Skip to comments.Sergeant Clay of Rush's 4th hour (tear alert): YOU CAN'T KILL HOPE WITH BOMBS AND BULLETS.
Posted on 11/22/2005 10:36:40 PM PST by Yosemitest
November 22, 2005: A Fourth Hour Phone Call
RUSH: This is Sergeant Clay calling from the UK, the United Kingdom. Welcome, sergeant, to the program. It's an honor to have you with us.
CALLER: Oh, my gosh! Hey, Rush. Professor Limbaugh, mega-mega-megadittos if ever such a thing there could be. We owe it all to you, brother. I just wanted to call and to let you know I've been listening to you since 1989, and I've been a Dittohead since then, and we just so much appreciate all that you do for us in the military and for this great nation.
RUSH: Uh, you know, I... I get... I am... I don't... I'm speechless every time somebody like you calls and tells me this, because I'll tell you a little story. National Review magazine had their 50th anniversary bash (Rush's Coverage) in Washington about three weeks ago, three or four weeks ago, and I went to it as Mr. Buckley's guest, and they had a bunch of wounded soldiers from Walter Reed as their guests.
RUSH: And a bunch of these guys came up to me and started saying thank you to me, for what I do, and I... You know, I put my hands up and I said,
RUSH: These guys had been really severely wounded and here's this guy thanking me, and I said,
CALLER: Rush? Rush, if I may?
RUSH: Well, but he admonished me and he said,
CALLER: That's right, as he should have done.
RUSH: Well, he did, but I -- I still... Look, I'm not trying to reflect or deflect your thanks. I'm just --
RUSH: It sort of humbles me is what I'm telling you, and I appreciate it.
CALLER: Rush, if I may continue then in that measure of humility that you're experiencing, you know, I think probably William F. Buckley said the same thing to you -- or you said the same thing to him that I'm about to say to you -- and that is I don't think ever that you should underestimate the measure of influence that you have on this nation's providers of the faith of freedom and democracy, sir. You have to realize, and I know you do, that Winston Churchill was a great orator, as was my hero, which is Ronald Reagan. I was 18 years old when he came into office and inspired me to do that beyond which I thought I could ever do, and that is simply this: That a nation without hope, a people without hope, are just the living dead, the walking dead -- and sir, with all my heart, I have to extend the gratitude of my fellow warriors. I served in Afghanistan; I served in Uzbekistan, and when I saw that you came to visit us, I was overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude and hope -- and Hope, Rush, is what extends freedom and democracy across the globe. You can kill us with bombs and bullets, but what our enemy fails to understand is that this nation, by virtue of people such as yourself, what you provide for us is Hope -- and you cannot kill Hope with bombs and bullets and terrorist activity. You cannot. You cannot kill Hope, period -- and I think that Winston Churchill understood us.
The greatest nation -- I should say the greatest generation, I'm sorry -- that ever lived, they understood that, and you provide that hope, Rush, and I pray to God with all of my heart that you'll never underestimate what you do for us, because what you do for us -- that is, us in the military -- extends to what you do for this nation, and that is that you provide us with hope. You give us a compass by which we travel. You just do so much for us, Rush, and you've done it for my family and I -- and, in fact, my daughter's husband, she's 23, and her husband after 9/11 joined the Air Force and he's stationed over here. He's presently deployed on a forward mission. But your inspiration even touched him, and I just don't ever want you to lose sight of what you mean to us, what you mean to this nation, and the pride of the providers of the faith of freedom and democracy. Sir, my hat is off to you, and we will continue to fight beyond the circumference of the politics and the politicians and all of the garbage that they spew out. We don't watch them, Rush. We do listen to you. I can remember when I was in the Army in 1996. After Khobar Towers, we were -- my team was -- sent over to southwest Asia, and I used to tune my SINCGARS radio in to a satellite (laughs) so I could hear you and get you and get that little shot of hope -- and thank you, Rush, so much for what you do, sir.
RUSH: Ah... (chuckles). I just... Look, thank you. I... You know, it's felt the same way. You know, not just from me, but the people in this country who avidly support you -- and it's far more than that don't, as I'm sure you know --
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: -- have a deep understanding and appreciation for what you do, because you volunteer and you do something, you volunteer to do something that 99-1/2% of the population would never volunteer to do.
CALLER: It's what I was born to do, Rush. You were born to broadcast; I was born to listen and carry on the pace. (laughing)
RUSH: (laughs) Well, but I'm just telling you the appreciation is as much back your way as you have expressed here.
CALLER: Thank you, sir.
RUSH: Probably, probably as much, if not more so, and the older I get -- I told the guys in Afghanistan this. I'm 54 and the older I get, the in awe I am of what people like you have volunteered to do, because I told them.
RUSH: I mean, I can't change it. I don't regret it. I'm just in awe of people who did it and who do it to this day.
RUSH: Because it's something that most people -- I really, really am in awe. I mean, what you do -- I think from basic training on up, what you do -- what you're subjecting yourselves to, and I know why you do it. I've talked to a number of you. You're doing it because you love your country and this is the best thing you can do for freedom and your families.
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: That's one of the things that you've all decided. I just want you to know that there's every bit as much reciprocal appreciation and love -- appreciation for what you all are doing -- by the vast majority of people in this country --
CALLER: Hey --
RUSH: -- and I'm glad that all these detracting comments from people trying to politicize this have not worn you down.
CALLER: They cannot even begin, Rush. I'm telling you right now. Sir, I'll let you go. I know you've got things to do, but, Rush, a while back, when I returned from Afghanistan, I produced a music video that I sent to you. I hope that you got it. After your visit I sent it to you straightaway. It's called
RUSH: I'll find it. Now, let me ask you, before you go.
CALLER: Yes, sir?
RUSH: When I was in Afghanistan, were you at one of the places I got to visit?
CALLER: I'm sorry to say I was not. (laughs) I used to look at the 130 gun ships that would come in. I was in Mazar-e-Sharif at the beginning of the war and we would see the gun ships and I'd always hoped and talked with my commander at the time. I better not say his name but, at any rate, he's retired now but we always hoped that somebody like you would come along on our USO Tour because you did provide for us that hope -- and again, as I said:
RUSH: Well, thank you again very much. I'm... I'm speechless at that. All I can do is thank you. We will find that video. We were supposed to go to Mushar-Sharif -- I called it "Omar Sharif" because I couldn't pronounce the first part of it -- but weather socked us in. We couldn't get out of Kabul that day so we made alternate plans in Kabul itself and we never got to Bagram because we had C130 mechanical problems. But we did get to Kandahar and a number of other places. (deep breath) Whoo! Okay. That's -- that's sobering stuff. But that was Sergeant Clay calling from the United Kingdom, and it says on the computer screen here that he is an adoptee of the Adopt-A-Soldier Program at 24/7. So, see? It spreads around that way. He signed up last week. Today's his first day on the program. He's calling from somewhere in the UK.
P.S: If someone could link the music videos "The Wings Of Freedom," and "These Are The Ones'" ... I'd appreciate it.
Now ... all you spineless liberals, PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPE AND SMOKE IT!!!
Tearful, grateful bump ~~
Thank you so much for posting this!
I admit I haven't had a chance to read this yet, but it sure looks like a good one for the Rush list!
Thanks again... I'll definitely check out that link tomorrow when I'm not so tired. :o)
Thanks for posting.
This post is a classic.
Thanks for sharing this .. I hadn't had a chance to listen to the 4th hour yet .. but now I will make a special point of listening during the coming holiday .. just to hear this conversation live.
IF I HAD ONLY KNOWN THIS!
Mugawd, I could get Rush in theater! Somebody FReepmail me the freq, and I can spread the word!
Can anyone provide Old Sarge the freq? See his post #10.
What Sgt. Clay also implies is that the American soldier wants to go home when his tour of duty is over. He/she loves the worth and value of this country.
I often wonder why opponents of the war don't see the suicide bombers as those who have given up all hope for themselves and their future.
We have that hope for the future. Our way of life is about preserving and providing a better society for our children's children.
Radical islam is all about destroying life now, and not wanting to build for the future.
What society will prevail all depends on who's got the stronger will. I am betting on us!
Good post and well said.
"I often wonder why opponents of the war don't see the suicide bombers as those who have given up all hope for themselves and their future. "
I agree it seems that the recruiters for the terrorist scum know this only too well, so why don't we? These recruiters prey on the recently bereaved and the religiously and educationally ignorant. they do not offer themselves as lamb's to the slaughter do they?
This needs a few ping lists.
WOW! Thank you so much for sharing this--it meant a lot to me. Andy Huddleston
God Bless our troops, God Bless our CIC, God Bless Rush, and may God continue to bless the USA!
Everyone, please be thankful for our men and women in uniform this weekend. Pray for them, pray for their safety and pray for our enemies to be revealed and to fall before us.
Absolutely right. I notice Bin Laden and Zaquari are still running around.
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