By: The David:
He has his usual disheveled look, rather like a portly unmade bed. Looking at him one could be forgiven for thinking that the man is a loud mouthed buffoon. But no buffoon is he! Rather he is one of the best known and most manipulative men in the United States. He is the Republican Extraordinaire. This braggart has used the radio waves and (less successfully) television to spread his own brand of hate-speak against anyone who disagrees with his ultra-conservative views. In doing so, he manages to catch the attention of the main-stream media who seem only too eager to add fuel to whatever flame the man is able to generate at a given time.
Who is the man whose ranting reaches the same sound level as an empty barrel being pounded upon by a small boy with a baseball bat? He is the darling of “ditto heads” everywhere. It is of course, Rush Limbaugh.
The mouth’s latest bid for headlines came with the following statement “I would be honored if the Drive-By Media headlined me all day long: ‘Limbaugh: I hope Obama fails.’ Somebody’s gotta say it.”
The ignorance of this statement begs the question: Why Mr. Limbaugh? Why does somebody have to say it? What does it profit this Republic in time of abject crises, most of which has been brought on by the Conservative Policies of those who consider your ranting to have merit? Where is the gain to the people of this country, including your ditto heads , if this new President should fail at the very threshold of his time in office? What a despicable wish .
But it seems to me you have built a career on despicable statements aimed at anyone who dares to have a political view that is different from your own. You have demonized the Clintons, the Gores, the Kerrys and finally, the Obamas. You have spewed verbal half-truths and twisted events to suit your own agenda. You have power Sir, and you misuse that power to intimidate. People fear you, and it seems to this writer that you enjoy using your influence in whatever way it can lead to the enhancement of your position within the Republican Party, no matter who gets hurt in the process.
Some members of the Republican party have, on occasion had enough of Limbaugh’s careless verbal posturing and have publicly made comments less than favorable about him. Michael Steele, the newly named head of the Republican National Committee (RNC) found himself up against Limbaugh when he quite mildly described him as an entertainer rather than a politician. He was quickly forced to apologize after apparently feeling the fear brought about by the power of the Limbaugh mouth and his fan base.
The question that has come out of this brouhaha is whether the Rush-Man is the real head of the Republican Party. Is his power among the Right Wingers strong enough to allow him to hijack the party as a whole from the more moderate RNC? In this time of turmoil within the country itself, as the sins of excess are being visited upon us , has Rush Limbaugh finally become the de facto head of the Republican Party? Has he done this by the simple repetition of his brand of truth on a radio program? There are others who might answer yes he is the unanointed head of the GOP, but he has arrived there through the use of fear and intimidation.
When I hear of anyone in the political arena using such tactics as fear and/or intimidation, I am brought up short as I think of what I have read about the politics of the early 1950s and Senator Joseph McCarthy who built his career on finding a Communist under every bed, instilling fear, and visiting character assassination upon anyone who dared to disputed him. This continued until one day the Senator began maligning the character of a young lawyer in the office of the firm the Army had hired to represent them in the McCarthy Hearings. Joseph Welch, a Boston Attorney, had the courage and the good sense to puncture the bilious balloon that was the Senator with the words, “Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness.” McCarthy attempted to go on, Welch, with voice rising interrupted him, “Let us not assassinate this lad further, Senator. You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency?”
Cruelty and recklessness……. does this sound at all familiar? Has Rush Limbaugh made himself the Joseph McCarthy of the early 21st century?
Before we scoff at the idea, I would put forth one more statement: In this time when trivia is worshipped and elevated in importance, would it be so far-fetched to think that a demagogue for our time should be what Mr. Steele called …… an entertainer?
About: The David
I am a 66 y. o. Registered Nurse.
I currently have my own business in which I work as a Consultant in Performance Improvement for Home Health and Hospice.
I have extensive background in health care.
I have worked in Banking, spending 15 years in that field, eventually becoming Assistant Treasurer for a multi-bank holding Company in the Northeast. I left to return to my first love, health care.
I am married (Ceremony in MA in the same week it was legalized.) Formerly from Ct., I now live in Florida with my husband. (We have been together for close to 37 years.)
I have been involved in various liberal organizations for change through the years and am currently actively involved in Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. (PFLAG)