RUSH: Hey, if anybody out there in the audience happens to be from the Sullivan Group’s opinion auditing firm, you need to take account of this. One of my Undeniable Truths of Life, written in an afternoon — in an idle afternoon while seeking a column’s topic. I needed to write a column for a local newspaper, and I had writer’s block. So I started jotting down one-sentence beliefs hoping to inspire an idea for 750 words.
After I got to about 200 words, I said, “You know what? This would be a good column itself. So I just kept jotting down things I thought that were universally true, and one of them was, “The modern environmentalist movement has become the new home of communism.” This was right around the time that the Berlin Wall was coming down. The Soviet Union, Glasnost, Perestroika were bombing out.
Gorbachev is not gonna be able to hold on, Reagan was going to emerge triumphant, and the spotted owl was the cause of the day for the militant environmentalists, and Earth First was out there sabotaging forests and timber companies and everything. I simply said that the modern environmentalist movement is the new home of wayward communists, and it is. Well, looky here!
The Daily Caller just posted: “130 Environmental Groups Call for an End to Capitalism — Environmentalists have declared that global warming can’t be stopped without ending the ‘hegemonic capitalist system,’ saying that cap-and-trade systems and conservation efforts are ‘false solutions.'” So all of you who have cut back from an SUV to a lawn mower or to a golf cart or some sort of new hybrid vehicle?
All of you who are going without what you used to use because you want to save the planet? Guess what? It doesn’t matter. Guess what? It’s not enough. Guess what? It won’t work. “‘The structural causes of climate change are linked to the current capitalist hegemonic system,’ reads the final draft of the Margarita Declaration, presented at a conference including about 130 environmental[ist wacko] groups.
“‘To combat climate change it is necessary to change the system,’ the declaration adds. Environmental[ist wacko] activists met in the oil-producing, socialist country of Venezuela as part of a United Nations-backed event to increase civil engagement in the lead up to a major climate conference.” (interruption) I know you… Here’s the thing. Here’s… (interruption)
You can’t hear it, but my trusty aide-de-camp and loyal chief of staff, H.R. “Kit” Carson — who is, by the way, screening calls today ’cause Snerdley so enjoyed the spiritual retreat last Friday, he’s gone back for three days this week. H.R. just said to me, “You know, I remember when you said that way back then, that the environmental movement was the new home of communism!”
He had just started. He’d just come from the mailroom for Proud Homeowner magazine or some such thing. What was the name of the magazine you worked at? (interruption) Yeah, Practical Homeowner — not “proud,” Practical Homeowner. He came from the mailroom there and started dealing with the overwhelming number of phone calls and mail requests that we were getting when the program was new.
He never knew who I was, and listening to me the first week, his mind was going, “Who is this guy?” You know, he’s an actor from Wisconsin. He’s saying, “Whoa!” When I claimed that modern environmentalist wackos — the leftist environmental movement, the peace movement — communism was their new home and that’s who filled the gap in the Soviet Union, he said, “You’ve gotta be crazy. You can’t say that! That’s too broad. Every environmental group?”
So he’s now seeing, “130 Environmental Groups Call for an End to Capitalism,” and then they come out 27 years later and say it. It’s not that they just concluded this at 27 years. This is who they’ve been for 27 years. So, once again… But, H.R., just so you know, I know full well. I have good amount of empathym which you need to be a successful broadcast host like I am.
‘Cause you need to be able to understand how the audience reacts to things. You have to be able to, in your mind’s eye, see it. I know that’s gonna be the reaction a lot of people have. I don’t say it to shock people. I say it because it’s true. I say it because I believe it and I’m not interested in sugarcoating things, and I realize that it’s something, even if other people did believe, they would never say.
Because they’re not confident that they’re right. That’s the difference. I was. I have no doubt. I know these people. I know who they are. I know what makes ’em tick. So it was not hard for me to say. I know that it’s something that your average person will not accept. A lot of people are gonna say, “Nah, nah. That’s too much for me to sign on to.”
But they’ll hold it in reserve, and now 27 years later here’s the proof: “130 Environmental Groups Call for an End to Capitalism.” Whoa! Now, I could just leave it for people to say, “You know I think Rush said that 27 years ago,” but I don’t trust people to remember that far back. So I just want to take a moment here to remind you and the auditors at the Sullivan Group opinion auditing unit, to make sure they throw this one in the calculations.