CALLER: Thank you for taking my call, sir.
CALLER: I have a quick… Before I do my question, I have a quick question for you. I’ve listened to you for quite a while, very entertaining show —
CALLER: — and I keep hearing people calling and saying mega dittos. What does that referring to? I hope that’s not a stupid question.
RUSH: Well, I’ll be glad to answer it, but if you’ve been listening a long time, you certainly have heard me explain this. Have you just forgotten it?
CALLER: No. Believe it or not —
RUSH: All right.
CALLER: — all the times I’ve listened, I’ve never heard that one explained.
RUSH: All right. Here’s the explanation. Back when this show started August 1st, 1988, it took the nation by storm because there was nothing like it in the national media. The national media was all liberal. Here was this conservative program that reflected the views of millions of people. As people would call in, the first couple minutes of their call, literally, they’d spend thanking me and talking about how great it was to have something like this on the radio, finally, it was so great, and I, of course, loved hearing it. After a while, after about six months, it finally just grew old. It was delaying getting to the discussion of the issues. A woman called from I think it was like New Hampshire, and after just one of those calls, said, ‘Ditto to what they guy just said.’ So ditto means, ‘I love the program. Don’t ever go away.’ It doesn’t mean, ‘I agree with you.’ It doesn’t mean, ‘You’re always right.’ It means, ‘I love the program.’ Mega dittos means, ‘I really love — I, mean I adore — this program. It’s the only program!’ That’s what mega dittos means.
CALLER: Well, then let me be the first one to say mega dittos after hearing that today.
RUSH: All right. Thank you.
CALLER: I don’t want to harp on the issue, but I think as talented as you are and experienced you are as and enlightened as you are, I think you’re missing this one here with the dogs. (sigh) You know, we’ve been devaluing human life since the beginning of time. Hitler, Ghengis Khan, you can go back and back. So I think you’ve missed the point. Abortion didn’t just devalue it from there. It’s been devalued —
RUSH: Look, look —
CALLER: — since the beginning of time.
RUSH: Don’t compare average Americans to Adolf Hitler. Don’t compare average Americans to Ghengis Khan — or Gen-giss Khan as Kerry pronounces it. Don’t. What I’m talking about here is average Americans. Look, this is not the only incident that makes me think that there has been a devaluation of human life. I know there has been. It’s not arguable. This is, to me, something that’s been going for decades now, and there are precise reasons for it, and you can see evidence all over the place for it, other than the outrage over the dog deaths at the Vick dogfight compound.
CALLER: Well, again, we’ve been numb for thousands of years to human suffering. Animals, only in the past hundred years have we started to really abuse them and misuse them and —
CALLER: — do things that… Think about it, Rush. Before —
RUSH: Todd, I have thought about it.
CALLER: — we had to shoot them with bow and arrow, for our food source.
RUSH: I have thought about it, Todd. I have thought about it, and the point is, you’re talking about the modern-day animal rights movement, which, by the way, quite a contrast, the animal rights movement and the pro-aborts. I don’t want to go back to there, though. This is what I mean by, ‘People’s historical perspective begins with the day of their birth.’ If you think cruelty to animals is something new and revolutionary and that there was this massive love and oneness and communal living between man and nature, you have got another thing coming. I will guarantee you, if the environmentalist wackos ever get their way and revert everybody’s lifestyles back to the 1800s and the 1900s, the animal rights people will not put up with what we will have to do to animals in order to survive ourselves.
RUSH: Hi. Welcome back, Rush Limbaugh, late-arriving show prep continues to pour in here to the EIB Southern Command. Let’s see.
RUSH: Cynthia in Kila, Montana. I hope I’m pronouncing that right. You’re next. It’s great to have you here with us.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. It’s an honor to speak to you. I can’t tell you.
RUSH: Thank you very, very, very much.
CALLER: But I was calling in regards to listening to Senator Schumer, and all I could think of was Hillary, and I could hear your parody in my mind, ‘I don’t recall. I don’t recall,’ and she couldn’t remember anything.
RUSH: That was grand jury testimony, too.
RUSH: And may I tell you one other thing that the last caller reminded me of?
RUSH: Yesterday at work, I work just part-time, and I tell people all through the day what’s going on in politics because I listen to you.
CALLER: Anyway, I had an old lady, sweet as could be. She started talking about all the deer that keep getting hit on the roads out here, and I said, ‘Well, they just paved our road out here in Kila and they have seen more dead deer on the road because people are driving like 50 in the 30-mile-an-hour zone.’
CALLER: And she said, ‘Oh, they have just got to stop killing our wildlife,’ and I looked at her, and I went, ‘Yes because I’d rather have it in my freezer than bloated on the side of the road.’
CALLER: Oh, my goodness. You should have seen her face.
RUSH: Good for you. What did she do?
CALLER: She just spurted. She had nothing to say.
RUSH: (Laughing.) By the way, that’s great. Look, Cynthia, thanks very much for the call. The substitute broadcast engineer, Ed, working today, said that dogfighting, as far as historians have been able to document, had its origins in the Roman Empire. Now, the Roman Empire, for those of you in Rio Linda, is 2,000 BC up to AD. (I probably lost them there, too.) It was many, many years ago, and look what happened to them, folks. Look what happened to the Romans. They became The Sopranos. That was long after their empire fell apart.