RUSH: Eric in Margate, New Jersey. Hi, Eric. It’s great to have. You’re up first today on the EIB Network.
CALLER: How you doing, Rush?
RUSH: Very good, sir.
CALLER: Listen, I wanted to talk about Ebola. Now, I was telling Mr. Snerdley — by the way, I’m here in New Jersey two hours from Newark and hopefully we’ll be safe here. But if I was in Africa right now, Rush, and I was visiting my family — now, follow me here — and the whole family’s not shown any symptoms of Ebola, but one of them has and they don’t know it yet, and I kiss them good-bye and I contact Ebola from them. Now, mind you, I tell the airport people I haven’t had any contact with Ebola. My temperature’s normal. I get on the airplane, sweat on it, whatever I do. I land in America and two weeks later I come down with Ebola. Now, aren’t I basically contaminating us?
RUSH: You could well be. If the scenario you’ve just described is exactly what happened. Now, wait, you went to see family in Africa, and —
RUSH: — none of them had Ebola.
CALLER: One of them actually did, but wasn’t showing symptoms yet.
RUSH: And you kissed that family member, hello or good-bye or whatever.
CALLER: And then you get a call from Africa two days later, “Hey, little Johnny came down with Ebola. I hope you didn’t get it.”
RUSH: Oh, yeah. And now you’re wondering, when you got on the plane and landed and went about your business, have you been contaminating people, you’re wondering if that’s how it works?
CALLER: Now, Rush, if this disease takes off, I was telling Mr. Snerdley, the CDC guys said there’s gonna be clusters. What does that mean? And also, do you think there’s gonna be an NBA if this takes off? These guys sweat all over each other. What about the guy that wipes the floor when they run down the other court? What about all the gyms that people sweat on? What about the store clerk, if he has Ebola, he sneezes all over my canned goods? How long does Ebola live on a product, if it does get contaminated?
RUSH: Now, about that, I saw yesterday — this might be relevant to you — that Ebola survives 90 days in male semen after a patient is cured or recovers.
RUSH: The virus is still in semen for three months, they’ve found.
CALLER: What is the survival rate of Ebola?
RUSH: The death rate, depending, 50 to 90% is the death rate. About half of the reported cases, 3,500, have died.
RUSH: Jacksonville, Florida, it’s Michael. Thank you, sir, for waiting, and you’re next.
CALLER: All right. Good afternoon, Rush. How you doing?
RUSH: I’m great. Thank you very much.
CALLER: I listened to two days of conversation about the Ebola virus being active in male sperm for like 90 days.
RUSH: That’s what they say.
CALLER: Yep. And I’m getting ready to go into a convenience store, open up my wallet and I’ve got all this US currency. That’s why I had to call.
RUSH: You actually have some of that? I’m happy for you.
CALLER: Yes. Yes. It probably has all kinds of previous owners’ germs. I’m just wondering what’s the chance of this virus getting on foreign currency that make its way all over the world, plus US currency.
RUSH: Here’s what I’ve heard about that.
RUSH: The CDC, Centers for Disease Control, says that Ebola can live on surfaces for several hours. Several hours is as specific as they will get, and they also don’t get specific on surfaces, but I would assume currency’s a surface.
CALLER: Well, it’s porous.
RUSH: So they’re saying several hours that it can survive. It’s like a tabletop or whatever surface where the virus has come in contact with the surface it’s alive, per se, for several hours.
CALLER: A second thought I’ve had, reading an article on the American Thinker website, this administration has always taken advantage of the next crisis to its fullest. And we’ve got an upcoming general election in less than four weeks. I’m just wondering what their game plan is.
RUSH: Well, what are you thinking?
CALLER: I’m thinking institute martial law because of this outbreak. Just a thought.
RUSH: All right. Well, let’s explore that because you mentioned this in the context of the election. How would declaring martial law before the election benefit the Regime? I’m not saying it doesn’t. I just want to know what you’re thinking here. I mean, if you can’t leave your house, if martial law —
RUSH: If you are an enforced recluse, how does that help ’em before the election? I can’t imagine something like that’s gonna be cheered by people who then can’t wait to go vote for the Democrat Party to keep doing stuff like that.
CALLER: I mean, if they take control of the airports, take control of people coming and going in hospitals, institutions, who knows what’s up their sleeve. I’m just saying, this crisis might be the best one in their playbook.
RUSH: Now, I understand your thinking on this. I was in LA last week, we were talking about this with some people. And there are some people — you’re not the first — who have raised the possibility, and they didn’t couch it the way you did, as in never let a crisis go to waste. They thought it would be an ideal opportunity for autocrats, if there are any, to use the potential spread of a deadly virus as an opportunity to exercise further control over the population under the guise of protecting everybody. And don’t forget that’s always the way things like this happen. It’s always for the benefit of the victim that these kind of things happen.
I have no feeling for it, and no clue. My instincts on this haven’t spoken up yet. But I know there are a lot of people from all kinds of different walks of life who are thinking that there are people running the show to whom this might be an attractive option.
RUSH: Beth in Memphis, great to have you here. Hello.
CALLER: Hey, Rush. Thank you for taking my call. I’m very happy to talk with you finally, and also wanted to tell you I do love the books. I bought ’em for several people.
RUSH: Well, thank you. Thank you very, very much. I appreciate that.
CALLER: I did want to say that I think it’s mighty suspicious that Ebola’s been around for a couple of years or more and all of a sudden one month before the election we have the outbreak. And not only that, but that the patients that have been brought here are in hospitals in red states. And just kind of interesting that, you know, if you want to scare people away from the polls or away from those states, that’s a very quick way to do it.
RUSH: Okay. Let me follow through with you on this. People have been suffering from Ebola for at least a couple of years, but it wasn’t until a couple or three months ago that we all began to hear about the major outbreak in the three African countries.
RUSH: Okay, and the reporting of it in that way makes you suspicious. (summarizing the caller’s point) “Now we have Ebola patients who are being flown to America to be treated. It’s not accidental that they’re ending up in places like Texas and Nebraska, which are red states, Republican-voter states,” and that means…? I lost you on this. What does that mean? It means people aren’t gonna…? How will an Ebola patient being in Texas affect Republican votes or Democrat votes there?
Did we lose her? (interruption) The line dropped? Oh, darn. (interruption) People would be afraid to come out, what? Of the house? Be…? (interruption) Oh. Oh. Oh. I see. People will be afraid… So they’d be hermits. (interruption) Including not going to the polls ’cause if Ebola is all over the place, like in Texas? They’ll stay home, come in contact with few people as possible in order to not contract it? It could be a voter…?
(interruption) Oh, so she thinks a voter suppression is a possible part of the operation. Now, ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know what your reaction to that theory is. But let me share with you mine, and I’m not gonna address the substance of it. But that woman from Memphis was obviously intelligent. She was well spoken. She was not ranting or fantastical. She’s a very reasonable woman, and yet look what she thinks is possible. (interruption)
Mr. Snerdley, why are you laughing? Is this…? Is it…? (interruption) It may be bordering on a little bit of kookiness, but I’m more interested in how it is that an intelligent, apparently reasonable-sounding woman can even start thinking of this. My point is that look at what this administration is spawning, all the conspiracy theories and all of the concern. I think it’s amazing.
I’m fascinated, as you know, ’cause I’ve said it on several occasions that I’m fascinated by how people think, when they’re really thinking and not just reacting. When they’re really thinking, I’m fascinated by it. The fact that she could conceive of this as something that would be politically possible is quite telling to me. She doesn’t have to be right. She thinks it. She thinks it’s a legitimate possibility that the whole thing is planned.
What she’s thinking is… I don’t think she thinks that the disease was planted and timed to outbreak now, but that it is being used as a political weapon. She thinks, given everything else she’s seen this Regime do, that it’s entirely reasonable to think that they would do this. That fascinates me, that people would have that kind of reaction, and it certainly isn’t healthy. You talk about distrust of government? We know that a lot of that exists and is prevalent.