RUSH: Here’s Nile in Salt Lake City, Utah. Hi, Nile. Great you called.
CALLER: Hi. How are you?
RUSH: Good. Thank you.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, I’m 23 years old, and “hella dittos,” by the way. That’s a Utah term: “Hella.”
RUSH: Thank you. I appreciate that.
CALLER: I’m calling because I play quite a bit of video games myself, but I personally think that that’s just not the correct argument. I think the correct argument is that people go to the extremes while playing video games because their parents are letting them use their system as a babysitter opposed to doing decent parenting themselves and getting off the couch. That’s what I think the correct argument is when they’re blaming it on video games.
RUSH: Wait. Say that again. It’s not the video games themselves that’s the problem, it’s the parents?
CALLER: I think it is to the extreme. It’s the parents allowing the video games to babysit their children.
RUSH: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
CALLER: Those are the children that are on it eight and ten hours a day.
RUSH: Yeah, yeah. Basically they’re a bunch of parents who wish they didn’t have kids, who’d rather have time to themselves. So, “Here, kid. Play the video game.” Anything that keeps the kid occupied is fine with them. Is that what you mean?
CALLER: Sadly, yes. I do mean that.
RUSH: Sadly, that’s exactly right. Yeah. See, even without kids I know exactly how they feel.
CALLER: They’re distracted every time.
RUSH: Yeah. So you’re a gamer?
CALLER: I am. I do enjoy video games, yes. But I’m also a Rush listener.
RUSH: So you have never been…? Have you ever played a video game and said, “You know what? This looks like fun. I think I’m gonna go fire my gun into a crowd of people.”
CALLER: Not a single time.
RUSH: Not a single time.
CALLER: I honestly say that.
RUSH: I believe you. I totally believe you — and I didn’t expect you to admit it anyway, so what the heck?