Limbaugh: This sequester hysteria makes me ashamed of my country

posted at 9:21 am on February 22, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

We missed this yesterday, but this epic rant is worth a listen today, especially since even Politico started off the day wondering if Barack Obama’s hysteria on the sequester cuts he proposed was really sustainable.  Rush Limbaugh told his audience that this is nothing but the same nonsense he’s seen for the last quarter-century in order to justify eve-growing federal budgets.  It insults the intelligence of all Americans to see these scare tactics rolled out in opposition to a reduction in the increase of federal spending of just 2.2%, and the fact that people are buying it makes Rush “ashamed“:

“To be watching all of this, to have my intelligence – all of us – to have our common sense and intelligence insulted the way it is….it just makes me ashamed,” Limbaugh explained, “Seriously man, here we get worked up over 44 billion dollars – that’s the total amount of money that will not be spent that was scheduled to be spent this year.” …

I’ve said the same things over and over for 25 years,” Limbaugh said, adding that it didn’t matter who was in power. “It’s the same stuff, it’s the same threats, it’s the same arguments, over and over nothing ever changes.”

“We just keep spending more money, we create more dependency, we get more and more irresponsible one crisis to the next, all of them manufactured,” Limbaugh added. “Except for the real crisis that nobody ever addresses and that is we can’t afford it.”

Charlie Spiering wonders whether Rush deliberately timed this blast.  Four years and one day earlier, another commentator’s frustration boiled over, and sparked a political movement:

A similar frustration boiled over was when Rick Santelli gave his speech heard around the world calling for a new Tea Party

That rant was almost exactly four years ago, on February 19, 2009.

 


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An angry, determined WARRIOR.

listens2glenn on February 22, 2013 at 2:19 PM

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I should have added: “, filled with a terrible resolve.”

listens2glenn on February 22, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Other times I feel happy and motivated from hearing the callers to Rush. Just hearing the struggles and determination of others out there like me who will not give up and will continue to fight. It encourages me to do the same.

And I think very highly of myself, I think I know alot. However Rush and especially Levin have educated me on so much.

So I would never classify them as whiners.

LevinFan on February 22, 2013 at 1:57 PM

I happen to be a huge Mark Levin follower (perhaps you are, too;) and boy, he sure makes my mood grow sour after some time that I have to turn the radio off. Like you, LF, I’ve been engaged in letter-writing campaigns and made the calls during election season, as well as countless calls/e-mails to our reps in congress (and not just to those in my home state). The office clerk who picks up the phone is usually bored and annoyed.

It’s painfully true that we just can’t amount to anything remotely organized that is a force to be reckoned with, and I wonder why. Sure, the reason is sabotage in certain segments, but there’s also a sad unwillingness in our ranks that has become numb, masochistic, and shutting down if they haven’t already. Getting rolled is the norm. That’s the real reason they’re winning.

RepubChica on February 22, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Not digging this talking point. I’m not ashamed of my country. I sort of see where Rush was coming from, goofing on Moochelle and the “dissent is patriotic” memes of the left, but he trapped himself in a corner. Leave the anti-American rhetoric to the Leftists and head back to the drawing board.

sauldalinsky on February 22, 2013 at 2:26 PM

. . . . . there’s also a sad unwillingness in our ranks that has become numb, masochistic, and shutting down if they haven’t already. Getting rolled is the norm. That’s the real reason they’re winning.

RepubChica on February 22, 2013 at 2:25 PM

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The “sad unwillingness” seems to be coming from the elected Republican leaders. NOT the Republican “grass-roots.”

listens2glenn on February 22, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Is Genuine a new sleeper cell activation? This thread is the first I’ve ever seen the name in.

Del Dolemonte on February 22, 2013 at 1:42 PM

He was on QOTD a few weeks ago…trying to toss sh!t; and got put down for it.
Came back the next night with a ‘defender’. Both got put down.
Disappeared for a while.

Solaratov on February 22, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Every Christian should withdraw any support of Hollywood in every fashion. Do not associate with anyone on the left. Refuse to patronage any business that supports the left in any fashion. They should all leave blue states and move to the red.

That sort of skull cracking although it doesn’t really matter because it is too late now.

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Why would you feel the need to dictate choice of entertainment, friends, and shopping? Thanks, but that what the left does

katy the mean old lady on February 22, 2013 at 2:39 PM

The “sad unwillingness” seems to be coming from the elected Republican leaders. NOT the Republican “grass-roots.”

listens2glenn on February 22, 2013 at 2:30 PM

The grassroots on our side is nowhere near where it should be in relation to the serious problems plaguing our country today, which points to a frightening conclusion that people do not want to get involved because they feel it is hopeless. Independents don’t appear to want to get involved. Not having time is a poor excuse. Everyone has time to do something. As for the elected Repubs, heh, did you read this article by Angelo Codevilla from Forbes yesterday?

RepubChica on February 22, 2013 at 2:41 PM

I happen to be a huge Mark Levin follower (perhaps you are, too;) and boy, he sure makes my mood grow sour after some time that I have to turn the radio off. Like you, LF, I’ve been engaged in letter-writing campaigns and made the calls during election season, as well as countless calls/e-mails to our reps in congress (and not just to those in my home state). The office clerk who picks up the phone is usually bored and annoyed.

It’s painfully true that we just can’t amount to anything remotely organized that is a force to be reckoned with, and I wonder why. Sure, the reason is sabotage in certain segments, but there’s also a sad unwillingness in our ranks that has become numb, masochistic, and shutting down if they haven’t already. Getting rolled is the norm. That’s the real reason they’re winning.

RepubChica on February 22, 2013 at 2:25 PM

1. As listens2glenn pointed out that unwillingness comes from GOP leaders. THis is the first major problem. Fighting the GOPe. THe last 2 cycles we got 2 moderates and Boner leading the House. There’s a good chance that Palin didn’t run due to having to fight the GOPe as much as I wish she had taken on that fight. The left doesn’t have this problem, as the moderates don’t win out.

2. You left out the role of the lamestream media. They have played a huge whole in this country going straight to h@ll. Just look at the coverage during the elections. This is yet another reason why Rush, Levin, and Beck are needed now more than ever.

3. It’s great that you’ve gotten involved, please don’t get discouraged… I plan on supporting conservatives at all levels for the rest of my life.

4. The internet and talk radio is a great outlet for us. Beck is on to something with the Blaze network. I’ve called Directv trying to get them to add it on (as The Blaze is now only on DishNetwork). We need a network like this which isn’t controlled like Foxnews is. Beck and others can speak the truth without fear of being reprimanded for it.

LevinFan on February 22, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Exactly, don’t think you primarily think of Glenn as a whiner right?

Personally I’ve learned alot from the guy and I’m glad that Glenn, Rush, and Levin are on our side.

LevinFan on February 22, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Glenn Beck is most certainly not what I’d call a whiner. The guy was and is action-oriented. He demonstrated to us all what a lone determined man can do. And boy, did that Glenn Beck have all the power brokers in media and Liberal circles (and the blushing ballerinas aka RINO’s) apesh*t. Like Andrew Breitbart. And this is why it would serve us all to encourage our children to go into professional fields vastly underrepresented by Conservatives. The fields that influence public opinion. (before the indoctrination begins).

RepubChica on February 22, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Other times I feel happy and motivated from hearing the callers to Rush. Just hearing the struggles and determination of others out there like me who will not give up and will continue to fight. It encourages me to do the same.

LevinFan on February 22, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Rush and Levin are great for what they do, speaking to the choir. More power to them; they’re entertainers. They aren’t activists interested in advancing conservative policies. When was the last time Rush debated a liberal? Seminar callers don’t count.

For political success(think Reagan), the conservative movement needs a William F. Buckley, a smart conservative who will debate consequential liberals on neutral turf. This also rules out SE Cupp types “debating” the morons of MSNBC. That setup is like the Harlem Globetrotters vs. the Washington Generals. It doesn’t matter if Scarborough or Cupp occasionally score a few conservative points, they’re playing a game rigged for conservatives to lose.

There is no conservative currently doing what WFB did, in National Review, talk radio, cable news, anywhere.

sauldalinsky on February 22, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Rush and Levin are great for what they do, speaking to the choir. More power to them; they’re entertainers. They aren’t activists interested in advancing conservative policies. When was the last time Rush debated a liberal? Seminar callers don’t count.

For political success(think Reagan), the conservative movement needs a William F. Buckley, a smart conservative who will debate consequential liberals on neutral turf. This also rules out SE Cupp types “debating” the morons of MSNBC. That setup is like the Harlem Globetrotters vs. the Washington Generals. It doesn’t matter if Scarborough or Cupp occasionally score a few conservative points, they’re playing a game rigged for conservatives to lose.

There is no conservative currently doing what WFB did, in National Review, talk radio, cable news, anywhere.

sauldalinsky on February 22, 2013 at 2:57 PM

One thing often forgotten about the Great One is that he is an active lawyer. His Landmark Legal Foundation has fought several big battles, including the Az immigration law and obamacare.

Recently they won a big victory over obama’s illegal recess appointments.

LevinFan on February 22, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Personally I’ve learned alot from the guy and I’m glad that Glenn, Rush, and Levin are on our side.

LevinFan on February 22, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Yes, it’s good to have them. Just to remember it’s often a business of egos. Beck is bright and innovative. He’s also an as*hole. What he did to Breitbart over the Sherrod story was low. He was jealous of Andrew’s growing celebrity (while Andrew had no jealousy of anybody — he just wanted to win the war). Levin seems more like a regular guy.

Impossible to overestimate how much I miss Andrew.

rrpjr on February 22, 2013 at 3:41 PM

One thing often forgotten about the Great One is that he is an active lawyer. His Landmark Legal Foundation has fought several big battles, including the Az immigration law and obamacare.

Recently they won a big victory over obama’s illegal recess appointments.

LevinFan on February 22, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Good, I like Levin. He should keep fighting all of Obama’s encroachments on liberty. You could hardly listen to Levin for more than 30 min without knowing he was a lawyer in the Reagan administration.

The point I’m making is about changing culture and affecting the direction of the country by winning elections. Someone upthread said this, but Breitbart is the only modern conservative who got this. Buckley got it. Reagan got it big time.

sauldalinsky on February 22, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Impossible to overestimate how much I miss Andrew.

rrpjr on February 22, 2013 at 3:41 PM

IMO they’ve butchered his legacy at at his namesake website. Kicking out Dana Loesch was dumb.

sauldalinsky on February 22, 2013 at 3:50 PM

sauldalinsky on February 22, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Agreed. Lesser people filled with self importance. Sadly, not uncommon.

rrpjr on February 22, 2013 at 3:58 PM

The point I’m making is about changing culture and affecting the direction of the country by winning elections. Someone upthread said this, but Breitbart is the only modern conservative who got this. Buckley got it. Reagan got it big time.

sauldalinsky on February 22, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Some things a lot of people don’t know or have forgotten (I only learned recently, see “Dutch” by Edmund Morris):
— Reagan was an active student of economics and politics from the beginning of his adult career, and had an interest in these subjects even as a teen;
— Reagan turned away from an early flirtation with socialism and American Communists after he learned about their true (and mostly hidden) purposes and saw how amoral and unethical they were;
— Reagan served very successfully as an executive officer for many years (Screen Actors Guild president and California governor);
— in the decades (yes, tens of years) before running for President, Reagan covered the entire United States making speeches ostensibly as a PR shill for GE, but actually lectured about the importance of America’s foundational values – as a result, he had a huge, positive constituency for his campaign before he even started.

Although we might find conservatives who can check off the first three qualifications, no one in the Republican party has the fourth advantage now.

AesopFan on February 22, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Why would you feel the need to dictate choice of entertainment, friends, and shopping? Thanks, but that what the left does

katy the mean old lady on February 22, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Because some of you need dictating to. Acceptance equates to approval which is the reason we are in this mess and i am as guilty as any but changing. Do whatever could care less but dont why things are collapsing when others have explained it to you.

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 4:04 PM

It all is frustrating because the libs are lying and the media is complicit in it.

Here is a gentle reminder – all of the dems followers are going to get mighty angry when the money runs out. We realize there are no free lunches. But what thes jerks in Washington are doing is providing great opportunities for us to profit from this – and for our children.

For instance, the low government back home mortgage rates are not available to most of the dems backers because their credit sucks. But for us, not a problem. So invest in yourself and your family. The modern media we decry and wonder how in the hell they survive. But quietly, they are beginning to hemmorage money – real money. WashPo and NYT are dropping people and losing money – CNN is surviving on crumbs from their parent – they have no audience (hey Koch bros. – go and try to get CNN and replace its editorial staff with conservatives, it would be a start). NBC is flailing – falling behind Univsion and FOX. You think their embrace of MSNBC and all the other garbage on their news isn’t hurting them? They are owned by Comcast? You can eliminate them by getting rid of their cable and internet services.

It is bad – and I am afraid a reckoning may be coming – but it is coming for those who have their hand out. In the end – we will own most of the stuff because we have the ability to buy it. And we already own most of the guns – so when they come to try and take it they will be met. And your local police and National Guard Units will probably be on our side anyway, so let the left feel they have this taken care of.

It is a house of cards and it will come down – soon. Bankrupt liberal cities – Detroit, and coming up fast in the mirror CHicago. Not to mention bankrupt cities in blue states of California and Pennsylvania. And of course California and Illinois themselves. The end game is coming – just not as the left thinks. Europe is crumbling. Reality is about to get reintroduced.

Prepare by enriching yourself and your family so you can enjoy the rebirth from a position of financial strength.

That we intuitively know the mentally weak and hands out crowd will end up being hurt, and that we have a way that will (and historically has) led to success and a fulfilled life, makes it frustrating to hear the libs talk. But so be it.

Zomcon JEM on February 22, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Because some of you need dictating to. Acceptance equates to approval which is the reason we are in this mess and i am as guilty as any but changing. Do whatever could care less but dont why things are collapsing when others have explained it to you.

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Son, you can stick that condescending bullcrap right up your nether regions.
If you are as pitiful as that, perhaps you should not be on the computer (Apple, Microsoft) Or are you “special”?

katy the mean old lady on February 22, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Jay Cost has another nice take on the economic aspects of it all:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/temporary-majority_700500.html?page=1

They are running out of other peoples money.

Zomcon JEM on February 22, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Tea Party revival?

Nothing could make me happier than 10 million Americans taking to the streets, declaring a Tea Party and just laying waste to the sickening liberals.

Jaibones on February 22, 2013 at 5:31 PM

And like I said, I’m beginning to see little benefit in this absorption of angry rants and ‘truths’ (which they undoubtedly are), if it isn’t followed up by serious, concrete action on our parts which is what’s lacking on our side of politics. The Tea Party is but a mosquito of a movement compared to that movement which hasn’t even begun. But we like waiting for the other guy to start it, waiting for a savior to come along, all the while stewing. Doing nada.

RepubChica on February 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Rush is the response to the liberal media’s propaganda. He exists for the people that are looking for the truth.

The TEA Party has the GOP elitists on the run. They know it and they do not like it.

I, the AWE inspiring Danno Mann waits for NO splinter gatherer. Instead I remain very involved, working to do as much good as possible.

In the end it is all about being involved. Rush plays his part as do the TEA Party patriots. Because Americans foolishly believe that politics is a spectator sport they WILL get the government they deserve.

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors”.
Plato

DannoJyd on February 23, 2013 at 12:37 AM

Jaibones on February 22, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Yours is a GREAT POST, so lets do start getting 10 million Americans to take to the streets, declaring a Tea Party and just laying waste to the sickening liberals NOW!

Your assistance is always greatly appreciated.

DannoJyd on February 24, 2013 at 4:50 PM

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