Golfer or not, Rush Limbaugh's cowardly show hurts America
After just two months with WorldGolf.com I’ve decided to retire. At my age, I don’t need the stress of a full-time job anymore. But before I go, I’ve got a few parting words for Chris Baldwin about his friend Rush Limbaugh.
So, Chris, you like the guy because he agrees with you about Michelle Wie? And because you saw him being nice to people on a golf course? And you admire him because he had the drive to succeed in the radio business? I think when history makes its judgment, those factors won’t weigh heavily.
This is a guy who I believe has done tremendous damage to America. He has poisoned the political dialogue by pandering to people’s selfishness and all their worst instincts. Limbaugh’s big contribution is that he helped make it impossible to solve the problems that plague the country. When people can’t listen to and understand the other person’s point of view, when they can’t compromise because they’re too wedded to an ideology, problems go unsolved. That’s the situation in America today.
To understand the Rush Limbaugh phenomenon, you’ve got to understand what moves people to listen to him: Fear.
Fear of losing that four-car garage stuffed with all the material possessions that won’t fit in the house. Fear of being one stroke of bad luck away from bankruptcy because of the fat mortgage, the fleet of $35,000 cars and all the crap we buy to give ourselves the temporary illusion of feeling better. And what if one day we can’t make the payments?
The only answer is to fight those “liberal spending programs” that threaten our false sense of security. Liberals - they’re responsible for our nagging state of unease. So what if they’re fellow Americans? They’re still the enemy.
Here’s why I have zero respect for Rush Limbaugh: The man is a coward. Do you ever hear a dissenting voice on his show, much less a debate? Not a chance, because his producers know that when a well-informed person gets the opportunity to debate issues with him, Rush will fall apart like a cardboard suitcase. That’s why they stack the show with brown-nosing “dittoheads” calling to congratulate their favorite self-satisfied radio host.
The listeners know it’s unfair and one-sided, but they excuse it because it saves them the discomfort of hearing an opposing point of view. It’s more reassuring to listen to Limbaugh and Fox News, who know exactly what many white middle-class Americans in the suburbs fear and pander to it. And this is one reason America is going downhill - because Limbaugh and his ilk are greasing the skids. To my mind, he’s contemptible.
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Thank you Al, for having the intestinal fortitude to stand up for what you believe in.
Enjoy your retirement.
Now we can leave Rush Limbaugh where he belongs, because I don't care what he thinks about Michelle Wie, America, "liberals", the election, or anything really.
What Rush Limbaugh has successfully done has been to serve the course of debate by FINALLY presenting a platform where those right of center have a voice. (I'm amazed that those left of center for some reason feel as though they've been denied a thing. Buck up, you stil have CNN, ABC, CBS news, NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, New York Times, Washington Post, etc.)
Seriously, on one hand, you have the wild success of Limbaugh vs. the struggling Air America. On the other, there is this supposed flood of liberal media outlets (see EricB's comment above). If all these major media outlets with their enormous viewer/readerships are so liberal, how come those viewers/readers don't turn elections toward liberal candidates? And why do truly liberal media like Air America struggle so?
In truth, ALL MEDIA in the US are after advertising money and competing with entertainment outlets for people's time and eyeballs. As a result, they paint the most simiplistic picture possible, color everything in black and white, fail miserably in educating people about issues, and most of all, do everything they can to appeal to the most potential customers as possible to make the biggest profit possible. (Those who do not, struggle.)
This is hardly a liberal pursuit.
If you had any respect at all for real debate you would not try to ridicule someone holding an opposing view--based upon the fact that he espressed his views in CAPITAL LETTERS.
I do not like what Rush said about Michelle Wie--but I find them less offensive than what you have said.
By only listening to programs that agree with your beliefs is never a way to true intelligence since it only confirms what you already know and will result in the lack of a well rounded understanding of the issues.
If there are any true conservatives left [no pun intended], please explain the meaning of what it now truly means to be conservative under a republican administration that will never balance an annual budget, believes in giving up rights in the name of security all the while the borders overflow with illegal immigrants and all the while sells out the security of sea ports and airports to foreign interests, has installed the "largest" government in the history of the U.S. ... Conservative in WHAT WAY? I do know these are the issues that are always sidetracked and brushed off as angry lib rants by Rush Limbaugh because then RESPONSIBILITY would have to be accounted for by a Government that controls the house, senate, judiciary and the executive branches of government.
Interesting that those who listen to and are ardent admirers of Lush Rimbaugh only live on a One Way street AND admit to it. A true neoCon has no sense of history. If they did, the neoCon would truly know that the New World was founded by liberals. These new liberals were escaping the One Way religious persecution of a ruling class that had total control over the working class society.
But, just as Ben Franklin…said “Any society (man) that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”
Why don't we all just be honest here? Liberals think Conservatives are stupid, and it's that simple. I really doubt that PR would have questioned my intelligence if I'd admitted to really being a fan of Al Franken. (By the way, a former drug abuser himself....but, I don't see that criticism being levied against him.)
Lincoln Chaffee, Olympia Snow, Susan Collins are all Republicans, and hardly conservative. I flatly agree spending is out of control, and the Republican party acts very similar to the Democrat party now that it has control. (Almost buying votes.) Where I am confused, is when Bush acts like a conservative, he's criticized as being "unnuanced," "red-neckish," "backward," etc. Then we acts like a 'liberal' (the basis of your question) he's considered "unnuanced," "red-neckish," "backward," etc. In other words you dislike Bush no matter what, so why even ask the question?
PR, if you're trying to liken today's liberals with the Pilgrims, the Quakers, and the Puritains, I find that very ironic. Religious expression and tradition do not exactly find a welcome home on the left. After all, it's been the open-minded and nuanced thinking of modern liberalism that will fight religious displays in public areas under the auspices of the establishment clause. I don't think Ben Franklin would be afraid of Santa, Jesus, or a Menorah.
I respect Al for (I apologize for using this line) walking the walk. If you don't feel comfortable in an environment, go to an environment that makes you feel comfortable. Al has Thailand, and between 11:00 and 2:00 at my office I have Rush. Even though I live in Texas, I don't like country western music; I formed this opinion based on having listened to some, and it didn't resonate with me. I don't need to listen to country western music each day to reaffirm that point of view, nor to hope that I'll be converted to liking it. However, I have no need to go out and attack the country music artists or those who enjoy their work. All that being said, just insert "liberalism" where "country western music" is, and you'll see my point. It's [liberalism] out there....I've read it....I've heard it....and I've made a conscious decision for 3 hours a day to minimize my exposure to it on what clearly has been promoted as "Conservative Talk Radio." If I'm feeling a little masochistic, I'll flip on Chris Matthews, or NPR, or Keith Olberman, or Alan Colmes, or any CNN afternoon program, or MTV, or go to a George Clooney or Barbra Streisand blog. The political market place is very well represented on both sides.
On that note, I'll wish you all good night. There's a Kinky Friedman (Gubenitorial candidate) benefit concert in downtown Austin tonight, and curiosity has the better of me. Besides, there's going to be a band.....not country western. ;-)
Finally, anything Rush says is going to be villified by anyone on the left. If he had said the same thing about Kornakova (which would have been right on) the tennis gods would be up in arms the Bangkok Al is now
Anyway, I won't even bother to respond to anything else; I won't throw pearls before swine.
I'm not compltely clear on which part of my analysis you're disagreeing with. All I can say is that the liberal media bias is demonstrably a myth. Also, news IS entertainment, at least as far as advertisers are concerned. Take "Entertainment Tonight's" coverage of the Scott Peterson trial as an example: Since when is the murder of a pregnant woman and her unborn child "entertainment?" It's not in my book, but it sure is in the eyes of advertisers, many viewers, and at least some of the media.
I didn't realise people got so heated outside of the 18th!
Just wanted to see if anyone here wants to find a link between Rush and Golf, like the fact he plays it?
I also would like to know if he would allow homosexuals to play golf, and if so, would they be allowed to do so at Easter, or is this part of the war against Christianity?
Limbaugh once said he thought drug addicts should be shipped off and put on an island...
Hope he remembers his sunscreen!
Kiel - well if you don't know how to shield your assets, all I can say is: try reading some of the "right-wing garbage" you rail so incoherently about. I discovered several completely legal means of sequestering funds trough that media...and I am happy to say they have indeed worked well over time. And, dare I say - perhaps if you got a "real job" instead of being a left-of-center golf blogger, you just MGHT be able to pay your bills! ;)
America's supposed to be a free country. Somewhere along the way, we've lost a little bit of that....with far too many people thinking they're entitled to just about anything -- simply because they're Americans.
I'm glad to hear you've retired. This *blog* is now a better place because of that decision. ;)
Congrats for raising the average IQ of golf bloggers by retiring...but then I imagine you've done that everywhere you've exited....
Actually Rush's rants are refreshing when compared to the subtle backstabbing of Katie Curic or the other talking heads. And if you want liberal rants there are an ABUNDANCE of choices out there to choose from... Ted Kennedy & Howard Dean come promptly to mind! Be real! The media is EXCEEDINGLY liberal. Their major markets are major metropolitan areas and they cater to the socialist mindset of the population in those locations. Those who live in such a tight proximity require a more strongly focused social solution to problems AND they also demand more privacy rights. Hense the more liberal bias of Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, New York, and D.C.
I don't regularly read liberal blogs but it amazes me how liberals continuously whine about "the right" and yet think their opinions exist in a vaccuum. They control university tenured positions where they rant and impose their radical idiologies on their captive audiences. They seek to control the minds of children in the public school system. They seek to impose legislation through the courts without recourse to the public process. They attempt to force those who morally object to their programs to accept and participate or else lose thier funding, jobs, or both. Groups like the ACLU claim to protect our freedoms while actually hindering everything our founding fathers fought and died for. And yet they think any voice that disagrees with their own is cowardly or in need of restraint. Opposition to their views is "hateful", "discriminatory", or "divisive". The truth is that they have never learned to properly discriminate between good and evil, between right and wrong. Islamic terrorists are freedom fighters and our soldiers and president are criminals. They are for choice just as long as you don't give women the information they need to understand that an unborn child IS a human being and NOT a lump of tissue. They cannot conceive that marriage, family, and society require a moral basis to remain intact... therefore they have to dismantle marriage and replace it with their own counterfeit substitution.
I could go on and on but take this to heart: if you want to know what has made our country strong you just need to go back and look at the mores and values of our nation a mere 50 years ago. Look to the values our founding fathers had. Those values made America strong. Today those on the left want to completely reject those values by substituting what they call freedom for liberty. That freedom is NOT freedom but rather licentiousness. Liberty requires self-restraint and a strong and consistent adherence to both moral values and the rule of law. Those who are moral do not require laws to constrain their actions, while those who have no moral boundaries will never be fully restrained no matter the volume of laws enacted. Our choices define who we are, but they are NOT the sum of who we are. We CAN change our choices and we can become more than we are today, but it will NOT happen by mearly doing what feels good. We need to rise above our passions and make the tough choices.
In the end if you don't like Rush don't listen. If you don't agree say so. But for crying out loud stop whining and claiming he is doing the country great harm. That is a bunch of nonsense.
God Bless America....and emigrate if you can. It's over.
Al - hope retirement is going well for you. At least you'll get some of the money you paid
into social security back unlike those of us who won't retire for a few decades to come. Of course we could still rescue the entitlement, but your liberal friends don't think there's a problem to fix. Typical liberal delusion.
And remember to keep on eye on the liberal golfers when you're playing a 3buck nasau and the press is on - they tend to give themselves favorable lies and 6 foot putts.
evil hater - France would be perfect for you... au revoir brainless idiot.
RUSH IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU STATED - IN FACT - I AM CONVINCED RUSH WOULD SELL LIBERALISM IF HE COULD MAKE MORE MONEY AT IT.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST, IF RUSH WAS POOR AND BLACK HE'D BE IN JAIL FOR HIS ILLEGAL SELLING USE AND OF DRUGS. CONSERVATIVE? HA!
TWO FACED? YES! COWARDLY? YOU BET!
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