RUSH: Savannah, Georgia, Duane, welcome to the EIB Network. Hello, sir.
CALLER: Hello, Rush. Thank you for taking my call.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: Rush, I work at a hospital in Savannah. I work with dozens of doctors. I work with hundreds of nurses, and I’ve only talked to one person, and I interact with a lot of these because I work in PACU, and I deliver patients throughout the hospital to surgeons — you know, just everywhere. I heard one person who was favorable of the health care bill. And, you know, she is the kind of person, I will have to admit, that, you know, you feel like your IQ drops 20 or 30 points just talking to. Anyway, but nobody supports this thing.
RUSH: So the only person who supports it has the IQ of a pencil eraser?
CALLER: Roughly, roughly.
CALLER: Well, my point, you know, I’d like to see a lot more videotapes and hear a lot less rumors of threats against the Democrats. I just don’t believe — they have nothing to fear from the voters except at the ballot box in November.
RUSH: And that is what they fear, that’s exactly —
CALLER: Well, I am so looking forward to seeing Nancy Pelosi not be the speaker of the House on a perpetual basis.
RUSH: Well, I’ll tell you what. Let’s not get too excited here. We still have to make sure the elections take place, and then we have to make sure that we win ’em.
CALLER: Well, I have an idea, I have a question or a proposal. Why can’t some kind of alliance be forged between the Republican Party and the tea party movement? I mean I’m thinking maybe a rebranding. You know, I’m trying to find a way to avoid a third party and the splintering of the Republican Party and maybe just a merger. Is there some way that this can be done? I mean, think about it, Rush. In five years, five years, three election cycles, the country could be taken back. There’s gotta be 535 people in this country that’s qualified to be in Congress with the idea, and maybe call it the freedom party, call it the constitutional party, something, or maybe a rebranding. If people who are conservative but don’t want to admit it because of the connotations that some people have of tea party Republicans, maybe call it the freedom party, the Constitution party, or something, could this not be done?
RUSH: Well, I don’t think that would be the way to go about it. I think the effort needs to be to remake the Republican Party led by conservatives, make it a Conservative Party. Renaming is not going to accomplish anything. The Republican Party, we’ve talked about this a lot. There are Republicans-in-name-only, there are liberal northeastern Republicans who want no part of the tea party, they want no part of the confrontation, they want no part of the fight. You know, they’ve got theirs. I hear people comparing these times to the Revolution, the American Revolution, the founding. A lot of things are different. I mean there is so much wealth in this country now compared to what it was then. And even back then, only one-third of the colonists supported it. Two-thirds didn’t. One-third was against, one-third didn’t care, and one-third was all for it. But you’ve got people now with a tremendous amount of wealth and security and power who don’t want to rock the boat for themselves personally by taking on the opposition in such a way that would make them enemies, but things are happening as they are wont to, and I think all of these things are going to be falling in line.
The tea party is not really a, quote, unquote, party. I think most of the members of tea party are — did I see 72%, a poll says are Republicans? I think I did.
RUSH: Jill in Columbus, I’m glad you called. Thanks for waiting. Welcome to the program.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. I’m calling because I’m mad today at the people who are mad about this legislation passing, the health care legislation because I’ll bet you at least half the people who are calling in mad have voted in favor of smoking bans and have supported representatives who supported seat belt laws, car seat laws, helmet laws, trans-fat bans. All those bits of legislation that steal our liberties, led to this being able to pass, and they’ve just they’ve reaped what they’ve sown.
RUSH: Yeah, but there’s a tipping point, you see? I agree with you: They snatch a little bit here and snatch a little freedom there — under the guise of safety for all, fairness for all, security for all, equality for all — and then at some point they make the big bite, they make the big chew, and this is it and people finally realize what’s going on. It’s an excellent point. All these other little, bitty things — helmet laws, trans fat bans. By the way, do you know — just to give you an idea — in this health care bill it is now the law of the land that restaurants have to publish calorie content of everything they sell? I don’t know, ’cause I don’t have the story in front of me, if it’s just certain kinds of restaurants like fast food joints or if it’s every restaurant. These are state laws where they exist. Now it’s part of Obamacare. Calorie content. Food items on the menu. Nationwide.