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    RUSH LIMBAUGH: The American Dream as Described by Marco Rubio is Real — But It’s Under Assault
    August 31, 2012

    RUSH: Grand Blanc, Michigan, and Sandy. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.

    CALLER: Hi, Rush.

    RUSH: Hi.

    CALLER: I just wanted to let you know that I’m really, really excited about Mitt. I didn’t go into this convention for him. I was really disappointed. I thought, “Oh, man, another McCain.” But as the days went by and I listened and I watched I got excited every night and looked forward to it, and then last night was the clincher, and I really am behind Mitt Romney a hundred percent.

    RUSH: You know, I had the same sense that you just expressed. When I watched the first night of the convention, well, even Monday there were shots of people in the convention hall. Even though Monday they canceled it, they were there. They gaveled it to order, did some things procedurally for ten minutes, shut it down. But there were people there being interviewed. And then on Tuesday, when they got going and the crowd shots and so forth, and Romney’s name would be mentioned, there wasn’t a lot of enthusiasm. I had people there who were telling me they felt bad, the place was dead, and it clearly to me was not Romney’s party.

    CALLER: Yeah.

    RUSH: It was as though everybody thought we had a candidate that had won by virtue of attrition rather than rabid support. But, like you, I think by the close of business last night, it was his convention.

    CALLER: Well, everybody was fantastic, all the speakers. And I loved that Martinez, or that girl from New Mexico.

    RUSH: The woman from New Mexico, yes.

    CALLER: Boy, she was great.

    RUSH: Susanna Martinez.

    CALLER: Yes, Martinez. Yeah.
    RUSH: What did you like about her?

    CALLER: Well, I liked her attitude. I mean, she had a down-to-earth attitude. They all did. They weren’t snooty and they weren’t Republican —

    RUSH: Exactly.

    CALLER: — and they weren’t rich. You know, they were just down-home people, just like everybody else.

    RUSH: Exactly. It was real. And the stories that they told about America were real. Here, grab sound bite 11. Every one of these speakers had a story like this, a quintessential American story. This is what this country has always been, and this is what’s under assault. This is what Obama, the Democrats, don’t want people to believe is possible anymore.

    RUBIO: My dad used to tell us, “En este pais ustedes van a poder lograr todas las cosas que nosotros no pudimos.” “In this country, you’re gonna be able to accomplish all the things we never could.” A few years ago during a speech, I noticed the bartender behind a portable bar in the back of the ballroom. I remembered my father who worked for many years as a banquet bartender. He was grateful for the work he had. But that’s not the life he wanted for us. You see, he stood behind a bar in the back of the room all those years, so one day I could stand behind a podium in the front of a room.

    RUSH: That’s it. In a nutshell, parents want a better life for their kids than they had themselves. That’s the point of parenthood, and America is what made that possible. Every generation was that way. And now we’ve gotten to the point, we’ve reached a point in our generational evolution where increasing numbers of parents don’t think it can happen anymore. Parents today, with their kids still living at home, with mountains of student loan debt, do not see how their kids are gonna end up doing better than they did, and it’s ripping their hearts out. And we’ve got a political party that wants people to believe, “Yep, that’s the new norm. Those days are over. We gotta deal with the reality here. The economy that Bush left us with is so bad, we’ve thrown everything we’ve got and it and it defies being fixed. This may be the new norm.”

    We have a political party and a president who want people to think that Marco Rubio’s story, that never really was real anyway. That’s just a bunch of folklore of an America, but the real America is all these people that never had parents like that, never helped their kids get ahead, and that’s who we gotta make good for. It’s perverted, and that element of the American dream is what’s under assault right now. They want more and more people thinking that that’s no longer possible here.

    RUSH: I’m dead serious. I wouldn’t-a said it otherwise. When Marco Rubio tells the story of his bartender dad, and when he says, “He stood behind a bar in the back of the room all those years so that one day I could stand behind a podium in the in front of a room,” I have people that e-mail who want to nitpick that and translate it literally. “You want to tell me that Rubio’s dad was standing in the back of the room thinking one day his kid was gonna be a senator?”
    I don’t know. I really feel sorry for people like you who don’t understand the message. A devoted father was doing the best he could in his circumstances. He showed up every day and kept working so as to make a better life for his son. Whatever it ended up being. And that’s exactly what this country has always been.

    Most places in this world, in the history of humanity, is bondage and tyranny. Oppression. It isn’t freedom. Everybody’s not born to freedom. Everybody’s not born to liberty. Most people who have lived on this planet didn’t have anywhere near an opportunity to even get close to realizing their dreams.

    All they were able to do was dream, and those were even crushed by oppressive, tyrannical leaders who didn’t want people trying and improve themselves. Most people in the world, from the beginnings of time, wherever you were born, and however you were born, that was your life. If you were lucky to live very long. Then America comes along and there’s a fundamental, overwhelming change rooted in founding documents. Freedom coming from God, and that the natural yearning of the human spirit is to be free and to be happy — and to be good, to be excellent.

    They codify it in our documents, and it soon took over, and that became one of the driving purposes of raising children in America, to ensure that they did well (and hopefully better) than their parents. One of the reasons the country is in trouble and one of the reasons it’s fraying at our fabric is because there are a lot of parents today who don’t even think they have a chance, much less their kids. And they’re not even thinking their kids having a better life!

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