RUSH: Shelly in Riverside, California, great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hey, Rushalicious. How you doing?
RUSH: Great. Thank you.
CALLER: Hey, sweetie, I’ve been listening to you for years, and I agree with most of your comments and opinions, but I think with this Obama thing you’ve gone a little too far, you sound like a petulant little boy who didn’t get his way and, you know, I may not agree with Obama’s packages —
RUSH: What do you disagree with about Obama’s package?
CALLER: Well, he scares me a little bit. He seems like he’s got promises and the fixes for everything, which I don’t think is humanly possible. However, the nation really needs some hope right now, and it needs to pull together, it needs to clean up our corrupt government. Bush didn’t do that great a job —
RUSH: Oh, my God, I can’t believe you. I cannot believe you! We got a corrupt government, need to clean it up, Timothy Geithner, Hillary Clinton, Rahm Emanuel, you want to clean it up?
CALLER: I don’t agree with the Clinton thing, I don’t agree with some of his choices, but I think we need to pull together as a nation right now, and he’s our only choice.
RUSH: Shelly, do you realize how you sound?
RUSH: I don’t agree with his choices, I think he’s making promises, he can fix everything — we need to support him.
CALLER: Well, I think we need to support our government.
RUSH: Have you had an IQ test lately?
CALLER: Maybe it’s about a two. (laughing) Rush, seriously, I feel kind of strongly about this. Normally, like I said, I don’t disagree with you, and I don’t disagree with you on a lot of issues, but —
RUSH: Oh, no.
CALLER: — but I think you gotta ease up a little bit, man, and, you know, give the nation a chance, if this guy messes up, he screws up, but right now we need to —
RUSH: Look, I can’t stop anything he’s going to do. What do you mean give the nation a chance? I’m all about giving the nation a chance, but I can’t stop anything this guy’s going to do, Shelly, and neither can you. He can stop what I’m doing, Shelly, with a wave of his hand, with his signature, he can stop what I’m doing, Shelly. I can’t stop what he’s doing.
CALLER: That’s true, but —
RUSH: My criticism here is not aimed at him. It’s aimed at people like you and obviously I’m failing. But that will only inspire me to be better at what I’m trying to do. I am not going to wait for some government agency to come up with a plan to tell me how to better persuade you of what’s right. I’m going to do it on my own. I shall not quit. I love you, you’re in the audience, I appreciate your being out there, but you have given me every reason to continue doing what I’m doing. Did you ever play soccer, Shelly?
CALLER: No, I ride horses.
RUSH: Have you ever had blunt trauma to the head?
CALLER: (laughing) No, no blunt trauma. I am blonde, however.
RUSH: I think you might want to ask a family member. Sometimes the victims are the last to know about these things. Something may have happened because you’ve just given me every reason in the world not to support the guy and yet telling me I should, for the sake of the country. Put yourself in my position here trying to be reasonable with this. Well, I’m glad you called. All this is quite illustrative.
RUSH: On second thought, I don’t think these callers are seminar callers. I think, rather, what’s going on out there is — just like elected Republicans — they’re scared to death. ‘Come on, Rush! Come on, Rush! Don’t talk this way. Oh, I have people listening all the time. Don’t! Please, can you just cool it ’til he screws up? I mean, they hate us already. We can’t be criticizing him now! Please, please calm down.’ These callers are afraid that my criticism of Obama — and it’s not even criticism; I’m just doing analysis here — will somehow reflect on them as listeners of the program, that they will then be criticized and have bad things said about them. And of course nobody wants to have bad things said about them. Except me. I set out purposely to tweak those every day (at least four times a day) who don’t even know are gonna say bad things about me. I happen to enjoy it, and it’s gotten to be so easy I can do it without even saying anything. I can do it. I can hijack an event by not even being there. Even if I wanted to stop tweaking them, I couldn’t. The fact that I’m alive makes it happen. Here’s Stratus in Laurel, Montana. It’s nice to have you, sir. Welcome.
CALLER: Rush can you hear me with this listening device?
RUSH: Yeah, I do hear you.
CALLER: Oh good. Rush, I’m honored that I finally got on. I never called before. My battery’s really low. I hope I make it. Can you still hear me?
RUSH: Yeah. Your cell phone or are you a robot?
CALLER: No, I’m on a cell phone.
CALLER: I’m in my shop working. I’m a small business owner, too.
RUSH: Oh, okay.
CALLER: The woman in Discovery Bay, which I happened to used to live by there, I would recommend that she learns to start farming, because that’s what it’s going to take to survive probably in this time.
RUSH: Especially organic, because all you need is manure for organic.
RUSH: You could put feces in your food and sell it to anybody with the name ‘organic’ on it. That’s a great idea.
CALLER: Being the all knowing that I know you are, I have a question. What happens if you don’t pay taxes?
RUSH: Well, you might ask Wesley Snipes.
CALLER: Well, exactly.
RUSH: Al Capone.
CALLER: Exactly. If you don’t pay your taxes, you’ll get letters and then eventually they’ll throw you in jail.
RUSH: Unless you’re Timothy Geithner, and then it’s ‘a common mistake’ —
RUSH: — and you’ll become Treasury secretary.
CALLER: And I highly recommend that everybody investigate the Federal Reserve and the fiat currency versus the gold standard. I would also recommend that… If you don’t… Nobody in the world has the right to take private property from anybody, but if you don’t pay your taxes, and you refuse to, they will come.
RUSH: Well, but they do. It’s in the Constitution. It’s called eminent domain. It’s been expanded beyond what its original purposes was, but they do. And, besides, look, private property? That’s a concept that’s not going to exist much longer, and it’s all government’s anyway. The sooner you all get your mind right about this, the easier it’s all going to be.