RUSH: We have a montage here, protesters whining about what they want.
PROTESTOR: I’ve been teaching for over 25 years and I deserve respect for what I do, and I don’t deserve to have my rights taken away.
PROTESTOR: Walker wants to take away my rights and everybody else’s rights.
PROTESTOR: We’re making history. We’re making change.
PROTESTOR: If necessary.
PROTESTOR: You betcha.
PROTESTOR: It’s necessary.
PROTESTOR: (slurring) This is like the sixties all over again!
TEACHER: I think we’ve lost the sense of democracy. I feel like what people in Egypt are fighting for right now, that’s exactly what I feel like I’m fighting for right now.
RUSH: What an absolute idiot. It’s a crying shame that this glittering jewel of colossal ignorance is teaching students. Comparing this to Egypt? ‘I feel like that’s exactly what I’m fighting right now.’ What was Egypt even about? Do you even know, ma’am? Bottom line, it’s not about what they want. We all ‘want’ things. Very few of us run around demanding that somebody give us everything we want! Most of us have more class, most of us have more understanding, most of us are more mature than to run around whining (sobbing), ‘This is what we want! (sobbing) I want my dignity! I want my respect, and I want my benefits (sniffle), I want my health care!’ Well, go earn it! It’s not about what you want. In your case, it’s about what can be afforded. They’re trying to make themselves out to be oppressed. You’re not in Egypt. You’re a bunch of people who feel entitled to be freeloaders.
RUSH: Erica in Benzonia, Michigan, you’re up first on Open Line Friday. Nice to have you with us. Hello.
CALLER: Hiya! Good afternoon, Rush. Thank you for taking my call.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: I am an elementary teacher myself, and I think what the teachers in Wisconsin are doing is deplorable. I myself in Michigan can’t find a job because I have a master’s degree equaling too much money. They can hire two newbies for one of me. But off of that, here they are walking off the job; teaching their students that it’s acceptable to just call in sick if you don’t like what’s going on. No, no, no! So I think that it’s just… It blows my mind that they’re even considering and tolerating the actions of these immature teachers in Wisconsin.
RUSH: Let’s put one thing to rest right now, and that is: The last people they care about are the children. The last people they care about are the kids. The last thing they teach about is education. This is not about students. This is not about education. This is not about teaching. This is not about learning. This is about themselves.
CALLER: It’s narcissistic.
RUSH: It is narcissistic. It’s also hypocritical. These people have been getting by for years on the notion that they are devoted, that they are sacrificing, that they are subordinating themselves to the lofty ideals of the children and their education and so forth — and it isn’t about that at all. It is about them. The children are just pawns. They’re just pawns, as so many of the so-called ‘little guys’ the Democrats are trying to help, they’re just pawns in the game of how these people take care of themselves.