RUSH: We have a frustrated 15-year-old named Nathan from Floyd, Virginia, on phone. Hi, Nathan. I’m glad you called us.
CALLER: Hi. Thanks. Glad to be on the show. I wanted to say —
RUSH: Well, it’s our —
CALLER: Did you say something?
RUSH: I was just gonna say it’s our honor to have you here.
CALLER: Oh, okay. (chuckles) I wanted to say back in beginning of the show you said that the government was out of control, and it is. I totally agree with you. I mean, spending is completely out of control. I cannot believe how much we have spent. It’s scary. We are on the way to being like Greece. We’re on the path to where Greece is right now. And it’s a scary thing. You know, the government keeps putting down all these regulations. I don’t understand why people think we need all of these regulations when all we need is the free market. That’s all we need: The free market. The government needs to get out of our way and let the free market adjust itself and problems I think can be solved just by the simplistic free market.
RUSH: Let me tell you something, Nathan, that I wish somebody had told me when I was 15. And my father might have and it just might not-a clicked and I missed it.
RUSH: When you’re 65, 50 years from now, you’re going to be talking the identical way to somebody else about the rest of the people, or other people. My point is that your entire… You’re wise beyond your years, and you’re going to become a target because of it as you go further through school. So I hope that you’re able to hang tough and not be intimidated out of what you instinctively, with your own God-given IQ, understand and believe. But the point is people that you don’t understand who believe and say things that you don’t think make any sense at all… Like you don’t understand how people can’t appreciate that the private sector is where the greatness in this country’s occurred.
RUSH: They’re gonna be with you for the rest of your life.
CALLER: Absolutely. I will never get intimidated by anybody else. My dad and my mom and you have taught me well, and I know where this country needs to go, and we are definitely (chuckles) not on the right path.
RUSH: Well —
CALLER: I’m worried that I’m not gonna be able to grow up in this society.
RUSH: No, you will. You will. Because people like you are gonna make it so. The history of this country is that every third or fourth generation — and it’s probably gonna be yours — comes along and simply refuses to put up with the mess made by their parents and grandparents and great-grandparents. Nothing against your parents. I’m just talking about previous generations. At some point, you’re going to say, “I’m not paying this tax rate. I’m not going to live with this little freedom,” and some generation will come along and do something about it.
RUSH: But my point is, you’re always gonna have these enemies, Nathan. You’re always gonna have these people try to stop you, and the more effective you are the more they’re gonna come after you. And you are entering a very important phase in your life. Because you are about to get out of high school, and I assume you’re gonna go to college and you are gonna be surrounded by an artificially high number of people that disagree with you.
RUSH: College. But when you get out, understand — never forget this — the people who are on the other side of what you believe are a distinct minority in this country. You and people like you outnumber them. Please, the rest of your life, don’t forget I told you this because it’s gonna affect and contribute to your confidence. The media, if it doesn’t change, is gonna make you feel like you’re the oddball and the genuine minority. But you will be in the vast majority of people who believe what you believe. The problem you’re gonna encounter is that most of the people who believe what you believe are afraid of to say it, and it’s gonna be up to people like you to lead the effort against the very vocal opposition that you know is there.
CALLER: Absolutely. I will remember that. I’m not gonna forget about that one.
RUSH: Try not to forget it, because it’s my life. I’m 61, and I think about this all the time. My whole life, my whole professional career, there have been people who to me just don’t get it. “How can they not see it? How can they not?” And they think the same thing about us. Except they live lies; they believe lies. They have to artificially create public opinion to agree with them. Don’t ever doubt that most Americans are like you. The thing you’ll encounter is that most won’t say so ’cause they don’t want the hassle, the argument, the confrontation that comes with it.
RUSH: Because the media aligned against you is a very powerful force.
CALLER: Absolutely. Well, thank you very much, Mr. Limbaugh.
RUSH: No, thank you.
CALLER: I really appreciate the advice.
RUSH: Gosh, it’s people like you who give all the rest of us hope.
CALLER: (chuckles) Thank you. I really appreciate that.
RUSH: Figure out how to vote ten or 12 times. (chuckles)
RUSH: Just kidding! Just kidding!
CALLER: That’s a great line right there.
RUSH: Nathan, thanks for the call. It’s great to have you in the audience.