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RUSH: Julie in Hudson, Wisconsin, it’s great to have you here on the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Hi. I am sitting here drinking — in my apartment with my cat, drinking — coffee and talking to you. It’s an amazing thing and I thank you for even noticing. (chuckles) I wanted to say I saw your speech — CPAC. I didn’t get to finish it because I was too busy, but it affected my heart. I didn’t know that I knew these things, but I think that, like… Okay, I’ll explain this. I didn’t know that I could listen to someone who’s famous for speaking for America and trying to save America and is as intelligent as you are famous and then when I heard him speak I could hear and understand every word, and I thought like I was at home. I felt like I had found a home. And so for that to be, it has to be that it’s an innate — it is an innate — feeling to know that you are (garbled) at God and deserve freedom.

RUSH: Well, no, I’m not a god.

CALLER: Oh, I didn’t say that! (laughing)

RUSH: No, I think you’re confusing me with Obama.

CALLER: (laughing)

RUSH: Evan Thomas at Newsweek said that Obama is sort of like God. I’m a mere mortal.

CALLER: I know that you’re mortal.

RUSH: I appreciate what you’re saying. So, it was the CPAC speech that you saw?

CALLER: Yes. And I didn’t get to finish it, but you could see the kind of person you were. It’s very clear, so it’s hard. But I had to see the speech and hear the words — that form not your radio show. Because somehow — I don’t know if it was the format or if it was just my limitations, which is likely, but — I understood who you were. I think there should be more speeches out there for regular people.

RUSH: Well, you know, I don’t care how you came to it, the fact is you came to it. The fact is you saw the light.

CALLER: (laughing)

RUSH: The fact is that it all makes sense. You understand now. You are home. You have come home. I’ll tell you what, that is a very nice compliment that you have given me, and I want to thank you. Did you hear what she said? She said when she listens to me she feels like she’s at home. She’s come home. She must have been wandering aimlessly out there in the desert for who knows how many years. Thanks very much, Julie. I appreciate it.

RUSH: Here’s Linda in Duluth, Georgia, you’re next on the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. This is Linda. First-time caller.

RUSH: Thank you.

CALLER: I just got turned on to you about six years ago from my boyfriend. And I gotta tell you, I wish I knew about you a long time ago.

RUSH: Well, you do now, and that’s what counts —

CALLER: I sure do.

RUSH: — because it’s the future that is the challenge now.

CALLER: That’s right. And I talked to Snerdley and he… I just want to tell you something. I listen to you every chance I get, and a day without you is a day without sunshine.

RUSH: Well, a day without me is a day without home.

CALLER: That’s right. And that girl — that lady — was right. And what I’m really upset about is, you know, I’m sure you get this all the time, and I do listen to you. And you know, I think Obama’s playing games with our country. I watch him. I hate listening to him now because he just upsets me so much, but he’s playing games with our country, with our lives, and there are a lot of people out there who are afraid. They don’t know what to do. And, you know, I get in trouble all the time, people say, ‘Well, those are your opinions.’ Yes, they’re my opinions. But if people don’t start listening…

RUSH: Look, when somebody… Linda, now, when somebody says that to you from now on… I have run into people who say, ‘Well, that’s your opinion,’ as though just because you have an opinion it’s not valid. Well, that’s just your opinion. That’s designed to shut you up. People who do not like the truth, Linda, consider the truth to be hate. The truth is ‘hate speech’ to people who don’t like it. The truth — if it challenges the little cocoon that they’ve manufactured for themselves to live in and that cocoon, and their life is built on a bunch of falsehoods and lies and so forth — when you penetrate that with the truth, they get mad! You’ve upset ’em and they don’t want you to do that. So they’re going to try to shut you up or say that what you’re saying is insignificant because it’s your opinion. ‘Who are you? Who are you to have an opinion? That’s just your opinion!’

Don’t let ’em shut you up like that. Your opinion is as valid as anybody else’s is, especially if your opinion has the added weight of being right. And if you have been listening to this program for six years, I can guarantee that your opinions are correct. So you have nothing to feel defensive about. As far as Obama playing a game, I know what you’re trying to say. But this is no game. This is a serious attempt at deconstructing this country as it was founded and putting it back together in a way that people will not recognize and will not be able to do anything about. It’s not a game. It is dangerously serious what President Obama has in mind here. Pay caps all across industry. Nationalizing as much of the private sector as he can get away with. This is just beyond the pale what is being tried here. And there are so many people afraid to stand up. You mentioned it, too. People are afraid. They don’t know what to do, they’re afraid to say anything about it.

They’re afraid. We’re approaching a period of time here where like people in the old Soviet Union — we’re nowhere near that yet, folks — don’t misunderstand, but in the old Soviet Union people had to retreat to their bathrooms to tell each other what they really thought about something for fear of being overhead by the state and being sent off to some reeducation camp to get their minds right. Now, we’re not there yet, but we’ve got a lot of people scared to death to oppose or speak out against Obama, for a whole host of reasons. They don’t want to be called racist or they just don’t like controversy or what have you. The problem with these people who don’t know what to do is there’s no elected Republican leadership right now that is giving them an opportunity to support and vent and have a release for some of the rage.

They have to keep it all pent up; there’s nothing they can do with it. Eventually some leader in the Republican Party is going to — it will happen. And we had this story yesterday in USA Today, ‘Well, who’s the Republican leader? There is no Republican leader! There are just these bald white guys and 13% approval for Limbaugh.’ Somebody name for me the Democrat leader six months into George Bush’s first term. Who was the Democrat leader throughout the first term of Bush’s presidency? Who was it? Can you name it? There wasn’t one, was there? These people are running around like ants in an anthill trying to figure out what to do next. Who was the Democrat leader after the 2004 Bush victory? Who was it?

There wasn’t one. It’s traditional. Parties that lose elections go through this massive reorganization, reformation, they go through all of this backbiting and eventually it ends, as you get close to the next election and they come up with somebody — and it was the same thing for the Democrats. But the media today, the State-Run Media is intent on keeping the Republican Party a minority party and a minority movement forever by continually disrespecting it. It’s so obvious that it’s what’s happening. It’s nothing unusual within the realm of politics for a party six months after losing an election not to have some leader. And that’s not going to happen ’til there is a candidate, a presidential nominee. There might be somebody surface in 2010, who knows, but those are going to be congressional and Senate races. At any rate, thanks for the call, Linda. I appreciate it.

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