RUSH: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dave, you’re next on the EIB Network, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Hey, how are you, Rush?
RUSH: Very well. Thank you.
CALLER: Glad to be on your show. I can’t appreciate… I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate what you’re doing.
RUSH: Thank you, sir.
CALLER: You know, I do have one disagreement with you, though, and it’s something you said earlier in the program a couple times, that Obama administration was somehow an architect of what we’re dealing with. And while I recognize the escalation is totally within their… You know, they’re completely responsible for the escalation of it, I truly believe we have to look at the ‘liberal progressives’ that are in the Republican Party as well, and I think not enough conservatives — talk show hosts, people whoever — are really remembering this. We have to send the right people to Washington in November, and I think that means de-electing a lot of the party — you know, the Republicans who are lifers and who are vested in the system.
RUSH: Give me some names.
CALLER: Well, Lindsey Graham for one. This Scott Brown. I don’t know if you just heard on the news his comment that he made about Kagle, or Kagan — excuse me — Elena Kagan.
CALLER: The sort of the mealy-mouthed, namby-pamby stuff that we hear. The people who aren’t willing to fight in the Republican Party should not be there. We need fighters.
RUSH: I understand what you’re saying. I said this, in fact, when I was discussing that Orrin Hatch early first hour. Orrin Hatch is in trouble in Utah. Orrin Hatch back in the old days, he was rock-ribbed, strong conservative as he could be. Washington overtakes a lot of people, and you become a creature of the Beltway and so forth. But I don’t see the purpose here in trying to nitpick. You know, you can look at Bush and say, ‘Yeah, he was a big spender.’ No question about it and you could be critical about it — and I have, and I was, and you could look at Bush on immigration, ‘Ah, it wasn’t the right thing to do,’ and so forth, but I’m going to tell you something, what this gets toward is that there’s ‘no difference in the two parties,’ and that I cannot allow that to stand. The two parties are entirely different. There’s not one Republican that voted for health care. Not one.
The idea here ‘throw all of the bums out’ misses the point. The problem is liberalism. Yeah, there are some moderate Republicans, RINOs and so forth. Very few. There aren’t any Obama Republicans. There aren’t any Harry Reid Republicans. This is a circumstance where if we’re not careful… You can look at what’s happening here in Florida: In a two-way race, Charlie Crist gets creamed by Marco Rubio, who I’m sure is a Republican you’re pretty much in favor of. So Charlie Crist decides to go independent, and somehow in a three-way race he’s winning now. Why? Because he splits the opposition vote! The danger of this kind of thinking leads to a third party of ‘purity’ and so forth. We’ve got a lot of work to do here, and I think the objective is to stop liberalism wherever it is. Anyway, I appreciate the call. Thanks much.
Where are we going next, Snerdley? Give me a call. Charles in Bossier City, Louisiana. Great to have you here, sir.
CALLER: Yeah. We should be able to pick up that Virginia seat, that incumbent that just got beat in West Virginia. Palin and McCain did carry that district. We get is a good conservative we should win and at that — and can I make one other quick comment to you real quick?
CALLER: One of our high school friends said to tell you hello. Buford Moyer in Louisiana. He went to high school with you in his freshman year before he moved off, and he told me to tell you — if I ever got a chance to — hello from him.
RUSH: Buford Moyer?
CALLER: Yeah, him and his wife own Sue’s Country Kitchen in Bossier City, Louisiana. They’ve had it for about 30 years.
RUSH: Sounds like a restaurant.
CALLER: Yeah, yeah, right. Uh-huh. They moved from Missouri — well, he did, his family did — but he said he went to school with you his freshman year I believe it was in high school. He said you was a real nice guy.
RUSH: (chuckles) Obviously, he didn’t know me.
CALLER: Well… (laughing)
RUSH: (laughing) Anyway, Charles, thanks for the phone call.
RUSH: Matthew in Fargo, North Dakota, welcome to the EIB Network. Hi.
CALLER: Thanks for having me.
RUSH: You bet, sir.
CALLER: All right, so basically I called in because I just wanted to know, I’m a 22-year-old, I was looking at going into the medical profession, I wanted to be a pediatric surgeon, but the health care bill, I don’t know where that’s going, but basically I want to know, what can I do here in Fargo, North Dakota? It’s a pretty conservative area, everyone pretty much thinks alike, there’s not too much that can be done. I know that Earl Pomeroy voted for the health care reform bill after I sent numerous e-mails and I did click the ‘please contact me,’ never did.
RUSH: Did you say Earl Pomeroy?
RUSH: Yeah, we’ve had — oh, I wish we had that call. His nephew called 20 years ago and just —
RUSH: — ripped Earl Pomeroy to shreds, it was the funniest thing.
CALLER: He’s a coward.
RUSH: Well, he’s turning into a coward.
CALLER: Yeah. So what do you think is going to happen here? Like I said, there are a lot of conservatives here, a lot of like-minded people. What’s a good way to get out and get things going?
RUSH: Well, what do you mean specifically by get out and get things going? You mean rallying against Obama, rallying against Democrats?
CALLER: Yeah. Yeah. I mean, as a state here we pretty much vote conservative, but I don’t know, everyone we elect or almost everyone we elect pretty much goes the other way.
RUSH: That’s a — that’s a — (crosstalk)
CALLER: — the people that we have in, I guess.
RUSH: This is a lament that a lot of people have. Their elected official goes the other way. They don’t stay true to their campaign, they go to Washington and they become something else. Here’s the thing. You’re 22 years old, and it is —
RUSH: — a blessing that you care enough at age 22 to be so involved and so concerned that you want to do something about this. The first thing I would tell you to do is to don’t get discouraged by all of the predictable things that are going to happen in the world of politics. I always tell people to become the go-to person in their group. Whenever somebody in your group, whether it’s family or friends, if they’ve got a political question or a cultural question, you be the guy that has the answer, you be the guy that can answer all these questions because that’s how you persuade people. The objective here for you is to persuade as many people as possible. It’s what we’re all trying to do and we do it in our own ways, and we do it within our own spheres. All of our groups of friends, our universes are different sizes. But you’re just 22, you’re just starting out. You are way ahead of the game with what you already know, the sophistication you already have about these kinds of things.
We fix things at the ballot box in this country, and if you elect somebody and it turns out they have misled you, you just get rid of them and you learn next time, you learn how to identify who these people are so that they don’t fool you again, and then you stay true to what it is that you’ve learned. And if you’re gonna vocally or publicly support these people, you make it clear what your support is worth and what you expect. You’re going to get discouraged, people are people, and politicians especially are going to disappoint you. So during the course of all this, make sure that you are able to rely on yourself and your own life to accomplish what you want to accomplish. Don’t let the idiocy of some people in Washington penalize your achievement. They may make it harder for you, but you can overcome them.