KEN: I was thinking about this term, “the new normal.” I can’t stand that term. I hate it; I’ve always hated it. I don’t know, but I just hate it. Maybe it’s because Barack Obama used to say it all the time. Maybe that’s why. But the minute someone says, “Well, that’s the new normal,” I immediately think, “So what you’re saying is to shut up and do exactly what you say.”
Is that what that means? I think that’s what that means. That’s what it means. “This is the new normal. You’re gonna have to wear a mask in the shower.” Like Dr. Fauci said, make sure your kids are wearing a mask in the pool, especially if you plan on peeing. It’s the new normal. And what did we learn from history? What we learned from history is, when you give up a right…
When you give it up, you never get it back, no matter what it is. Pick it. Pick a gun. Pick a right. Pick one. Pick a section of free speech that you’ll never get back again. Words that you’ll never be able to say again, because we gave it up. We didn’t fight. When you fight for the right, it’s a different thing, historically. But when you give it up, when you say, “Okay. I’ll wear the mask wherever you want.
“I’ll let you swab me. Sure! As long as Cuomo isn’t there.” By the way, Governor Cuomo now has seven, there’s seven women. I just saw like a… You know how they did that little Brady Bunch blocks of the heads? It looks like seven women now coming out, and one woman in particular — and I forget her name. I just thought this was kind of funny because the media always used to go after President Donald Trump for everything.
“Governor Cuomo says Charlotte Bennett has a preoccupation with the size of his hands.” Wow. Anything to get the attention away from covid. So speaking of covid, let’s go back to covid. Right now, four out of five office workers in Manhattan will not return full time, according to a recent survey. “Well, I guess that’s the new normal,” and Rush saw it long ago. Here’s cut 9.
RUSH: You know, I’ve been warning everybody that I can for months that it ain’t gonna be the same ever in major American cities — New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles. It’s not gonna be the same because of what people are learning. For example, you don’t have to live in New York City to work there. You don’t have to live in New York City to do a bang-up, stellar job there. If you are a company, you don’t need to rent out a bunch of floors in a skyscraper to put employees in because your employees don’t need to be there.
It just isn’t gonna be like throwing a switch and everybody going back. Because, folks, now people have learned that you don’t need to spend $4,000 for one half of a closet to live in in New York. You can live in your hometown of 20,000 people and have a huge place for half of what it was costing you in New York. You don’t have to be in New York. The business owners don’t have to rent all the commercial real estate to house you and give you a place to work, ’cause you ain’t gonna be there anyway — and then what happens to all the restaurants that depend on that and all of the bodegas and all of the cultural centers that exist because they’re populated by people, various pockets of the city.
I think Cuomo is just starting to get an idea of the dramatic and major impact of all this. And some of the change may end up being good. I don’t want to be misunderstood. Change happens all the time. Change is constant. Even when you don’t think things are changing, they’re going to if they haven’t, and people adapt. Especially the ones who are flexible and open to it adapt first and sooner than others do. You’ve got some other people that resist the change, ’cause they were dialed in and they had it made. They had it figured out, and that’s what they want to go back to. And they may not be able to. So, are they gonna be able to adapt? All these people who voted for Cuomo and all these people who voted for de Blasio, they are moving. They have left. They’re moving to where normal people live.
KEN: (laughing) Welcome! Those of us who are normal welcome you.