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People Power

| I received an e-mail last night that rings true. It's one of these things that's going to probably make the forwarding rounds and you'll have a dozen copies by the end of the week. It may have been going around for years or it may have just started last week, but I've only received one copy of it, so I'm assuming it's new.I want to run it by you because it has something to do with modern day Democrats. The e-mail asks a series of questions here that will help you place yourself in the level of importance in our pop culture today. The theme here is "people who make a difference in your life," and it's a little quiz. |

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Name the five wealthiest people in the world.Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.Name the last half dozen academy award winners for best actor or

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Question Number 3:

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Question Number 6: Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.


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The point here is that those are the people who are famous. They are not second-rate achievers, but people who have reached the pinnacle of what they do. Yet how many of them can you name?


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Now, here are six more questions. See how you do on these:

Question Number 1: List a few teachers who aided your journey through school. (Bet you

can name them all.)

Question Number 2: Name three friends who have helped you through difficult times. (I'll

bet you can name five or six.)

Question Number 3: Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile. (Bet

you can name ten - maybe 12, if you count your parents.)

Question Number 4: Name a few people who have made you feel appreciated and


Question Number 5: Name five people you enjoy spending time with.

Question Number 6: Name a half dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.



The point of all this is that the people who make a difference in your life are not pop culture celebrities and stars or people with the most credentials who have the most money and awards. The people who make the biggest difference in your life are the ones who care about you, who you get to know personally, and who take the time to get to know you personally.

Folks, this is a nation that is great because of its people, pursuing their own self-interests -not selfishness, but self-interests - using their God-given freedom to be the best they can be. In the process of so doing, they have inspired others around them.

People often call me up and say, "What am I going to do, Rush? I don't have a microphone to influence people like you." My response is, "You don't need a microphone. In fact, you don't know how many people you're influencing. As long as you do the right thing as often as you can when nobody is looking, and as long as you raise your kids or do whatever it is to live your life, you'll have no clue how many people you're influencing -but it's a lot.

This little test just helps illustrate the point. And there's not one question asking, "Name the government program that made you feel the best' or "Name the government program

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that helped you through difficult times." Some of you may be able to name unemployment compensation or something, but the point is that that is impersonal and fleeting and not sustaining of a lifetime.

The other things are.


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