RUSH: Laura in southern Illinois. It’s great to have you on the program. Hi.
CALLER: Hi. I was just calling to give some hope to conservatives. I was raised a union Democrat Catholic, and I am now an evangelical Christian conservative.
RUSH: Well, that’s quite a transformation. How did that happen?
CALLER: Well, I married a conservative who is from your school, and I was a debater, so we had a lot of fun debating, and I lost a lot, and as I did more and more research, I just —
RUSH: Now, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait a minute, now. Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. What do you mean, you lost a lot? Who decided that?
CALLER: I couldn’t defend it anymore.
RUSH: Oh, you mean you realized you were losing?
CALLER: Yes. Yes.
RUSH: Folks, this is a first. Do you understand what you are hearing here? A wife admitting — this is unheard of!
CALLER: Well, can I tell you though, that why I think it’s so hard for other people is because you have to truly be open. You know what I mean? I had to look into myself and change everything I’d ever been taught. And that is very hard.
RUSH: I know. That is very, very hard. Most people wouldn’t even want to try to do that, Laura.
CALLER: Well, exactly. But, you know, I have to grow every day. My husband is a very awesome example.
RUSH: Well, must be. Still married?
CALLER: For sure. I have his 17 month old eating ice cream as we speak so I can have him silent. (laughing) So yes, for sure.
CALLER: And can I put out a prayer request? I’m going to boot camp this fall and my husband is gonna be a single father for two months, and I want everybody to pray for him, ’cause my six-year-old and my two-year-old are gonna eat him alive.
RUSH: Wait a minute. Now. You were a liberal union, Catholic Democrat, and now you are going to boot camp?
CALLER: Yes, the Air National Guard. I want my nursing school paid for, so that’s the plan. And I want to give back.
RUSH: This is an amazing story that you are telling here. Forget the politics. This is an amazing transformation that you’ve undergone.
CALLER: I love my husband very much. He is everything.
RUSH: Well, that’s great. That’s great. But, I mean, here’s the thing, and I mean this seriously, Laura. Most liberals won’t even debate on issues or ideas because they instinctively know they can’t. They don’t debate. They either run away after 30 seconds, calling people names or what have you. But the fact that you actually had an open mind and realized that you were wrong about things that you had believed all of your life?
CALLER: Yes. And it was very hard. I wouldn’t debate him for about six months while I was going through a lot of stuff in my head over it all.
CALLER: And researching on my own. I wouldn’t even talk to him ’cause it was hard for me to admit.
RUSH: Well, how did you even fall in love with the guy if at the time you thought he was so wrong and all wet about things?
CALLER: Well, here’s a funny story. We met in 2004, an election year. Our daughter was born in 2008, an election year, and my son was just born in 2012, an election year. So all of our big milestones are just around debate. We love it and thrive on it, and in the end we are so much stronger than I think most, and our children are gonna be brilliant.
RUSH: Do you still debate?
CALLER: Yes, because we really just like it that sometimes, most of the time when we agree, somebody always picks the opposite view to show our kids.
RUSH: I was gonna say, what do you and your husband debate anymore if you’ve come to this happy median?
CALLER: One of us always picks the opposite view for fun.
RUSH: Oh. Just for fun, just to be provocative?
CALLER: Yes. And usually to find the absurdity like we’re supposed to, to point it out, you know, so show our daughter and hopefully our son when he can understand it all.
RUSH: This is amazing. It’s evidence that it can happen. It’s evidence that this can be done, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard a story like this, not told the way you’ve told it. I mean, I’ve heard of people converting, but not by recognizing their spouse was right and they were wrong.
CALLER: It’s just to give hope to the other conservatives that, you know, it can happen. I have a cousin right now who’s dating another conservative, and I’m like —
RUSH: See, folks, marriage is a gateway to conservatism. That’s obviously another reason why the left hates it.
CALLER: And our firstborn’s a daughter.
RUSH: (laughing) Well, look, Laura, I’m fascinated. I’m glad you called. I’m glad you got through. And God bless you for joining the Air Guard. That’s amazing.
CALLER: Thank you. I am super excited. Pray for my husband, not for me, I’m not scared. I can do this. So thank you very much.
RUSH: I totally believe she’s not scared. I’m just telling you, most people, that kind of change is too scary. To upend your world like that, to turn it 180 degrees out of — most people don’t even want to go there. That’s amazing. It really is.