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RUSH: Bob in Miami, I’m glad you called, sir. You’re next on Open Line Friday. Hi.

CALLER: Hi, Rush, and thank God that you’re on the air.

RUSH: Thank you, sir. I agree.

CALLER: You’re the watchman on the wall, my friend, sounding the alarm.

RUSH: Trying to, yes.

CALLER: First of all, Rush, I have been around a long time, since before World War II, and I have seen these political parties deteriorate to what they are today. I have had it with both of them. Both of them are not worth the powder to blow ’em to hell. We need a third party desperately.

RUSH: Did you say they’re not worth…? Wait a minute. Did you say neither party’s worth the powder it would take to blow ’em to hell?

CALLER: That’s right.

RUSH: (laughter) I love that. I love that. Because I thought you said, they weren’t worth the powder to make ’em up. And I said, that can’t be, so I read the transcription. The powder to blow ’em away. Great.

CALLER: Well, it’s true.

RUSH: Yes. Yes.

CALLER: Let me tell you something. Like I said, I’ve been around a long time.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: We have parties now and voters and people in this country who think it is fashionable to be a traitor to your country. Whenever you give aid and comfort to the enemy during time of war — it’s in the Constitution, if these morons want to ever look it up — it’s punishable by death. Now, if the New York Times ever printed, say, for example, we had cracked the Japanese code in World War II. Do you know what would have happened? Five minutes after that article hit the street, the FBI, Secret Service, US Marshals would have been up there and arrested everybody that had anything to do with that thing, with the exception of the truck drivers, the printers, and the copy boys. And they would have been tried for treason. And if they were found guilty, they would have been executed. If people don’t think that we executed people during the Second World War for treason: Rosenbergs. Look it up. I am fed up with these parties. I have had the course. I’m watching my country slowly but surely go down the toilet because of these people who put their party before their country, and I have had it. I will vote for a Republican this time because I don’t vote for traitors, and that’s what these people are. You’ve got Daschle out there. He’s out of it. You got Pelosi out there.

RUSH: Be careful. I knew what you were going to say —

CALLER: I know, I know.

RUSH: — because we have a 40-second delay. If you say anything, we can handle it.

CALLER: Well, I don’t want to be rude and crude. I’ve learned something over these years.

RUSH: Well, it’s a very fine line between rude and crude and accurate.

CALLER: Well, in that case, she’s a bitch!

RUSH: All right.

CALLER: All right? I’ve had it with them. I’ve had it. They’ve put their party before the country, and I am sick of it. I’m quite sure I speak for a lot of people out here when I say it.

RUSH: You said you’re going to vote Republican this time. Have you been voting Democrat?

CALLER: Are you crazy? I started out as a Democrat in the forties and fifties. Then I noticed that the Democrats left me, and I went independent. And then when Reagan came around and I voted for him, and I said, ‘Oh, I finally got party.’ Now the Republican Party has left me. I’ll stay Republican, just to vote in primaries, because independents can’t vote in primaries. But I have had it. I have really, really had it. It’s got to the point now —

RUSH: Okay, what are your grievances against the Republicans?

CALLER: We sent them to Washington to do something for the country, not to bend over and kiss their butt, okay? You can censor that if you want.

RUSH: Kiss whose butt, their own or the Democrats’?

CALLER: The Democrats’. You know, there’s two parties that are supposed to, be against each other and come to some kind of an agreement that pleases everybody and is good for the country. These Republicans now have bent over backwards to go help the Democrats, and all they succeeded in doing is driving our economy through the floor by this excessive of spending. You want to see something? You know, I don’t want to really plug another guy’s show, but go to Glenn Beck and read the interview with [sic, David Walker, comptroller general] Wilson, the controller general of the United States. We are in debt, and we will never get out. Do you know what the debt is?

RUSH: Yeah, it’s —

CALLER: Fifty-three trillion dollars.

RUSH: Yep.

CALLER: Fifty-three trillion! I don’t think there’s that much money around, and it’s the way he said it over there. In order to get out of this, every family has to pay 200 or $400,000 to get out of this debt.

RUSH: Fat chance of that.


RUSH: You know, Bob, one of the things that you mentioned here in your monologue was that the Republicans have failed and they have joined the Democrats to try and get along. That’s frankly one of the things that really bugs me because what the Democrats want is not good for the future of the country. What the Democrats want is what’s good for them, and I can tell that’s what’s bothering you. They would just as soon trash whatever they have to trash in order to reclaim their power and then claim to go about fixing the mess that they made. The problem is they don’t fix any mess that they make — and there are gobs of them out there, from all of the social welfare programs, part of the Great Society and the war on poverty, abject messes. Social Security is far, far and away beyond what it was ever intended. Well, I take that back. I think FDR knew exactly what he wanted and he got it: something that was a leading indicator or factor in getting Democrats elected every four years as often as possible. This is what bothers me about Republicans who think that there’s something in showing that they’re nice people and they can get along with Democrats. When that happens, the Democrats get at what they want, they prevail, and it is frustrating. I understand that profoundly. It’s one of the big problems a lot of us are having in this particular campaign cycle. Bob, I appreciate the call. I gotta run. Don’t cave in yet. Don’t give up. As long as here we’re, there’s still a chance. I will tell you when it’s time to pack it in.


RUSH: We just hung up on our phone conversation with Bob from Miami, and I checked a couple e-mails during the commercial break, and a surprising number of people — in a good way, a surprising number of people — said, ‘You know, people ought to listen to that old-timer. These old-timers are the ones that need to be listened to,’ and it reminded me of the timeless wisdom capsulated by my 35 Undeniable Truths of Life, in which number 16 says: ‘The collective knowledge and wisdom of seasoned citizens is the most valuable, yet untapped, resource our young people have.’ Of course, a lot of young people look at seasoned citizens and say, ‘I don’t want to hang around Grandma. It’s not cool.’ But, boy, if they ever did… You gotta listen to people who have been alive a long time. This guy says he was around prior to World War II, and gave a history lesson, a brief one, about demise of both political parties. ‘The collective knowledge and wisdom of seasoned citizens is the most valuable, yet untapped, resource our young people have.’

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