RUSH: We have a 12-year-old on the phone from Belton, Texas. This is Ben. Nice to have you with us, sir.
CALLER: Hello, Mr. Limbaugh.
CALLER: Well, today I have been doing research over global warming, and actually anybody can do this. Half the information you can find off of elementary school textbooks, and actually global warming isn’t very statistically correct, and it’s causing too many problems in DC and the House and everything, and they want to do ethanol, but that’s just changing the currency and it’s not very far producer yet, and it hasn’t gotten that well yet but they want to change it already, and I just don’t think that’s very wise.
RUSH: You are very wise young man. So you’ve, on your own, independently researched global warming and you’ve found the principle of ‘manmade’ global warming, and you don’t believe it?
CALLER: That’s very correct, Mr. Limbaugh. Yes, sir.
RUSH: I like that ‘very correct.’ That means you are solidly convinced of your own research.
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: Well, good. Now, what are you going to do about it?
CALLER: Well, actually, I’ve tried to share it around with the most people I could, so we can get it out so that hopefully we can convince the global warmists that actually it’s not anything.
RUSH: Ben, do you actually talk about things like global warming to your friends who are also your age?
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: How did, at age 12, outside of your parents — I’m sure they’re interested in it — become aware of the issue to the point that you wanted to research it on your own?
CALLER: Well, actually I was supposed to make a speech in a speech and debate class, so I had to pick a topic, and so that was the one I picked.
RUSH: So you’re supposed to make a speech in a speech class, you had to pick a topic and that was the one you picked. Have you, for example, been made to watch the movie by former Vice President Algore, An Inconvenient Truth?
CALLER: No, I haven’t been necessarily forced to watch it. I mean, I haven’t watched it, either, but —
RUSH: Well, if you want some entertainment, you should watch it. That would be great for your research, to see how they lie about the lack of ice for polar bears and so forth. It would be great for your research. The reason I ask you that is because where I live, a lot of grade school kids are being made to watch the movie, and if their parents don’t show up and watch, too, the kids are being threatened with cuts in their grades. So I thought that might be happening where you are. But your friends care about it as much as you do?
CALLER: Well, actually, lately moved. I haven’t made that many friends yet, but the friends that I used to have —
RUSH: Oh, okay.
CALLER: — were in public school. I’m homeschooled, and actually they thought the complete opposite, so it made some good debates.
RUSH: I see. This explains a lot. (laughs) It makes a good debate. Well, you know what? I hope that you hold onto your interest in things like this. And I hope you continue to do your research in this, ’cause people like you, when you grow up, you know, you’re going to have a very powerful role in what kind of country this is. I just I think it’s great that you care about this at age 12, and I think it’s fascinating that you have discovered the truth of it on your own. I congratulate you. I’m proud of you.
CALLER: Thank you, sir, and —
CALLER: should I go ahead?
RUSH: Do you…? Oh, what do you mean, ‘Should I go ahead’?
CALLER: I’m sorry. What?
RUSH: Were you finished with what you had to say?
CALLER: Oh, well, I was just going to mention that actually I plan to get into the politics and become a representative and the run for president in 2032, and I’d appreciate your vote. Yeah.
RUSH: Let me see. 2032. This is 2008, so that’s 24 more years, 57 and 24. I’ll be your vice president.
CALLER: Oh, thank you, sir!
RUSH: Either that or I’ll be your press secretary.
CALLER: Well, I’d be honored to have you.
RUSH: Absolutely. Well, I’d be honored to work for you, as you run for president. Ben, thanks much. All the best and don’t change.
CALLER: You, too.
RUSH: (laughing) Don’t worry. (laughing) Thanks again, Ben.