We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Since there are zero comments on this RL thread, yet many on the previous ones, I'd like to carry forward something of which I posted in agreement with tjproudamerican on a previous thread...
What a load of rot this 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 tjproudamerican described earlier. 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, it's hard to keep in perspective his oxycotin addiction, three divorces, other excesses.
Love Rush or hate him, he's not qualified to lead any movement that calls itself "conservative". He's obviously more about him than about in what direction this country should move. As I posted in the previous thread, 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.
Good points. And though you paint with a rather broad and disparaging brush I suppose I am one of those 60's people you describe. But as I said earlier RL had no impact on my 'growing up'. I do my own thinking... for better or worse.
I'll be honest though... I'm not comfortable with the rigidity of the rules for entry into the conservative 'club' and there are times when I feel as a pretender when I disagree with those rules even though I may support the broader goals of the club.
I think everyone needs to take a step back and reflect on the issues that are truly important to the survival of this country. We need to rise above what I consider petty concerns and focus on the REAL issues. Defense, economics, education. Those would be my three priorities anyway.
We need a real leader. That's the problem. Unfortunately I see no one in the offing that could truly inspire a majority of Americans to unite in common cause.
Suggesting Rare Bird Rush could be President is asking Limbaugh to commit hare kari, if he could be taken at his word;
"I'm not in charge of the Republican Party, and I don't want to be," he said. " I would be embarrassed to say that I'm in charge of the Republican Party in the sad-sack state that it's in. If I were chairman of the Republican Party, given the state that it's in, I would quit. I might get out the hari-kari knife because I would have presided over a failure that is embarrassing to the Republicans and conservatives who have supported it and invested in it all these years."
The fat boy ain't no Samurai and has only proved once again, he is just a talking fool.
A common trait of blowhards. By keeping to their purist values they can dodge any opportunity to take some level of responsibility. Idealism and reality are a shotgun marriage, so to speak.
Not that we don't need puritans. They provide valuable anchoring lest the pragmatists lead movements astray through too much compromise. All part of a healthy system. This guy is just not leadership material and we waste time, effort, and opportunity the more attention he is given in this arena.