CALLER: Hi, Rush. It's an honor to talk to you.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: First-time caller. I'll make it quick. I've got two points. Uh... A little nervous here. The first one, I just want to say, you know, that I'm a young conservative. I'm 30 years old. You've been truly an inspiration. You've really opened my mind. I've been listening to you for about five years now and I just want to say: You informed me; that way I can inform my family. My whole family starting to listen to you.
CALLER: So I just want to tell you that and another point. I was interested in reading some of your books. I just wanted to see if you had a recommendation on the one I should start with.
RUSH: Well, I haven't written a political book since 1993. I forget. My two books are The Way Things Ought to Be and See, I Told You So -- and they're still out there. The See, I Told You So book sold 2.2 million copies in its first year. The follow-up is See, I Told You. That sold two million copies in eight weeks, and I had somebody tell me the other day they just reread or read for the first time The Way Things Ought to Be, and they said it's remarkably relevant to today.
The reason is because it's about conservative principles. It's about conservative principles that were applied to things happening in '90, '92, '93, which would be the Clinton administration and the campaign and so forth and what the left was doing then. But it i applicable today because conservative principles are what they are -- and if you hold fast to them, they don't change. I am consistent on that. That's what I'd say, if you can find 'em. If I had a couple copies laying around here I'd send them to you, but I don't.
CALLER: Oh, it's no problem.
RUSH: About your family. You know, it's one thing to be able to... Look, I just saw five seconds. Can you hang on just a few more minutes? Just one hank-you I want to send your way. Can you wait for a minute?
CALLER: Yes. Yes, no problem.
RUSH: Good. Be right back here.
RUSH: Back to Jeremy in Bryant, Arkansas. Jeremy, what I wanted to tell you is it's really great that you are able to persuade your family. It's one thing to be a political agnostic or a leftist or whatever and then come to conservatism, understand it, believe it. But it's quite another thing to be able to take what you've learned and explain it to other people and persuade them, and you... You said that you have been able to move some members of your family over to your way of thinking?
CALLER: Mostly all of them. I was raising thinking I was a Democrat.
RUSH: That's big. I don't think you know... I don't think you know how big that is. A lot of people can't do that. A lot of people, they freeze trying to explain it because their minds they've got so much information they want to pass off that they have brain freezes. You're able to do that. That's an achievement. You should feel very proud of yourself being able to do that.
CALLER: Yeah. It's taken a little time. But, you know, we was all raised thinking we were Democrats and I kind of wanted to point this out 'cause it's relevant to what you were mentioning. But as soon as I started listening to you -- like I said, when I was about 24, 25 -- you really opened my mind and I learned a lot of inside politics. You know, the deep state and all that stuff, the shady stuff that goes around.
The Republicans is the only party that seems to have common sense. Once I learned and just started listening to you I could come to my family with facts and they were like, "Wow! Really? Really?" 'cause they only watched the mainstream media. I told them, "You gotta watch both sides." You know, I told them to watch Fox; they're probably the most honest. But like I said, you know, I've changed a lot of votes to Republican in my family. So, you know, it's a good thing, and I believe the country is being saved right now.
RUSH: Well, congratulations. I'm not exaggerating here. There are highly intellectual conservatives who've been at it their whole lives who cannot explain it and be persuasive. They can't sell it, and that's why not a lot of them try. If you're able to do that, it means that it's in your heart that you can explain it. And you said it: It's just common sense.
RUSH: It is stunning to me how many people are absent common sense, for whatever reasons. You don't need to go to school for common sense. You need to go to school for knowledge. But not common sense, intuition. You need, you know, great role models and parents to teach you right and wrong and morality. All human beings need that. But common sense? That's instinct. Common sense is that little voice in your head that's always talking to you.
It says, "Don't do it, don't do it, don't do it." A lot of people don't listen to the voice, but it's always there. Some people think it's a voice of God. Others think that it's their conscience or whatever. But it's always there. And if you're able to get in touch with it -- and I think you are -- and able to persuade other people in your family, that's really, really big. Congratulations. I'm so glad you called to tell me that. That's Jeremy in Arkansas.
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