Rush and the Trucker
Listeners tuning in to the second hour of Rush Limbaugh's radio show on Monday, January 23, enjoyed a special exchange between Rush and a caller named Dennis, a conservative black trucker from Philadelphia, who offered personal testimony in his journey across the political divide, from liberalism to conservatism. Their conversation was a fine example of the kind of robust simpatico that can emerge when people free themselves from political and cultural orthodoxy and see their world anew, as if for the first time. Transcript below...
RUSH – To Philadelphia, Dennis, great to have you sir on the EIB Network. Hello…
DENNIS – Rush, I'm a 48-year-old black man who has all my life been Democrat. And I want to say that as a truck driver I listen to you and been angry with you but, over the years, but I still listen to you because I'm in a truck … I have finally come to see something and I want to say three years ago I would've never saw myself or thought of myself saying that I agree with you, and I am now dropping my association with Obama, who I voted for a few years ago and I'll never vote for this guy, I can't, I'm thinking of dropping even of being a Democrat, but it's all because of you in a lot of ways, but the tipping point for me was Newt Gingrich. What he said, a few days ago, something I would've really been very angry with and almost insulted by. He said that Obama's decision regarding this pipeline was stunningly stupid. And I could not disagree with that. Because this pipeline, in addition to the fact that it's automatically going to bring a lot of jobs, without a doubt help the economy, it's gonna have an immediate impact on the price of things, on the price of gas, which in my industry is enormous. People don't understand how the price of fuel affects everything that they pay for from food to any goods that they get the bottom is that this man, because of what I can clearly see is politics to support these environmental people, he is willing to destroy this country, destroy the economy. It's a no-brainer in terms of getting away from dependence on the foreigners, foreign oil, and I just cannot in good conscience continue to hurt my family in the amount that I'm paying for fuel, groceries and everything else. I cannot in good conscience support this man when this is obvious, obviously political because it would've helped this country and the economy, so I want to say I'm finally seeing the light and I'm done with him.
RUSH – This is major, Dennis… I mean the Keystone Pipeline, this is one of the, you are one of the biggest 180 degree changes of mind that we've ever had on this program. And this, you just changed your mind and three weeks (sic) ago after a lifetime of thinking something else.
DENNIS – Well, listen. I know he's going to do his State of the Union talk tomorrow. I hope to God that whoever's going to respond to him will highlight the fact that this is an intentional, this well is a slap in the face of every hard-working American in this country who pays bills, who buys groceries. I'm having a hard time in a lot of ways just paying for things, not just to mention my fuel costs, but the bottom line my groceries and everything else and if they, if the Republicans, if you guys don't jump on this thing during this response to his State of the Union you're missing a major opportunity, because this will have an immediate impact to benefit this country and everybody else. And, I'm, like I say I'm done with these people.
RUSH – Well you're exactly right. I tell you who's going to do the response is Mitch Daniels.
DENNIS (Doubtfully) – Okay…
DENNIS – I don't, I'm, well I'm saying I don't really know–
RUSH – Well he's the Governor of Indiana, and he was in the Republican presidential primary field and then pulled– well, he never really got into it. He was very close to getting in but he didn't, he never did pull the trigger. He's a budget expert, Indiana doing pretty well, he was a budget director for Bush, uh moderate–
DENNIS – Well I would say to every black American who feels they have to have some loyalty to this man simply because he's black or because he's Democrat – you're, we're shooting ourselves in the foot. We're shooting ourselves. We don't have – we're having a hard time, black people, anyway.
RUSH – Mr God, you're singing from my hymnal! You're in my choir, Dennis, you are, you are exactly right. And this Keystone pipeline, everybody's scratching their heads. This is causing a lot of people to look at Obama in a different way. How did you know that he was acting out of loyalty to his environmentalist buddy– if you knew that, along, you were willing to tolerate that for awhile, it would, but, but, what was the last straw about this?
DENNIS – Well it's really a slow thing, I think starting with the Obamacare and the fact that I know that the government doesn't do anything well… they just don't do things well. Everything they stick their hands into, it always becomes more expensive. But this thing here with the Keystone thing, I mean I knew, I know how the environmentalists are. I understand the fact that they don't really want… they want us to eat grass and live in trees.
RUSH – They're trying to force you off the road, Dennis.
DENNIS – Well that's true, and because of the fact …. I agree with that but, you know, I just know that this guy was doing it, more or less out of trying to buy time until the election is done… it became obvious to me that, I mean nobody with any sense can, you can't deny the fact that this is going to help us. And I'm hurting, to be honest with you. Really hurting. And the fact that he's not, he's siding with these environmental people over just the economy, the whole nation, and black people, my people in particular because we are really poor in a lot of ways compared to white America, and I used to be kind of bitter toward white America in a lot of ways, but I'm not now… thank you for what you've done and it's really, I feel that it's just changed my life.
RUSH – Well I, I … you've, you've rocked my boat here, you've floated my boat. I can't, I can't thank you enough… what a day. I mean this is, guys like you, and calls like yours, are just one of the best things that happens to me, I can't thank you enough… I want to give you an iPad, Dennis. Do you have one?