RUSH: We got this piece in The Daily Beast: “A Scarlet Letter — the Monica Lewinsky-ing of Paula Broadwell — When powerful men stray, the press continues to ogle, and shame, the women they do it with, writes Allison Yarrow.” And this whole story got me to thinking about how the country’s changed in terms of simple things like humor. What used to be harmless, clever humor, today is heard by the people who’ve been educated the last 30, 35 years, today causes legitimate anger and indignation and charges of cruelty and insensitivity and bigotry or sexism or what have you. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this.
I really think that we’ve gotta adopt a very, very long game if we’re going to recapture the country, and we have to do what the left did. And I don’t know how yet. But we are going to have to recapture the public education of this country, because that, folks, is where decent, honorable, really good, normal people like Mitt Romney end up being thought of as despicable human beings. It is through 30 or more years of public education run totally by liberals and the way they have characterized their opponents. I see it every day.
As you know, I’m a big technophile, and I read every tech blog there is, particularly those related to Apple. And all of these people contributing and writing and posting these blogs are under 30. And they live in a different world than I do and they live in a different world than I grew up in. The things that they just assume are true, like there is no doubt whatsoever that we are destroying the planet with global warming, no doubt. They can’t even conceive of what you and I both know to be the truth, and that is, the whole global warming thing is a hoax. They do not even think it’s a political issue. They do not realize that everything they believe in has been totally corrupted by politics.
What they think is science is nothing more than corruption by the left, but they don’t know any better. It’s what they’ve been exposed to from as early on in their lives as their brains were capable of learning anything. And that happens to be the kind of thinking that populates the entertainment culture and so forth. I really think that the solution to our problems are not really political. I think conservatives are seen by young people and the left and the pop culture the way they are not because of what these people have been taught about conservatism. It’s purely cultural. They don’t know ideology. They don’t know liberal versus conservative. They’ve not been told, for example, that Romney is a skunk or whatever because he is a conservative. It goes far deeper than that.
So the battle that we face is not really an ideological one. I must confess, I think the solution will be found in ideology, but I must confess, I think I’ve been a little wrong. I have waxed eloquent here on this program. I have longed for the day where people understand what liberalism is ideologically. I have begged the Republican Party to campaign on ideology and to explain to people what liberalism is by pointing liberals out. You want to see liberalism, look at Detroit. You want to see liberalism, look at California. You want to see liberalism, look at Cuba. You want to see liberalism, look at Venezuela.
The Republicans haven’t done it. I don’t know why, don’t care right now. But the young people do look at Cuba, and they lionize Che Guevara. They wear his T-shirts. They look at Cuba, they don’t see any big problem there. They don’t know. My only point here is I’m just scratching the surface on this, by the way, so I’m speaking off the top my head here, but I really think that the way this is going to have to be attacked and dealt with is not to set politics aside. I’m not saying that none of this is political, but it’s a cultural problem we face. The reason conservatives have been so maligned and are so maligned, the reason people who don’t know us think of us the way they do is not because they understand politics. It’s a cultural thing.
You could say cool versus uncool, hip versus unhip. But they’ve been brainwashed. I don’t mean that in a communist way. I’m just saying they have been indoctrinated. And you can find evidence of it everywhere. I mean, for example, one of the things that I get in the most trouble on this show for is that what I say is really controversial? No. It is they haven’t the slightest understanding of a traditional sense of humor. You see, you don’t laugh at what they believe. It’s just not done. And people who do that are considered reprobates or what have you. But most of the things that I get in, quote, unquote, trouble for, you know, I’ll say something here, it gets all over the media and people, “You need to apologize, that’s outrageous. You mean-spirited…” And you who listen every day know full well all we’re doing here is entertaining, we’re just having fun.
They don’t get it. I’ll give you one of my favorite examples. I love stereotypical humor. But you can’t do that anymore. Stereotypical humor, top of my head, mother-in-law joke. You know what a real dichotomy is? Your new Cadillac you see driving off the cliff, but your mother-in-law’s in it, so jeez, is it good or bad? You tell that joke today seriously, and these people are going to be out of their gourd. They don’t see one thing stereotypically humorous about it. They just think it’s entirely insensitive and mean-spirited and anti-woman. And that’s cultural, not political. You couple this with the fact that they’re preternaturally arrogant and cocky with what they think, so it’s gonna be a daunting task.
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This is not the greatest example in the world, but it is one. Look at the Bond movies. Skyfall had the largest opening of any Bond movie ever, and I love the Bond series. I just bought every one of them on Blu-ray. I love them all. But the entire original concept of Bond is gone. Dr. No, Goldfinger, From Russia With Love, the early Bond movies were all about Ian Fleming’s, of course, SPECTRE, Thrush, they were all variants of the Soviet Union. Bond was always fighting totalitarian regimes. Whatever they were called, they were people that controlled, murdered, imprisoned, tortured, whatever, other people, and wanted total domination of the world.
Now, that vanished decades ago. And now the villains in Bond movies are almost always evil capitalists. Just a minor little thing, you might think. But most of the villains are evil capitalists. I’m watching a four part series that’s airing on the BBC, Channel 4, right now about a corrupt American oil company. It basically is about big business destroying and polluting Great Britain. Anti-capitalism is a theme throughout our pop culture. Captain Planet, Ted Turner’s little Saturday morning cartoon show. Captain Planet was a cartoon character that saved little kids from evil corporations, which of course were polluting and destroying the planet. We keep thinking, that’s okay, decency will eventually triumph.
RUSH: You know what? All of this decay has occurred, and I guilty of this myself. I keep thinking year after year that eventually the decadence is gonna bottom out and decency will triumph. They won’t. Decency will not triumph on its own. It has to be fought for and then after won, maintained. Same thing with freedom. Freedom has to be fought for. It will not triumph all by itself. Gotta take a break here my friends. Sit tight. Much more straight ahead. We barely really even scratched the surface. So — and don’t doubt me on that.
RUSH: If there has been a theme to the 30 to 40, maybe even longer than that — when I went to school, when I was in grade school, junior high and high school, there was none of this liberal indoctrination. I graduated in 1969. Now, granted, I was at a small high school, small town in Missouri. There probably was a bunch of liberal indoctrination going on in the Northeast, out West, but in my life, I never was inundated with this stuff. I think if there has been a theme to the corruption of public education, it has been anti-capitalism. That has been the umbrella under which everything else has been taught.
For example, I mentioned these tech blogs, these 25, 35, even sometimes 40-year-old guys, and to them global warming is almost religious gospel. It’s a fascinating thing to step back and just read what these guys believe, knowing that they’re dead wrong. But there would be no way that I know of engaging them. Well, there has to be a way. But just to illustrate, my name comes up in some of these blogs as a liar. They cite me as a denier of global warming, and they say I’m lying about it, to all of you, and the reason is because I support big business, I am an arch-capitalist, and I am defending big business.
They really believe, folks, that multinational corporations and that Big Oil, they really believe the planet’s being destroyed. They really believe that the temperature’s rising. So Obama in his press conference yesterday just lies through his teeth and says that global warming is taking place at an even more rapid rate than anybody knew. There hasn’t been any warming — and this is science — in 16 years. But I am automatically discounted. There’s not even the slightest consideration that what I’m saying might be right. I’m just automatically discounted, and mistakenly, because I’m in the back pocket of big business. Pure and simple. So I am automatically disqualified. It’s not politics per se. It’s got politics in it, but that’s cultural, and dealing with it’s cultural.
For example, Romney. Let’s go back and look at Romney’s campaign for a second. Romney’s campaign focused on the economy and a lot of it focused on the entrepreneurial aspects of the economy. And what did Romney say frequently? We need to get rid of red tape and regulations and we need to re-create the entrepreneurial spirit. Most of the people who did not vote for Romney haven’t the slightest idea what a regulation is. They’re never impacted by it because they’re not business owners, they’re not small business owners, and they are not anything other than employees. Don’t frown at me. It’s not a question of stupid. It’s a question of what they’ve been taught, a question their life experience.
You know as well as I do the percentage of entrepreneurs compared to standard employees is tiny. I’m not criticizing the Romney campaign, don’t misunderstand. I’m simply making an observation. The idea that, to these people, government does not put things in your way. Government paves the way. That’s what they’ve been taught. And we’re out there trying to warn these people that government’s blocking them. They don’t see it that way. They don’t see it that way because of their indoctrination, the way they’ve been taught, and when I say it’s not political, of course it is political, but what I mean is educating them, there’s not a politician around that can do it using political tactics. You either have to outnumber them and beat them as a strategy or you have to convert them to your side. It’s the Republican Party’s choice. But if you want to convert them, you’re gonna have to totally alter the cultural landscape of this country.