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Sunday, March 1. 2009
I know that we have many readers who have never listened to Rush. They are missing out on some fun entertainment and a good dose of common sense. His entire speech to CPAC is here - all the YouTube clips of his speech - but here's YouTube clip # 3 for a taste (yes, he is looking as big as a house):
More fun with Rush
Man, did Rush's CAPC speech (which we linked here) raise a lot of dust in all quarters. He loves that: it gets him listeners, and he loves being provocative. Truth is, I have never heard Rush say a single hateful thing. Plenty of humorous mockery, of
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I liked the part where the three times divorced, childless drug addict was telling us about morality and how to raise children,
He knows everything.
I think Limbaugh as the face of the GOP or conservatives has more problems than virtues. Limbaugh is hardly likely to win new converts at this stage of his career, and he is a titanic-sized polarizing figure.
Limbaugh was born in 1951 and has the hedonist biography that he has. Maybe he is good at rallying the faithful, but I hardly see who he brings that is not already shouting Amen, Brother!
.. you forgot to mention that he's a 'fat cigar smoking pig'
that has never served in the military. He also consumes
fancy meals while flying around on his Gulfstream 550,
owns a mansion in West Palm Beach and has more money
than he can ever spend.
Look...now you've me jealous too.
Truthfully he probably does more for this country before
you get out of bed, than you will do in your entire life.
How much of that lifestyle is paid for by the government?
Bear in mind how many folks Rush has converted over the years.
He does it with humor and good cheer, on the whole.
There was nothing wrong with Limbaugh's speech and much that was right. None of which the first two commenters dealt with at all. Just ad hominim attacks.
I've listened to perhaps an hour or two of Rush over the last twenty years. I can't stand his tone or demeanor. If it were him alone that influenced my decisions on how to live my life... it wouldn't be one as a conservative, or a Republican. Each to his own I guess and just my opinion.
My father-in-law and I did not discuss politics at all. He being a dyed-in-the-wool WWII vet Catholic Democrat son-in-law of a Catholic small business owner Republican, and myself being a protestant son of a WWII vet protestant Republican son of a Democrat coal miner, we had a lot in common, and yet oddly nothing at all...However, according to my wife we had one thing in common...we both believed that Rush Limbaugh was so polarizing that we both believed he was really working for the political left.
Though, I did have reservations many Christmases ago when he did that Alvin-and-the-Chipmunks riff on Algore...Algore...ALGORE!!!!
Prior to Rush the traditional American positions outlined by our Founding Fathers were only in the likes of the National Review and the American Spectator, the latter coming on in the late 1970's.
Until that time we had a daily dose of three liberal networks and a host of NE lberal newspapers, NYT,WaPo, and others that fully believed America should be more like socialist Europe. You know all those powerhouse economic, cultural and militarily superior nations, like, uh, well uh, Belgium.
Rush initially brought these bastions of the Left Socialist elite under assault with sarcastic humor and biting mockery. Twenty million people a day began to learn that FDR's socialism was still alive in all the "mainstrean press" and that what they knew it but could not articulate what was coming from Rush, then Newt and a few others. But they liked it. It rang true. At that time Congress had been in control of the Democrats for over forty years and had entrenched our nation in beliefs totally foreign to our Constitution. The Tenth Amendment became a nullity.
Rush began to illiminate the Democrats treachery and highlight the fact that the Republicans represented this republics true principles.
Now, as Margaret Thatcher said, a good many Republicans have gone"wobbly" and have no answers, so they curry acceptance with those who are equally uninformed on what this nation is all about. That is too bad, but then we know there are plenty of RINO's lumbering in the herd. They must be culled.
I agree that Rush was important in regard to popularizing the conservative principles that one could find more dryly defined in NR and AS. And his sharp humor filled the populist hole that the fading Reagan was leaving behind. But his lack of class alienates many moderates. His family had money so he never really had to work (just running your mouth does not count as a real job in my book), he's not much to look at (speaking to a conservative group he couldn't put on a tie?), he's not the self-made man that the GOP needs out in front.
As noted, I didn't rely on Rush, nor either NR or American Spectator in coming to my political convictions. Such as they are. So I suppose I'm one in twenty million who managed to find a third way.
And the problem is... you cull, and you cull, and you cull again and again with uncompromising principles. Which is all well and good and noble. But at some point there will remain a party of absolutely no consequence that will find itself relegated to the dustbin of history.
Compromise was at the very heart of the political birthing of this great country. It is the extremes of either side, if it comes, that will have seen to the death of it.
Rush can well present conservative principals.
However, he didn't do Republican's any favor by beating the drum for Romney all those months or failing to nail Hussein hard on his failure to meet basic qualifications for holding the office to which he is still not qualified for.
His over-inflated opinion of himself and his likewise deification of Ronny Raygun works his great anxiety to fever.
But he can do that with one hand tied behind his back.
Limbaugh is a lone voice in what seems like a world of nay-sayers and nonbelievers after electing too many RINO's .. William F. Buckley Jr. stood alone for many years.
Buckley didn't waver on what he held as true, hopefully Limbaugh won't either .
Limbaugh is not perfect, but at this moment there is no one else to speak for the right-of-center masses.
There are unchartered waters going forward, hopefully he will stay focused and not become weary until reinforcements arrive in two years and Obama is impeached.
Listen to Rush, now.
Now, he is demeaning the defacto leader of the Republican Party.
Michael Steele is right on and Rush's reaction to Steele's statements well illustrates his poor little fatboy antics.
Rush is a red-faced fool and that is what he gets paid for.
Me thinks, he ain't no leader of any serious Republican.
I listened to rush this afternoon and read his speech. There is nothing wrong with what he saying. His problem is like most of us: his very strength is his weakness.
It is really too bad for politics that so often the only voices that try to make unpopular points sound like they are whipping up a mob to go burn down The Beast's Castle.
And that is unfortunate not because we do not need excessive passion, but rather, as Shakespeare showed us so brilliantly over and over again, nothing fades faster than the passion of the mob.
Ultimately it is voices like Michael Steele's that attract long term attention.
If you love Rush, he is the man. If you don't, he seems hysterical and megalomaniacal.
I do think Limbaugh is holding the line as William F. Buckley did. However, one huge difference is that when I was a young man and very liberal, I was attracted to Buckley's urbanity and wit and catholic interests. Buckley had Allen Ginsberg on Front Line!
And when Buckley spoke, you the audience were in on the joke. Limbaugh seems to me to have a very big chip on his shoulder and is more popular with angry people than with people who want to know where this country should go.
There is something to be said for charm & contempt, which Buckley had towards the benighted who were liberals, and contempt drawn from resentment and contempt drawn from rage, which Limbaugh has.
You may be right that Rahm Emmanuel and others are shaking in their boots because Rush Limbaugh is on the War Path, but I think Emmanuel feels Limbaugh is a great target and gift.
There is something to be said for charm & contempt, which Buckley had towards the beknighted who were liberals, and contempt and contempt, which Limbaugh has.
You may be right that Rahm Emmanuel and others are shaking in their boots because Rush Limbaugh is on the War Path, but I think Emmanuel feels Lmbaugh is a great target and gift.
every man who's had the guts to go head on with Rush
gets his ass handed to him.
Rush is too crafty, intelligent and patriotic .. not the mention the biggest baddest pulpit in the world, five days a week .
The bigger target he is, the more he pain he inflects.
He's been talking since 1988. The year Reagan left office. Other than a brief fling with Newt in the 90's... what the hell has he accomplished for conservatives and/or Republicans in gathering votes? I suppose you could say things would have been worse without him... but we don't know that. He's an entertainer, he's very good at that with such an abundance of material to work with.
Who has Rush Limbaugh debated face-to-face/ He never claimed to be William F. Buckley, whose cultural range, circle of acquaintances, novels, Sail Boat Books, and Crossfire invitations to people of all walks of life and view points were a wonder to behold.
Who has Rush Limbaugh even had on his show besides people whose posteriors Limbaugh wanted to kiss, and to be kissed similarly in return?
That is Limbaugh's great strength (he defeats people who are not there to argue in real time) and great weakness (Limbaugh travels better with people who worship him than with most Americans).
If one believes in Limbaugh, you cheer. If you think he is a bombastic blowhard, like the horseman whom Yeats addressed, you pass by.
It isn't a right-left issue, although many mre conservatives worship Rush and wish he had any kind of Biography to back up his pro-religion, pro-family values sermons.
"but I think Emmanuel feels Lmbaugh is a great target and gift."
If the Clintions were exposed to a daily bruising, ...
Mr Emmanuel will be but an orderve prior to the main course of the Socialist in Charge for the next four years.
Rush 24/7 membership might be a wise investment, to view streaming video.
Let it be duly noted and recorded: #2
every man who's had the guts to go head on with Rush
gets his ass handed to him.
Rush is too crafty, intelligent and patriotic .. not the mention the biggest, baddest pulpit in the world, five days a week .
The bigger target he is, the more he pain he inflicts.
And if I may agree with Luther McLeod, whoever Rush Limbaugh is attracting and is going to attract, he already is and has.
David Frum is as deep a conservative as Limbaugh and he wrote about Obama being nice all the time, disciplined in all ways including diet and exercise, have a vice, smoking, that is more appealing to conservatives and libertarians than Aunt Busybody Liberals, measured in his words, and apparently having a wife and two children he is devoted to.
Limbaugh gets busted for Oxycontin, busted for possession of viagra after a vacation alone in the Dominican Republic, and has been divorced three times. And he has lost the battle against weight twice now, and America hates fat people, both liberal America and conservative America.
Rush may well still have a family, but at 58, he is not in much of a hurry. Even well known liberal hedonist Hugh Hefner of Playboy has offspring.
It is actually semi tragic that Limbaugh doed not have any family life or children I feel because I am certain he could easily be a great father and maybe he wouldn't seem so angry and pathetic.
TJ, which is precisely why he is the WRONG choice for presumptive "leader" of the conservative movement. Rush is all about Rush. I have no children myself, but I can't help but be suspicious of someone like Rush espousing the positions he does and yet behave in such a hedonistic manner. The best I can say about the man is that he can be amusing at times. If conservatives can't come up with anyone better to lead the movement than him, then welcome to the American version of the UK post-Thatcher era, with far deeper consequences for the free world in the 21st century.
On another note, it also depresses me to even bother to post on yet another MF thread that will die just as it gets interesting. Note how there are zero comments on the "How Rush Saved Me" post. What a load of rot that meme is. One theme I am really sick of seeing in the Rush worshippers is the sloshing from one extreme to the other. It seems a significant portion of the appeal of RL is the negatives you describe here, TJ. It's funny to me how many arch-conservative posts I see lately from people who were messed up on drugs, etc. in the 60's, supported lib causes back then, but today have suddenly "seen the light" thanks to Rushbo. The way Rushbo throws some more moderate conservatives under the bus, one wonders what their true creds are.