RUSH: Freda in Tucson. Freda, welcome to the program. Great to have you here.
CALLER: Hi, Mr. Rush Limbaugh. I just like to start by saying thank you to you for helping me understand what America is all about and what conservatives are.
RUSH: Thank you. I appreciate that. I really do.
CALLER: No, I was very naive until I heard you because of my husband and, well, your tea makes you more famous, more than that. But I was very angry after I hear Obama’s comment about how we need the government to become successful, and that’s totally wrong. I’m an immigrant from Peru. I’ve lived in this country for 12 years, and we just got our success, and we did our own. We worked hard for it. We’re still working hard for it, but we never had any help. We never looked to get any benefits from that. And just to hear him say that we didn’t do it, we didn’t work hard for it, it’s totally wrong.
RUSH: Well, you know what he’s counting on, Freda, and he’s right about this, there are many fewer business owners than there are employees. For him it’s a game of mathematics. It’s numbers. He is trying to put together a voting bloc comprised of disaffected Americans. In this case, he’s calculating that he can run around and criticize people who own businesses as greedy and selfish and they got there by using the contributions of others, but didn’t pay them fairly for it, he’s counting on the fact that there are a lot of people,” yeah, yeah, yeah, they owe me. I made it happen for ’em, me and my friend, we made it happen.” And Obama is telling these people, “Elect me, I’ll go get what’s yours. I’ll make sure these people pay you.” Those are not the words he’s using, but —
CALLER: No. It just makes me angry because it’s not. Like this is the first time in 12 years I’ve been living in this country that I felt so qualified. You know, I have never heard about white, black, gays, you know, like, oh, you guys deserve this because you guys were black. No, what I can tell is there’s government, all it does is make people worthless. I get to see it now because I had a cousin who had a job for the first time and now he’s discovered unemployment. He lost his job and he’s sitting at home on unemployment.
RUSH: Freda, let me ask you. You’ve been here 12 years, you said?
CALLER: Yes. Yes, sir.
RUSH: You left Peru. One of the things you left, you escaped your country, you were escaping the government of Peru, right?
CALLER: It was a corrupt government, yes.
RUSH: All right. So how do you feel? You leave Peru to get away from a corrupt government, you’ve been here 12 years, you gotta be having nightmares, oh, my God, it’s all starting to happen here. Am I right?
CALLER: Yes. Yes. Totally. Now, yes.
RUSH: All right.
CALLER: Even before when George Bush was president, we felt this — (unintelligible) Now it’s worse. Now nothing is where it’s supposed to be.
RUSH: Wait, wait. I want to make sure I heard you. You felt oppressed when Bush was president, did you say?
CALLER: No, no. I never felt this way, never with him, ever. No. Now, that’s when I felt we are all different. We’re categorized for who we are, what color skin we are, or we’re gay. It’s totally wrong. You know, it’s like we moved to this country looking for the American dream, and we came because we know this country has opportunities, equal opportunities for everybody. And if you work hard, you can become successful, and that’s what we did. We came with nothing, we worked very hard, and we still do. And now we finally own our business.
RUSH: Yeah, well, millions of Americans know exactly how you feel. I can’t thank you enough. She basically said that this program helped her to understand America and conservatives, and I appreciate that. That’s why we’re here, to help everybody understand America. Freda, I appreciate it. Thank you very, very much. Hang in there. We’re gonna beat this back. We will prevail, as they say.