The Silent Majority is About to Explode
March 21, 2012
RUSH: Here's a story from Fox News. This... See, I have a sense of things in this country. I believe there's a great silent majority. I think you're in it. The silent majority is made up of people who are not represented by the Democrat Party or the mainstream media.
The silent majority are the people who get up and go to work, try to play by the rules, try to do everything right according to their morality and sense of ethics and their sense of right and wrong. They get laughed at and made fun of for it in movies and books and TV shows and songs. They're consistently impugned. They're called old-fashioned, fuddy-duddies, hayseeds, unrealistic, what have you. But they're there, and it's a huge number. My impression, my gut instinct about the silent majority is it's about to explode. It's about had enough. A lot of small, incremental things have happened over 20 or 30 years.
But now with Obama, those small, incremental things becoming bigger and more impactful with each instance. And they carry with them close to a call to action. In the past, those incremental changes or deteriorations in our culture, in society, people said, "Oh, okay. We'll just chalk that up to another sign of deterioration," and you go about your life. Now these things that are happening are giving people in the silent majority great pause and they're saying, this isn't okay. They don't know quite what to do about it, but they are ready to explode, and this next story is the kind of thing that I'm talking about. It's from Fox News. It's about Stony Brook University in New York. And I will just read it to you as it's written, as it's published.
"New York’s Stony Brook University has decided to no longer cancel classes for major Christian and Jewish holidays in an effort to ensure that some religions aren’t given special treatment and to 'afford equal support and equal respect to students and faculty from all faiths.'" So Stony Brook University is no longer going to recognize major Christian and Jewish holidays because it might offend people who aren't Christian or Jewish. "Jewish students would be impacted on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover and Holy Week." No longer are classes gonna be canceled. You observe the holiday, you get no credit for showing up 'cause the classes are going on.
"Christian students would be impacted on Good Friday. The Christmas holiday is protected under a union contract and occurs when classes are traditionally not in session," anyway. So there won't be any change over the Christmas break because that's protected under a union contract. But if the unions didn't have a contract saying they weren't working over those two weeks, then I guess we're to assume here that classes would not be canceled for Christmas, either. "The university had considered allowing faculty to schedule exams on Saturday and Sunday -- a time when many students attend worship services.
"However, that decision was tabled after reaching a compromise with students. 'As a secular university, as a state-funded university our priority must be to maximize instructional opportunities for our students,' said Charles Robbins, vice provost for undergraduate education. 'First and foremost, it's important to note that while I respect everyone's concerns, the reality is it's a relatively small number of people who are upset.'" It's just the Christians and the Jews. He didn't say that. I'm just adding that. I'm illustrating. "t's a relatively small number of people who are upset." I'm saying: Yeah, like it's just the Christians and the Jews.
"Robbins told Fox News the university's decision to stop cancelling classes for Christian and Jewish holidays offers 'equal protection under the regulations to everybody and no one is getting quote, unquote, special treatment.' Robbins, who has a background in social justice, said many religions, including the Muslims and Buddhists have never had their holidays officially recognized by the university," and that isn't right. "'Now all segments of our population will be equally recognized,' he said. 'It really is the American fair thing to do.'"
This is the kind of story that's going to cause an eruption in the silent majority. The silent majority, made up of Christians and Jews alike, are not doing anything to destroy this country -- they're not doing one thing to harm it -- and yet they're sitting around and watching the destruction take place all around 'em. And then they hear that because they are a majority, their very existence makes life unfair for others. So we're gonna take away your holiday and we're gonna take away your tradition. Except for Christmas because the unions have a deal there. "However, Stony Brook University's 24,100 undergraduate and graduate students are not as religiously diverse as the vice provost said.
"According to a report in The Jewish Week, 26% consider themselves Roman Catholic, 24% consider themselves other Christian, 8% are Muslim, 5% are Jewish, and 5% are Hindu. Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, told Fox News that the university's board of trustees should conduct an investigation into the matter. 'The goal here is radical secularism being shoved down the throats of the people at Stony Brook,' he said." That's right, and it's coming from some of these "social justice" guys. So once and again, it's an attack on the people who make the country work. It's an attack on the traditions and institutions which have defined the greatness of this country.
It's an attack on people who aren't doing anything. These people are not destroying the country. They're not taking steps to pervert the culture. So call it what you want: Political correctness, censorship, fear, superiority, arrogance, what have you. Here you have a liberal who has majored in "social justice studies" mandating that classes will no longer be canceled for Christian and Jewish holidays 'cause it just isn't fair to the others. "A number of faculty and students are outraged over the decision." I should add that. "'You really have to choose between my faith and my school work and I don't want to be put in that position,' Aaron Gershoff told CBS News."
Well, they just put you in that position.
RUSH: Frederick, Maryland, and Donna next to have you on the program. Great to see you. Hi.
CALLER: (garbled) Hi, Rush. How are you? It's good to speak with you.
RUSH: Thank you very much.
CALLER: (garbled) I'm like many of your listeners. I'm just waiting for the left to implode on their issues. Everything they do is amazingly charged. There's nothing logical about it and they seem to thrive on divisiveness, which brings me to the subject you brought up earlier, which is "social justice." And I have to tell you, even outside DC and the country out here, we deal with this on a daily basis with our school system, and they do it in a very insidious way. I've seen it with my child who in social studies classes here -- and I refer to it as "socialist studies class" -- would be basically called out for having a "white point of view."
RUSH: Hey, Donna, you have to do me a favor. I feel I'm at a drive-in at a restaurant and I can't understand some of the answers. Could you hold that phone further away from your mouth and try again? I lost you when you said you were responding to social justice.
originalCALLER: (clear audio) Yes, and I was saying --
RUSH: Ah! Much better.
CALLER: My son had a "socialist studies" teacher that claimed he loved debate but he'd be very aggressive when it came to my son's "far-right point of view," and he'd humiliate my child in class. And I'm sure there are lots of parents dealing with this on a daily basis. Even just a few minutes ago when he came home from school he said in language arts, his language arts teacher was defending Obama with the gas prices, out of the blue.
RUSH: Well, I don't know what to say. This is what's happened to education. They own that. They literally own it, and they don't use it for education. It's indoctrination. Donna, it's why your job as a parent is bigger than you ever thought it was gonna be, and it's more important than you ever thought it was going to be. I'm sure you've accepted the responsibilities fully, but it's more important than you've ever thought it was gonna be. I gotta tell you, folks, now, I'm 61 and I guess it qualifies me as a fuddy-duddy. My parents never once worried, of all the things that were gonna happen to me at school -- in grade school, junior and high school -- that a bunch of liberal activists were gonna be polluting my mind. They thought I was gonna be the one getting in trouble!
It's a whole different ballgame now, and you're the counterweight when your kid gets home.
It's just the way it is.
That's infuriating to hear, but it's the way it is.