RUSH: Now to the phones. This is Terrence in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Hello, sir.CALLER: Rush.
CALLER: I’m depressed. I have a problem.
CALLER: I live in Cambridge. They do not like Christmas, and I’m surrounded by liberals. Their depression is really starting to affect my outlook on Christmas. I don’t feel like I can get into it this year, it’s so depressing. I get “Happy Holidays,” if that, wherever I go. I don’t know how to respond to this. It gets to the point to — I’m surrounded by liberals, and as we all know their outlook on life —
RUSH: Well, unless you’re prepared to move, that is a challenge you’re going to have living where you live.
CALLER: See, that’s the problem. I’m not prepared to move.
CALLER: I’m kind of stuck here, but —
RUSH: All right, then you need some therapy, and I’m going to give you one of the best pieces of advice I have ever given in my life. It’s tough to do but it’s fun to try.
CALLER: All right.
RUSH: You won’t succeed all the time at it, but when you succeed, you will feel liberated like you can’t believe, and it’s very simple. You are allowing other people, many of whom you don’t even know, to affect how you feel about yourself. You are giving so much power to a bunch of people that you have no respect for in the first place.
RUSH: You have to learn — we all have to learn — how to make our own selves happy by virtue of our own existence, being, things that we do, pursuing our passions. If you need to get in the Christmas spirit, to see a bunch of outside things like Christmas trees or if you have people saying, “Merry Christmas out there, Terrence! Great to see you,” and that’s not happening, then you’re not going to enjoy it. If you can get yourself out of the circumstance where you need that kind of feedback from people. I know community is a big part of Christmas. It really is. But you can make it what you want inside your own home with your family.
CALLER: Right. Well —
RUSH: I agree. Look it, liberals are depressing as all get out. They never laugh; they’re never happy.
CALLER: Yeah. Even when I say “Merry Christmas” to someone, it’s a startled look they get on their face, and it’s almost like an aggressive response, like, “Oh, yeah. Merry Christmas.” You know what I mean? Like, they’re angry about it.
RUSH: You offended them!
RUSH: You have offended them. See, they’re also granting you way too much power, but what to affect the way they feel. The difference between you and them — and I’m dead serious about this. When you offend them, they will go and do whatever they have to, wherever, to make sure you don’t say whatever you say to offend them. They want to shut you up. When they offend you, you call me, but you don’t go to government. You’re not trying to force your way on them like they are trying to force their way on you.
RUSH: The reason you feel depressed is because they have systematically over the years done their best to take Christmas, the spirit and everything associated with it out of public life.
CALLER: (Groans) Well, I mean, you know what, I’m not going to stop saying, “Merry Christmas,” to anyone. In fact, I’m going to up the ante and continue to say it even more.
RUSH: And smile when you do and be the nicest, most cheerful, joyful person in the world you can muster when you say it. If they can’t accept good cheer, and you being nice, don’t make it your problem. It’s theirs.
CALLER: Thanks, Rush. Merry Christmas.
RUSH: Same to you. They’re telling you more about who they are than they are telling you who you are. All right. Now, here’s a great illustration here of liberals and Christmas: Nancy Pelosi. This is how screwed up they are. She had her press conference yesterday announcing her agenda for the 110th Congress, and she tries to wish everybody a Merry Christmas at the end of her press conference.
PELOSI: I wish you all a very happy holiday, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, whatever it is you’re celebrating, I wish you well with it.
RUSH: I am celebrating your eventual defeat as speaker in 2008. Merry Christmas to you, too.