RUSH: “So somebody suggested that I go up and sit next to the pilot in the jump seat. He said, ‘Let the pilot explain to you what’s going on here. So that you’ll understand there’s nothing to be afraid of. You’re telling yourself stories. You’re imagining that nobody’s in control of this. You’re imagining that you’re at the whims of whatever you can’t control up here at 20,000 feet. Go up and talk to the pilot.’
“So I did, and the pilot proceeded to explain how the plane worked and how it flew, and everything that calmed my nerves. He spent a lot of time explaining the redundancy safety features of the airplane and just everything that was helpful. After 20 to 30 minutes, I was totally relaxed — and flying in that airplane became fun. The pilot even played around a little bit to make it more interesting.
“He showed me how to bank, how to raise the nose and lower the nose. He explained the stall, all of these things. Basically the pilot showed me how he was in control of it, things that would have scared the heck out of me an hour earlier.” Now here he gets to the point with the analogy. He says, “Rush, I think conservatism is scary to people that don’t understand it.
“They don’t get why it is safer, why conservatism is safer than command-and-control central government with good intentions. They don’t understand how conservatism will provide them even more of whatever it is they want. The safety features of limited government, they don’t see them. They think Big Government is a safety feature. They think Big Government is the hammock or the safety net.