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RUSH: Thank you all for waiting on the phones. I appreciate your patience. Back to Orange County, California, now, for our next phone call. It’s great to have you on the program, John.

CALLER: Hello, Rush. I just want to say what an honor and a privilege it is to speak with you today.

RUSH: Thank you, sir.

CALLER: Thank you for everything you do for our country. I just wanted to comment on something that you discussed the other day regarding how you would hope to invoke an intellectual response from your audience rather than emotional.

RUSH: No. My audience, I think most of my audience does react intellectually. It’s left, the people reacting emotionally to Obama, even to me. I’d love to be able to get past their emotion to get through to their brains, yes.

CALLER: Well, I agree with that a hundred percent, and I wanted to say that I believe that most of your audience does do that. And I started thinking about that myself, what do I do, and the first thing I thought about was, ‘Do I agree? Is this good for myself, my family, my country?’ But then immediately I come up with an emotional response, and sometimes a very strong one, where I believe on the left if something is said, they come out with immediate emotional response, based on an agenda, where I believe I would come out with an emotional response first based on an intellectual —

RUSH: Well, of course, intellectual creates the emotion in learned people, in people that are paying attention. The problem with people that have a strict emotional response or an emotional attachment to an agenda is that you can’t get to them. There is no rationality for their belief, that’s why you can’t argue with them. You make a fool of yourself trying to argue with somebody who is simply emotionally attached to something.

CALLER: It is so extremely frustrating. When I see this happen on a daily basis, and I think somebody brought this up the other day, I’m wondering, they can’t be thinking about the facts. They have to be thinking about an agenda that they’re going for and just dismissing everything else that’s in front of them.

RUSH: Well, they live in a worldview that’s a cocoon, and it’s created in their emotion. In many cases, the people we’re discussing, it’s a desire for utopianism where everybody loves everybody and there’s no crime and there’s no arguments and there’s no differences between people. They all have same amount of money, same housing, same car, nobody has any advantages and so forth. Anything that challenges that worldview, they cannot deal with and they strike out and try to silence it. They don’t want to hear it. And that’s what we’re up against.

CALLER: Well, please keep telling it — and like you said, I also want to thank God on today.

RUSH: Well, thank you very much. The big problem is that we have irresponsible politicians that play to that emotional cocoon worldview simply to get votes. They’re called demagogues, and the current demagogue is Barack Obama.

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