Sunday, March 8, 2009

Rush Limbaugh Is A Big ...

Liberal comedian Al Franken wrote a book titled "Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Liar."

Conservative David Frum wrote this week's cover story for Newsweek Magazine under the title "Why Rush Is Wrong."

I have avoided the comic opera now playing between Limbaugh and the White House which has borrowed Clintonian tactics of setting up Rush as a straw man.

Despite how much Rush huffs and puffs, he represents to me a loud out-of-touch voice of the conservative movement and thereby a blotch on the Republican Party if it ever expects to win back Congress and the White House.

Rush's critics are violating all the rules of communication:

Never battle a radio talk show host who is on the air three hours a day, five days a week. Same goes for picking a fight with a newspaper which buys its ink by the barrel.

Limbaugh is the best at what he does. He makes millions at it. Good for him. His legions of fans consider him the oracle of the conservative movement if not common sense.

But keep this in mind. Limbaugh is elected to nothing. He is not shackled by Republican politicians whom he favors and who must make decisions to help their constituents and seek re-election.

In truth, he is an entertainer as rightfully defined by Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele. He is also a comedian sarcastically dubbed by MSNBC's Keith Olbermann who now calls him "Boss Limbaugh" since the Republican Party at this time is leaderless as well as rudderless.

Limbaugh possesses an ego so inflated it makes Bill O'Reilly appear a humble man. His challenge to fly President Obama to his station in Palm Beach for a debate was show business taken to the nth degree.

Okay, I admit Obama made a rookie mistake by naming Limbaugh in a well-publicised remark.

Rush is a bigot and oftentimes mean spirited. His brief fling as a sports commentator ended abruptly when he claimed Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donavan McNabb was overrated because he was black. Last week talking about President Obama's health care plan, he suggested it should be called "The Kennedy Memorial Health Plan," a direct slap at Sen. Ted Kennedy who is suffering from brain cancer and a lifelong proponent of universal health coverage.

These are not isolated potshots at Limbaugh. They are consistent blemishes throughout his 15 years on national radio.

It matters little that I am one of those 64% or whatever the number who look unfavorably on Rush Limbaugh. The fact is, people the likes of Limbaugh spewing their rigid ideologue drove me away from the Republican Party years ago.

That is why it was refreshing to read Frum's article where he proposed a fresh approach of conservative principles tailored to today's culture and economy.

It is the absence of good reasoning and intellectual thought why I chose to skip the circus surrounding the current Limbaugh shenanigans. It sounds good, is a lot of fun, but signifies nothing. Far as I'm concerned, it's just another pissing contest.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Crush Bimbaugh! Now that the anti-science, superstition-based initiative presidency ends, we need several public works science Manhattan projects to make us great again and boost us out of this Grotesque Depression. First we must provide free advertising-based wireless internet to everyone to end land line monopolies. Then we must criscross the land with high speed rail. Because bovine flatulence is the major source of greenhouse gases, we must develop home growable microbes to provide all of our protein. Then we must create microbes which turn our sewage and waste into fuel right at home. This will end energy monopoly by putting fuel in our hands. We must address that most illness starts from behavior, especially from parents. Since paranoid schizophrenia is the cause of racism, bigotry, homelessness, terrorism, ignorance, exploitation and criminality, we must provide put the appropriate medications, like lithium, in the water supply and require dangerous wingnuts who refuse free mental health care to be implanted with drug release devices. Churches should be licensed to reduce supersition and all clergy dealing with small children should be psychiatrically monitored to prevent molesting. Osama bin Laden and Timothy McVeigh were the ultimate superstition based initiatives. Aborting future terrorists and sterilizing their parents is the most effective homeland security. Widen navigation straits (Gibraltar, Suez, Malacca, Danube, Panama and Hellspont) with deep nukes to prevent war. In order to fund this we must nationalize the entire financial, electrical and transportation system and extinguish the silly feudal notion that each industry should be regulated by its peers. Technology mandates a transformation of tax subsidies from feudal forecloseable debt to risk sharing equity. Real estate and insurance, the engines of feudalism, must be brought under the Federal Reserve so we may replace all buildings with hazardous materials to provide public works. Insects, flooding and fire spread asbestos, lead and mold which prematurely disables the disadvantaged. Disposable manufactured housing assures children are not prematurely disabled and disadvantaged. Because feudalism is the threat to progress everywhere, we must abolish large land holdings by farmers, foresters or religions and instead make all such large landholding part of the forest service so our trees may diminish greenhouse gases. We must abolish executive pay and make sure all employees in a company are all paid equally. We must abolish this exploitative idea of trade and monopoly and make every manufactured disposable cottage self sufficient through the microbes we invent.