'Toxic waste' personified
March 5, 2009 | When the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) assembled in Washington last week, they made Rush Limbaugh the keynote speaker. I put this on a par with Caligula making his favorite horse Incitatus a Senator, although I fear it is an insult to Incitatus, a sleek and refined race horse, to make the comparison with someone who has proven himself a horse's ass.
Rush, who is as inflated in body as in ego, billed his speech, carried live on Fox, as his "first ever address to the nation" — no less than seven times, mind! Those in attendance hooted and hollered gleefully as Rush spewed effluvia for over an hour.
The speech is painful to read on so many levels; it is rambling and repetitious, filled with nonsense (non-sense) and pure demagoguery.
After lame denials that he is pompous, Limbaugh began to educate viewers: "Let me tell you who we conservatives are: We love people." This was followed by 9 sentences that began "We don't..." It doesn't matter how many things you don't believe; what matters is what you do believe.
Limbaugh turned to Obama:
President Obama is one of the most gifted politians ... that I have ever witnessed. He has extraordinary talents .... yet he pursues a path, seeks a path that punishes achievement, that punishes earners and punishes -- and he speaks negatively of the country. Ronald Reagan used to speak of a shining city on a hill. Barack Obama portrays America as a soup kitchen in some dark night in a corner of America that's very obscure. He's constantly telling the American people that bad times are ahead, worst times are ahead. And it's troubling, because this is the United States of America.
I'm sure everything's rosy for Limbaugh who signed a nine-year contract for $297 million (that works out to $33M/year, or between $2M and $3M/month) through 2009, since renewed for another $400 million through 2016.
The American people would love nothing more right now than for elected officials to sit down together and solve the many problems that befront us. Not Limbaugh!
Let me define bipartisanship for you.... To us, bipartisanship is them being forced to agree with us after we politically have cleaned their clocks and beaten them. And that has to be what we're focused on. Why would any of us in this room who hold the core beliefs we belive, somebody tell me where is the compromise on all of this spending? Where is the compromise on all this punishment of the achievers. I don't know.
In Limbaugh's view, the United States is "under assault. It's always under assault. But it's never been under assault like this from within before. And it's a serious, serious battle."
And the Republican elected officials, what did they have to say? Nada. Zilch. Nary a word. Not a single one would stand up and say "Rush Limbaugh is a gasbag and doesn't speak for the Republican party." The new chairman of the Republican National Committee did venture the opinion that Limbaugh is incendiary, ugly, and an entertainer. Then Steele recanted, took it all back, and avowed, "I have enormous respect for Rush Limbaugh." Not exactly a profile in courage.
Limbaugh did say one thing that I agree with: Obama "can wipe out the Republican Party if he would just inspire this country to be the best it could be." That, of course, is exactly what people like Limbaugh are so afraid of — that Obama will succeed in getting us out of this mess.
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