RUSH: Well, I’m actually glad you called out there, Shelley, because I myself had this reaction that you’re having within three months of Obama being inaugurated. All through the Bush years, I mean, we saw radical leftists out there, the anti-war people. But it was primarily in the media. I mean, during the Bush years, we had George W. Bush elected twice. John Kerry was a joke running in 2004, never really seriously a contender. Our problems then were that Bush was not reacting to the media — the destruction, his attempts to sabotage his regime and the wars and all this.
Then Obama gets elected, and all of a sudden it hit me the same way you just described it here. All of a sudden, it seemed like half of this country is mainstream radical left. I’m saying, “Where did these people come from? Where has this been?” I had to conclude that I knew the answer, that they had been lurking out there all along. Where they came from is the American education system, primarily. There are other avenues. Pop culture. But the American education system and the Democrat Party are primarily it.
And if I wanted to even get more specific, I could, because a lot of this radical leftism that you’re talking about tied to Millennials is culturally as well. And I think with Obama’s election, somehow it just surfaced. And I had the exact same reaction you did. For a while, I was telling myself that it can’t be mainstream. There aren’t enough. We can’t have lost this ground. We know these people have always been there, but they’ve always been considered to be a really, really small minority.
Trouble-making and loud, violent, dangerous public protests, this kind of thing. But to me it did seem like the election of Obama just brought a bunch of people out from hiding, from behind the woodwork. And then, like you, it became abundantly apparent that many of these people were young Millennials. So that, to me, has to be the education system — and I think there are probably a list of things that you could attribute to this.
I actually believe that one of the primary — one of the main issues that has led to this is the radical interpretation and presentation of climate change. I think that snuck up on us. We saw the polling data that shows it’s not important to 10% of country. Nobody was believing it. The Millennial explosion after Obama’s inauguration featured a lot of radical liberalism. But climate change, I think, was one of the primary educational tools for indoctrination that was being used.
Look, it goes back even to Ted Turner’s Saturday morning cartoon show called Captain Planet, a superhero trying to destroy all corporations because they’re destroying the planet. And in anticipation of this subject coming up today, I have two stories here. One of them… You know, Prince Charles is a loon. Prince Charles has gotta be… He’s a nice guy, does a lot for charity. I understand. But the guy is a loon — and you would be, too, if you were born to be the future king and here you are 75 and your mother has no intention of getting out of the way and handing it to you.
If you may die before you become king, you’d have to do something to make your life meaningful too. I mean, imagine the last 50 years thinking you’re gonna be king and now the last five thinking, “(Snort!) By the time I’m king, I won’t even know I’m king. They’re gonna be put me in a home.” Well, Prince Charles has always been one of these guys that thinks climate change is going to destroy us, and one year he will say, “We’ve got two years.”
The next year he’ll say, “Hey, we’ve got a reprieve! We’ve got about 30 years now.”
Well, now he’s back. “The Prince of Wales has warned global leaders that if we don’t tackle climate change in 18 months the human race will go extinct in a speech in London yesterday to foreign ministers from the Commonwealth. ‘I am firmly of the view that the next 18 months will decide our ability to keep climate change to survivable levels and to restore nature to the equilibrium we need for our survival,’ Prince Charles said.” In 2015, Prince Charles gave the world 35 years. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says, “We have 12 years,” but then when people actually acted on that, she said, “Well, you know, it’s a generality. It’s a ballpark.”
How many times in all of these recent years have we been told we got 10 years, we’ve got 12 years, we’ve got five years, we’ve got 50 years. We don’t have any time. We’re beyond our ability to do anything about it. These people are all over the ballpark. Now Prince Charles, in an official speech, 18 months. The scary thing is, I can show you mass numbers of Millennials who believe it!