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RUSH: Here’s Emily, 13 years old. Don’t say Mark Halperin to me, Snerdley.

CALLER: Hi, Rush.

RUSH: Hi, Emily. She’s from Newburgh, New York. How are you, Emily?

CALLER: I’m good. How are you?

RUSH: Very good, thanks.

CALLER: First of all, I have a question. So I hear you’re 99.8% right most or all of the time.

RUSH: Documented to be almost always right 99.6%, yes.

CALLER: Oh, point-six, okay. I was wondering, so lately I’ve been talking to people and my friends and stuff, and it seems like they all are just so ignorant as to matters going on and issues, and I’ve also come to notice that people who are ignorant at a young age and stuff they usually end up voting Democratically, and since you’re able to convince people so well I was wondering if you had any advice for me.

RUSH: Well, the best way to convince anybody of anything is to believe in it yourself, and to be able to explain it and then be passionate about it. Really, there’s nothing like confidence. Confidence will make you a leader. Confidence will make you persuasive, and confidence will create admiration for you. It will also make people jealous of you, by the way. It creates all kinds of reactions in people. But the best way to persuade somebody of something is to really believe it. They’ll probably ask you, “Well, how do you know, Emily, how do you know?” And then you can tell ’em how you know, and you could say there’s one word here to really help you, it’s called “read,” and then you point ’em to places to go, where you’ve learned it if they don’t want to believe you. Tell them to listen to this program under the cover of darkness, you know, in the closet or something where nobody will know.


RUSH: But you’re talking about a 13 year old, you’re special. If you’re up to speed on this stuff and if you have a very deep rooted interest in it, you’re quite unique. Most 13 years old really don’t care about any of this yet.

CALLER: Exactly. And then I was also wondering, so I hear you have some new Two If By Tea, and I was wondering, I actually am on a road trip right now, I don’t live in Newburgh but that’s where we just went through. I live in Ohio and I was wondering if you had any stores that were going to sell it?

RUSH: We’ve not gone the distributor or retail market yet for a very simple reason. And that is we want to control our own distribution. I remember when my first book came out I’d go to the bookstore and find it in the fiction section, turned upside down or the cooking section, and we don’t want the same thing happening with the tea. We want to be able to control our own distribution, so it’s not in retail stores, but I’ll tell you what I’ll do. If you hang on here after we finish talking, which will be in mere seconds —


RUSH: — if you give Mr. Snerdley your address I’ll ship you some overnight. We’ve got regular, diet, and with sugar. It’s not fructose corn syrup. We’ve got raspberry, regular and diet. Which would you want?

CALLER: You got a favorite?

RUSH: I do, but if I announce a favorite I’m gonna create a run on it.


RUSH: I’ll tell you what I’ll do, do you like diet or regular? That’s the first thing I have to know.

CALLER: I like regular.

RUSH: Okay. I’m gonna send you a case of regular and a case of raspberry.

CALLER: Thanks.

RUSH: We’ll send you two cases. We’re having meetings later this week on the new flavor. I gotta start taste-testing the new flavors that we’re thinking of expanding here. So don’t go anywhere, Emily, and we’ll send you some. Snerdley, pick up the phone there for her before she gets away.


RUSH: Snerdley, did you get Emily’s address and all that? Good. Still talking to her, okay, good. You know, she’s 13, and she’s really into this stuff. Most people I have found don’t start thinking for themselves until they’re 40, about anything, and oftentimes by then it’s too late.


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