RUSH: Keith in Phoenix. I’m glad you called. Welcome to the program, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Hey, Rush. How’s it going? It’s truly an honor to talk to the man that single-handedly helped change my life.
RUSH: Well, thank you very much. I hope that’s for the better.
CALLER: Oh, yeah, I was gonna say, “And it’s for the better.” I was calling because I am currently 31, and I am a product of the liberal way of thinking. My mother… I grew up in California; my mother was on disability. So when I turned 28, my girlfriend got pregnant, and I instantly went straight to the DES, which is the Department of Economic Security, and I signed up for the entitlement. Well, about a year later, it was getting old.
So I moved out here to Arizona. I started out at the bottom, making only $10 an hour, but I really started to appreciate what I was getting. Now I slowly worked my way up to where I’m making a decent amount. I don’t need the entitlement. (groans) Like, the problem with everybody is they’re all entitled, so everybody runs around like a bunch of Veruca Salts screaming, “I want it now,” instead of going out and working for it. And we have the president going out there and, y’know, just telling everybody, “You’re entitled, and if you can’t hope and dream and wait, well, then just go ahead and take it!”
RUSH: He does play that up. That’s what hope and change is. He does promote that kind of entitlement thinking. He does it on the basis that you’ve been screwed. The powerful forces, whatever, have shafted you and it’s time you got yours back.
CALLER: That’s quite true.
RUSH: He does create this sense of entitlement in as many people as he can. I think you’re exactly right. How did you overcome this, did you say?
CALLER: I started listening to you when I discovered KFYI when I moved out here, and at first I was on the left like always bashing the right and always defending Obama. But then being out here I was able to talk to enough people that pretty much opened my eyes to everything. Now I just see that with hard work, people will reward you more so than just sitting on your butt.
RUSH: They’ll certainly have more respect for you.
CALLER: Yeah, that’s true. Also I wanted to thank for the Rush Revere books because I’ve been reading that to my four-year-old daughter, and though she seems like she’s not paying attention, just this last weekend I went into the room and she’s playing with her My Little Ponies —
CALLER: — and, lo and behold, she changed her favorite My Little Pony’s name from Rainbow Dash. Now she calls him Liberty.
RUSH: Is that right? (chuckling) That is so cute.
CALLER: Here I thought she wasn’t paying attention and it was just me and her mother enjoying the book, but here at 4 she’s actually connecting with it.
RUSH: She’s 4 years old did you say?
RUSH: She can’t read, so you have to read them to her.
CALLER: I read them for her. I try to do the voice for the horse and make it really interesting.
RUSH: Well, if you can do that, the Liberty voice is kind of arrogant, snarky, but lovable at the same time. It’s kind of goofy, lovable. I modeled Liberty after one of our sheepdogs, actually, the attitude I think one of our sheepdogs runs around with. I’ll tell you what I want to do. Hang on here, Keith, ’cause I want to get your address so we can send you the actual audio CDs of all the books and give you a break. I know you like reading to her, but it’ll give you a break and it’s a different way for her to absorb them and enjoy them. We’ll throw some other goodies in there as well. What is your daughter’s name?
CALLER: Her name is Sydney. I call her Syd for short.
RUSH: Okay, cool. That’s one of my all-time, top ten, favorite female names, Sydney. So we’ll take care of it. Just hang on for Mr. Snerdley. We’ll get all the data we need to get the stuff out to you. Thank you very much, Keith.