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RUSH: This is Tom in Troy, Michigan.  I’m glad you waited, sir.  Welcome to Open Line Friday.  Hi.

CALLER:  Thank you very much.  I’m a devoted listener since 1990, and I agree (chuckles): He needs to stay away from that bait.  I believe the effective way for Donald Trump to counter all the effort to discredit him with women is for him to focus on safety, you know, to give them a compelling reason to vote for him.  Crime and terrorism in this country is out of hand, and there’s no doubt that this world’s a much more dangerous place that it was eight years ago.

I mean, Trump has plans to address crime in this country, and I don’t think it’s a priority at all for Hillary.  I mean, some of the statistics that I’ve heard I think from you and others just amaze me. You know, like 30% of our prison inmates are illegal aliens.  When we see the police being assassinated in our streets and riots in our cities and, you know, murder rates going up to record highs, higher than they’ve been in such a long time —

RUSH:  Well, Hillary can’t talk about the crime rate because it is her constituents committing it.  That is the problem. They can’t —

CALLER: (chuckles)

RUSH: They won’t talk about it. Her constituents probably commit most of the crimes taking place. Not all, but a good percentage of them, but she can’t talk about crime as a problem because her party’s been running the show for eight years.  That’s why it’s wide open.  I agree with you. It’s wide open for Trump.  If security and policing is a way to go out and convince women that they can support him, then go for it.

CALLER:  And the same thing with domestic terrorism.  I mean, it’s now just becoming a frequent occurrence.  It didn’t happen eight years ago.  I mean, we have people shot in our malls, stabbed, slashed. And when you go and look at these domestic terrorists events in Boston, Orlando, San Bernardino, or New York —

RUSH:  That’s workplace violence.  That’s not terrorism.  That’s another thing.  They won’t even call it terrorism.

CALLER:  Right. Right. But the thing that they all have in common is that all of these perpetrators were known to the authorities ahead of time.

RUSH:  Right.

CALLER:  And that’s just incredible to me.

RUSH:  And they all vote Democrat.

CALLER:  Exactly.

RUSH:  I’m sorry, folks.  They do!  The vast majority of them if they’re registered at all, they’re registered Democrats.

CALLER:  Well, the Democrats aren’t gonna do anything about it.

RUSH:  Oh, the Democrats want their votes!  The Democrats are moving to eliminate the laws that prevent felons from voting.  Democrats are not gonna do anything about anything that roils the culture.  In anything that happens, folks, because everything has been politicized… Gosh, I wish, if there’s one thing that I could sensitize everybody to, it’s that, that everything’s been politicized.  So when anything happens… When a cop gets shot, just ask the question: Who benefits from this?  Who benefits? 

“How dare you say someone benefits!”

But that’s the point; they do!  You can see them trying to benefit from it!  When Gabby Giffords got shot, what did they try to do?  They tried to benefit by blaming on Sarah Palin and the Tea Party!  When the guy in Colorado shot up the movie theater, Brian Ross at ABC claimed the guy was a member of the Colorado Tea Party.  He wasn’t! They try to benefit from all of this, politically!  I’ve got a story in the Stack where a number of environmentalist wackos are openly expressing disappointment that Hurricane Matthew was not more destructive.

Because had it been more destructive, they would have had an easier time blaming it on climate change.  I don’t know.  It just seems to me that all of these things that people acknowledge are out of whack…  I mean, the job situation is not right. The economy isn’t right. Our cultural dissent isn’t right.  I mean, people instinctively know it. There isn’t any unbridled joy in the country. There’s no sense of the American spirit triumphing anywhere.  There isn’t a sense that we’re on the right track. 

You find optimism in small pockets of people and places.  It’s not something that’s national. Versus when we are in robust economic times, you know it. You’re living it. You experience it because it’s all around you.  And, by the same token, when things are not going well, you see that, too, because you live that.  You see it in your own home or in the home of friends and relatives or even in town people that you don’t know. But you just know it, and that’s where we are. 

We could be doing so much better.  We ought to be doing so much better.  I cringe, I literally cringe when I hear Millennials tell me that they think it’s just an accident of birth that they happened to come of age as adults at that moment in history when the US has begun its inevitable decline.  They just think it’s the luck of the draw.  Their mom and dad didn’t meet at the right time and so they were born too late.  And now they face a lifetime of misery and student debt and whatever it is. 

You can’t convince ’em it’s the result of policy.  You cannot convince them it’s the result of specific policies implemented by the Democrat Party, such things as the never-ending increase and demand of it, the minimum wage, all these regulations that come from the EPA and all these other bureaucracies where people unelected are making it harder and harder to start businesses, to stay in business, harder and harder for individuals to acquire wealth and become financially independent.  And the main obstacle to that is what they graduate from college owing. 

I mean, the single the greatest destruction that the left has meted out is the student loan program.  This is a big bugaboo of mine.  The college education since the Great Depression has been the ticket out, the ticket up.  Every parent has believed it.  Every parent has had the dream of their kids going to college and becoming something by virtue of a degree, maybe even go to graduate school, become a lawyer, a doctor, a scientist, that has been the dream.  And it always was.  I mean, it was a ticket out.  The greater your education and the better you did at it, the greater your odds for financial success and independence were. 

But now look what happens to you when you graduate from college.  The left runs the universities in this country.  Are they doing anything about tuition?  When they complain about the price of oil, the price of drugs, when they complain about the price of food, when they complain about anything in corporate America, why do they exempt universities?  Why is there never a demand that tuition be cut?  Why is there never a demand that people on campus work for less money?  Why is there never a demand that people on campus give something back? 

Because the campus is the indoctrination center.  And so the people that run those campuses, these universities and the professors are gonna continue to be funded so they can continue to do their work in not educating, but propagandizing and indoctrinating kids.  That’s the value of it.  And in the process, the banks and the government are getting rich off of student loans.  What good is a college education that carries a $200,000 price tag in the form of a student loan that you have to pay down before you even begin to acquire wealth on your own?  And even if it’s not 200, even if it’s 40, and these are the people who’ve told us, “Let us handle it for you.  We’re better than you.  We’re more experienced, we’re smarter, we’re wiser, we are the best and brightest, and we can handle and manage your affairs for you.  You don’t have the ability, you’re not as smart as we are, you’re not as worldly as we are.”  These are the people who’ve told you they can handle it for you. 

The left has said to every American, “Let us do these things for you.  We know you’re not qualified.  We know you’re not competent,” and they make a mess of everything they tell you they’re gonna improve.  And I think the greatest illustration of how they have bastardized one of the great American institutions is the college education, because it has now become an albatross around the neck of most graduates. 

Not only that, look at what people are majoring in: East Ovarian Studies in ancient Africa pre- the Roman empire.  Where are you gonna go to implement the knowledge you have acquired in that field?  Yeah, you start teaching other arcane, irrelevant things, like ocelot studies in the era of feminism circa pre-Roman Empire, whatever.  It’s asinine.

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