RUSH: I’m gonna go back. We’re gonna go back to the archives, the Grooveyard of Forgotten Hits, all the way back to December 17th, 1992. What is that, 20 years? I think it is. On December 17, 1992, I did a monologue on Rush The TV Show. Bob Greene was a columnist, a syndicated columnist out of Chicago. It was a column rather than a book, but he did write a book that bounced off of this later.
His column was “Soulless Killer Will be Death of All of Us,” and what was noteworthy about it was that Bob Greene at the time was a noted liberal, was a noted leftist, and the killings — the young people, I mean, single-digit-age people killing each in Chicago — so rattled him and so unnerved him that he started digging deeper than just, “We gotta get rid of guns.” He couldn’t believe it, and he didn’t understand why it was happening. And I took a shot at explaining it. Now, we’ve got two sound bites, and they’re gonna take about five minutes total. The first one is three minutes.
RUSH ARCHIVE: He’s hit on it. The national soul — the dying, national soul. May I ask you to think about something here for a second? Does science talk about the concept of the soul? Does science try to prove the existence of the soul? Does science even concern itself with the soul? What is the soul? I mean, dictionary definition of the soul is that which animates us, that have seen us our animating qualities.
But the soul is what we are. The soul is our consciousness. The soul is our being. The soul is what makes us unique from one another. ‘Cause biologically we’re all the same. But it’s the soul. And science doesn’t deal with the soul. What does? Where do you go in our society to learn about the soul, the origination of the soul, the depth of the soul, the future of the soul? Where do you go? Religion.
Not any particular religion, but religion is where the soul is discussed.
Well, we can’t talk about religion in America today. In New York City and around the country we are trying to teach kids to get along with one another. We’re doing it by giving them condoms. We’re doing it by teaching them about tolerance for alternative lifestyles, but there’s this thing out there called the Ten Commandments. We can’t teach that, but there’s no better lesson for all of humanity as to how to get along with each other.
But you can’t teach the Ten Commandments because that stems from somebody’s religion. Why do kids take guns into schools? Because they have no respect for the sanctity of life. I’ve told you that time and time again. You can’t have a million-and-a-half abortions every year in this country for all the years that we’ve had, folks, without life itself being cheapened.
We can’t start killing and calling it “death with dignity,” we can’t start killing and calling it “right to die” — we can’t let guys like Jack Kevorkian run around and assist people in dying, which is really killing them — and not cheapen life at the same time. Life is the most precious thing there is on this planet. Human life. The most precious. Everything else is academic without it. We can’t create it from scratch.
We will never be able to recapture a lost life.
Never, ever. It is our most precious, most sacred thing. And we are cheapening it, according to the convenience of those who live. We take kids to school, and they have guns and knives in their pockets. What do we do? We put metal detectors up in the schools, and if the ACLU doesn’t come along and say, “You can’t do that! That violates the Fourth Amendment search and seizure clause,” then they get into school with guns.
And, as we pointed out the other day, they show up with play guns, water guns; start shooting people. People with real guns turn around and shoot ’em back. What do we do? We get the toy gun off the market! We don’t go after the people who are shooting real guns. We have people who think we should go after the real gun. The gun doesn’t shoot itself.
RUSH: That was part one. And again, this is from December 17th of 1992 on my television show, and it’s bouncing off teenage killings — single-digit-age killings — in Chicago and a column written by Bob Greene, “Soulless Killer Will be Death of All of Us.” My memory was an eight-year-old who killed a five-year-old. It was in a neighborhood. It wasn’t even at school. It was in a home or something, and at the time it just blew everybody away.
How in the world…? Even back then, it was not even a question of the gun. What people were shocked at was, “How does an eight-year-old even gin up that kind of emotion?” It has to be because he sees it somewhere. If you’re eight years old, you have to see it, you have to witness it, and you have to think that it’s harmless. And if you watch television and dead people don’t really die… I mean, you saw that guy get shot up on TV.
Then the next week he’s on a different show, so he didn’t really die. If you’re an eight-year-old, might think you don’t even really die? But even if you do, no big deal. You see it happening in the neighborhood all the time. If life isn’t taught to be revered for what it is — the most unique and precious thing there is on the planet — then everything else will become meaningless at some point. Here’s the remaining two minutes…
RUSH ARCHIVE: In my mind, ladies and gentlemen, all of this is totally understandable, this lack of respect for life, especially in kids and teenagers. Look at the movies they watch. I remember when I was a kid, my parents were all concerned about Beatle music. I grew up in the sixties, and the in the mid-sixties, Beatle music, “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “I Saw Her Standing There.”
All of that stuff was deemed revolutionary and bad, but look at the lyrics. They were harmless. They were love songs. It was the hair and the appearance that my parents were afraid of. But you look at what’s out there today. Look at 2 Live Crew’s Me So Horny. You know what that’s about? It’s about the destruction of the female vagina by a bunch of men having a good time.
Can’t ban that! Nope. That’s freedom of speech. That’s art.
We then have all kinds of songs by rappers like Ice-T’s called Cop Killer. Can’t interrupt that. That’s called freedom of expression and art as well. We’ve got all these hacker and slasher movies. We have people getting slashed to death, hacked to death, shot to death. Killers get killed 25 and 30 times over like in the Friday the 13th movies, and they always come back to life. Life has become cheap in our society. It’s become a commodity that we can broker for our own convenience.
This should not be any surprise.
I am happy, I am proud that I have been on the cutting edge, the leading edge of this, and I am glad and happy as I can be that Bob Greene, a nationally syndicated columnist, has dared bring up the concept of the soul in all of this. Because science can try to explain behavior all they want. Science can try to explain psychological temptation, this and that. It’s the soul. It is respect for the essence of humanity and life. And when that is not respected and when you can’t teach that, what we have in our society is no wonder.
I hope you’ll think about it.
RUSH: That was, again, December 17th, 1992, from Rush, the television show.
RUSH: Let me give you the actual facts that were responsible for the Bob Greene column and the monologue. I just want to close the loop on this so that you’re able to put the monologue that we replayed in context. Three teenagers, 15, 16, 18 years old, walked into a house, neighborhood house, in Chicago. They tried to get in, an eight-year-old boy at home. He’s by himself. He lets them in eventually ’cause he knows them, and he trusts them. And the upshot of the story is that these three, the 15, 16, and 18-year-old kids stabbed him, hacked him, butchered him, tied him up, mutilated him, and he died a slow death by bleeding to death, and they did it just for the fun of it, was the story. They did it just because they could, just for the fun of it. And that is what led to Bob Greene writing his piece about the absence, the loss of the soul and the monologue by me that ensued.