RUSH: James in Frederick, Maryland, I’m glad you waited, sir. You’re up next. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush.
CALLER: How’s it going?
RUSH: Good, thank you.
CALLER: This is my very first time calling you, and I’ve been listening to you almost my entire life. I’m 27 years old now.
RUSH: Wow. That is huge.
CALLER: I thank my dad for that.
RUSH: Well, thank you. Thank him, too.
CALLER: I wanted to make a comment about, “You didn’t build that,” like how Barack Obama and all these people think that they didn’t build their businesses —
CALLER: — because of these public services?
CALLER: Well, that’s exactly what they are. They’re public services. Every single person in the United States has these services provided for them. If it’s true that they didn’t build that and they only got successful because of these public services, why am I not a multimillionaire? It’s because they, the people that are, went out and became exceptional in what they wanted to do. They went out on a limb.
RUSH: Well, the answer in their perspective, is because you haven’t won life’s lottery and they did. No, no, no, no. Don’t laugh. Dick Gephardt was the first Democrat to ever say it: The rich are winners of life’s lottery and it isn’t fair to everybody else. So their answer to this is, you just didn’t get lucky, and these other people did. The one thing Elizabeth Warren also leaves out that you remind me about is that the factory owners also paid to build the roads and the fire department and the police force.
The factory owner also pays those taxes and probably paid more in taxes than the people Elizabeth Warren is talking about. Now, you can refute what she said, James, on any level you want, like you’ve done here, but this is bigger than that. The reason that I spend time on this is — and I may be wasting my time, but I’m interested in the people who believe it. I’m not interested in Elizabeth Warren. I know why she’s saying it, and I know why Hillary Clinton is saying it. They’re saying it because their voters demand to hear it. When their voters hear that, they think they’ve got a champion.
Those are the kind of people that are determining who wins and loses elections. Those kinds of people are determining what kind of country we have. Those kinds of people pose a threat to this country as founded. The average Democrat voter today poses a threat, and the Democrat candidates who feed them and pander to them that way are not helping them or anybody. Because you’re absolutely right. If that’s all you had to do to own a factory, was to pay the taxes that built it, why aren’t you a multimillionaire?
CALLER: It’s just frustrating listening to people talk like they know what it’s like to be — like, I’m a landscaper. I’ve been landscaping for like nine years. My brother owns the business.
CALLER: And he and I have built this from the ground up. We haven’t had any government help. I paid myself through college, no government loans, no banks, no nothing. I do not want the government in my life at all. The only aspect of the government that’s probably gonna be in my life is I’m —
RUSH: You know what? In the real world you would be a role model. In the real world, you’d be an example that a responsible congressman would point to and say, “This is how you can.” Instead, you have become an enemy because you have shown that you can do what you did without the government, without assistance, without the redistribution of wealth. And, as such, you’re just as big an enemy as Joe the Plumber became.
CALLER: I know. The Big Government scared of little ol’ me?
RUSH: Well, they are. They’re scared of little ol’ you because a whole bunch of little ol’ yous might persuade other little ol’ yous out there that they don’t need to depend on government, either. And then where would the Democrat Party be? So you have to be discredited. You have to be portrayed as insensitive, uncaring, or what have you. It’s true. In the old days, you would have been a role model. You would have been an example for other people to follow. Today, you are close to being a public enemy.
RUSH: Bill Clinton’s out there campaigning for Alison Grimes. Lundergan is her middle name. Whatever it is. Any rate, Clinton’s out there campaigning for her. You know what he just said? (imitating Clinton) “Nobody can tell me itÂ’s not a senatorÂ’s job to create jobs. Nobody can tell me that it’s not a senator’s job to create jobs. Nobody can tell me a senator’s job is not to create jobs. Everybody knows that’s what senators do. Senators are elected to create jobs. And Alison, what’s her name? Who am I in here for? Grimes, right? She’s gonna create jobs.”
So obviously piggybacking on Hillary claiming that small business and corporations, everybody knows they don’t create the jobs. She didn’t say who does, because, again, it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter. All they’re doing, this is what’s dangerous, this is what they did for five years during the Iraq war. They are feeding the insane hatred that exists in this country. They’re creating that hatred and then they’re feeding it, and that’s what this is. This is pure hatred.
Even Karl Marx knew who created jobs. He just hated them. But even Karl FREAKING Marx knew who created jobs. Saul Alinsky knew. That’s why he hated ’em. Saul Alinsky knew who created jobs. But the Clintons are out there now with a new one. The job creators are actually not the job creators. Oh, no, no, no. And, again, they know that they’re lying. They know what they’re saying is not true.
But this is dangerous, folks, feeding this hatred. I don’t blame anybody for not knowing how to deal with it, or how to counter it. They’re lying, and they’re feeding and they’re creating hatred in their voters. They’re creating hatred in small people, and then they feed it. “Nobody can tell me that a senator’s job is not to create jobs.” Really? How many did Hillary create when she was in the Senate? How many jobs did Hillary Clinton create? And how did she do it, by raising the minimum wage? How did she create jobs, Bill? How does it really happen? You guys want to walk us through the process here?
See, that is to get sidetracked. When you accept the premise of their argument and start talking to ’em, that’s when you lose it, because they don’t even believe this. The danger here is what they are doing to average Americans. Most of their voters are misinformed from the get-go, by definition, uninformed at worse, wandering around just mad all the time. And these people come along and feed the rage, feed the anger, and create this volatility in the American population that’s totally unnecessary.
Yeah. Wall Street’s evil, Wall Street’s horrible, that’s where all their money is, though. The Clinton Global Initiative, where do you think it puts its money? I guarantee you it’s not in a private vault at the Clinton Library and Massage Parlor in Little Rock. But I think it’s time to stop dealing with these people on the specifics of what they say. Anybody can refute this claim that businesses don’t create jobs. To start arguing that is to miss what this is about. These people need to be called out on what they’re really doing, and what they’re doing is a disservice to people.
This is the party that supposedly cares about the downtrodden. This is the party that cares about the little guy. They are making little people. They are making people little, and they’re keeping them small. They are fueling an irrational rage and hatred for the country. They are fueling an irrational hatred and rage for successful people of achievement. They are even stigmatizing people who seek to achieve. They are attempting to criminalize people who have different policy beliefs than they do, such as in conservatives.
That’s what really needs to be addressed here, ’cause it’s utterly irresponsible what they’re doing. “Nobody can tell me that a senator’s job is not to create jobs.” I mean, this is insane. The danger is that there are all these people out there eating it up, loving it, believing it, thinking it’s cool, thinking it’s right on, dude. The only thing these poor people can do is food stamps, welfare, turn to the government, hope the government will help ’em get by because the rest of the world’s so unfair and mean and the rest of the world’s targeting them.
The system that has produced the greatest prosperity humanity has ever known is being torn down right before our eyes so that the Democrat Party can, in their dreams, replace it with themselves. The Democrat Party wants most Americans to look at it as the greatest success story the human race has ever known, and the truth is it is the exact opposite. It distresses me. Lundergan. Right, Alison Lundergan Grimes. It distresses me.
You look at what happened in Wisconsin with Scott Walker. Here’s a guy, they’re doing everything they can to destroy him, and all he’s done is save that state, and all he has done is rebuild that state from the ground up. But they’re not stopping until they have effectively destroyed him. Reelection campaign now, two or three recalls he had to survive, jury is rigged, game is rigged. They got judges on their side with rulings that are punitive to the Walker side in terms of what’s legal and what isn’t in their pursuit of him.
And I don’t see the Republican Party anywhere in there defending the guy, and I think Scott Walker ought to be one of their highest touted success stories. I really do. I hope and pray Scott Walker wins.
Let me address something here. This reminds me. We had a call last week from a woman who, “You know, you’re gonna hurt, Rush, you’re way too critical of the Republican Party. The Republicans are our only hope.” And I know what she meant. She was afraid that I would cause people not to vote Democrat, but just to sit home and not vote. And that’s not my objective, obviously. The best thing that could happen in this election is everybody voted against Democrat incumbents. There’s no question.
I can dream and wish that the Republican Party had a stated alternative which spelled out what they were going to do to fix this, but that’s not there. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t want them to vote in the election, and it certainly doesn’t mean that I don’t want the Democrats to lose. I do. This is crucial. This is just the first of many that hopefully the Democrats will lose. That has to happen. No two ways about it. It’s not even a lesser of two evils thing. There is no alternative to it, no matter what the Republican Party is or isn’t at the moment.
I mean, you can try to teach ’em a lesson all you want, but if you succeed you’re just gonna get more destruction of the country as the Democrats win and win and win and you’re not gonna show anybody, not gonna teach ’em a lesson. I think that has been adequately demonstrated.
RUSH: I’ll tell you what, if old Bill Clinton could go out there and say, “I don’t think anybody can tell me that it isn’t a senator’s job to create jobs.” If it’s a senator’s job to create jobs, then just how badly have they been doing the past six years? I mean if it’s a job of senators to create jobs this past six years a clear indication we got the wrong people in the job. But that’s merely a point to refute what Clinton said. Again, Hillary doesn’t believe what she said. Bill doesn’t believe what he’s saying. Elizabeth Warren probably doesn’t believe what she’s saying. Most of these people, at that level of the Democrat Party, know exactly what they’re saying and why, and how to pander.
Now, I’m not saying they’re not uber-leftists, but they don’t really want to run private sector out of business, other than the insurance. If they think they can take it over and secure their power. See, insurance, you don’t have to produce anything. You don’t need any factories for it. You don’t need a product. You don’t need any designers or anything like that. You just, you know, a big pot of money you collect. And if you have the power to require everybody to have it, you don’t even have to have a sales force. But they would never want to take over GM. (laughing) They did. That’s the point. And look at it. How many recalls have they had?
RUSH: Here’s Brett, Fairbank, Iowa. Great to have you on the program, sir. Thank you for waiting. Hello.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush. I gotta thank you for doing the history books because when it comes to Mrs. Warren and Mr. Obama’s “you didn’t build that” speeches, history can tear that down, and their history is only going back a certain amount of years when it fits what they want to do. If you were to go back just a little bit further in history, there were roads before there were automobiles. These roads were generally graded by the people. Farming is an industry. My grandfather was a farmer. He graded the roads he needed to get to market.
CALLER: Schools at that time were one room schoolhouses. The landowners in a four-mile section were the ones that built the school, they hired the schoolteacher to educate their children. They picked the curriculum. It wasn’t until the government stepped in and said, “You’re not going to do that anymore. We know better than you, and all students are gonna go by our state curriculum,” and took them schools away. These are the schools that educated the greatest generation. There was industry then and the government wasn’t involved in any of the aspects, including fire. On our farm, we still have a fire tank. We haven’t used it in years because we have a volunteer fire department that has better equipment now, but back in the day, each farmer had one of these tanks. When the fire whistle went off, he threw the tank in the back of his pickup, he filled it full of water, and he went to the fire. Government wasn’t involved in this. And your history books will help educate people of what life was like before the government got involved in it. And I’d like to thank you for that.
RUSH: Well, you’re more than welcome. And I appreciate that. I mean, your observations are right on the money. But, you know, we live in a time — and as I was listening to you, you know what I was thinking? In addition to reminding myself that you’re right, all of what you said is true, I was thinking how, like if I happened to see you say on, I don’t know, pick a TV show, how you would be laughed at, mocked, ridiculed for being out of it. “Come on, that’s way back. None of that relates to life today. You’re obviously a guy that doesn’t like change. You’re a guy that doesn’t like modernity. You’re a guy that can’t deal with the way it is. You just hate government.” I’m just imagining the reaction you would get.
It’s like, we had a 27-year-old caller earlier who described — and I really, folks, I was not just trying to be nice to the guy. I really believe this. It wasn’t that long ago where his story would have been touted and used as a role model for other people. His story of hard work, self-reliance, getting together with his brother to build a landscape business that they dreamed of and they wanted and succeeded eventually with it. And how they hoped to have it grow. He would have been an example to other people of what they could do and how it is possible to do something like that in this country.
Today, he is not a role model. In some minds, he’s a fool. In other people’s minds he’s a threat because he didn’t include the government in his list of things that he and his brother did to succeed. And it’s truly disappointing. I’m not kidding. You look today at who political people walk before us as examples, and they’re all victims of something. And they all overcame some institutional horror that’s part of America. They overcame racism. They overcame sexism. They overcame homophobia. They overcame bigotry. They overcame hatred, or whatever.
And the role models that we get today are generally people who have been championed by government in one way or another, or who have been, shall we say, chosen by government. And your story here, this was just what people had to do back in those days. They wanted to get someplace, they had to build a road. If they wanted to put out a fire, they had to have a community fire department with rules and regulations. If they wanted to educate their kids, they set up one room schoolhouses. My grandfather attended one. All of this rings true. It’s just what people did. It’s what they had to do.
The point is they did it themselves. They didn’t sit around, they weren’t waiting for some action in a distant capital to tell them how to do it and then come supervise them do it and then regulate their doing it. They just did it. It’s what needed to be done. I had a story last week, a story Friday and I didn’t get to it for a whole host of reasons. You might have seen this. It’s a UK story. Their equivalent of the Home Depot.
They did a survey, and they have found that the number of do-it-yourselfers, men do it yourself fix things up around the house, the numbers of men doing it are plummeting. And of course naturally they’re worried about it. Their business depends on do-it-yourselfers. So they’re constantly surveying the market to find out how big their market is or if it’s shrinking and how to reverse that or whatever.
Some people were drawing some conclusions to this. And one of the conclusions drawn was this is not a good sign that the number of do-it-yourselfers is shrinking means that something else is growing. And that is a generation of men who are incapable of do-it-yourself, fix this, fix that, whatever it might be, and, as such, it has a long-term negative impact on the image of men. And indeed as men have become, what was the term years ago to describe men who had — (interruption) That’s it! Metrosexual. Pajama Boy. Metrosexuals had beauty appointments and all this. And as men’s image transferred or transformed to that, the do-it-yourselfers began to decline in number.
Not that they’re depending on government. That’s not the point here. It’s unrelated to that. But it does channel and record changing societal traditions and so forth. Now, I’m a do-it-yourselfer on some things, but others I wouldn’t touch. Like I’m not gonna fix the roof. I use to live next to one of these guys, and I’ll tell you something, I’ll tell you the flat-out truth. My little shack in Overland Park, Kansas, that I lived in, the guy that lived next door, that’s all he did. He replaced the roof 365. Shingle by shingle, he was replacing the roof. Then he fixed the carburetor in the car. Then he cleaned the oil stain from the garage. Then he’d mowed the yard.
Every day this guy is doing something and half the guys in the neighborhood are down there drinking beer with him doing it. But this guy was considered to be, by many, the acknowledged leader of his group of friends and his household and all that ’cause he was the fixer-upper guy. Now, I didn’t do any of that. I wasn’t interested in it, other than I could hook anybody’s stereo up. I still can. I’m the go-to guy if anybody has an iPhone, iPad computer question, operational problem. I’m a do-it-yourselfer on certain things, but I’ve never been a repair guy. Well, not totally. I remember the next-door neighbor broke a window, and I said, “Don’t worry about it.”
His kid broke a window with an errant baseball. I said, “Don’t worry about it, I’ll call somebody.”
“No, no, no, no.” He came and replaced it himself, ’cause he didn’t want to pay what I would charge him for calling, so he fixed it himself. So these kinds of things are dwindling away now, and it has to do with the rise of metrosexuals and the role men are playing. I thought it was fascinating. And you listen to these stories about what people, not just men, but men and women had to do back before the government was in everything, and they did it. They did it out of necessity. They did it and they didn’t complain about it. It was just what you had to do. And in a way because they had to learn how to do it, they did learn and they did do it, there was no other choice.
But that kind of self-reliance is now mocked. The reaction, “Oh, yeah, well, may work for you, but what about old Zeke over there can’t.” There’s always, “Well, easy for you to say.” Even if you say to a homeless person, “Maybe think about getting a job.” “Oh, easy for you to say.” What if we all said, “To hell with getting a job?” (interruption) I mean, well, if you did it yourself they couldn’t tell you how to do it, that’s true. But today everything is regulated. It’s getting harder to do it yourself legally. If anybody finds out if you’ve broken a law, who knows what they’ll do.