RUSH: Dave, Oakdale, California, we start with you. You’re first on the phones today. Nice to have you with us, sir.
CALLER: Nice to talk to you, Rush. Congratulations on your recent marriage.
RUSH: Thank you, sir, very much.
CALLER: Yeah. Well, basically I’m a new listener, and I voted for Obama and I’m having some real voter regret. And I just wanted to kind of touch base on how you’re calling the college education, all the professors and the trying to push thinker agenda down on the country class, here. I think it starts a lot sooner than in college. You know, speaking of when I was in school just a few years ago — I’m in my late twenties now, but — I remember in high school there’s a kid who wrote a essay and actually end up getting some college scholarship money for basically — you know, I was proud and happy for him, but — it’s just all about how proud he was to be African-American and the struggles his family went through in America and how proud he was and all I could think was, ‘If I change those words to how proud I was to be white I would have been probably thrown out of class, expelled, sent to a psychiatrist. You know, not applauded and handed college scholarship money.’ I just think that’s kinda —
RUSH: When did you come to that realization? At the time, or just recently?
CALLER: Yeah, at the time I was thinking that and I thought it years since and I’ve always kind of known as a double standard but we all just kind of sit quietly and let it happen because there’s a lot of underlying guilt that’s been going on for generations —
CALLER: Yeah. It’s actually… It’s really bad. They push it on us and it’s crazy how many people actually feel it — and they don’t realize it, either, that’s the sad part.
RUSH: All right. Yeah, sadly probably more and more are, though. Why did you vote for Obama?
CALLER: Why did I vote for Obama?
CALLER: I guess I fell for the propped. Before the election I was actually a registered Libertarian which I like libertarianism — (crosstalk)
RUSH: You’re going to give Libertarians a bad name.
CALLER: — fairly progressive in a lot of ways also. But why did I vote for Obama. That’s a good question. I guess I fell for the hook line and the sinker of the propaganda. I was really frustrated like a lot of people, really angry, feeling like the country was going in a bad direction. And now since he’s taken office I feel like we’re going in an even worse direction. It’s actually truly scary. I can’t hardly believe it. With his lackluster reaction to the BP oil spill — and the straw that really broke the donkey’s back for me is when he went after Arizona on the immigration debate. That really beyond makes me angry. I can’t hardly stand that. In Oakdale, California, we had a Hershey factory here that actually shut down and moved operation to Mexico, and this town is still hurting over that.
RUSH: Wait a second.
CALLER: So that really hit home for me.
RUSH: They shut down a Hershey chocolate factory in California and moved it to Mexico?
CALLER: In Oakdale, California, Hershey Chocolate Town. They had a chocolate festival every year, chocolate tours of the factory. I used to go ’em all the time when I was a little kid. It’s disgusting.
RUSH: Everybody knows that chocolate will melt in Mexico.
RUSH: I can’t believe Hershey did that.
CALLER: I can’t, either. It was like a slap to the face — and to see him go down that to Arizona and go up to those people, feels like a slap in the face here. The whole country should have done what Arizona’s doing, and for them to act like, ‘How can you tell what an illegal is?’ Here’s your first clue: When you pull them over all they have are IDs from Mexico.
CALLER: Is that racist? It’s common sense.
RUSH: (laughs) I can’t believe you voted for Obama. What in the hell got into you? This doesn’t sound like a new revelation the way you’re thinking now. Yet you got caught up in all this Obama hype. I’ll bet he wanted an end to the partisan bickering, maybe believed in the ‘great unifier’ business. Thank you, Dave. Great to have you on the program. Here’s Barbara in Quogue, New York. Welcome to the EIB Network.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Thank you so much for taking my call.
RUSH: Yes, ma’am.
CALLER: And God bless you for saying what you mean, meaning what you say, and your honesty.
RUSH: Thank you, ma’am.
CALLER: It’s an honor to speak with you.
RUSH: I appreciate that.
CALLER: I’m sitting here fuming as I’m listening to you. I’m a 58-year-old ‘white’ female, proud to be a tea party patriot. I’m not racist, I’m not violent, I’m just no longer silent — which brings me to make this call, Rush. I am so sick of hearing the NAACP, Jeremiah Wright, other black left-wing activists and the liberal elitists speak about black oppression, racism, using this as an excuse to further their agenda. Rush, I grew up on welfare in the coalmine region of northeast Pennsylvania. Our family was berated, we are chastised, we were scorned upon because we were the only welfare family on the block. It was the most demeaning experience of my young life.
RUSH: It had a stigma in attached to it.
CALLER: It was. And, Rush, my story wasn’t unique. When I turned seven years old — I was the baby of the family out of three children — my mother went to work as a state case in a dress factory. Dad was a coalminer. The coalmines had closed down. Dad was also a World War II, Battle of the Bulge veteran, and when he came back from the war, work was just not in his life anymore. But getting off welfare, Rush. When my mother went to work, we couldn’t stand it. It made me work harder to better my life. It made me work harder to be more proud of myself.
RUSH: Well, you see, that was back in the days before the definition of being an ‘American’ equaled being entitled to largesse from the government.
RUSH: That was before the whole concept of ‘funemployment.’
RUSH: Back then you didn’t have stories about how wonderfully liberating it was to be out of work like you do today, about the family growing closer spiritually and so forth, taking advantage of being out of work and on welfare, being supported by other people. But that’s a bygone era, as you are pointing out.