Legacy of Michelle Wie will far exceed Rush Limbaugh's
As an entertainer, Limbaugh demands respect. He’s taken what Tokyo Rose, Wally George, Morton Downey Jr., and some others have done, and really made it into an art form. It’s a helluva shtick, as I’m sure his paycheck’s attest.
That shtick – making simplistic ideological points while shouting down those that oppose – has been copied by the likes of Anne Coulter, Bill O’Reilly and Michael Savage, and is now a basic entertainment niche.
That it helps breed a spirit of divisiveness is an unfortunate side effect.
Winning elections is now much more important than policy, and points can’t be made unless the words “you idiot” are attached to them. And truthfulness is secondary to the ability to get a reaction, and larger audience.
One look no further than responses to Tim McDonald’s blog for Limbaugh’s legacy:
“I’m sure cnn Al-Jazeera will be calling you soon for that interview … “
“Tim, there are some very serious Nazi and Communist sympathizers in the U.S., not unlike youself … “
“you are ignorant.”
This is Limbaugh’s basic contribution to his era – giving grown men and women the freedom to feel impressed with themselves for calling someone “Tim Mcpoo.”
But even that is hard to hold against Limbaugh. There are plenty of other entertainers that would sell their soul as well to achieve his success. And many of us have that “hey-look-at-me!” gene to a point, so it seems wrong to be too harsh in regards to an entertainer.
Nonetheless, his cashing in on partisanship has been an ingredient in creating a nation that’s lost its focus.
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By the way, a sorely needed editing note: learn how to use apostrophes!Your homework assignment should be to find out when and where they are appropriate; e.g., ..."as I'm sure his paycheck's attest." Correct form:..."as I'm sure his paychecks attest." His paychecks (plural of paycheck) do not own anything, not even the act of attesting. Sorry, it is not like the phrase "your heart's desire" or others of that kind. Back to grammar school for you!
See folks, this is the way it works. Lesson one. Look for the code words from the left wing kooks.
When conservatives speak in "simplisctic ideological" tones (like Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage), it's called "divisiveness."
When Hollywood left wing socialists(Michael Moore, Clooney, Franken, fill in the blank) and the mainstream liberal media run a five-year slander campaign against the President, its called fredom of speech, patriotism.
These folks are too funny.
See the liberals can't speak in simplistic tones. And that annoys them. So they simply slander and pander.
FOr conservatives it's black and white. And this drives liberals nuts in their nuanced world.
Conservatives: Pro flag. Pro family. Pro military. Pro tax relief. Pro America. Pro Faith. Etc.
Liberals call that too "simplistic."
And when cornered they revert to name calling -- "bigot" if you're against gay marriage, "Neanderthal" if you're against abortion, "racist" if you're against illegal aliens (they call them undocemented workers). Etc.
You get the drift.
Just remember the code words.
Seems like Jeff's got a lot of his own code words. And he resorts to name-calling fairly easily himself. I guess pro-hypocrisy is another one of those black and white issues.
Hogan, Nelson, Palmer, Nicklaus, Crenshaw, Woods, et al -- solid conservatives.
See what happens when you relax the dress code. They were right, the riff raff would attempt a takeover.
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