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RUSH: Jim in Indianapolis. Hi, and welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Thank you, Rush. Love your show. First of all, happy holidays to you, your staff, your loved ones, and listeners.

RUSH: Thank you very much, sir. We all appreciate it.

CALLER: I want to give you a quick background on myself. I’m a white male in my mid-thirties. I work sometimes six to seven days a week. I go to school full time. I have a wife and two small boys. The reason why I do all this is because I need to be a role model for my boys and a man for my wife. That’s my job, not the government’s. I know eventually the Democrats will self-destruct as a party and, you know, the government will restore balance to this country. The point I’m trying to make to your audience is: Don’t ever lose your high morals and values. Don’t ever give up, stay optimistic, and eventually it’ll pay off.

RUSH: Well, I know exactly what you’re saying. Don’t give up. Like Churchill said, “Never, never, never, never give up.” Right now, I don’t think a lot of people want to quit. I think people need some time off. It’s been an intense year. There were a lot of expectations that turned out to be violently disappointing on election night. People felt this way when Clinton was elected in 1992, but this is a feeling that’s a multiple of ten over that among people like you who have not compromised.

You have not cashed in.

You have not give up on the kind of country you grew up in and want your children to grow up in.

You have not.

So you feel outnumbered, and a lot of people do.

You’re wondering, “Where is this all gonna end?”

Then you look at the Republican Party (I’m not being critical here, I’m just giving an honest assessment) and you don’t see or hear anybody — on a daily, regular, elected-person basis — that speaks out in opposition to what’s happening. You get somebody now and then who will say something and you cheer it, but there doesn’t seem to be any leadership, politically right now, representing us. In fact, you might even think, “My God, there might not even be as many conservatives in the country or in Washington as we thought.”

CALLER: Well, what’s difficult with all of this is my family has money. My grandparents have money. My father has money. You know, I’m sitting in school trying not to think, “Eh, you know, I’d rather be at home. I’d rather be at home with my kids, my wife, my family.”

RUSH: What do you mean you “have money”? You inherited money or do you well with your work?

CALLER: My family has money. They’ve done well.

RUSH: Okay.

CALLER: In their life. It’s not my money. That’s theirs. I have to instill in my boys, and as a normal person we have to instill these values back in society, ’cause we don’t have any.

RUSH: I know.

CALLER: We don’t have any values.

RUSH: That seems such a daunting task is what I’m saying. To a lot of people… You know, once the gravy train gets established and once it starts — and once government is seen as the source of prosperity, once the government is seen as the source of fairness where grievances are addressed — it’s tough to turn that back, especially when you don’t hear anybody speaking out against it, other than individuals who are not in any semblance of power to do anything about it.

So what’s happened is that people do what you said. You are confident there will be an event, or a series of events, that will wake people up. Something will happen that will cause people to realize that this can’t go on the way it is if we want to have lives and a country and live the way we have been and the way we’ve dreamed. You’re exactly right. I always encourage people to try to stay upbeat and positive about things, because you only get one life.

Life in general is gonna present you with lots of suffering. But you don’t have to add to it. You don’t have to invent your own. Life presents enough of it as it is. Despite what’s happening in Washington or elsewhere, it shouldn’t govern your life. I’m not talking to you specifically. Everybody in general. People need to seize this great gift of life, realizing it’s the only one you’ll ever have, and to try to do the most with it for yourself, for your family, however that manifests itself to you each and every day.

That’s the best you can do, and then let that influence others around you, and that’s how I think this thing gets turned around. I do have ultimate faith like you do that it will. We’re too great a country, we have too much at stake, and the world needs this country. Just like, folks, I need you in this audience. Every year at Christmastime is when I really get thankful, and I count my lucky stars and my blessings for the fact that we’re here 25 years. You people have no idea what you have meant to me and my family, and I can’t ever repay you or thank you enough for it.

But I do thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart.


RUSH: Thank you again, folks. It’s been fabulous, and the best is still ahead of us. See you back here on January 3rd. Have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year’s Eve.

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