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RUSH: Jennifer in Fresno, you’re next on the EIB Network. Hi.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. How are you?

RUSH: Great, thank you.

CALLER: Well, I was calling today I’m sure you know that tomorrow we’re going to have a large gay rights march here in Fresno. Apparently the gay —

RUSH: I actually did not know that. That’s not something I keep track of.

CALLER: Well, they’ve decided that because the Central Valley voted 70% in favor Proposition 8, that we’re a valley full of bigots, and so they need to come here and change our minds. And so they’re having a big march from Selma, California, which is —

RUSH: Well, now, wait a minute. The way to deal with this is, ‘Gay people should not come and march. They’re only going to offend you. They should just, you know, you know, open a lemonade stand, ask you to come by and maybe engage you in polite conversation. But marching, that’s only going to offend you.’ We’re being told here that you don’t really oppose people; you try to get along with them. The gay people are doing nothing but following the Republican script. Nobody is.

CALLER: Well, I think that it’s going to backfire for a few reasons, and the first one is that, you’re right. People in Fresno don’t want to hear anything people from San Francisco and Los Angeles have to say. That’s why we don’t live there and we live here. And the second reason is that the gay activists and the environmental activists are kind of related in their goals, and right now the environmentalists are destroying agriculture in the Central Valley.

RUSH: Let me tell you what the objective here is. You must be told this, and you may know it. You may not want to admit it; you might not want to believe it but it’s true. The purpose of this march is to intimidate you. And they’re going to keep it up until they wear you out.

CALLER: Exactly. That’s what I think.

RUSH: They’re going to keep it up until you say, ‘I don’t care. Okay. All right. Go get married. Just leave me alone.’

CALLER: Exactly.

RUSH: That’s the charge.

CALLER: That’s what civil unions was about.

RUSH: Yep.

CALLER: We kind of got the impression that if they got that —

RUSH: So —

CALLER: — then they’d leave us alone.

RUSH: Okay, so, what are you going to do, then?

CALLER: Well, personally I’m going to ignore it.

RUSH: All right!

CALLER: (laughing)

RUSH: Exactly right. Everybody should. The media won’t, but everybody else in town should. Don’t let ’em intimidate you this way.

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