RUSH: Tom in Palm Desert, California. Great to have you on the program, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush. Mega dittos from occupied Reagan country.
RUSH: Yes, sir.
CALLER: Yeah. Listen, before I get to my question, I just want to tell you that ever since the election, I had to quit listening to your wonderful show. Because, unfortunately, you’re so spot on and so accurate that it hurts, and sometimes it’s painful to listen to. Because on the one hand, we’ve got you over here, a beacon of sensibility and hope, but we’re surrounded with darkness all the time, and our side has nothing but wimps in Washington that aren’t gonna help. Once they get reelected, they go back in and play nicey-nice, you know, like Bob Michel Syndrome.
CALLER: So nothing ever gets done to help us since the days of Reagan.
RUSH: Well, Tom, I have a question for you.
RUSH: It’s very simple. The last thing I want you to do is to stop listening.
CALLER: I’m with you! I’m with you.
RUSH: So what should I do to change? How do I stop being this beacon of hope?
CALLER: It’s just because it hurts to hear.
RUSH: No. So what should I do?
CALLER: Okay, I got an idea for you. I really do. I think that because you reverberate the feelings, the very strong feelings we have out here, those of us who love America… We know it’s a gift from God. We know that the Greatest Generation fought to give us this great land, and what we have today is not what they fought for. But I would suggest to you, perhaps, maybe have a show — or two or three shows — that have answers or potential solutions. Maybe bring some of the people that only you’ve got the ability to get on, on a national microphone, and either… Maybe break one of your patterns and let us talk directly to a guest, or somebody who’s in power and let ’em hear from us instead of just we get ’em once every two years when they want to get reelected. Maybe have a solutions challenge or a solutions show.
RUSH: Well, there’s a problem with that, and that is, I don’t… Jeez. (laughing) If I understand, your idea is to get people in here, to have me break the format by actually having some guests.
CALLER: Absolutely. Have some guests again. Because you know, I love you, Rush, but (garbled).
RUSH: That’s not helping. That’s making me feel even worse. That’s making me feel like I don’t have the answers and I gotta subordinate myself to a bunch of people that you think do. See, I don’t care what anybody else thinks. That’s why I don’t have guests.
CALLER: — the decision-makers on your show and maybe let us ask them the questions directly.
RUSH: Why are they gonna change when they’re here?
CALLER: Like, you know, “Why in the hell haven’t you fought back? Why are you not standing up against Obamacare? Why are you going on vacation? Why aren’t you calling out Obama on his golf rounds?”
RUSH: Oh, I get what you’re saying. You don’t want me to interview ’em. You want me to savage ’em for you.
CALLER: I want you to challenge ’em. How about that?
CALLER: How about challenge them in your professional way that you can, because we hear you. We know what the problems are, and we echo ’em with you. We agree with you.
RUSH: Yeah, yeah.
CALLER: But pointing out the problems all the time and not giving a voice directly at the powers that be… At least ask ’em look what are you doing — or what can we do? How can a person, a lone voice out here in occupied California, what can I do, aside from screaming at the radio?
RUSH: Well, look, it’s not hard. Obama has to be stopped politically, but there’s no… I don’t know. No I do know!
RUSH: No, don’t take it personally. All this guy wants to do is have me say to these people what he wishes to say but can’t. So what he thinks is, I put out a call to John Boehner and John Boehner will come on the program and I’m supposed to say, “You suck! Where’s your guts? Why didn’t you stop Obama?” That’s what he wants me to do for him because he doesn’t think Boehner will take his call. That’s all he wants. He doesn’t want me interviewing them and coming up with solutions. He just wants me to give ’em what-for. It’s not gonna change anything. You know, why do people honk their horns in a traffic jam? It releases stress. Why do have do road rage?
It doesn’t change anything other than, “Ah, I got that off my chest.” I mean, don’t you get mad you driving along and you see a long line of traffic and you know one person’s caused it? One stupid idiot rubbernecker stopped and caused it, and you would love to get hold of that one idiot and just tell him he’s an idiot and then be done. You’d feel better. That’s all this guy wanted me to do, ’cause Boehner… None of these guys are gonna come on here and say, “Ah, you know what? I’m glad you asked me here because now I can tell you what I really believe the solution is.” As though that’s gonna happen. He wants me to waterboard these guys is basically what he wants. He wants me to waterboard Republican leaders on this program, essentially — and with a British accent so that it’s respectable.
RUSH: There is one reason – I just thought of it. There is one reason to broom the no-guest policy and have some politicians on here as guests. One reason only. That way, they would hear what I’m saying. It may be the only way that they will hear