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RUSH: Judy in Miami, I’m glad you called. You’re on Open Line Friday. Hello.

CALLER: Hi, Rush.


CALLER: How are you?

RUSH: I’m fine, thank you.

CALLER: I’d like to say thank you, Rush, for everything that you’re doing for our party. It makes me proud. You know lately, you start feeling like being a Republican is a bad thing, it’s a bad word, and you can’t tell people that you’re a Republican, they look at you bad, ‘Oh, my God, are you crazy?’ but we listen to you, we turn the station on, and we’re just proud to be Americans. We’re just proud to keep going.

RUSH: Well, you’re very nice to say that, and I really appreciate it because we do focus on the positive on this program. We try to be optimistic, of good cheer, enjoy life, and have fun. After all, we’re Americans.

CALLER: Yes. You know, it’s like you can’t say how you feel, especially in Miami, it’s like I don’t know what’s going on. I’m a Cuban American. Even with my own people, everybody is changing.

RUSH: Let me ask you a question. Why are people who used to be Republicans, let’s say even, you know, friendly Democrats, why do they get so visceral now when you tell them you’re Republican? What do they not like about Republicans?

CALLER: I have no idea.

RUSH: Oh, there’s got to be something. Is it Bush?

CALLER: I think they hate that we’re right; they hate it. I mean they’re all fictional. They don’t say any facts.

RUSH: Wait a second. I don’t think they think we’re right. They’ve got too much hubris in areas. If you’re actually using the term Republican, and they’re getting mad at Republican, I have my own theories. But what about when you tell them you’re conservative, how is their reaction to that?

CALLER: Oh, no, they don’t have much reaction to that. They just think that I’m prejudiced and —

RUSH: Well, don’t take this stuff personally. These people think they’re the smartest people in the room, and they’re just nothing but a bunch of people reacting to cliches. They don’t know anything. You just need to learn to laugh at them.

CALLER: Oh, yeah.

RUSH: Yeah, you don’t want to get mad at them. It’s not worth it. Just laugh at them, and they’ll say, ‘Why are you laughing?’ You say, ‘Because I’m amazed at your ignorance. You actually believe Republicans are all these things that you believe.’ And then point out all the race wars going on in the Democrat Party. Point out Mrs. Clinton and Obama getting into arguments about race. You tell ’em to look at themselves first before they start making these kinds of charges, and then just keep laughing at them.

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