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RUSH: Here’s Brian in Tampa. I’m glad you called, Brian. I appreciate your patience in holding on as well.

CALLER: You bet, Rush. Hey, an EIB — or I should say EIB loyalist ever since September 1988. So giga dittos.

RUSH: Man, oh, man, you lifer. You’re a lifer.

CALLER: You betcha. From Florida’s West Coast. I never want parole, Rush. I am a lifer. From Florida’s West Coast, where we’re still anxiously awaiting hearing from the Justice Brothers on Black Lives Matter. But in the meantime, we at least have your fantastic impression of Hillary Rodham, and you do a terrific Savannah Guthrie as well. I don’t know anybody else doing Savannah Guthrie, so roll on, Rush. Hey, you’ve been telling us for decades now, “Don’t panic. I’ll tell you when to panic.” Well, what I want to know is what form should that panic take, and also what your criteria are for invoking this pandemonium?

RUSH: All right, now, Brian, you are a clever and funny guy, and some might even describe you as flippant. Not I, but some people listening might. I’m gonna take your question seriously because I do get this now and then. Now, you don’t mind me taking it seriously, do you?

CALLER: That’s the only way I would want you to take it, but if you want to get witty, please do.

RUSH: (laughing) Well, okay. But what I hear you saying is — you know what I thought he said? I can’t tell you what I thought he said. When he said, “If you want to get witty, please do,” I thought he said something began with an L instead of witty. I’m thinking, holy smokes, but nevertheless, what you’re asking me is, Rush, you have always told us when it’s time to panic. Is it time to panic? That’s essentially what you’re asking, right?

CALLER: No. I want to know how I — look, I’m not a prepper, but I want to be prepared for this. I want to know what form the panic should take. Guide us, please.

RUSH: In other words, you want to know what to do once you have panicked, what that actually will mean in terms of your behavior?

CALLER: You betcha.

RUSH: All right. Well, that adds a new perspective to this. But the time to panic, the reason that I’m intrigued by this is I’m aware I’ve said this over the years and oftentimes I said it in a jocular fashion, but I also meant it, and people knew that I meant it. And many people think it’s time to panic, that we’re there, that we are at the tipping point. And I get the question sometimes off the air — we haven’t had a caller with this question in a while — but knowing that I have created this expectation, I have been pondering how I would answer this.

And my answer is, it would appear that it’s time to panic, but I don’t think that it is. If panic means conceding that we’ve lost, then I’m not there. Many people — and I don’t mean this presidential race, I mean the country. I have always assumed that when people heard me say “I’ll tell you when it’s time to panic,” that many of them might have thought I’ll tell you when I think we’ve lost the country, meaning there’s no point in fighting on. So, Rush, you tell us when we’ve reached that point, because then we’ve gotta obviously change the way we live and look at things.

And I don’t think it’s that time. At least I’m not ready to concede that we’ve lost the country. I don’t know because of my makeup that I will ever actually get to a point where I want to stand down and just let ’em have it. I don’t know that I’m ever gonna get to the point where I say to myself, “You know what, folks? We don’t have any hope now. The only hope we’ve got is if this whole thing falls apart and implodes on everybody and everybody’s miserable, everybody loses everything, and we start anew.”

We’re not near that yet. Some people think we are. But I don’t. Because I actually believe — I really do. I’m Reaganesque in this. I think that immorality on a large-scale will ultimately implode on itself. Now, Reagan offered that belief about communism, and specifically the Soviet Union. He was adamant that something as immoral and heinous as Soviet communism could survive. At some point it would destroy itself because it would eat itself alive, it would destroy the food chain, i.e., the people necessary to sustain it. It just couldn’t last and survive.

Now, when you say that, there are people that look around at our culture, at the world, and in many cases people see immorality thriving. They see immorality as a ticket to great wealth. They see immorality as a fast route to fame. It seems that the more immoral, the more outrageous, the more outside accepted norms a thing is or a person is, the more notoriety it gets, and the more notoriety it gets, the more fame attaches and then the bigger curiosity it becomes and the greater its audience. And rather than facing universal condemnation, this behavior, this immorality, whatever it is — could be the way a government operates or an individual — is fueled.

And I don’t deny that either. At some point — and I believe this my whole life and I specifically believed it during the whole life of this program — that at some point all of this that is going wrong is gonna backfire or implode. Now, I don’t mean in and of itself. It’s gonna take little nods, pushes, shoves here, this is what we’re doing, and you, on occasion. But in terms of reaching the point where, “Okay, folks, time to panic,” meaning we’ll have lost it, the country’s finished as you and I know it. It’s time to stop waste energy trying to fix it. We’re not there.

Now, the behavioral patterns that should accompany a panic — panic, if you think, “Hey, we better all get serious or we’re gonna lose this,” we are at that point. Whether panic is what’s called for is another thing, but the behavioral aspects of that, well, that’s easy. But I’m out of time at the moment.

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