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RUSH: Lee in Peapack, New Jersey. Thank you for calling. Great to have you here. Hi.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. I was in the audience at your CPAC speech and I’ve been a student at the Limbaugh Institute since 1990 when I was just a skull full of mush.

RUSH: Well, thank you very much.

CALLER: I’m very excited to talk to you. This is the first time I’ve been motivated to call. I was so excited to hear you yesterday quoting from the article by the heart surgeon regarding the real root cause of heart disease.

RUSH: Hm-hm.

CALLER: I’ve heard you lamenting for a long time the government involvement in food and how they dictate to us how to eat and I just wanted to let you know a couple things. There are not only liberal food activists out here. There are many of us who reject the idea that the government should be meddling in our food and telling us how to eat, and I’ve gotten involved in what’s known as the real food movement, and specifically the Paleo Diet, which actually tells you to eat essentially the opposite of the way the government has been dictating to us for many years.

RUSH: Now, you call yourself a food activist?

CALLER: Well, I guess in a way I feel that I am because I’ve seen the truth of what the government tells people in terms of what they should be eating and the disaster that has happened to people. And I’ve seen the difference in my own health and my own life eating essentially the opposite way.

RUSH: Well, I like exploring language. You’re a regular listener and you know words mean things to me, and I live in Realville.

CALLER: Yes, I do.

RUSH: The word activist, just by itself, to me implies leftist, liberalism.

CALLER: Exactly. I understand that.

RUSH: So you are doing what you’re doing in response to the government. You’re not engaged in activity demanding, forcing, humiliating, guilting, or whatever other people to do what you do, and you’re not —


RUSH: — asking the government to use the force of their power to do it. You’re simply trying to contradict what you think is propaganda coming from the government, right?

CALLER: Exactly.

RUSH: Okay.

CALLER: Exactly.

RUSH: Well, when you call yourself a food activist, you might confuse people. They might think that you’re active in telling other people how to live.

CALLER: No, I agree with you, and that could be right. I think the reason I use that word is because when you were speaking yesterday, you were talking about the people on the left and how they want the government to tell us how to eat and all that, and I thought, well, that is true, there are a lot of those people that do that, and I’ve seen the results of that. But there are a lot of people who I’ve seen, at least in the paleosphere that I call it, who tend toward liberalism, but because they’ve seen their health improve by doing the opposite of what the government has been saying, have started to question that whole paradigm. They think maybe the government should be telling us what to do, but wait a minute, this has not been working. And I find it’s interesting because I’m a conservative and I end up dealing with a lot of people who are otherwise liberal and I see them start to change their thinking based on their own life experience.

RUSH: Well, that’s great. You know what you’re doing? You’re doing the job the media used to do. You’re doing the job that the media should be. The media loves to say that they speak truth to power. That means holding the powerful accountable. They have abandoned that for half of the powerful. If you are a liberal Democrat powerful person, you are not gonna be held accountable, and you’re not gonna be suspected and nobody’s gonna investigate you. Your motives aren’t gonna be questioned. But if you’re Republican it’s the exact opposite. What you’re doing in simply standing up, wait a second, why should we just automatically believe this because the government says so? Who is the government? You’re doing the job the media used to. And I’m happy to hear that people are reacting to what you’re doing.

CALLER: Oh, yeah. And I think it’s really a freedom issue. And people are starting to realize, wait a minute —

RUSH: Damn well is. You’re exactly right. That’s exactly what it is.

CALLER: You know, there are all these laws against raw milk, but yet the government will dictate to us other things. So it just doesn’t make any sense. I do think it is eye opening to people, and I guess in terms of being an activist, it is more about information. I want to get the information out there that the government involvement and intrusion and subsidies and certain industries —

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: — has caused a lot of problems in people’s own health, and people need to understand that. They need their own freedom. They don’t need the government meddling and telling them how to eat.

RUSH: Exactly right. Look Lee, if you want to call yourself an activist, you go ahead. It’s a nitpick thing with me, but you’re reactionary in this case, which also carries a negative connotation, by the way, which it shouldn’t. You’re simply reacting. You’re minding your own business one day and the government starts telling you how you must do this or that, you say, “Wait a minute, why?” You’re reacting to it. You’re refusing to swallow it per se, and so you’re standing up for freedom, exactly what you’re doing. A freedom fighter is really what you are.

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