Rush charges Obama ‘foreigner’ in loyalties

 


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Rush charges Obama ‘foreigner’ in loyalties

‘We don’t need birth certificate to know’


Posted: September 30, 2010
8:16 pm Eastern

© 2010 WorldNetDaily

 


Rush Limbaugh

 

Talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh said today that as far as loyalties go for Barack Obama, he is a “foreigner.”

“Let me put it this way,” Limbaugh said. “We don’t need a birth certificate to know that Obama is a foreigner, in this sense: He’s born in the United States, but he doesn’t think like most of us think. He doesn’t look at this country and its people, its history, its accomplishments the way most of us do. He doesn’t look at our history with pride.”

Limbaugh, who on occasion has referred to the controversy over Obama’s eligibility, continued, “There’s no American exceptionalism as far as Obama’s concerned. Obama looks at America the way Rev. [Jeremiah] Wright looks at it, the way Minister [Louis] Farrakhan looks at it. Obama looks at America, sees the country the way the rest of the hard-core left sees it, and you know who the hard-core left are: Ayers and that crowd. He’s one of them.

“This has been the thing I’ve been trying to convince people of ever since just before the election,” Limbaugh said.

Rush Limbaugh: ‘Thank you, Mr. President!’ Grateful to Obama ‘for arousing the sleeping, silent majority’

Rush Limbaugh: ‘Thank you, Mr. President!’

Grateful to Obama ‘for arousing the sleeping, silent majority’


Posted: April 16, 2010
4:08 pm Eastern

© 2010 WorldNetDaily

Playing off of President Obama’s remark to Democrat donors yesterday that tea-party protesters should be thanking him instead of protesting his policies, talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh on his show today ran off a string of reasons he’s grateful to Obama, culminating with “arousing the sleeping, silent majority” who are prepared to give his party an unprecedented thrashing at the polls in November.

Obama was speaking in Miami at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser.

“Since today happens to be tax day, I should just point out that one-third of the recovery act went to tax cuts. Tax cuts that strengthen the cornerstone of the American dream,” Obama began.

Lowering his tone of voice in an apparent aside, he then shared with the Democrat donors that he had been “a little amused over the last couple of days where people have been having these rallies, about taxes.”

“You would think they would be saying thank you,” Obama said to laughter from the audience. “That’s what you’d think.”

After playing the clip on his show today, Limbaugh commented: “Ladies and gentlemen, this is a classic illustration of authoritarian mocking control. He hasn’t cut anybody’s taxes. The recovery act stimulus bill – it’s more like loaves and fishes. There are no tax cuts in that. There were some tax credits. It’s all bogus.

“But he wants to be thanked,” Limbaugh continued. “OK, I will oblige.”

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Limbaugh thanked Obama for more than a dozen moves, including seizing General Motors and Chrysler, appointing a “pervert” as safe-schools czar, the “generational theft” of American wealth through massive borrowing and spending, insulting and endangering Israel, driving up the unemployment rate to double digits and “exploding the annual deficit” to a level at which it can never be repaid.

Limbaugh concluded: “But most of all, Mr. President, thank you for arousing the sleeping, silent majority, because we have been asleep too long.

“November is coming, Mr. President,” Limbaugh warned. “That is when we will really thank you.”

Rush Limbaugh: Elections could end thanks to Obama ‘The Constitution has been ripped to shreds, so why is anything safe?’

Rush Limbaugh: Elections could end thanks to Obama

‘The Constitution has been ripped to shreds, so why is anything safe?’


Posted: March 22, 2010
2:14 pm Eastern

© 2010 WorldNetDaily


Rush Limbaugh

 

Talk-radio icon Rush Limbaugh today suggested the existence of U.S. elections are now threatened by a move he expects President Obama to pursue – a mass amnesty for illegal aliens – following the passage of his historic health-care reform plan.

“The next big push will be amnesty for … millions of illegal immigrants who are here,” he said on his radio program.

“Obama’s gonna need their votes in 2012. The Democrats are going to need their votes in every election from now on – if we have elections, and I’m not joking.

“The Constitution has just been ripped to shreds, so why is anything safe?” he said.

Read the stunning report on how the unthinkable – the theft of an American election – may be on the horizon!

Limbaugh told radio listeners Democrats “must be hounded out of office.”

“Every single Democrat who voted for this needs to know, safe district or not, that they are going to be exposed and hassled and chased from office. We now have leftist radicals in charge of your health care decisions rather than doctors. I got up today and I said, “We’re hanging by a thread,” and there’s a difficult balancing act on this program today: Dealing with the reality of what has happened, which can’t be candy coated, with the need to fight on. The need to fight on and the urging to fight on must have some substance to it and not just be rhetoric and language and lingo. It has to have some substance behind it, because we really are facing the prospect that our country will never be the same after yesterday, if this stands. It will never be the same, and a majority of the American people understood it.

“They won because they held Congress and the presidency, and therein lies the lesson: We need to defeat these bastards. We need to wipe them out. We need to chase them out of town. But we need to do more than that. We need to elect conservatives. If there are Republican primaries, elect conservatives and then defeat the Democrats – every last one of them – and then we start the repeal process.”

Limbaugh’s comments followed House approval last night of the president’s strategy for a government takeover of one-sixth of the U.S. economy. The legislation includes a requirement that every citizen purchase government-specified health insurance or face financial penalties.

Already, a long list of challenges are being prepared – from states whose officials say the government doesn’t have the authority to issue such demands to activist organizations who say Washington’s plan is unconstitutional on a number of levels.

WND reported over the weekend when Democrats in the U.S. House, who needed 216 votes to pass a Senate version of Obama’s plans, tallied 219.

Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., boasted, “We’re doing something that ranks with what we did with Social Security or Medicare. This is a day of which we can all be proud.”

The approval came after Obama issued an executive order essentially banning the use of federal funds for abortions, even though analysts contend Sunday’s decision effectually will be reversed when Obama signs the program into law Tuesday.

Obama’s move was to secure the support of a handful of House Democrats who objected to government funding for abortion. Without their support, the proposal would have died.

Promoters of the bill have long touted the millions who will be added to health-care rolls and claimed that long-term, the trillion-dollar bill will eventually lead to deficit reduction.


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

 

Critics say that the bill’s supporters have used accounting tricks to keep hundreds of millions of dollars in expenses out of the fine print. They cite several strikes against the reform attempt, from the cost of yet another taxpayer-funded entitlement to the general principle that nowhere in the U.S. Constitution – which sets limits on the federal government’s powers – is there an authorization to force people to buy the health-insurance program a federal bureaucrat picks out.

Limbaugh said Obama is getting what he wanted – a complete makeover of the U.S. into a country with bureaucratic control over individual lives.

“He has come to divide. He has come to conquer. He hasn’t failed. He has succeeded,” Limbaugh said. “The Democrat Party has been co-opted and is being led by a far-leftist faction who admire and envy people like Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro.”

Then he explained what be believes Obama’s next move will be: padding voter rolls.

“The next thing that’s going to happen is a major push for comprehensive immigration reform. It will be called amnesty,” said Limbaugh. “None of this should have been a mystery to anybody.

“He will divide this country even further. We can’t stop it. We deal with a president who doesn’t care how many votes he loses in November,” he said.

He also suggested Obama soon will slash the U.S. military, increasing the danger to Americans.

“He’s not interested in your freedom, he’s interested in taking it,” he explained. “The only way that Obama will ever be able to come close to paying for this spending is to practically get rid of the U.S. military.

“He can’t wait to slash that and use the money for domestic spending,” Limbaugh said. “The days of the United States projecting its power in defense of people in bondage will likely come to an end.

“He will continue his crusade to forever alter this country,” he said. “Rome is burning, and instead of putting out the fire, we have too many people looking for a bag of marshmallows.”

Republicans in Congress voted in a bloc to oppose the measure that many argue grants the federal government far too much power at far too much of a cost. They blasted the bill during the debate as the “mother of all unfunded mandates.”

“The American people know you can’t reduce health-care costs by spending $1 trillion or raising taxes by more than one-half trillion dollars. The American people know that you cannot cut Medicare by over one-half trillion dollars without hurting seniors,” said Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich. “And, the American people know that you can’t create an entirely new government entitlement program without exploding spending and the deficit.”

Tens of thousands of people descended on Washington on Saturday, lining up in circles around the Capitol, in protest of Obama’s trillion-dollar plan.

Actor Jon Voight joined the protests and was blunt in his assessment of the plan and of Obama.

“It is a runaway train for him. And he has no way to put on the brakes. It is very clear that he will turn this country into a socialist America and his bullying and his arrogance can’t stop,” Voight said.

Several states and a multitude of rights organizations have also committed to challenging “Obamacare” in court on issues ranging from the basic unconstitutionality of a requirement to buy health insurance to the secret meetings Obama has held with his supporters such as Planned Parenthood.

Glenn Beck’s fear of Obama: Seize power overnight

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Glenn Beck’s fear of Obama: Seize power overnight
Rush: ‘Most dangerous time in my life for freedom and liberty in this country’


Posted: August 26, 2009
9:30 pm Eastern

By Joe Kovacs
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Will President Obama “seize power overnight” in a move to consolidate White House control of the U.S. government?

That’s the fear of Fox News anchor Glenn Beck who discussed the issue at length today with another broadcasting powerhouse, radio’s Rush Limbaugh.

“I fear this government, this administration has so much framework already prepared, that they will seize power overnight before anybody even gives it a second thought,” Beck said.

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His comment came as he was analyzing the changing nature of the media since Obama’s election, citing the administration’s close ties with the NBC network, owned by corporate giant General Electric:

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what could only be called the administration’s organ – anything involved with GE or NBC – you’ve got [GE CEO] Jeffrey Immelt on the board of the Federal Reserve, you have him in the Oval Office consulting not only on health care, but the financial situation, and they are an organ.

If you watch MSNBC, I contend that you will see the future because they are laying the ground for a horrible event … anything from the right, there’s some awful event and I fear this government, this administration has so much framework already prepared, that they will seize power overnight before anybody even gives it a second thought.

Limbaugh responded, “I don’t think they’re going to be able to seize it overnight without anybody knowing about it.”

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The pair analyzed Obama’s appointment of Mark Lloyd, the nation’s first “chief diversity officer” at the Federal Communications Commission, and both agreed he is looking to severely limit free speech in America through a series of new initiatives without ever having to revive the “Fairness Doctrine” that was abandoned in 1985.

WND recently reported that Lloyd believes the policy was never actually repealed, and he is said to advocate crippling $250 million fines for radio stations whose programming does not meet with the government’s approval. 

He’s also reportedly pushing for private broadcasters to pay licensing fees equal to their total operating costs. That money would then be used to enhance funding of government-subsidized networks such as National Public Radio.

“Citizen access to popular information has been undermined by bad political decisions,” Lloyd wrote in his 2006 book, “Prologue to a Farce: Communications and Democracy in America.” “Corporate liberty has overwhelmed citizen equality.”

“What they’re trying to do here to communications is simply stifle dissenting voices. They’re trying to wipe out any opposition,” Limbaugh explained. “The things he’s talking about doing to shut down radio are simply un-American. … It is a dangerous time. It’s the most dangerous time in my life for freedom and liberty in this country.”

Limbaugh maintained every action thus far by Obama has been designed to intentionally hurt, rather than help the nation.

“Look at what they’re doing to the U.S. economy,” he said. “Anybody with a sense of economic literacy would know this is not how you create jobs. You do not rebuild the private sector. This is being done on purpose. All of these disasters are exactly what Obama wants. The more crises, the better. The more opportunity for government to say, ‘Let us in and fix the problem.'”

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Limbaugh Takes on White House for VA ‘Death Book’

 
 

Limbaugh Takes on White House for VA ‘Death Book’

by Connie Hair (more by this author)

Posted 08/24/2009 ET
Updated 08/24/2009 ET

 

On Friday, radio talk show king Rush Limbaugh was on fire over the content of the Veterans’ Administration “Death Book” (pdf), the “end of life counseling” the VA now inflicts on our veterans.

RUSH: “Page 21 from the Death Book, from the VA, reinstated by Obama. ‘What makes your life worth living? Instructions: This exercise will help you think about and express what really matters to you. For each row, check one answer to express how you would feel if this factor by itself described you,’ and there are, you know, A through S here. Here’s A. ‘I can no longer walk but get around in a wheelchair.’ Life like this would be: ‘difficult, but acceptable; worth living, but just barely; not worth living; can’t answer now,’ and the people reading the book are supposed to check off which of these things apply. So, ‘A. I can no longer walk but get around in a wheelchair.’ Eh, difficult. I could take it. ‘It’s worth living, but just barely. Not worth living.’

“‘B. I can no longer get outside — I spend all day at home.’ Can you…? You’re asked to say, you know, to hell with it. I don’t want to live that way. It’s the it’s not worth living if I can’t leave my house. Hell! ‘C. I can no longer contribute to my family’s well-being.’ Eh, that’s not worth living. ‘C. I am in severe pain most of the time. E. I have severe discomfort most of the time (such as nausea, diarrhea, or shortness of breath).’ My God, that can happen when you’re constipated! So you’re sitting here saying, ‘Okay, I’m constipated. Life’s not worth living.’ Well, you don’t have diarrhea when you’re constipated until you do the fix. ‘F. I rely on a feeding tube to keep me alive.’ Eh, that’s not worth living. ‘G. I rely on a kidney dialysis machine to keep me alive. H. I rely on a breathing machine to keep me alive. I. I need someone to help take care of me all of time. J. I can no longer control my bladder. K. I can no longer control my bowels. L. I live in a nursing home.’ I live in a nursing home. Yeah, that’s difficult but acceptable. ‘Worth living but just barely. Not worth living. M. I can no longer think clearly — I am confused all the time.’ That describes half the population. ‘N. I can no longer recognize family/friends.’ That sometimes could be a blessing.

“‘O. I can no longer talk and be understood by others. P. My situation causes severe emotional burden for my family (such as feeling worried or stressed all the time). Q. I am a severe financial burden on my family. R. I cannot seem to ‘shake the blues,’ and then there’s a section, ‘S. Other (write in).’ Here are the instructions: ‘To help others make sense out of your answers, think about the following questions and be sure to explain your answers to your loved ones and health care providers. If you checked ‘worth living, but just barely’ for more than one factor, would a combination of these factors make your life ‘not worth living?’ If so, which factors? If you checked ‘not worth living,’ does this mean that you would rather die than be kept alive? If you checked ‘can’t answer now,’ what information or people do you need to help you decide?’

“What makes your life worth living, and here are the things they want you to assess in the VA Death Book, and Obama has the audacity to say that in his health care plan — and he reinstated this. Bush killed it. Obama reinstated it. He has the audacity to say that there aren’t anything called death panels or such things in his health care plan, and he’s asking veterans to basically say, ‘You know what? I want to check out. To hell with this! I live in a nursing home. Screw it! Pull the plug. Where is Dr. Kevorkian?’ This thing is obsessed with death. It’s obsessed with you deciding, or maybe some influence, that your life isn’t worth living. There’s nothing positive in this.

“It’s not, ‘In these circumstances, what would it take to make you want to live?’ Nothing. It’s all about: ‘What’s it gonna take for us to get rid of you, with you making the decision?’ And, by the way, regardless of your decision, we’re going to be making it for you because of money. You’re going to become a budget statistic. People’s fears are justified. You know, this is simple. This is not a complicated thing for people to understand, and that’s why he’s having major problems with this. The VA Death Book brought back to life by President Barack Obama.”

The Obama cabinet was all over the Sunday talk shows yesterday trying to explain this away. They failed.

Townhall Attendees Still Showing Frustration

Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.) held a town hall meeting last week after calling some of his constituents “brownshirts” in early August. Video out on Saturday shows Baird being confronted by a fed-up Marine veteran, David William Hendrick. In the video, Baird at first denied calling his constituents brownshirts, then he said he apologized.

Hendrick was one of 38 people called on at random from what he estimates as 3,000 people who attended. He doesn’t shout (they don’t cut off his microphone), he doesn’t lose his temper. He just speaks truth to power.

Semper Fi, Marine.

Democrats are really struggling to justify their highly-unpopular plan for the government takeover of America’s health care system.

Only 35% of voters told Rasmussen in an August 15 report that passing the current House bill would be better than passing nothing at all. 54% say passing the House bill would be worse than doing nothing.

The House and the Senate have two more weeks at home before reconvening Tuesday, September 8, the day after Labor Day.

Obama Approval Rating Again Sinks to New Lows

In a telephone survey of 500 likely voters with a rolling three-day average, the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday reveals that only 27% of the nation’s voters strongly approve of Barack Obama’s performance as President. A whopping 41% strongly disapprove which gives Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14. This is the lowest level yet recorded for Obama.

Zogby’s latest polling effort on Friday have Obama’s overall approval rating at a dismal 45%. Likely voters disapprove of the President’s performance by a stunning 51%.

Obama’s sinking numbers reflect growing voter resistance to the government healthcare takeover as well as frustration with Congress. Much of the anger at the Bush administration for not listening to voters — which catapulted Obama from senate obscurity to the White House — is now apparently flowing to him.

And it’s not helping his lapdogs, either.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), up for re-election next year, is on the short end of new polling released yesterday by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In a state with more registered Democrats than Republicans, Reid is losing to both of his possible Republican challengers, Danny Tarkanian and Sue Lowden.

Tarkanian, a former University of Nevada Las Vegas basketball star, is favored over Reid 49% to 38%. Lowden, who has not begun a campaign but is exploring the option, is the chair of the state Republican Party. Lowden is currently preferred over Reid 45%-40%.

Reid’s approval rating is even lower than Obama’s at a bleak 37%.

Connie Hair is a freelance writer, a former speechwriter for Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and a former media and coalitions advisor to the Senate Republican Conference.

Not funny: Barack Obama laughs at Wanda Sykes “joke” about wanting Rush Limbaugh dead

 

Not funny: Barack Obama laughs at Wanda Sykes “joke” about wanting Rush Limbaugh dead

What was Wanda Sykes thinking? Perhaps more to the point, what was President Barack Obama thinking when he laughed and smiled as the comedienne wished Rush Limbaugh dead?

Although the Left is reporting her White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech as “taking shots” at Limbaugh and mocking everyone, that’s a gross misrepresentation of what turned into a hateful and disgusting diatribe.

I was at the dinner and I began by laughing at Sykes’s gentle teases about the press loving Obama so much they never capture him on film smoking but often seem to get him on the beach.

It was amusing when she quipped that Obama trying so hard to be all things to all men that the next thing is he’ll be seen mowing the White House lawn.

But the speech took a very ugly turn when she laid into Limbaugh.

This is what she said: “Rush Limbaugh said he hopes this administration fails, so you’re saying, ‘I hope America fails’, you’re, like, ‘I dont care about people losing their homes, their jobs, our soldiers in Iraq’. He just wants the country to fail. To me, that’s treason.

“He’s not saying anything differently than what Osama bin Laden is saying. You know, you might want to look into this, sir, because I think Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker. But he was just so strung out on OxyContin he missed his flight.”

She then concluded: “Rush Limbaugh, I hope the country fails, I hope his kidneys fail, how about that? He needs a good waterboarding, that’s what he needs.” Obama seemed to think this bit was pretty hilarious, grinning and chuckling and turning to share the “joke” with the person sitting on his right.

There’s not much room for differing interpretations of what Sykes said. She called Limbaugh a terrorist and a traitor, suggested that he be tortured and wished him dead.

What was his crime? Hoping that Obama’s policies – which he views as socialist – will fail.

That’s way, way beyond reasoned debate or comedy and Obama’s reaction to it was astonishing.

Imagine if a comedian “joked” that Obama was a terrorist who was guilty of treason and should be tortured and allowed to die. There would justifiably be an outcry.

But when the “joke” comes from a liberal, Obama-supporting comedienne and the target is a right-winger then the likes of Hilary Rosen and Donna Brazile are on CNN saying it’s just comedy and Limbaugh is “fair game”.

And Obama laughing when someone wishes Limbaugh dead? Hard to take from the man who promised a new era of civility and elevated debate in Washington.

Watch the video. What do you think?

 

The Problem With The Republican Party Isn’t Rush Limbaugh

The Problem With The Republican Party Isn’t Rush Limbaugh

Between Obama’s “enemies list” and the David Frum’s of the world, who are trying to fill the “I’m a Republican who hates Republicans, please promote me, liberal media” niche, Rush Limbaugh has been under regular attack for the last few weeks.

But, let me be clear: the problem with the Republican Party is most certainly not Rush Limbaugh or, for that matter, the other conservative talk show hosts out there.

To the contrary, they are the one group of people over the last few years who were able to successfully get a message out to a large number of conservatives and effectively push an agenda.

Put another way, imagine the Republican Party as a football team.

* The defensive line gets pushed all over the field.
* The linebackers can’t tackle.
* The cornerback keeps getting burned for big gains.
* The quarterback has a bad shoulder and can barely throw the ball.
* The running backs are constantly getting hurt.
* The wide receivers are slow and have bad hands.
* But, the offensive line — it’s opening huge holes and giving the QB great pass protection.

Yet, we have people looking at this whole sorry mess and going: you know what the problem is here? It’s that darn offensive line — especially that all-pro left tackle, Rush Limbaugh!

The problems that the Republican Party has had over the last few years have not been caused by talk radio. In fact, many of the party’s worst screw-ups have come because the geniuses in Washington DIDN’T LISTEN to what conservative talk radio was telling them. Look to Harriet Miers, the Dubai Port deal, deficit spending, TARP, John McCain, illegal immigration, etc., etc., etc. for examples of that.

Now, is Rush the “leader” of the Republican Party? No, he’s not and almost everybody knows that, including most of the people who are screaming “Rush is the Republican Party’s leader” the loudest. Is Rush Limbaugh as popular with the general public as he is with conservatives? Of course not. Most of them have never heard his show and so their opinion is heavily influenced by the Left’s demonization of him.

That being said, Rush is incredibly influential. He has proven himself over the long haul, he has the largest audience in the business, and other than Reagan, he has done more to move the ball forward for conservatives than anybody else in America over the last three decades. Countless conservatives, myself included, are conservatives because of Rush. Moreover, Rush Limbaugh’s overwhelming success paved the way not only for other conservative talk show hosts, but I believe, for many of the conservative bloggers out there. Again, that was certainly the case with me. When I started blogging, my thought was, “If Rush made a career out of talk radio, why can’t I make a career out of blogging?”

All that being said, had Rush Limbaugh’s advice over the last few years actually been followed by the GOP, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the Party would have considerably more seats in Congress than we do today and we just might have the White House as well.

But, getting back to the complaints about Rush. The left hates him because he’s effective. That’s understandable. But, what about the people on the right who don’t like him? Well, they tend to be moderates who want to see conservatives marginalized in the GOP so that we can become a “Democrat-light” party.

The problem with this is that the majority of the GOP’s supporters are conservative, not moderate. Moreover, if you’re talking about the campaign volunteers, the big name bloggers, the big name talk radio hosts, the powerhouse organizations, the huge donors, etc., etc., — they’re almost all conservative. Conservatives, whose views Rush represents very well, are the engine of the Republican Party and the anti-Rush crowd is the equivalent of the hubcaps. I know that’s very harsh, but it’s also true.

If you don’t buy that, go pick the 5 biggest Rush haters who are still calling themselves Republicans, until they can’t milk any more liberal media attention out of it, and ask yourself: how many conservatives do you know that genuinely respect these people? What great arguments have they advanced? What have they achieved for the Republican Party and conservatism? If they were giving a speech, how many people would show up to hear what they have to say? Now, compare all of them combined to Rush Limbaugh. Could they draw 1/100 of the crowd he could? Have they ever humiliated Harry Reid or run something like Operation Chaos? Do they have millions of conservatives behind them or a few hundred conservatives and hordes of liberal cheerleaders who will keep saying nice things about them as long as they attack Rush? The answers are obvious.

There are a lot of areas where the GOP needs to make a lot of improvements to get competitive again, but talk radio isn’t one of them — nor is Rush Limbaugh. Rush is part of the solution for what ails the GOP, not part of the problem.

Getting Rush Wrong

Getting Rush Wrong

By Andrew Cline
FrontPageMagazine.com | 3/6/2009

When White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel went on national television last week to call radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh “the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican Party,” he didn’t mean it as a compliment. Shortly thereafter, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs deliberately twisted Limbaugh’s words to try to score cheap political points against him. No less than President Obama himself has repeatedly attacked Limbaugh by name. The Democratic National Committee is now sending out press releases challenging Republicans to distance themselves from Limbaugh.

 

The wisdom of this political strategy is very much in doubt. More Americans listen to Rush Limbaugh in any given week than watch an episode of “Survivor.” His audience is more than twice as large as the readership of The Washington Post, larger by several million than the readership of The New York Times, and about four million larger than the audience of the NBC Nightly News, America’s most-watched network news program. Why in the world would President Obama decide that it’s a great idea to attack America’s most popular broadcaster and his millions of listeners?

 

The answer is that he has written off conservative America. It seems that the stirring appeals to bipartisanship were never sincere. If they were, the president would have offered the Republicans some substantial concessions to get their votes on the stimulus and budget bills. He did not. He got the stimulus bill anyway, and clearly thinks he will get the budget, too. He now believes that he can pass his entire agenda, from a $3.6 trillion budget that is $1.75 trillion in the red to cap-and-trade to universal health care, with a few moderate Republican votes. President Obama has concluded that he does not need conservatives to govern. So, they are free to be attacked as the enemies of progress and economic recovery.

But President Obama does need to prevent conservatives from turning moderate and liberal Republicans against him. Thus, the attempt to marginalize Limbaugh. Portraying Limbaugh as a pariah is Obama’s way of giving moderate Republicans the cover they need to vote for his agenda.

 

By making Limbaugh, and not Obama’s own radical plans to remake America in Europe’s image, the topic of discussion, the White House has already begun dividing the Right. All of a sudden, Republicans and conservatives are being asked to defend Limbaugh. GOP Chairman Michael Steele responded by calling Limbaugh’s show “incendiary” and “ugly.” Apparently, he doesn’t listen very much. The show is the former (and that’s a good thing), but certainly not the latter, except when Rush makes a bad joke, which does happen on occasion. Commentator David Frum responded, too, calling Limbaugh the Jesse Jackson of the Republican Party and urging Republicans to push him aside.

 

This is precisely what Obama wants. Conservatives and Republicans mustn’t take the bait. Rush Limbaugh isn’t the issue; Barack Obama’s attempt to enlarge the federal government by an additional two percentage points of Gross Domestic Product this year alone is.

 

Ironically, Republicans worried that Rush is now the face of the party have only themselves to blame. For eight years, Rush warned Republicans that they would lose power if they abandoned conservatism. They abandoned conservatism. And they lost power. Now no one, not even Michael Steele, knows what it means to be a Republican anymore. Along with its leaders, the party has lost its guiding philosophy. Not so Rush Limbaugh.

 

In the last half century, American conservatism has had five primary torch bearers: Barry Goldwater, Bill Buckley, Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich, and Rush Limbaugh. Goldwater, Reagan, and Buckley are dead. Gingrich remains an intellectual force but is not leading a mass movement. Rush Limbaugh is now the voice of conservatism in America. He is not only the most prominent conservative, but he is the best at explaining conservatism to the people, and he is the most passionate champion of conservative core principles. No one else is even close.

 

Frum, for whom I have great respect, argues that conservatives need a sophisticated spokesman to match Barack Obama’s class and elegance. That is true in the long run, but not necessarily right now. With the Republican Party going through a post-Bush identity crisis, trying to decide if it’s a conservative or neoconservative party, a populist to rouse the rabble against the largest expansion of government power and authority in our lifetime is clearly needed. No one fills that role better than Limbaugh.

 

At the moment, the Left and Right are represented by their most capable communicators: Obama and Limbaugh. Neither of these men was chosen by party elders. Both rose to prominence on the power of their ability to convince others to follow them. The question for Republicans is this: Who will emerge within the party to take the role Limbaugh now fills among conservatives? Pundits have attempted to put their money on Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, Mitt Romney, or Sarah Palin. But I think the answer, generically speaking, is rather obvious.

 

The next great leader of the Republican Party will not be anointed by party leaders. Rather, he or she is out there right now watching President Obama’s attempt to remake America in Europe’s image and getting angrier and angrier. He or she might be a small business owner or a lawyer or an executive. He or she believes in capitalism, personal responsibility, individual liberty and limited government. And maybe not every day, but regularly and as often as possible, he or she clicks on the radio, hits the first preset button on the AM dial, and listens to Rush.

 

While the president of the United States attempts to marginalize a radio talk show host, it will be the host who has the last word. For it likely will be one of Rush Limbaugh’s millions of listeners who ultimately rises to lead the Republican Party back to power.


Andrew Cline is editorial page editor of the New Hampshire Union Lead

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