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RUSH: It really is striking to see the massive, coordinated, almost panic-filled reaction to Ted Cruz suggesting that a program previously implemented be used again. Everybody involved in the program is denying it or acting like it was a big failure. “Don’t associate us with it.” And what it was, it was discovered by the AP back on August 11, 2011. It’s a 2011 report in August, and the AP found out that the CIA was assisting the NYPD in monitoring New York City Muslim neighborhoods. It was a program started under George W. Bush, continued under Obama.

And since the CIA was involved, no wonder Obama wouldn’t condemn Mayor Bloomberg at the time the program was underway. “Well, it didn’t work! He had nothing to do with it.” But the degree of coordinated opposition at Ted Cruz today for simply reminding everybody what was previously done? It’s stunning. And you listen to these Drive-By Media people interviewing Ted Cruz, folks? The hatred they have for him is palpable. You can practically touch the hatred as it comes out of their mouths when they question him, such as Norah O’Donnell.

“I have news for you…”

Why do they hate Ted Cruz so much? Well, yeah, partly it’s because he’s conservative. But why hate that? It’s more than that. It’s threatening. And I am just gonna tell you: In the case of Ted Cruz, every damned one of these people knows full well that they’re not in his league in terms of IQ, in terms of intelligence, in terms of talent and ability. They can’t compete with him. So they ignore him. They pretend he’s not there. When they do have him on to interview him, they usually resort to tactics of intimidation or putting him down or snark or some such thing to try to mask his intellectual superiority over them.

They can’t keep up. They despise him. He’s a threat in that regard. You combine the kind of raw, native intelligence Cruz has with his heartfelt conservatism, and you have personified what the left fears the most. Therefore what they hate, what they despise. They know they’ll never be able to corral Cruz. They’ll never be able to control him. They will never be able to impugn him intellectually. So they go after him in other ways. They compare him to a preacher who doesn’t give the money back. They compare him to somebody has no happiness.

They do anything they can to deride and run down his personality or individual characteristic quirks or what have you. But they can’t take him on on substance. But this? This is even crazier. This is simply the acknowledgment of a program previously put in place by a Republican administration, the NYPD, and a mayor and continued under Obama and Mayor Bloomberg. And yet they act like Ted Cruz is proposing something that’s never, ever been done, and it’s discriminatory, and it’s painting all Islamists, all Muslims with a broad brush!

It boils down to, “We’re not to attack Islam. Islam has nothing to do with terrorism.” That’s what Obama and everybody in the media apparently want us to believe. “Islam? No, no, no, no, no! These guys, these ISIS terrorists? They’re not Islamists. Al-Qaeda, they’re not Islamic. They just say they are. No, no.” Even though, as has been pointed out time and time again, every one of these terrorist acts and every one of these groups, proudly proclaims they’re doing what they’re doing because of and in honor of Islam.


RUSH: Here’s David, Palm Springs, California. What’s up?

CALLER: Hey, Rush.

RUSH: Hey.

CALLER: I’m a retired psychologist, and in your first hour this morning I wanted to compliment you on your identification of the psychological motivations of these entrenched politicians.

RUSH: Well, thank you. I appreciate that. You mean the Republican establishment guys?

CALLER: Those, and the liberals as well. Because it really is a process that they have to go through after years and years of convincing themselves that they aren’t doing it out of self-interest, they’re doing it to serve the interests of the public. They self-hypnotize themselves into believing that delusion.

RUSH: That’s exactly right. I mean, the point that I made, if I recall what you’re specifically referring to, was that it’s personal to them. This is about losing a precious personal position of power, prestige, security, income, what have you, that’s disguised as caring about other people, the system, what have you. It’s purely personal, and they fear losing it.

CALLER: It absolutely is. If I can expand on it a little bit, I’ve been —

RUSH: Yeah, I would love to hear this. I’ve gotta take a quick break if you can hang on through the break. But I’m fascinated, because here we have a professional, a professional mind analyzer telling me that I nailed it. So, yeah, I want to hear this.


RUSH: And we happily rejoin David, a retired psychologist in Palm Springs, California, who is calling to congratulate me on my analysis of the motivations behind the Republican and Democrat establishment. You said it was profound. What exactly did I say that engendered this reaction from you?

CALLER: Well, you described how they have to get up in the morning every morning and remind themselves of how great they are.

RUSH: And how relevant.

CALLER: How special they are.

RUSH: How important, how they matter to themselves. They tell themselves they matter.

CALLER: Yes. Yes.

RUSH: They’re opinion makers. They shape outcomes. That’s what they tell themselves each and every day.

CALLER: Right. Now, in order to maintain that self-delusion, they have to engage in behaviors that I call spiritual vampires.

RUSH: Oh, that’s interesting. Spiritual vampires.


RUSH: I can picture a couple these people when you put it that way.

CALLER: And there’s two worlds that are important to them: the material world and the intellectual arena.

RUSH: Ah, yes. Yes, yes, yes, yes.

CALLER: And Trump represents competence in the material world. And Cruz represents competence in the intellectual world.

RUSH: And they are threatened by both. Is that what you’re saying?

CALLER: And they have to suck the energy, their spirit out of them.

RUSH: Interesting. Wait. Who’s sucking the energy out of whom?

CALLER: The spiritual vampires.

RUSH: Ah. Right.

CALLER: Of the two, the intellectual world is more threatening to the left than the material world. The material world can be controlled with taxes and regulations and other kinds of tradeoffs. But the intellectual world attacks the ivory towers. Look at how the intellectuals have taken over the colleges and universities. They can’t stand an argument that they can’t refute or rebut.

RUSH: It doesn’t exist, is the way they happen to deal with it.

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: There is no alternative.

CALLER: So they have to attack Cruz personally and discredit his credibility.

RUSH: Well, Cruz — I remember what you’re reacting to now. I was wrong, my first perception of what you were reacting to was wrong. You’re reacting to the way I characterized the fear of Cruz that manifests in people. Media people, leftists, Democrats, even some in the Republican establishment. And it’s because they know they’re not in his league so they don’t even want to get on the same playing field he’s on. They trying to keep him off their playing field. They don’t enter his, so they relegate him into some other area where he is some kook or he’s perceived as a minister that doesn’t give the money back or some such denigrating caricature in order to deal with him because that’s the only way they can.

I mean, you can watch the guy in a debate. I don’t care if it’s substantive, when he has an off night he’s in a different league than these guys. When Cruz has an off night, policy-wise he’s running rings around ’em, knowledge-wise he’s running rings around ’em, solutions-wise he’s running rings around ’em. They can’t take him on on a level playing field that is his, because that disparity and their feebleness would be on display.

So rather than acknowledge any of that and go there, they ignore him, report on him from afar, characterize him as some really elite kook that has nothing in common with very many Americans. I made the point last Friday. Here’s a guy that, despite all of these obstacles, has nevertheless owned and occupied second place in the Republican primaries for quite a while now. A fundamental aspect of Cruz that causes all this is his conservatism. Do not doubt that for a minute, when it comes particularly to leftists and Democrats, and even some Republicans. It’s the conservatism that Cruz knows, the conservatism that he is, the conservatism that he can explain, not in a tangential way, but he can explain it by proposing solutions.

I mean, that’s the most threatening form of conservatism there is, a common sense solution. Whatever problem you have, whatever issue you’re discussing, he has the ability to articulate the conservative solution to it, thereby define conservatism. But he’s not defining conservatism. He’s just engaging in “here’s what we need to do to fix it, this is what would work.” And people’s reaction, “Yeah, yeah.” Except they’ve got horns coming out of his head. So when he says these brilliant things, people don’t pay as close attention because they’ve succeeded in characterizing Cruz as an oddball, freak, kook, whatever it is. Those are my words, whatever your impression of the way they’ve characterized him would work as well. And that’s what they do to every competent threatening conservatism. Never take ’em on on substance, don’t ever, ’cause they can’t.

Like Norah O’Donnell in the sound bite we played earlier on this surveilling neighborhoods, the NYPD. (imitating O’Donnell) “You may not be aware, you may not know. Well, let me tell you something you may not know.” It’s always designed as a disparaging putdown of sorts.

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