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RUSH: Apple Valley, California. Hi Chuck, great to have you on the EIB Network.

CALLER: Yes, hi Rush, I just wanted to call. You’re probably not happy about this, but I voted for Obama and largely based on the race issue. I thought that he might be somebody that would help deal with the elephant in the room. If we don’t get this race thing under control at some point, this country is gone. So I voted for him on the race issue thinking that he would help bring us back in. I thought his speech with Reverend Wright was excellent: Reverend Wright I understand where he came from, from his point in time. They were an oppressed minority and I thought that Obama would be helpful in bringing this country together. But after his meeting with Lula especially, and I saw, you know, he was beside himself, he was practically orgasmic with, you know, his happiness that Lula said that the problems in the world were white people with blue eyes, and it just opened my eyes to really what a community organizer is. I mean, he was not in community trying to bring businesses and whatever. He was signing signatures, trying to get more government into the community. And I see him more on the Latin level of taking over –

RUSH: Let me ask you a question out there, Chuck.


RUSH: Would you describe yourself as a regular listener to this program?

CALLER: Well, I’m a semi-regular listener. I don’t get to listen to you all the time, but I agree with 95% of what you say.

RUSH: How long have you been listening?

CALLER: Years. I don’t know. You’ve been on the air 15 years, maybe?

RUSH: Twenty.

CALLER: Twenty years. So I’ve been a longtime listener.

RUSH: So you were listening throughout all of last year now and then?


RUSH: I said — you must have missed it — this is what I want to ask you about. Well, no. Several occasions I had people who were very hopeful, as you expressed you were hopeful, that the election of the first African-American president would end or really crimp racial strife in the country. People asked me if I thought this and I said no. It’s going to exacerbate it. It is going to make it worse. We are going to have more race related problems in this country than we have ever had. Did you hear that and not believe me?

CALLER: Well, I did hear that. I took it into consideration. But I also had the possibility of McCain getting in as president, and all he’s done is trash Republicans his whole life, so I didn’t feel we were gaining much. It might just be a slower —

RUSH: No, no. I understand that, but I mean you were hoping, this is a pretty big reason to vote for Obama. You were hoping —


RUSH: — that the elephant in the room that’s dividing this country along racial lines would be obliterated. That’s the primary reason for voting for him, at least as you said.

CALLER: Correct.

RUSH: You heard me say that that would not happen. You must have doubted me.

CALLER: Rush, I don’t usually doubt you and —

RUSH: I’m not admonishing you.

CALLER: — I took that into consideration.

RUSH: But when you heard me — this is a learning experience for me, okay? When you heard me say that, what was your reaction?

CALLER: Well, I went more on what Obama said. I loved the speech that he gave, the Reverend Wright speech. I loved that. Because if we don’t get this under control, if we don’t get — you know, the way the Democrats have taken this country, divided it according to identity politics —

RUSH: See, this is fascinating, because from his perspective, he was not lying when he said we’ve got to get this under control. But what you didn’t know was that from his perspective, Jeremiah Wright is right, that this country is racist and the way to get this country fixed is to return the nation’s wealth to its rightful owners via high taxes, redistribution, nationalization of industries.

CALLER: Exactly.

RUSH: And he has brought an anger to the White House about this. You can hear it, if you listen carefully in all of the interviews he’s done, particularly early on in Chicago in the late nineties and the early parts of this century. So, yeah, you listen to him, you thought he was telling the truth, got this racial problem — but his problem, the racial problem in his mind is white supremacy.

CALLER: Absolutely. I agree with you. I see it. I see it now.

RUSH: Well, I’m glad you seen it now. In the future, don’t doubt me.


RUSH: I have an e-mail. The e-mail’s interesting. I’ve answered this question I don’t know how many times. I’ve explained it. This guy hasn’t heard it. So here’s the question. ‘Dear Rush: You keep saying that Obama wants to return the wealth of our nation to its rightful owners. Who’s he talking about? Who exactly is he talking about?’ He doesn’t use the phrase. It is my phrase to help people understand Obama’s philosophy. In Obama’s mind this is an immoral and an unjust country and the people who have prospered, which is just anybody who has a dollar more than you have in his book, people who have prospered have done so by cheating or by stealing or by doing it on the backs of others. And this has led this nation to being unjust and immoral. All prosperity and all wealth is suspect. So when I say that Obama’s policy is to return the nation’s wealth to its rightful owners, I’m talking about people he would put in the middle and lower classes: Union members, minorities, any minority, people who have never succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. In other words, the vast majority of the American people.

The middle class contains far more people than the upper classes do, so in Obama’s world — and I do think he means this — I do think it’s in his heart. I don’t think this is mere tactics. A lot of other liberals use it as tactics. Class warfare is a tactic because they know that there are more middle class and poor people than there are rich people and that if you can get all the middle class and poor to vote for you then all the rich voting against you cannot hurt you. In fact, you don’t need to get all the poor and all the middle class voting for you, just a few of them because there aren’t that many rich people. Some people use this class warfare as a tactic. In Obama’s case, because of the way he was raised, because of who his mentors have been and because of the people he’s listened to in church, I believe he has a personal animas against people who have succeeded. There are exceptions, of course, people who donate to him on the left, from Hollywood or big business or wherever. But for the most part, his objective is to make this country just and fair again. It’s not fair that the people who have prospered have prospered. They’ve done it by cheating. They’ve done it by stealing. Ergo, we’re going to have massive tax increases on the rich. Ergo, we’re going to redistribute. Ergo, the unions are going to own significant portions of the automobile companies without a single dime of investment! Because, you see, they have been used.

Union employees are really the ones responsible for the wealth amassed by the Ford family, the people who started General Motors. Union people are responsible for the wealth of the people in Big Oil. Union people made it all happen. And they’ve had dirt and coal, sand and oil flecks kicked in their faces. Obama’s going to return what is ‘rightfully’ theirs to them, even if it means destroying the industries where these people work. You see, the dirty little secret proven time and time again, the very targets of all this munificence, the beneficiaries of all of this compassion, returning the nation’s wealth to its, quote, unquote, rightful owners, the rightful owners, the little guy, quote, unquote, is going to get shafted. The little guy is getting shafted now. Unemployment last month, a 25-year high. One out of seven mortgages being foreclosed on. Jobs at the automobile companies, the dealerships, the factories being shut down where the little guy works. You think the little guy is going to be on the Chrysler or GM board of directors? No. It’s going to be union leaders who are already doing pretty well.

So the intended beneficiaries of all of this compassion, of all this redistribution, of all of these tax increases on the rich, the nation’s rightful owners, quote, unquote, are about to get the royal shaft again. In fact, they’re getting it now. When they get fired, when they get laid off, what do they have? Empty promises from Obama to keep them in their house. Mortgage foreclosures. One out of every seven mortgages? This wasn’t supposed to happen, was it? Why, Obama was going to make sure that this didn’t happen to you. Well, you have your unemployment check, but yip yip yahoo. What’s that going to get you? A subsistence. Meanwhile, the big guys are getting bailed out. The guys who have unfortunately profited on the back of all of you middle-class people, Wall Street guys are getting bailed out, yeah they’re talking about limiting their pay, but to what? Five hundred grand a year. You’d take that, wouldn’t you, as opposed to unemployment?

We can argue about the disaster that’s going to be, but my only point to you is that all of the middle class, all of these people that voted for Obama, all of the recipients of this grand compassion are the ones getting screwed. They’re the ones that can’t pay their mortgage, they’re the ones credit cards are closing them down, raising rates. They are the ones that don’t have jobs; they’re the ones whose mortgages are being foreclosed. They’re the ones that are having trouble getting health care once they get laid off. All of this was supposed to be fixed by now, all of this was supposed to be turned around. It’s just getting worse and worse and worse and worse and worse as it goes on. So the wealth of the nation, wherever it’s going, it’s going somewhere, but it ain’t headed back to its rightful owners.

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