RUSH: Celeste in Inman, South Carolina. Next up. Great to have you. Hi.
CALLER: Hi. I’m so excited to talk to you. You are a superstar in our household. I am a first-time caller. I am a first-time voter. It’s an honor to talk to you.
RUSH: Well, thank you very much.
CALLER: I listened to that little girl that’s struggling with friends, Michelle that was in California?
RUSH: This was yesterday?
CALLER: Yesterday, yes.
RUSH: We had a 15-year-old girl who called yesterday —
RUSH: — who wanted advice —
RUSH: — on how to talk to her friends that are pro-Hillary and hate Trump —
RUSH: — and so that’s what Celeste here is talking about. So what’s your comment?
CALLER: Well, my comment is that I’m dealing this with my three teenage boys. We have twins there, who are sophomores, and a senior. They’re at a small country school. They wear their Trump shirts proudly. We have big signs all over our yard. After the election, the twins have a homeroom class with this young lady, and they are allowed to talk quietly amongst themselves, and she just went off on them because they were talking about Trump and how excited they were that they got in. We have you on as much as we can or we only watch Fox News. So they are very informed.
RUSH: Hold it. Is this young lady a student or the teacher?
CALLER: Yeah, she’s a student. She’s a student. She’s in their age-group, and she just went off on them. And this went on for days, and they were just… They didn’t know what to do. And I said, “Well, again, either freedom of speech or just try to ignore her, you know? Try to redirect your conversation to something else.” Well, a few days go by, and she’s decided she’s not standing up for the Pledge of Allegiance, and that just… They lost it. They have a grandfather that’s a veteran, you know, that went to Vietnam.
They were just so upset. And they came home and they said, you know, she won’t stand for the pledge. Well, apparently they went back and said something, and they got dragged into the principal’s office. And I just don’t know… They don’t want to rock the boat and they don’t want to make a lot of trouble. But I just don’t understand how it is that she can do this, bully them because of who their family voted for and —
CALLER: — she can walk away from this and be scot-free.
RUSH: Look, this is not worth anything. This woman is not… This 15-year-old student is not worth their time.
RUSH: She doesn’t have an open mind. The best… You know what I would advise, if that’s what you’re asking, if they’re gonna engage with her…
RUSH: If they’re gonna engage, just don’t. It isn’t worth it. She’s… They’re not gonna change her mind. It’s just gonna be… Unless they can find a way to have fun with it.
RUSH: But to seriously engage her and make her a project is gonna be a waste of time. If it were me, I would just tell her how ashamed of her I am.
RUSH: And let it go at that.
CALLER: They’re very passionate about this this year. Everything that they’ve learned along this walk that we’ve taken this last year, and it just really disheartens them that, you know, she can do all of this and say all of this —
RUSH: Hey —
CALLER: — about Hillary —
RUSH: Look, she’s in a school.
RUSH: Tell them that’s life. As long as you’re in a school, people like that student run it.
RUSH: The teachers, the principal, everybody is just like her, and it’s a place that they have to get out of with —
RUSH: — the best grade they can. So it’s not worth it to tackle. I can’t think of a scenario in which it would be worth it unless they want to perfect debate skills, if they’re on the debate team, unless they want to use it as a teachable opportunity or —
RUSH: — a learning opportunity for other things. But in this case, just let time pass and look the other way, because, really, these people are so closed-minded that there isn’t anything they’re gonna be able to do about it.
CALLER: Right. And that’s hard because we’ve always told them to stand up for what they believe in and to have a voice and be confident and it’s hard for them to just sit back and say, okay, I’m gonna take this and I’m an honor student and I’m getting sent up to the principal’s office. It’s been a really rough week on them to try to take this all in —
RUSH: Hey, look, this stuff —
CALLER: — and process it.
RUSH: — all of it is a learning opportunity. This is a great chance for them to learn that not everybody’s like them. It’s a great chance for them to learn how to deal with this kind of thing. They’re gonna face it all of their lives —
RUSH: — and they’re gonna learn how to make value judgments on just what their time is worth in terms of who they want to give their time to. And this woman isn’t worth it. This other student is not worth it. Now, being called to the principal’s office because of something or other, well, that’s just the way it works.
RUSH: It’s a school, and you could go confront the school over it, but you don’t want to do it because you’re afraid they’re gonna dock them and their grades, whatever.
CALLER: Oh, yeah, there will be retaliation and I don’t want that for them. They’re big brother’s about to graduate, and he wants to get out —
RUSH: There are gonna be a lot of battlefields in their lives.
RUSH: And this one’s not even worth taking the field.
CALLER: I wanted your advice because I just didn’t know and they’re really struggling with it, and I just —
RUSH: Well, I know. Here’s the dilemma for you. You’re teaching them to be strong. You’re teaching them to not let anybody intimidate them. You’re teaching them to stand up for what they believe, so they did, and they get called to the principal’s office. And some brain-dead student appears to be prevailing or winning. They’re gonna face this all the time in their lives.
RUSH: Injustice —
RUSH: — and unfairness is everywhere. And how you deal with it and not get distracted by it and not let it take you off your objectives in the rest of your life is the lesson to learn here.
RUSH: I wouldn’t throw any part of my life away for some brain-dead student that doesn’t know what she’s doing or what she thinks.
CALLER: Well, I do appreciative because I want to direct them in the right way to handle this. And then the mother of me wants to go up there and say, “Hey, look,” you know, but I know that that isn’t going to be productive, but for them —
RUSH: Well, here’s the thing. The bottom line — and I’m gonna have to go here — you can’t change her mind, other than what’s the objective here? What is the objective?
CALLER: For them the objective is — I think they want her to understand how proud they are of their country —
RUSH: She knows. She already knows. She knows how they feel.
RUSH: That’s what ticks her off. She knows how they feel. They don’t have to demonstrate any more than that. They demonstrate who they are by the values they put into practice when they live. And she’ll be able to see all that. That’s the greatest thing they can do is set the example by virtue of how they behave and how they live.
RUSH: There’s much more life way beyond this school. The objective in any school is to get the hell out of it.
CALLER: Absolutely. I know that. Thank you.
RUSH: Now, before you go, do you want a new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus?
CALLER: You’re just making my day even better. That would be awesome.
RUSH: Who’s your carrier?
RUSH: You’ve gotta take the big one and you’ve gotta take black or black.
RUSH: Matte black or shiny black?
CALLER: Shiny black would be great.
RUSH: You’ve got it. Hang on for Mr. Snerdley.
CALLER: Thank you.
RUSH: We’ll get your address, we’ll get it out to you el quicko. Don’t go away, folks. We’ll be right back.
RUSH: Say, look, I hate being in a position here of telling all of you parents with these questions about how your kids are treated in schools, not much you can do, I hate having to tell you to be bigger. Let me tell you what has to happen here. The Republicans control all these states after this election.
It’s time for the Republican Party to get in there and clean out these swamps. I mean, individual parents are scared to death of what’s gonna happen to their kids if they try to take on these school boards, the principles, teachers, or what have you, but something should be done institutionally to clean out these schools where all of this mess exists.
We can take 10 calls a day like this. What should I do about the way my kid’s being treated at school ’cause he voted for Trump, or I voted for Trump? This kind of stuff is exactly why people vote and why there are elections, and gaining control over grassroots institutions like public school systems is crucial, a crucial part of the agenda going forward here. The Republicans won elections in a lot of places besides Washington.