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RUSH: Adam in Riverdale, New York, welcome to the EIB Network. Great to have you here.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. It’s a pleasure to reach you today.

RUSH: Thank you, sir.

CALLER: Yes. I wanted to talk to you about the American voter. You know, I’m convinced at this point that most Americans don’t have the sense to reason things out about the economy. I think they’re angry at Obama because they’re waiting for him to fix things, but a lot of them don’t understand about Marxism and socialism. Some do, but many more don’t, because as we know, the Republicans, it’s going to be an earthquake in November. I’ve been reading all these articles about how it will be handing Obama a gift if he goes along with the Republicans in Congress. Now, why would Americans hold on? I mean, on principle, they should realize what Obama has done and vote him out regardless in 2012. You know? I just don’t think most Americans really know that he’s responsible for ruining the economy.

RUSH: I have to, sadly, agree. I don’t know if it’s most.

CALLER: Yeah.

RUSH: But it’s a lot. Earlier this week I engaged — because I got a couple calls — I engaged in what, for me, was the most elementary explanation of how jobs are created, how people get paid, how taxes are collected, what the purpose of it is, basically the most rudimentary explanation of capitalism. I went to a dinner party last night and I had three people come up to me who heard it and said you need to do that more often. I understand why, but it was basic. To me it’s instinctive, once you’ve lived it, you ought to understand it. But you said something very key. People are waiting for Obama to fix it.

CALLER: Yes. They’re waiting for him to fix things, but a lot of people, like I said, they understand that Obama’s ruining this, but out of principle, I mean let’s say the Republicans make things into a satisfactory situation going into 2012. Out of, you know, all these horrible things, the health care thing, Obama ruining the economy with his Marxism, you know, out of principle, are Americans going to wise up this time and say, ‘This guy is just no good, get him out’?

RUSH: See, it is the age-old question. I lived through the prosperity of the eighties.

CALLER: Yes.

RUSH: And throughout the eighties, and you could even argue into the late nineties —

CALLER: Yes.

RUSH: — and during that period of time the American left and the press was constantly revising history, denigrating Reagan, denigrating supply-side economics, capitalism, denigrating the sole reasons for the economic prosperity. And yet liberalism, socialism, Marxism has always failed wherever it’s tried, and yet people continually are seduced by it. And they are seduced by it not so much it, but by its practitioners, as in Obama. People like him personally. If you look at the polling data they don’t like a thing he’s doing but they like him personally. So that would lead you to believe that if the Republicans do come along and make some fixes and get things going in the right direction, Obama will benefit from it and maybe get reelected because people like him personally and don’t hold him personally accountable for this destruction.

CALLER: On the other hand if he continues to fight the Republicans and just continue being who he’s being, if things don’t improve, he’ll definitely be voted out.

RUSH: Not automatic. That depends on how the Republicans deal with it.

CALLER: Oh, they have to be clever and they have to expose him better.

RUSH: I don’t even think they have to be clever. They just have to oppose him. They can’t compromise with him. They have to be able to empathize with their voters and understand why they’re being elected, you know, what their voters expect them to do. And it’s not to cozy up with anybody on the other side, and it’s not to walk across the aisle, it’s not compromise and bipartisanship. It’s to stop this, pure and simple. But I’m still struck by your — it’s one of these things that it’s a profundity, because he says it and I can visualize it. There are people out there waiting for Obama to fix things. Not just Obama personally to fix things. They are waiting for the government to fix it. Now, those are people who have not the slightest idea that they hold the single greatest power over their destiny than the government. They are more in charge of their own life, and it’s sad. That’s not taught anymore. We’re making victims out of more and more people. We’re groupifying, we’re Balkanizing people, and then we’re making them victims. ‘Yeah, your life is what it is because of X, because of them, because of that group, because of those rich people. You can’t get a job or you can’t get a Big Mac or you can’t get Chicken McNuggets unless you call 911 because of X.’

So everybody is being given an excuse for mediocrity, for being mediocre. I’m talking about the public school system throughout our educational system, people’s failures and their mediocre achievements, behavior, is being excused, and, in fact, we’re attaching self-esteem to it. ‘You’re fine, little Johnny. Two plus two is five? Wonderful, wonderful, little Johnny.’ Rather than saying, ‘You stupid idiot, we’ve been trying to teach you for two years that two and two is four. When you gonna learn it?’ Well, not you stupid idiot. But we are victimizing people which is giving them an excuse to not account for anything, to not be anything. And then we’re teaching them how to blame somebody else or some other group or series of events for their plight. And so we arrive at a point where a significant portion of the population is sitting around waiting for somebody, the government, to fix it.

There are some people — and, you know, look, this is a tough thing to say because a lot of people don’t want to hear this ’cause it goes against everybody’s desire that we all be the same, that there be no pain in life and that there be no suffering and that everybody do well and that everybody have what they want and so forth. But there is no equality. You cannot guarantee that any two people will end up the same, and you can’t legislate it and you can’t make it happen. You can try under the guise of fairness and so forth, but some people are self-starters and some people are born lazy, some people are born victims, some people are just born to be slaves. Some people are born to put up with somebody else making every decision for them. Some people, on the other hand, are born and they’re not gonna take anything from anybody, they’re going to be totally in charge of their lives, they’re not going to sit around and wait for something, they’re gonna make it happen. You can see this throughout the American strata, population. Well, born and raised. I think both. I think born and raised.


But even in down economic times there are people getting wealthy. In recessions and depressions there are still people who are profiting from it. Most people are not self-starters. Most people, if you ask them as adults: ‘Think back. Who was the best teacher you ever had?’ They’ll tell you almost without fail that there was somebody in their life that showed them they were capable of much more than they thought they were capable of themselves, because most people are not self-starters. Most people don’t push themselves. They have to be pushed, to be shown. It was the toughest, the hardest teacher that they probably didn’t like, compared to other teachers, but as they matured and got older they realized that particular teacher showed them they were cable of much, much more than they thought they were themselves. It’s just probably a matter of intelligent design. The vast majority of people are not self-starters. And in a way it all works out, because everybody is needed for something.

Anyway, I’m a little long here in this segment. But you get the drift. I think that’s very, very important and indicative. ‘People are waiting for Obama to fix it.’ By the way, did you notice Obama’s reaction to the problem of his presidential seal falling off of his podium? Did you see videotape of this? And did you hear about the aftermath? He was fit to be tied. He found somebody to blame. He had to, and he did find some human being to blame for that thing happening, that seal falling ’cause that was a personal affront to him. ‘No other president’s seal ever fell like that, who’s responsible for it?’ He’s a perfect example of what I’m talking about here. Blames everybody for everything, never accepts blame for his own actions. You know people like that. They’re all over the place, and they irritate the hell out of you, don’t they?

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RUSH: I think it’s just a fact of life. Seventy percent of people — 70%, maybe 65% — wake up waiting to be told what to do. It’s just the way it is. I’m not criticizing them. It’s just the way it is. Sixty-five, 70% of people wake up waiting for something to get fixed. (interruption) You don’t think it’s that high? I’m not breaking it down male-female. I just think the population at large.

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