RUSH: Susan, Grosse Pointe, Michigan, it’s nice to have you on the program. Hi.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush, for taking my call.
RUSH: Yes, ma’am.
CALLER: Your use of the word ‘fail(ure)’ with the president was definitely a provocative term, and that’s good. That makes you a provocateur which means that you’re interested in stirring debate and drawing attention to what’s going on. And that’s a good thing. It’s… You’re probably even more successful than you thought you’d be with the rise in your listeners. But I have one comment to our wonderful conservative friends that we all dearly love, those people who thought that John McCain wasn’t conservative enough or wasn’t their candidate, and they sat on their hands during the last election. I hope they’re all happy with what’s happening, because in a few short months, he is beginning to undo and unravel everything that Reagan tried to accomplish and Bush, and it’s really a very serious situation that we have on our hands.
RUSH: Yes, it is. We faced both of those options. I addressed them both during the campaign, and I asked people to think about that — and neither of the options were optimum.
CALLER: Well, it’s been a very frightening couple of months for me personally to see how quickly, with such speed, this administration is unraveling the government and —
RUSH: Now, can I…? Honestly, Susan, I have a serious question.
RUSH: Why are you surprised? See, none of this surprises me. I listened to what Obama said for a year and a half. Now, don’t misunderstand. Please don’t misunderstand my tone.
RUSH: I’m not trying to be insulting or condescending.
CALLER: I’m not taking it that way.
RUSH: I’m genuinely stunned that intelligent people did not understand what we faced with this guy, who his associations were, who mentored him, what his anger and inspirational things in life were. This was… You could have written this in stone, that this was going to happen. That is why I flipped a lid shortly after the election when I started hearing our side talk about, ‘No, he’s a moderate. He’s going to govern from the center. You need to back off, Rush! We need to give him a chance. We want the president to succeed.’ Don’t forget, I wasn’t the first one to say I want him to fail. Our side said they wanted the most extreme radical liberal president ever elected to succeed, and I said, ‘What are we dealing with here? What has happened to our great minds? They’ve turned into skulls full of mush,’ and it was beyond that. I couldn’t explain it, other than, you know, in simple little high school emotional terms. But I really don’t understand why people are shocked at the speed with which this man is trying to undo the fabric and foundation of the country, ’cause I’m not.
CALLER: Well, I’m not shocked, certainly, at the goals. I think you could have seen the goals by his associations, clearly. We all knew what he — well, the thinking people knew what he was. I think it’s the cojones that they have gone so quickly and so boldly against eight years of Bush and what President Reagan had accomplished, and we all worked so hard for those goals and at least we were able to keep Bill Clinton on the straight and narrow somewhat.
RUSH: Can you…? Well, there are some fundamental differences. That’s a good point. Can you hold on? I gotta take a quick commercial time-out.
RUSH: I’d like to continue this with you on the other side. We’ll be right back. This is Susan from Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Stay with us.
RUSH: Susan in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, thank you for holding on through the break ’cause you raised a good point. She said we were able to hold Bill Clinton in check. How did we do that?
CALLER: Well, he didn’t get all three houses right away, and he — those of us who were around —
RUSH: He never had three houses.
CALLER: That’s right. And you see, with Obama having all three houses, what are we left with? Well, we’ve got some good people on the Supreme Court. But, Rush, my husband and I were both part of the Reagan administration, and I know how difficult it was for us to get anything accomplished in the bureaucracy. Even though they were mostly liberal Democrats that we worked with, they had to follow some of the political appointees’ suggestions, and still it was very difficult. And for the Obama administration to be able to accomplish and get through everything that he’s done so quickly is truly amazing and saddening to me, very sad.
RUSH: Well, now, that’s what I want to discuss with you. You went to Washington with Reagan.
RUSH: Not to take over the government and to use it as a force against people. You went to Washington to try to diminish its size, and you were up against people in those bureaucracies who were going to fight you hook, line and sinker.
CALLER: Oh, yes.
RUSH: You went to Washington to eventually be able to get the hell out of there after finishing your work. These people have gone to Washington to take over. The bureaucracy already has liberals in it. Now you’ve got the liberal Democrats controlling the House and the Senate and the White House and much of the federal judiciary via appointments made by Bill Clinton and stalled Bush appointments for the past eight years. So, the answer to your question I think lies, again, in something that I remain incredulous about, and that is people’s utter lack of understanding of just who liberals are and what their agenda is. We saw Pelosi and Reid for the past two years after they took over the House and the Senate, we saw how they tried to destroy George W. Bush. They tried to destroy virtually everything. They tried to destroy the US economy. They tried to talk people into thinking there was a recession when there wasn’t so they would live in a way that would cause the economy to go down and enhance their election chances.
Liberals, they were out there for everybody to see. They are mean-spirited, they’re racists, they are bigots, they are power mongers, and they’re Stalinists in some cases. Why this is not seen by intelligent people — I’m not talking about the average citizen. I’m talking about people on our side — the explanation for every question you’ve got, extremism, radicalism, liberalism. Now, as far as what Obama’s got done, see, I think it isn’t that much yet. He’s just made you think a lot of it’s getting done ’cause he goes out and does these campaign appearances on health care and education today and card check and stem cells. He did get that done with executive order, and he did do some things with executive orders, but the primary piece of legislation that’s happened so far is the Porkulus bill. The budget, this omnibus budget, which he voted for every provision in it, but he says he inherited it, that’s running into trouble. He’s not yet getting that much done. That’s why I’m asking everybody, stand up and stop this and oppose this rather than treat him like a king who is allowed to get whatever he wants to get simply ’cause he’s Obama. We’ve got time to stop this.
CALLER: Well, if I could just say three things. First of all, there is an elected official up there who is going to stop him, Pelosi and Reid are both in his pocket, they’re all out for the same liberal, socialist agenda. So that’s number one. Number two, your word, that’s why your word ‘failure’ is so important and its effect on people, because it has gotten people —
RUSH: It has started —
CALLER: — who have not ever listened to you before.
RUSH: It has started the debate.
CALLER: It has.
RUSH: This is what I love about it. Everybody is debating the concept now, everybody is thinking about it, and that’s ultimately good. Susan, I’m running out of time, I know you had a third thing but I don’t have time to get to it now, tell Mr. Snerdley what it is, and he’ll pass it on, and I’ll relay it to the audience. But you say we can’t stop Pelosi and Reid, we can’t stop Congress. Folks, that may be true, that may be true, but it’s not written that we cannot take down his approval numbers. Remember, that’s the key to all of this. The key is his approval numbers. As long as they stay up, he’s going to get what he wants because people are going to be scared to death to oppose him, substantively. It’s a mistake to say that only he can take his approval numbers down. The American people, they’re the focus of what we do here, their minds, their hearts, their education. We’re not going to give up here.