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RUSH: Back to the phones we go to Raleigh, North Carolina.  This is Pepe.  Pepe, great to have you here, sir.  Hello.CALLER:  Rush, how are you?

RUSH:  Very well, sir.

CALLER:  It’s great to be with you on the phone.  It’s unbelievable to me that I’m on the phone with you today.  Big fan since 2003.

RUSH:  Thank you.

CALLER:  I thank you so much for your voice of reason in this crazy nightmare that we live in now.  But, you know, I wanted to call you about the iPad Pro, but something more important came up last night.  I was sitting down and I was reading a story that just made me almost fall off my chair.  It’s not only the bathroom conundrum that we find ourselves in here in North Carolina, but I just read a story that my county, Wake County, the school district, they have decided that in 2018 they’re gonna stop allowing valedictorians and salutatorians in high schools because it is an unhealthy competition in order to get to that point.  So instead they’re gonna go to just a ranking system, I guess, but they’re not gonna allow principals to name valedictorians.  So it’s just one more little thing that just shows the danger of progressivism and what it’s done by indoctrinating our kids left and right for ages now, and all it’s done is desensitize us to really —

RUSH:  Pepe, that has already happened in school districts around the country, elimination of valedictorian and salutatorian, eliminating summa cum laude, cum laude, all of that gone.  It’s just now getting to Raleigh.  But, you know, the real purpose of it, Pepe, notice what is being erased, notice what’s being eliminated, notice what is being discarded, and that is achievement, recognition of the highest achievement.

Now, it used to be that the recognition of highest achievement was a great honor. It was intended to be rewarding, but also to be inspirational.  It was intended to demonstrate what’s possible.  It was intended to honor that which was superior that involved effort and hard work and perseverance. It was merit-based top to bottom.  And the left, Pepe, there’s a lot of things that the left are doing.  If you want to understand the most of what appears to be the leftist agenda, not everything, but if you understand one thing, and that is the elimination of competition.  That is what is considered evil.  The elimination of competition is the objective, because, with competition, you have winners and losers.  And that is seen as unfair.

Now, in the standard, ordinary, everyday American playbook in the world of winners and losers, which is life, by the way, the effort is to win.  Everybody wants to be a winner.  Not everybody can be.  But it is the effort to try that is the message.  But it’s all about achievement, being better than you think you can be, learning that there are things larger than yourself, that you are not the center of the world.

And in the old America, when there were these divisions, the winners and losers, the effort was to elevate everybody.  The left wants no part of elevating anybody.  The left is all about lowering everybody so that everybody is equal and the same.  So you punish achievement, raise their taxes, you eliminate their awards, you stop recognizing them, you eliminate classes where they can excel, and you just dumb everybody down.  It’s easier to control that way, but it’s insidious.  It’s anti-human nature as well.

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