RUSH: This is Austin in Dallas. Austin, great to have you on the EIB Network, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Pleasure to speak to you today. I’m a Millennial, and I’ve been listening to you since I was 19. My comment today —
RUSH: How old are you now?
CALLER: I’m 25.
RUSH: Twenty-five. Six years.
CALLER: Yes, sir. So I started listening when the Obamacare act was coming to a vote. But my comment today is I saw a poll before the midterms that said there is a 16-point swing in my generation from supporting Democrats to Republicans. So that being said, I feel that if a true conservative is the Republican nominee in 2016, my generation would support them any day of the week over Hillary. So —
RUSH: Now, let me tell you what’s fascinating about that. The Republican establishment… I don’t know whether they really believe this, and I kind of think they don’t. But what the Republican establishment says, Austin, is that a conservative nominee will doom the Republican Party to outright defeat no matter who the Democrat candidate is, but particularly if it is Hillary. Now, I don’t happen to believe that. I’m gonna tell you from bottom of my heart, I happen to believe the Republican establishment knows that conservatism wins —
RUSH: — and they don’t want to win as conservatives. They do not want to win with people whose idea is to shrink government and lower taxes and to disempower Washington. They don’t want that, and they never have. The dirty little secret is the Republican Party has never been a Conservative Party. It’s been a center-right party, but it’s never been conservative. That’s why Reagan and Goldwater were exceptions.
Now, the Republican establishment associates conservatism with Goldwater, which means landslide loss. They genuinely fear it. But I think they also think… They’ll never admit this. They believe that some Northeastern moderate someday is gonna win the Republican presidency. Someday it’s gonna happen. I think what they really know is that conservatism would win, and that’s why they don’t want to any part of it.
CALLER: Right. I had the opportunity to vote for a conservative in Ted Cruz, and I took that opportunity when I could. I feel like someone like him or Perry or Scott Walker — you know, someone who can articulate the message like Reagan of a better tomorrow — is the type of leader that my generation is looking for.
RUSH: Even if they don’t know it.
RUSH: Even if they don’t know, I think they would respond to it because it’s human nature.
RUSH: It’s human nature to be optimistic. It’s human nature to be better angels. It’s human nature to want to grow.
RUSH: It’s human nature to love your country and all that stuff.
CALLER: People that I work with, they’re naturally conservative; they just don’t know it.
RUSH: Exactly. Oh, they probably will tell you that they’re not because conservatism’s been so demonized in the media.
CALLER: Right. Yeah. They feel more pro-life than my parents’ generation, and like you just mentioned a second ago how people want less bigger government. They just need someone to articulate that message to them and the lightbulb, I feel like, would go off.
RUSH: I tell you what you’re right about. What that really means is, that if the right conservative or the combination of right things — great leadership, charisma, articulate, all that — were able to come voice what it is, you’d see a groundswell of people in this country supporting it, because it would give them the confidence to overcome the fear of the media berating them, because they would want to support the standard bearer for it, like they did Reagan.
The country rallied around Reagan.
He happened to be the best person that could articulate what conservatism is. Even though everybody knows it and lives it, in the media where perceptions are, conservatives are all the Isms. If you have somebody come along who can defeat that by living the opposite, by being the opposite, by showing all those criticisms to be false, you’d have a groundswell of people standing up and supporting that candidate.
The Republican establishment knows it, and that’s why they are joined at the hip with the Democrats on trying to destroy the Tea Party because that’s from where said candidate will come. I’ll give you… You know, you’ve got your friends. Let me tell you about one of mine, Austin. I can’t mention any names (I’m too famous), ’cause that would mean I would make the people I talk about famous, and they don’t want fame. But I have a guy. I know a guy… (interruption)
Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. There area lot of people who don’t want fame. They happen to be over 30. But this guy, he doesn’t need fame; he doesn’t want it. There are a lot of people who want to stay under the radar for a whole host of reasons. But this guy was all-in for Mitt Romney — I mean, so much so that he might have been an ambassador. He was really all-in. You know what he said to me the other day? I was just making conversation. I asked, “Hey? Psst? Hey! You have to know; is Mitt really serious about running?”
He said, “Ah, people I talk to tell me he might, but you know who I really like?” I was shocked. I said, “Who?” and he named a governor. I’m not gonna tell you who. He named a governor, and he said, “I’m sick and tired of Republicans who don’t fight.” Now, the interesting point about this is that this was somebody who was all-in for Romney. This is not a criticism of Romney. I don’t want anybody to misunderstand here. This is in relationship to what Austin said about his generation and responding to a conservative. There’s a lot of people waiting for it. Make no bones about it. Austin, thanks for the call.
RUSH: UK Daily Mail. “In what is described as Â‘a clear generational shiftÂ’, those who grew up under Margaret Thatcher and John Major –” and the correspondent would be us under Reagan “– are more Â‘individualistÂ’ and appear to be more cynical and more suspicious that the benefits system is being abused. … Young people are less supportive of the welfare state than their parents, more likely to believe that people should look after themselves, and less trusting of their neighbours, a Government report has found. … The Cabinet Office findings indicate that individualism is the most pronounced among Generation Y, those born after 1980 into the early 2000s.”
Now, I don’t know if it’s safe to compare British Generation Y with US Generation Y, but both countries are run by the equivalent of the Labor Party, socialists. And I really do believe, folks, I probably should say this more often. I really do believe today’s Millennials are far more conservative than they know, and I also know that even if they knew it they’d be unwilling to admit it because of what would be said about ’em.
Conservatism has been so demonized in the media that even people who are don’t want to admit it. Some people don’t. I, of course, have no problem, but most people don’t want the aggravation. But I’m just telling you, and this is a big one. I know it’s a big one. I don’t mean to make it sound simple, but I’m just telling you if the right conservative candidate came along and began to electrify and connect, then I think you’d find out what the real makeup of this country is. I think you’d see people you would be surprised coming out of the woodwork to support the person ’cause I happen to think that most people don’t like the direction of this country and most people are afraid to say so.
Most people have been conned into believing, because of the media and pop culture, into thinking they’re in the minority. Most people have been conned into believing that they’ve lost their country, that the country’s been taken over by the ne’er-do-well class and the dumb class and the mindless. And I don’t think it’s the case. I think the silent majority, Nixon’s term. Whatever you want to call it, I think it’s out there, and I think you saw it in this last election.
Now, I know it wasn’t a big turnout, but I don’t care. The people who cared enough to vote, we got a good cross section of what’s really on their mind, and it isn’t what’s happening now. They don’t want any part. You ought to see the rest of this Republican poll. Eighty percent of Republicans intensely oppose unilateral amnesty executive order. Ninety percent of Republican voters believe Obama’s executive amnesty is unconstitutional. I don’t think this is just Republicans that think this. It may just be Republicans who will say it.
An unprecedented two-thirds of Republican voters say they’re less likely to vote over this single issue. Astonishing 10-to-one margin, Republican voters say they are less likely to vote for a member of Congress who voted to allow taxpayer money to be spent implementing Obama’s executive order. That would be the Boehner, Reid, Obama cromnibus deal that was passed in a lame-duck session. I mean, there’s massive opposition to all this stuff. It’s just waiting to be unleashed.
RUSH: Jim in Golden, Colorado, you’re next. It’s great to have you on the program. Hello, sir.
CALLER: Rush, I wanted to tell you that your sphere of influence now extends well over 50 light-years in diameter. You take calls on deaf and malignant ears here on this planet, so, well, you still might reach civilizations and peoples yet unknown, and perhaps it will inspire them as it has inspired me, Rush.
RUSH: Well, thank you. I really appreciate that, sir.
CALLER: Rush, I feel able to hopeful for the United States and for freedom and for mankind with the New Year and what the voters said to the Congress and to the Senate and hopefully to the president, although of course he doesn’t care as the light bringer has his own plans.
RUSH: Look, the voters are gonna be ignored.
CALLER: (unintelligible) …in a positive direction, and I am a bit hopeful.
RUSH: Well, I am, too, and I’ll tell you why I’m hopeful. I’m hopeful be I really, really do believe that… And look, it’s not easy to come by the right candidate. We’ve been waiting on that for how many decades. But my point is, we’ve not lost the country. I think people would surprise you. I think people that you think we’ve lost would be inspired by a candidate with the right message.
I say this because I think most people are dissatisfied with the country today, the direction it’s going, and most are afraid to say so. There are some that don’t know any better, the low-information crowd. But I think the country would explode with positive optimism if the right catalyst came along in the political spectrum. It’s just a feeling I’ve got… Well, it’s rooted in a lot of polling data and some other things.
But it’s not just wishful thinking. I actually think that it’s there.
But there’s not much inspiring of anybody coming out of the political system today. It’s doing just the exact opposite to people. It’s not inspiring anybody. I think the political system in this country is one of the reasons that so many people are forlorn, in fact. The political system’s how we manage our affairs. The political system is how we organize ourselves. It’s broken, and it’s not gridlock broken. It’s broken because it’s become corrupted. Anyway, I will expand on this more, but a lot of the program today has been devoted to that theory.