’ll be back in just a second.

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