RUSH: Lancaster, Ohio. This is Michael. I’m glad you called, sir. I appreciate your patience, too. Hello.
CALLER: Yes, Mr. Limbaugh, very pleased to get to talk to you. First of all, I owe you an apology. I was a leftist Democrat for years that believed the lies that they told about you, and thankfully I turned the radio on one day and listened to you, and I’ve been conservative since shortly after that.
RUSH: Wait, it only took one day for you to learn the things you had heard were not true?
CALLER: That’s right. I turned the radio on, about… Well, my mother, my sister, and my brother are all leftists. They still are. My mother and sister passed away, but I still go back and back and forth with my brother about this. But I’m not a Rand Paul guy. I spoke to Mr. Snerdley, and I mean no disrespect to Rand Paul, but I call him “Bland Paul,” B-L-A-N-D, because he has about as much chance to be president as I do. His speech delivery is like an eye doctor speaking to his patients, and that’s what he is.
RUSH: Well, that’s right. He is an eye doctor. I did hear a little bit… By the way, we’ve got the sound bites here for you “Bland Paul” fans. Just kidding!
RUSH: That’s what Michael called him.
RUSH: But I did hear him say that. He recounted that he was an eye surgeon, and he talked about a mercy mission that he had taken to Honduras with some other doctors to help people see.
CALLER: Yes I admire him.
RUSH: So he is an eye surgeon. His dad, Ron Paul, is an OBGYN. He’s an eye surgeon, and I heard him say that he wants to save the country. He wants to revive the country. He wants to be able to help people nationally the way he’s been able to help ’em as a doctor.
CALLER: Well, America has to be the preeminent country in the world, and when we’re not, we see what happens. Senator Paul’s foreign policy wouldn’t be much different than what we got with Obama.
RUSH: So that’s your big beef, foreign policy?
CALLER: Well, we have to… The world’s falling apart, and I agree with some of the libertarian ideas, but the reason Ron Paul and Rand Paul are so popular among the college crowd is because libertarians think drugs ought to be legal.
CALLER: I believe there are far too many laws, but I think we can go down that road. Look what’s happening out in Colorado, and here in Ohio they’re talking about trying to get marijuana legalized.
RUSH: Oh, they will at some point.
CALLER: I know, but I’m against it. I’m 70 years old, I’ve never taken drugs, and I think we have enough problems with alcohol.
RUSH: You’ve never puffed on a doobie?
CALLER: No, I haven’t. No. Never did. I’ve smelled it at different concerts. I kind of like the smell, secondhand smoke of it, but I don’t have any desire. I like to keep a clear mind.
RUSH: All right. Well, look, that’s interesting. You think that the youthful attraction to Rand Paul and Ron Paul is the fact libertarians urge if not legalizing, certainly decriminalizing a lot of drugs. But I know it’s not just that. It’s also the draft. It’s also there isn’t gonna be any foreign policy. There isn’t gonna be anybody being shipped around the world to fight wars, ’cause they’re not gonna get us into any.
They don’t believe the US has any role outside our borders; everybody else should fend for themselves. Basically Obama is putting that into play in the Middle East. The one aspect of Obama’s foreign policy that does have an active tangent to it is the harming of Israel, but everything else he’s just kind of thrown the doors open and let these guys figure it out themselves. I’ve run into a lot of people who say, “Don’t you think, Rush…?”
The avowed socialist on the golf course I’ve told you about said (impression), “Don’t you think, Mr. Limbaugh, that the wise thing to is to just let those savages have at themselves! I mean, after all, we have been trying to manage those affairs for how many years, and it has not changed! It’s only gotten worse or stayed the same. Why not back out like Obama is doing’k and let them have at it?”
That’s what the avowed socialist said to me, and that’s basically what the libertarian foreign policy is, and then you deal with the fallout as it ends. (interruption) Why is my e-mail gonna light up? (groans) Snerdley (laughing) is saying libertarians hate when I criticize ’em. How does anybody know I just criticized libertarians here? (interruption) I’m just saying… (interruption) Well, what “is” is what “is.”
Anyway, I get ripped in e-mails every day, Snerdley. Why is it gonna make a difference now? Why is it gonna start mattering now when it doesn’t yesterday? You know, if you people really wanted to worry me out there, you’d stop nagging me; then I would think I’ve got a problem. If you really want to start playing head games with me, leave me alone. That’s when you’ll make me think maybe I’m losing it.
Just kidding. Just kidding. I’m toying with you all the way.