RUSH: Joe in Cadiz, Spain, welcome to Open Line Friday. Nice to have you here, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Rush, mega dittos from Spain.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: Thank you for having me on.
RUSH: You bet, sir. Well, my question is this. First I wanted to say thank you, Mr. Snerdley, you’ve got a professional staff, you really do, Rush. But my question is this. I’m a civilian working for the government now after retiring after 25 years, or 20 years in the military, and being overseas, I’m very limited as to the exposure that I get. I do download your show and other shows to my iPod and listen to them daily. Obviously, it’s a day later. However, it’s nice to get some breadth and obviously some other opinions. Is it as divisive in the United States as what I’m hearing? By that I mean with the health care debate. Obviously the liberals are trying to spin this to the nth degree trying to make it look like we’re all a bunch of, I don’t know, radicals trying to suppress the government from imposing their will upon us, but is it —
RUSH: What does your instinct tell you, Joe?
CALLER: A hundred percent it’s media hype, but —
RUSH: No. No.
CALLER: It really is people across the nation, all 50 states are standing up.
RUSH: They are, every opportunity they get, Democrats are canceling town halls. There’s even polling data, Joe, that, you know, in politics the independents are precious because they’re the swing voters. Independents in the most recent poll say that they sympathize with the protesters showing up at town hall meetings. The tactics that are being used by people who oppose all of this health care stuff is working. Public opinion supporting health care is like 42%. There is no majority anywhere in this country nationwide for Obama’s health care plan. Divisive, I don’t know if you want to use that word, people are standing up and saying, ‘No, we don’t want to lose our freedom and liberty and we don’t want you controlling our medical care; we don’t want you controlling one-sixth of the US economy.’
CALLER: And I completely agree —
RUSH: It’s not a bunch of rabble-rousing —
CALLER: It’s the professional —
RUSH: It’s not an unruly mob. What you’re hearing these people being described by the media is totally untrue. These are just average, ordinary Americans, I mean the essence of grassroots. These are individuals showing up confronting these members of Congress.
CALLER: Good. I’m glad to hear it because my wife and I, we’ve spoken many times and we’ve spoken that if we were back in Florida where we came from there’s no doubt that we would be a part of this a hundred percent, and I just didn’t know how spread it had actually become and how many people were involved in this —
RUSH: Let me tell you —
CALLER: That’s who our democracy is for.
RUSH: Exactly. This is not anything to be upset about, Joe. This is a great moment in America. For the first time since this man was immaculated, we are enthused. The American people are showing that this is not what they voted for. We didn’t know with this man’s election — a lot of us are saying, ‘Oh, my gosh, do the people of this country really want a massive socialist takeover of the country?’ And they don’t. And it’s being illustrated all over the place and these people are being called Nazis, they’re being called an unruly mob. Union thugs supporting Obama beat up a black conservative at a St. Louis town hall, Joe, and they still show up in droves. The typical Democrat tactics of intimidation are being employed, and it isn’t working. And they’re sending Obama, he’s out in Montana today to do a town hall, which, by the way, starts five minutes before this program ends. Obama’s town hall starts at 2:55 Eastern time. And the reason for that, of course, is so that I will have no chance to comment on it until Monday. Appreciate the call, Joe. Thanks. Joe from Cadiz, Spain.