RUSH: Here’s Gabe in Winnebago, Minnesota. Great to have you, Gabe. How you doing?
CALLER: Good. How are you?
RUSH: Fine and dandy. Thank you, sir.
CALLER: So I had a question. I am currently talking about a college class in which we are learning the art of discussion. And I was wondering, how do you talk facts and ideas with liberals and Democrats when they immediately go on the defensive and start calling names? How do you get past that to a point where you can discuss?
RUSH: You won’t.
CALLER: All right. (chuckles)
RUSH: In the current atmosphere — and there are exceptions of course with everything and everybody. But if you run into somebody who is liberal, and you start discussing facts and reality as serious things, you are outside their comfort level. They have constructed a false reality in which they live, and anything you say that challenges it upsets them and scares them, and they can’t deal with it. They have never been trained themselves in critical thinking. They have never been trained to independently ascertain and confirm facts.
They have been sponges, Gabe. They have been the recipients of indoctrination, of propaganda. I’m not exaggerating here. The thing you should do is just be patient and keep at it. Repetition is the key here. But once they start calling you names, do not engage with ’em. Just laugh at ’em and take the tone down, walk away or whatever. But keep coming back at it. But you’re never, in one shot, gonna overcome the defense mechanisms that they have structured and built up to protect themselves against the conflicting things that they’re hearing from you.
CALLER: All right.
RUSH: Really, I’m not exaggerating. They do not think, Gabe. They haven’t arrived at the things they believe by way of independent thought. They have been told to believe this. It’s been indoctrinated in them. All you’re doing is challenging the worldview and their security. And therefore, you make ’em nervous. They might even hate you. It is a delicate process.