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RUSH: To the phones we go, Open Line Friday, this is Annette, Cedar Park, Texas, I’m glad you waited. Great to have you with us.


RUSH: Hey.

CALLER: How are you? If I’m a little bit tongue-tied it’s just because I’m so thrilled to talk to you.

RUSH: Well, I appreciate that. You don’t seem tongue-tied at all yet.

CALLER: Just wait. (laughing) Oh, how are you today?

RUSH: Ah, I’m, uh — (laughing) — a little tongue-tied. Doing well. Thank you.

CALLER: Good. Good. Well, I wanted to tell you about a conversation I had with a former student. I teach high school, and the former student that I had lunch with this week is now a junior and a poli-sci major and just to give you a little bit of her character, she didn’t want to be known as a Democrat or Republican, and so she joined the Alexander Hamilton Club–

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: — and is part of Amnesty International.

RUSH: Aw, jeez. Aw, jeez. Okay. All right. Go ahead. Go ahead.

CALLER: So we’re talking about the Obama administration and the country and one of the things that she said that I found really interesting was that she wished that people who are black — and she happens to be a black American, originally from Nigeria, she wished that they could vote the way they wanted to as opposed to how they’re being forced to vote. That the pressure on certain communities to vote a specific way is just unimaginable. And, you know, I kind of suspected that might be the case, but it just threw me for a loop, and —

RUSH: Well, it really is the question. She’s referring to the 93% of the black vote that every Democrat gets every presidential race.

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: She’s assuming that there is pressure on all of them to vote Democrat and that there has been, but that really is the question: Are they being forced to, or is it really just what they instinctively are raised to do? How much pressure or force, peer pressure, otherwise, is present in that decision. I assume that she has more to say. I’d like to hear it, so don’t hang up, and we’ll continue this here just a second.


RUSH: Okay. We welcome back Annette here, Cedar Park, Texas. You’re still there, right?


RUSH: Okay, now, I looked up the Alexander Hamilton Society.

CALLER: Uh-huh.

RUSH: Here’s what I found. It’s an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting constructive debate on basic principles and contemporary issues in foreign, economic, and national security policy.

CALLER: Uh-huh.

RUSH: They say they’re not a think tank and they’re not a partisan advocacy group. They sponsor debates at colleges and universities and I got a little bit here from their mission statement. They take a, quote, “measured pride in the success of the American experiment and understanding that America’s greatness is the result of its commitment to individual liberty, limited government, economic freedom –” now, why not take a side and defend that? I’m not asking you that, that’s just my first reaction. Anyway, so this former student of yours is a member of that society.

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: And she told you that she’s really upset about people who vote in blocs, like the African-American vote for Democrats.

CALLER: Right. And the pressure to do that, because she said that, you know, when you talk to a group of black Americans or white Americans or Hispanic, you get the same conversation that they tend to be more conservative, they tend to not carry the liberal agenda, but yet when it comes to voting, all bets are off, they throw what they believe out and vote by pressure. And it drives her nuts.

RUSH: Well, as it should. But was she able to identify, is it peer pressure? Is it do people think that they have to vote a certain way so that these groups will accept them?

CALLER: Well, a lot of it is peer pressure, either from churches or leaders in the community, and you kind of get the sense of that when you look at what’s happened with Bill Cosby. He came out and said, you know, the black community needs to stop shooting itself, and he was ostracized for his message of, you know, we need to take things back and become educated again and focus on education, focus on getting ahead. But he’s been kind of kicked to the curb because of that positive message, and it’s the kind of same thing that we were talking about at lunch, you know, people don’t have the right, even though, you know, this is the United States, everybody should have the right to a private vote. But the pressure to vote a certain way is so strong, and people aren’t a bloc of anything. You know, there’s no bloc of women votes. Everybody votes differently.

RUSH: Well, let me tell you something: There is no bloc that votes in unity as black Americans do. The women, I mean, the female vote in this country is always a 50-50 proposition, depending on the candidacy —

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: — and the year, but the male vote, the female vote, it’s always up for grabs. The black vote never is. The Hispanic vote is more up for grabs than people know.

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: But the black vote is 90% for the Democrat candidate every year no matter what. Now, you bring up Cosby. I remember when Cosby did that. There’s been a couple of occasions, and he’s not the only one. Thomas Sowell has done it on occasion. And every time somebody stands up — let’s use Cosby since you did. Cosby stands up and urges blacks to be independently successful, to learn to read, study, to get good grades, and is slapped down. People misunderstand why he gets slapped down. There is a huge business, I call it the race industry, and it’s popularized and run by people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. And it’s how they make their living.

You talk about a solution, there’s never gonna be a solution to this. They can’t afford it. They cannot afford for racial strife to end. There’s too much profit in it, and Cosby threatens that. Cosby’s very influential. Cosby’s a guy that a lot of people look up to. Not just because of the TV characters he’s portrayed, but because he is successful, and he’s very popular, and he’s well liked, and he is independent. So when he stands up and says these things, it’s a threat. It’s a threat to people who make money and maintain power by maintaining the status quo. Anything that’s gonna upset that is gonna be dispatched, and there won’t be any loyalty of race or ideology or anything else.

When somebody’s dollars are threatened, and in this case it’s a large amount, they’re gonna be slapped down. I don’t know if people stop to think that, realize that or even care that that’s a factor, but it’s the major factor when a guy like Cosby gets slapped down. But look, I appreciate the call, Annette, I really do. Thank you very much. Great Open Line Friday contribution. I’d say that.

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