RUSH: Joyce in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Welcome to the EIB Network.
CALLER: Merry Christmas from the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts, Rush.
RUSH: Thank you. Thank you very much.
CALLER: Rush, I called to ask you what tack you think I should take — or whether I should just do my regular, old, conservative shut-up routine. My son’s ten. They showed “An Inconvenient Truth” to his class last week —
RUSH: Oh, no. No!
CALLER: — under the unit of learning about weather and meteorology and earth science.
RUSH: Oh, my gosh!
CALLER: That was my reaction.
RUSH: This is…
CALLER: Rush, I was apoplectic and I wrote a three-page letter to the teacher and did not send it because having been an ant at the picnic my whole life living in Massachusetts, I know I’m just going to bring down some sort of unspeakable wrath upon my child. Do I just shut up and just explain the real truth to my son?
RUSH: Oh, man. Boy, this is tough. Your kid’s ten, right?
CALLER: Ten. Fifth grade.
RUSH: Yeah, he has a long way to go in the public skrool system there.
CALLER: I don’t think I’m going to make it, Rush! (Laughing.) I think I’m going to end up in jail.
RUSH: This is a really tough question, because the outcome that you suspect — although you can’t really know it, there is experience guided by intelligence, and you’ve seen other parents complain, other places around the country about this kind of thing and see what happens. Hell, you never know. Up in Needham the other day one parent went in there complaining about the honor roll being published and the principal caved.
CALLER: Yeah, that was in Massachusetts.
RUSH: Yeah, Needham, Massachusetts. Yeah, but you could be the one parent to make ’em cave on the Al Gore movie being shown again.
CALLER: Well, I’ll tell you, you know what my son said to me — and this is what frosted it for me. He said, “Mom, if Greenland goes, we’ll all be underwater!” If Greenland goes?
RUSH: Look, I know. This is happening all over the place.
CALLER: (Angry groan)
RUSH: A young mother told me the other day that her kid came home from school and was watching Algore do this whole routine on Oprah, and the daughter’s, what, 15 years old, said, “Mom! Mom! It’s going to be horrible! New York is going to be under water! There isn’t going to be any more Greenland!”
CALLER: My son told me there was going to be no more Cape Cod, and we live on Cape Cod! (Laughing.)
RUSH: Well, there are a lot of Americans who wouldn’t complain about that. What did you tell your son?
CALLER: I explained to him that in the multiple billion-year history of the earth that it’s been through lots of warming and cooling cycles and that you couldn’t base what’s going to happen on the last hundred years of records.
RUSH: Right. Okay, so —
CALLER: I also showed him the <a target=new href=”//home/eibessential/enviro_wackos/algore10yearstodoom.member.html”>crazy picture of Al</a> on your web page. (Laughing.)
RUSH: Well, that’s helpful.
CALLER: He said, “That’s him!”
RUSH: Now, here’s the question for you. Do you think he was more impressionable…? Do you think he was more affected by the movie of Algore in his classroom or by what you said attempting to counter it?
RUSH: See, it’s important question, because pictures… He saw Greenland melt! Algore’s got this slide show that portrays all this destruction. It’s not just Algore standing up there lecturing. If he was doing that, people would fall asleep, even in tenth grade, or fifth grade. He’s got all these pictures.
CALLER: Yeah. “Well, based on science, mom, how can it not be true?”
CALLER: So I had to explain to him that it was an opinion based on unsubstantiated “fact” and that other people had different opinions — and I went through what they were, and the upshot of it was he was angry, to me, anyway —
RUSH: Angry at you or angry at Algore?
CALLER: No. He felt betrayed by his school.
RUSH: Okay, all right, then you don’t need to call the school. This is where I was headed. As long as you are able to teach creative, independent thinking, rather than just have him sit in any classroom and be a sponge, if you teach him to be curious and a little doubtful about anything he hears — you know the old saying, “I believe none of what I hear and half of what I see” — if you just get his mind oriented toward questioning things… It’s tough, because kids respond to authority figures, other than their parents. If you get him questioning these things, you won’t need to call these professors or the teachers or the principal or what have you. As a way of illustrating. He said, “But, mom, it’s science,” and you said, “Well, no. It’s not science. It’s an opinion.” That was great, but pose it to him this way… What’s his name?
CALLER: (pause) Brooks.
RUSH: Your son’s name is Brooks? Okay, so you say, “Brooks, is the earth round or is it flat?” He knows it’s round by now, right?
CALLER: (Laughing.) You know, I gave him that argument!
CALLER: (Laughing.) I did!
RUSH: Okay. “But Brooks? But Brooks? What would happen if Algore came to your class in the movie and tried to prove to you with pictures the earth was flat? Would you accept it just because ‘some scientists’ say it is?”
CALLER: Well, we used to believe that it was.
RUSH: Right. But we now know it’s not, but if a “consensus” of scientists came along and tried to make the case the earth was flat, nobody would believe them even though they said there’s a consensus. Yet because there’s a consensus that says, “Twenty or 30 years from now Greenland is going to vanish,” people believe it? Where is the critical thinking here? There can’t be science if there’s consensus involved. Science doesn’t result from people agreeing on things! The earth is not round because a bunch of people finally agreed that it is! It’s round because it is round and people were able to establish it, and the flat earthers — and they’re still around out there; they just believe other oddball things. But science is what it is, and it cannot be created — science cannot be established — by opinion. That was a great thing to tell him, and I’d keep pounding that into him because this global warming is the primary tool that’s being used to inculcate young minds like your son’s into allowing government to tax them and limit their behavior and to do all kind of things in order to get more power over people’s lives. That’s all it is. Tell him that. Eh, maybe that’s a little young for ten years old. He still thinks you’re trying to do that to him.
RUSH: I was a ten-year-old, so I know the parent routine that way. I was! Some people have trouble believing I was once ten, but I was. At any rate, I have to run here. I appreciate the call, Joyce. Be right back with much more in a jiffy.
RUSH: I got an interesting e-mail last night from a subscriber at RushLimbaugh.com. “Rush, I’m 70 years old, and I remember that in the 1950s, the government and the AMA told us all that butter and eggs were killing us because of cholesterol. The only way to avoid this poison, they said, was to eat margarine. Now it’s margarine that’s being banned because of trans-fats, hydrogenated vegetable oils and so forth, and now people are being encouraged to eat real butter, because it’s ‘natural.'” I bring this up only because this is a classic illustration of talking about doubting what the so-called experts, be it from government or anywhere else say. There’s too much conflicting information to buy into it. Look at the panic that they have caused in the nutrition business. Look at the absolutely panic.
I was talking to some friends. We went out and had dinner one night last week and we were talking about this. A guy said, “You know, I ate bacon and eggs every day of my life. I had butter.” A lot of people are this way, and they’re perfectly healthy. Everybody just goes nuts over this, the panic that’s created by — and half the time they change their mind, like they did about coffee and like they did about oat bran. Hell, look at the silicon implants. They’re back now! They’re back. “But, Rush! But, Rush! They were disfiguring and killing women.” No, they weren’t. That was just a bunch of tort lawyers who raised a big payoff with a class-action suit when it turned out to be an irrelevant factor in the death of some women. Now, they’re back, and guess what? They’re going to cost more than ever because Dow Chemical has gotta recapture what they lost in the judgment in the class-action suit.
Big boobs will be more expensive than ever, if God didn’t give them to you naturally.