RUSH: This is Nina. Nina is one of my all-time favorite, top-ten female names. Nina is in Youngstown, Ohio. Nice to have you, Nina.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. My name is Nina, like you said, and I want to tell you something, okay?
CALLER: I’m not here to argue with you, but I am going to tell you: I’m 39 years old, and I’m half European and half American.
RUSH: What part of Europe?
CALLER: Um, Greek-Italian.
CALLER: Yes. So I lived 20 years in Europe. I lived four years in London, seven years in Germany. I’ve been in Italy and Spain. I speak Greek, English, and German, and I lived 20 years in the US.
RUSH: What are you doing in Youngstown?
CALLER: Hold on. (snorts) That’s — That’s besides the point. It’s —
CALLER: This is what I wanted to tell you, okay? It’s not fair for you to knock down Europe because I’m going to give you an example. Yes, Mussolini, Hitler, they were the anti-Christs of their time.
CALLER: But to the people over there, now, Bush is the anti-Christ for them. Now, I’m going to tell you something, because I lived in both, okay? I’ve seen good and bad there, and I’ve seen good and bad here. I’ve seen it both.
CALLER: Listen to me. Listen to me. The United States has a big heart. They embrace everybody. They will open their doors to everybody. They will say, ‘Come in if you believe what we believe.’ But it has also made some mistakes.
RUSH: No, we scrapped that a long time ago. You don’t have to believe what we believe to get in.
CALLER: Well, if I want to live here, I have to believe the same beliefs.
RUSH: No you don’t.
CALLER: Because we have to match.
CALLER: It’s like a marriage!
CALLER: It’s like a marriage.
RUSH: (laughs) Right.
CALLER: If we don’t have common goals, common beliefs, how we gonna make it work?
CALLER: But what I’m saying to you is this, okay? I’ve seen wrong in both sides of the world. I’ve been discriminated there; I’ve been discriminated here. I’ve been loved there; I’ve been loved here. But what I’m saying to you is this, okay? Sometimes the United States does not use wisdom where they put their nose in. Because, I’m going to tell you something. If you’re over there and you’re fighting for the oil and you have oil sources here and you’re looking desperate to them, who got the upper hand? They do! Because, let me tell you something, if I got something and —
RUSH: Oh, jeez.
CALLER: — I want the same thing from you, this is what I’m going to do. I’m going to pull back and say, ‘You know what? I’m going to use what I got. I don’t really need you like that.’
RUSH: You’re missing the whole point of why I said what I said about Europe!
CALLER: I understand why you said it, okay?
RUSH: Then tell me. Tell me why I said what I said.
CALLER: I’m not offended by that, okay? But what I’m saying to you —
RUSH: Well, then why are you calling me and reaming me up one wall and down the other here then?
CALLER: No, I’m just telling you that I’ve seen the best and bad of both worlds. That’s number one. Number two…
RUSH: No, you’re up to about number 25 now.
CALLER: Relax. Take a deep breath.
RUSH: I’ve been doing that.
CALLER: About the presidential campaign, let me tell you something. I give respect to McCain, okay, because he did fight in the war. I respect him. Obama can make a change —
RUSH: So, what does this got to do…?
CALLER: Listen, listen.
CALLER: Obama can make a change.
RUSH: What does…?
CALLER: He can make a change, if he doesn’t forget —
RUSH: This is not about Obama. This was not about the presidential campaign.
CALLER: I know that. I’m just giving you some comments on different issues.
RUSH: Nina, you didn’t hear me and I want you to try one more time. I want you to look at me.
CALLER: I’m giving you my comments on different issues, because I can’t be calling you every day on different issues.
RUSH: And you’ve done so, and you have now been interrupted.
CALLER: What I’m saying to you now —
RUSH: Now, look at me. The commentary that I gave on Europe had to do with the fact that we have a distinguished, distinct American culture here. We have our own Constitution, we have our own set of laws, and we have people in this country trying to undermine thought of trying to tell us that Europeans are the sophisticated ones, that we need to become more socialist in our politics. We need higher unemployment. We need more welfare payments. We need a higher minimum wage. We need to emulate the Europeans. The Europeans cannot defend themselves, Nina. If they are attacked, guess who they call? Good old Uncle Sam, who shows up every time.
CALLER: Yes, and they call United Nations, exactly.
RUSH: They do not call the United Nations! They call Uncle Sam! They call the United States. The United Nations is worthless!
CALLER: Okay, but what I’m saying to you, I agree with you on some of the things, okay?
CALLER: Like the British people, they are paying for the queen, okay, when they don’t need to spend all that money while their people are starving.
RUSH: We’re not talking about d’queen!
CALLER: I understand that, but —
CALLER: The point I’m trying to make to you is this. You talked about we should not copy Europeans. I’m going to tell you something. Europeans have some laws the same like the United States, okay?
RUSH: You’re taking this —
CALLER: They copy the United States on certain things because —
RUSH: You’re taking this way, way, way, way, way too personally.
CALLER: No, no, no, no!
RUSH: Yes, you are.
CALLER: I’m saying they do copy the United States on some things, in their laws. They are good.
RUSH: I am talking about American liberals who want to sell this country out, Nina! They say we should emulate Europe. If we’re going to copy somebody, maybe we should make sure somebody’s better than we are? And in many ways, there’s nothing worth emulating, particularly the toilets. You know what I’m talking about.
RUSH: I’m striking Nina from the list of all-time, top-ten favorite female names. It’s a shame, too. It’s a genuine shame.