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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But President Jar Jar Binks said yesterday that the sequester will end the Universe.

sentinelrules on February 22, 2013 at 10:22 AM

rofl..Good one..:)

Dire Straits on February 22, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Defiance of the “code of morality” laid out in the Christian Bible, is death.

listens2glenn on February 22, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Putting the “code of morality” laid out in the Christian Bible into law is a violation of the First Amendment, Pat Robertson. We don’t live in a theocracy.

I’m perfectly content to practice my faith in my life and my community. Unlike you, apparently, I render to Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and render to God that which is God’s.

KingGold on February 22, 2013 at 10:31 AM

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.

Santelli had the luxury of being an unknown, nonpartisan quantity, unlike Rush. And Rush is good for getting your blood pressure way up, but not much else.

RepubChica on February 22, 2013 at 10:33 AM

With half his brain tied behind his back.

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Spot on..:)

Dire Straits on February 22, 2013 at 10:33 AM

nothing but a political game to damage the REPUBLICAN’s after four years of their scorched earth political gambits against him didn’t succeed.

Genuine on February 22, 2013 at 9:51 AM

What are these “four years of scorched earth political gambits” by the Republicans that you babble about?

After all, the Republicans didn’t even have control of the House for those first two years. And since when is the Democrat Senate’s refusal to submit a budget for 4 years “scorched earth Republican political gambits?”

Del Dolemonte on February 22, 2013 at 10:34 AM

KingGold on February 22, 2013 at 10:31 AM

YOU are the problem.

Cleombrotus on February 22, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Santelli had the luxury of being an unknown, nonpartisan quantity, unlike Rush. And Rush is good for getting your blood pressure way up, but not much else.

RepubChica on February 22, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Rush tells it like it is – aka “the truth” – if that raises your blood pressure than so be it.

VegasRick on February 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Defiance of the “code of morality” laid out in the Christian Bible, is death.

listens2glenn on February 22, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Look I am the most friendly Atheist that a Christian could meet as I fully admit your moral code is what initially created this formally great country, but this kind of garbage statement is ridiculous and a reflection of your weak individuality.

Maybe if you Christians would get out there and crack some skulls instead of laying around “praying” for things to get better we would get somewhere.

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM

We got some $80 billion from taxing the rich, and some $85 billion in sequester cuts, all the while with an annual deficit of $1,000 billion. It’s nothing. It’s a drop in the bucket. Obama is a liar of epic proportions. He’s evil. A sick, evil man.

Paul-Cincy on February 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM

KingGold on February 22, 2013 at 10:19 AM

What are you. 12? If not for Rush, there would be no conservative talk radio, no conservative TV networks, no conservative blogs, no Tea Party. I was around before Rush and there was a deafening void in conservative speech and NO CONSERVATIVE MEDIA! Rush changed all that. You don’t have to like him but you can’t change the fact that Rush gave conservatism a voice. Live with it.

fight like a girl on February 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Maybe if you Christians would get out there and crack some skulls instead of laying around “praying” for things to get better we would get somewhere.

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM

True that.

Cleombrotus on February 22, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Politicians would rather be elected than make tough decisions…save a country, or save their job…guess which one they choose every time.

I am talking about politicians, not patriots. Patriots aren’t elected, they lead, and thrown to the wayside after they have been used. Politicians cling to power like a crack whore.

right2bright on February 22, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Look I am the most friendly Atheist that a Christian could meet as I fully admit your moral code is what initially created this formally great country, but this kind of garbage statement is ridiculous and a reflection of your weak individuality.

Maybe if you Christians would get out there and crack some skulls instead of laying around “praying” for things to get better we would get somewhere.

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM

You realize, however, that there’s an inconsistency between your first sentence and the second, right?

Cleombrotus on February 22, 2013 at 10:38 AM

YOU are the problem.

Cleombrotus on February 22, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Take it up with the Founders if you don’t like that the government won’t enforce your personal will on the people in defiance of the Constitution.

That’s what leftists do, after all.

KingGold on February 22, 2013 at 10:38 AM

I think Rush is tapping into a deeper chord in our collective feeling about of American government and Washington. It’s not just a death-in-life aspect to our government. Over the years we’ve gone from our sense of government’s idiotic bureaucratic mismanagement driven by good intentions to politics-as-usual gamesmanship to what is now being sensed as a kind of evil. We’re now dealing with a government not simply stumbling over itself in reckless expansion (that too) but one with real evil intent. And we see evil on one side working with the other side that is not capable of seeing or understanding the evil, and in many ways working with it for its own self interest.

rrpjr on February 22, 2013 at 10:39 AM

KingGold on February 22, 2013 at 10:38 AM

King Gold, I think you are misconstruing Listen2glenn’s statement.

Cleombrotus on February 22, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Personally, I’m tired of Rush merely talking about it all the time. I’ve listened to him for 20 years now and have concluded that it does no good at all, these radio personalities who express little to no outrage or anger at what’s been taking place.

Sorry to rain on the Rush parade, but, as he said, nothing changes.

Not that it’s his fault; it certainly isn’t, but it’s obviously having little to no effect.

Cleombrotus on February 22, 2013 at 9:36 AM

I feel this way too. The other day he said something to the effect that one of the reasons he would never run for office is that he wouldn’t feel right asking anyone for money and wouldn’t feel right taking it. All I can say is the world doesn’t run on feelings. If one of these guys who stand a shadow of being elected would actually RUN, maybe things would stand a fighting chance.
Someone I know through acquaintance only, called me yesterday just to talk. He said his friends think he is crazy, his wife thinks he is crazy, she says nothing like “THAT” can or will happen in America….
That being, the stock market crashing, the government exercising martial law, etc.
People are clueless.
Yesterday here in Rochester, they announced on the news that approx 680 children in the school system here have teenaged mothers.Kindergartners are generally 5 years old…..how old must these mothers be? The solution? Now any child can go into the nurses office and request free condoms.
This is our future.
Sorry for the ramble, I am just so frustrated.

redlucy on February 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Now he needs Palin on to announce she is running for POTUS 2016.

Palin 2016

ChuckTX on February 22, 2013 at 10:42 AM

I’m with Rush on this one if not for the same reasons.

I’m ashamed:

We’ve got a nation where free contraception for sluts is considered a right.

Where, far from being ashamed “Obamaphone Lady” considers free cell service an entitlement.

Where the destruction of the traditional nuclear family is a government project.

Where an illegal alien sits before a Congressional hearing and demands that he not be called illegal.

That the media is nothing but a propaganda outlet for the current administration. Candy Crowley moderating a Presidential debate from Obama’s lap was not an anamoly.

That the public is not outraged over the way Congress is operating.

That Honey Boo Boo and Downton Abbey are greater topics of discussion than reducing the generational theft of our national debt.

That a President and SecState knowingly lied to the American public about Benghazi and nobody cares.

…. Need I go on? I truly am ashamed that we have become a nation where the majority of Americans are greedy parasites who could care less about anything but what intrests them be it their entitlement money, their ability to “marry” somebody of the same sex, getting citizenship by amnesty, or stuff for their women parts. We are a society in decline.

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Meant to say 680 kindergartners…..

redlucy on February 22, 2013 at 10:43 AM

I’m ashamed too. What country, in their right mind, would want to cut that part of their body off? “Sequestration”?

Barbarians!

@AsalamaTweetum

Opinionnation on February 22, 2013 at 10:43 AM

You realize, however, that there’s an inconsistency between your first sentence and the second, right?

Cleombrotus on February 22, 2013 at 10:38 AM

My crack the skulls comment was not meant as a literally suggestion of violence against the left, but more of a “quit sitting back and waiting for your God to change the course of the country”.

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

redlucy on February 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Santayana said that the only thing necessary for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing and I think it was Einstein who said that the world is evil not because of evil people but because of good people who allow it to go on.

Cleombrotus on February 22, 2013 at 10:44 AM

You don’t have to like him but you can’t change the fact that Rush gave conservatism a voice. Live with it.

fight like a girl on February 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Isn’t one of Rush’s truisms that virtually all institutions become corrupted and useless over time? Well, he made talk radio an institution.

At a time when people on the right should be peaceably working out our differences and uniting to stop a renewed Obama and take back the Senate in 2014, we’ve got radio hosts like Mark Levin saying that Karl Rove and John McCain are worse than the Democrats, deliberately stoking the fires on the right so they can keep their struggling ratings up and continue hawking gold and computer backup services.

KingGold on February 22, 2013 at 10:44 AM

you’re doing it wrong.

sesquipedalian on February 22, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Why should you guys have all the fun? The worst that can happen is that she might piss or vomit on me since your side won’t let her have a gun.

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Speaking of Gun Free Zones, a new “poll” just came out re. (Democrat) Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s job approval.

He’s at 14% now.

Chicago certainly got what it paid for, didn’t they?

Del Dolemonte on February 22, 2013 at 10:46 AM

The roots of the modern Tea Party precede Rick Santelli’s rant.

I trace it back to least August 2008, and possibly earlier:

The modern Tea Party has its roots in the resistance to Bush that started in 2006 with the push for amnesty. Opposition to Harriet Miers was also an early stirring of what would become the Tea Party.

Intellectually, I think the movement’s roots are best found/summarized in Angelo Codevilla’s 2010 article on the ruling class: http://spectator.org/archives/2010/07/16/americas-ruling-class-and-the/print

Rick Santelli didn’t start the Tea Party. He merely gave voice to what was already a growing frustration with our elected officials.

ITguy on February 22, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Yeah, I agree. The Tea Party, while primarily driven by concerns about the economy and the fiscal situation, is essentially a refuge for most everyone in politics who has been systematically shut out by the ruling class, which includes most of the conservative base as well as a good chunk of Ron Paul libertarians.

Doomberg on February 22, 2013 at 10:46 AM

What I’d like to see any conservative with an audience (including Rush, Hannity, Malkin, Morrissey, etc.) highlight is:

The Democrats made very specific promises of fiscal responsibility in 2006 – 2009 and have done THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF WHAT THEY PROMISED.

2006:

Over the past decade, the Republican controlled Congress took our nation in the wrong direction. Too many Americans are paying a heavy price for those wrong choices: record costs for energy, health care and education; jobs shipped overseas; and budgets that heap record debt on our children. For millions, the middle-class dream has been replaced by a middle-class squeeze…

Democrats are proposing a New Direction for America…

With integrity, civility and fiscal discipline, our New Direction for America will use commonsense principles to address the aspirations and fulfill the hopes and dreams of all Americans. That is our promise to the American people….

Our federal budget should be a statement of our national values. One of those values is responsibility. Democrats are committed to ending years of irresponsible budget policies that have produced historic deficits. Instead of piling trillions of dollars of debt onto our children and grandchildren, we will restore “Pay As You Go” budget discipline.

Budget discipline has been abandoned by the Bush Administration and its Republican congressional majorities. Congress under Republican control has turned a projected $5.6 trillion 10-year surplus at the end of the Clinton years into a nearly $3 trillion deficit– including the four worst deficits in the history of America. The nation’s debt ceiling has been raised four times in just five years to more than $8.9 trillion. Nearly half of our nation’s record debt is owned by foreign countries including China and Japan. Without a return to fiscal discipline, the foreign countries that make our computers, our clothing and our toys will soon be making our foreign policy. Deficit spending is not just a fiscal problem – it’s a national security issue as well.

Our New Direction is committed to “Pay As You Go” budgeting – no more deficit spending.

2007:

After years of historic deficits, this 110th Congress will commit itself to a higher standard: pay-as-you-go, no new deficit spending. Our new America will provide unlimited opportunity for future generations, not burden them with mountains of debt.

- New Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 01/04/2007

2008:

“The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents – #43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.

- Barack Obama July 3, 2008

The last Republican-majority budget (passed by a Republican House, Republican Senate, and signed by a Republican President) was passed in 2006 for Fiscal Year 2007 and resulted in a Fiscal Year deficit of less than $161 Billion.

I don’t hear that mentioned enough. The baseline with which to compare current Democrat spending and deficits is NOT FY 2009, it is FY 2007. And that baseline was a deficit of less than $161 Billion, just six short years ago.

The total national debt at the end of FY 2007, on 09/30/2007, was $9,007,653,372,262.48 ($9 Trillion).

By the end of FY 2013 on 09/30/2013, after six straight years of Democrats holding the majority of power in the budgeting and spending process, the total national debt will be over $17 Trillion.

The Democrat majorities (including Obama as both Senator and pResident), have done the exact opposite of keeping their promises of fiscal discipline and “no more deficit spending”… they have created the 6 Biggest Deficits in US history, and will have added more than $8 Trillion to the total national debt (nearly doubling it from $9 Trillion to over $17 Trillion) in just 6 Fiscal Years (FY 2008-2013).

What started as promises of “no more deficit spending” (in 2006 and early 2007) turned into promises to “cut the deficit in half by the end of [Obama's] first term”, to now “Nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime”.

I.E.:
——————————————-
From 2006 & 2007 promises of “no more deficit spending”…
To 2009 promises to halve deficit spending by January 2013…
To February 2013 promises not to increase deficit spending…
…All while creating the six biggest deficits in U.S. history, with no end in sight.

ITguy on February 22, 2013 at 10:47 AM

2. We did not get to this situation through political shift, but a cultural war where generations of child adults starting with the 60′s filth have banned any concept of shame in this country. Once you remove shame from the equation, children can morally justify any immoral act.

And to take one step further back, when you remove God from the equation, there can, in the end, be no concept of shame. Sure, you may think I’m behaving immorally, but I don’t, and your opinion is no better than mine (or so they have been taught). It’s only when one truly feels that an all-seeing, all-judging God is looking over your shoulder that one can feel the kind of shame that can actually affect behavior.

And this comes from one who has never been very religious. I’ve just come to realize over the years that, aside from theological arguments of God’s existence, the concept of God is the ultimate civilizing principle. Society removes it or waters it down at its peril.

SacredFire on February 22, 2013 at 10:48 AM

I feel this way too. The other day he said something to the effect that one of the reasons he would never run for office is that he wouldn’t feel right asking anyone for money and wouldn’t feel right taking it. All I can say is the world doesn’t run on feelings. If one of these guys who stand a shadow of being elected would actually RUN, maybe things would stand a fighting chance.

Sorry for the ramble, I am just so frustrated.

redlucy on February 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM

The only valid reason I’d accept from the Rush’s of the country not running for elected office is that the political system has become so corrupted that they are more effective in the roles they are now playing in.

Cleombrotus on February 22, 2013 at 10:49 AM

you’re doing it wrong look at my former president bill clinton who got away with rape as women such as myself excuse rape if rapists are for me getting an abortion lol and bob menendez is hot i just wish he likes girls above 15 so i could feel i have a chance lol

sesquipedalian on February 22, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Fixed, for a low information, Barack Obama voter base.

MNHawk on February 22, 2013 at 10:50 AM

And Rush is good for getting your blood pressure way up, but not much else.

RepubChica on February 22, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Try listening to him for one month. You will get an education.

DannoJyd on February 22, 2013 at 10:50 AM

At a time when people on the right should be peaceably working out our differences and uniting to stop a renewed Obama and take back the Senate in 2014, we’ve got radio hosts like Mark Levin saying that Karl Rove and John McCain are worse than the Democrats, deliberately stoking the fires on the right so they can keep their struggling ratings up and continue hawking gold and computer backup services.

KingGold on February 22, 2013 at 10:44 AM

You miss the point KingGold. The establishment has taken for granted that we ALL had to agree with THEM as our representatives and that is what constituted “working out our differences”.

I would submit to you that if a Republican President went after the Democrat party with comments like “they want dirty air and water” or “they don’t want police or border agents” etc. their would be a defense from Nancy Pelosi you can be damn sure!

The silence from Boehner is he isn’t loyal to the rest of us he is loyal to the negotiations in Washington and THAT is what Rush and Levin are talking about.

We have no champions in Washington even under the worst lies against us and that is NOT true about elected Democrats ESPECIALLY Obama who will beat us mercilessly.

Conan on February 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Yeah, I thought that was so ridiculous, I just blew right past it. I need examples of ANY Tea Party group dealing with social issues because the one in mine certainly doesn’t.

Cindy Munford on February 22, 2013 at 10:01 AM

That’s what a friend of my husband e-mailed him a few days ago.

“Take on the Tea Party? I have been to many meetings but they seem to be getting a bit bizarre.”

He lives in Virginia. I don’t know what he means with “bizarre”, but they seem to alienate supporters. SOMETHING is going wrong.

Gelsomina on February 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

We need S.E. Cupp and two other conservatives to gout and call Rush’s comments wrong and dangerous.

RedRedRice on February 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Our 13 year old son is going through confirmation at our church.
He has been pretty good about going to church. Every once in awhile
he gets lazy. But confirmation has opened his eyes. We study the lessons together.
He has been asking questions like “Why do people hate God?”…..

He sees the liberal bias and he is questioning it.

If we raise more people of faith then America might have a chance.

redguy on February 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

This is why he is America’s Truth Detector!

Rush has said it best and it really is a sad state that our country is in.

Of course all the mental midgets and clowns in the media are getting hysterical and attacking Rush over this “how could he say that”.

Just look at the Yahoo trend from last night as “Rush ashamed” was one of the top searches.

Nevermind these same clowns had no problem with Moochelle saying she was proud of her country for the first time in her adult life when it elected her marxist husband.

Most importantly, I agree with Rush. I AM ASHAMED of what this once great country has become. A bunch of parasites with their hands out on one side with a bunch of wimps running the GOPe.

LevinFan on February 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

gout=go out

LOL

RedRedRice on February 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM

KingGold on February 22, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Thank you for equating conservatives with low information voters. We are all just a bunch of lemmings. I guess the Tea Party and Occupy were exactly the same? You have only to look at the tactics of Obama to realize that “peaceably working out our differences” isn’t even on the agenda. If we didn’t have an alternative information source, where would we be? And why are you against capitalism, i.e. advertising? And just because you don’t listen, doesn’t mean the ratings are struggling. Karl Rove and John McCain aren’t worse than Democrats, they are just useless, times and technology have made them obsolete, I owe them nothing.

Cindy Munford on February 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Defiance of the “code of morality” laid out in the Christian Bible, is death.

listens2glenn on February 22, 2013 at 10:26 AM

And to take one step further back, when you remove God from the equation, there can, in the end, be no concept of shame. Sure, you may think I’m behaving immorally, but I don’t, and your opinion is no better than mine (or so they have been taught). It’s only when one truly feels that an all-seeing, all-judging God is looking over your shoulder that one can feel the kind of shame that can actually affect behavior.

And this comes from one who has never been very religious. I’ve just come to realize over the years that, aside from theological arguments of God’s existence, the concept of God is the ultimate civilizing principle. Society removes it or waters it down at its peril.

SacredFire on February 22, 2013 at 10:48 AM

See, King Gold? Neither of these posters are calling for LEGISLATION of morality but rather a societal recognition of its source. Understand?

Unless we, as a nation, a culture, and a society, get back to that, we are lost.

Cleombrotus on February 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM

KingGold on February 22, 2013 at 10:44 AM

The country is divided and becoming more so. Look at this thread alone: Christian Conservatives are arguing with atheist Conservatives over who believes in what. You want peace? That’s the first place to stop, that useless bickering amongst ourselves for differing views on spirituality or any lack thereof as a personal choice. When did that start happening, when did our political side start slashing itself?

We’re arguing about Rush Limbaugh the man instead of the truth of his statement, nitpicking each other for things that will not advance our politics by a hair.

We’re becoming polarized even within our own ranks. Instead of digging in our heels against the common foes of liberalism and big government that threatens us and our children’s future, and is ruining the legacy of our fathers who preserved us during WWII, we’re stubborn with our fellows.

Is this any way to run a movement?

Liam on February 22, 2013 at 10:54 AM

The only valid reason I’d accept from the Rush’s of the country not running for elected office is that the political system has become so corrupted that they are more effective in the roles they are now playing in.

Cleombrotus on February 22, 2013 at 10:49 AM

I am leaning towards ClassicCon’s point of view that there isn’t a political solution as such so there wouldn’t be much point in him running anyway. And really, given how the Republican party treats conservatives, can you imagine the howls of rage from the establishment crowd if he ran?

Also, to be blunt, without Rush, a lot of these blogs might not exist today. Rush is the one who basically made conservatism understandable and accessible to a lot of people. Do you really think that, say, Ed or AP would be more effective if they ran for office than writing for Hot Air? I doubt it.

The problem is that Rush can’t do everything himself. He is a tiny part of the media and can’t “take it over” all on his own.

Doomberg on February 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Rush tells it like it is – aka “the truth” – if that raises your blood pressure than so be it.

VegasRick on February 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Almost everyone on this board (and throughout the conservative blogosphere) ‘tells it like it is’. It’s not something he has a monopoly on. The only difference between the average right wing blogger and Rush, is that he has the cunning and talent to make it into a highly lucrative career and has tons to fall back on without really taking on any political risk. (The ruling class media beating up on him constantly is not risk–it’s a career enhancer). A career that revolves around raising the blood pressure of millions of right-wingers each day, cementing their fate to stew in their frustrations and inaction as they waste 3 hours a day listening to the hackneyed rants.

RepubChica on February 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Santelli had the luxury of being an unknown, nonpartisan quantity, unlike Rush. And Rush is good for getting your blood pressure way up, but not much else.

RepubChica on February 22, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Really?

What a slap in the face for all Rush has done for the conservative movement!

We probably don’t have conservative talk radio today if it weren’t for Rush. He went out there and took on all comers to start talk radio from the ground up.

Show some respect!

LevinFan on February 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM

And this comes from one who has never been very religious. I’ve just come to realize over the years that, aside from theological arguments of God’s existence, the concept of God is the ultimate civilizing principle. Society removes it or waters it down at its peril.

SacredFire on February 22, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Agree to a point, even as an Atheist which is why I claim to be the friendliest Atheist a Christian could want.

Although I don’t necessarily see the belief in a judgmental God as the only deterrent for cultural decline. To me actual suffering maintains adult perspective better than any threat of purgatory.

Irresponsibility leads to suffering which leads to a perspective ship and appreciation for the true moral code that I believe we all naturally exist under.

Suffering through real poverty or real war is the greatest Devil that any Christian could hope for.

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Gelsomina on February 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Could be. I know annoyinglittletwerp says her Tea Party in Texas is nuts. That said, they are just a tool, a strong show of numbers, I’m no more tied to them than I am the Republicans.

Cindy Munford on February 22, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Personally, I think blaming the politicians for this is wrong. The American electorate voted for the guy promising them cash money over the guy promising them a job. If so many people in this country are suckling from the government teat that even the minuscule “cuts” of sequestration are disastrous, we lost this country a long time ago.

The only solution is to wait for bankruptcy and let the moronic electorate harvest the fruits of its own decisions.

KingGold on February 22, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Absolutely, let it burn, it’s going to anyway.

jnelchef on February 22, 2013 at 10:57 AM

I think the republicans should give the democrats all the tax loopholes they want….and then the pressure will be on the democrats to bring forth the spending cuts, and they won’t have the tax loophole bogeyman to bash

nonpartisan on February 22, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Really?

What a slap in the face for all Rush has done for the conservative movement!

We probably don’t have conservative talk radio today if it weren’t for Rush. He went out there and took on all comers to start talk radio from the ground up.

Show some respect!

LevinFan on February 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM

With outstanding results. No one can sit back and read Drudge headlines over the airwaves better than Rush. Quit being a conservative celebrity groupie…you are better than that.

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Almost everyone on this board (and throughout the conservative blogosphere) ‘tells it like it is’. It’s not something he has a monopoly on. The only difference between the average right wing blogger and Rush, is that he has the cunning and talent to make it into a highly lucrative career and has tons to fall back on without really taking on any political risk. (The ruling class media beating up on him constantly is not risk–it’s a career enhancer). A career that revolves around raising the blood pressure of millions of right-wingers each day, cementing their fate to stew in their frustrations and inaction as they waste 3 hours a day listening to the hackneyed rants.

RepubChica on February 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM

You sound like someone who’s jealous of Rush’s ability to make money. Sound just like the DNC attacking Romney and the rich.

Right wingers you say?? Well I’m proudly one of them, not so sure about you.

Frustrations and inaction? Speak for yourself. Listening to Rush, Beck, and the Great One keeps me informed and actually inspires me to get involved.

LevinFan on February 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

We need S.E. Cupp and two other conservatives to gout and call Rush’s comments wrong and dangerous.

RedRedRice on February 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Could you explain this or make sure it is called sarc/ ?

Conan on February 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

RedRedRice on February 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Maybe she can get Peggy Noonan who accidentally finds herself in agreement with Rush. She will want to correct that.

Cindy Munford on February 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

And to take one step further back, when you remove God from the equation, there can, in the end, be no concept of shame. Sure, you may think I’m behaving immorally, but I don’t, and your opinion is no better than mine (or so they have been taught). It’s only when one truly feels that an all-seeing, all-judging God is looking over your shoulder that one can feel the kind of shame that can actually affect behavior.

And this comes from one who has never been very religious. I’ve just come to realize over the years that, aside from theological arguments of God’s existence, the concept of God is the ultimate civilizing principle. Society removes it or waters it down at its peril.

SacredFire on February 22, 2013 at 10:48 AM

You may have just come to realize that, but President George Washington (born 281 years ago on February 22, 1732) warned us about that in his Farewell Address (which used to be required reading, each and every year, for school children in America).

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labour to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men & citizens. The mere Politican, equally with the pious man ought to respect & to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private & public felicity. Let it simply be asked where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the Oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice?

And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure–reason & experience both forbid us to expect that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

‘Tis substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule indeed extends with more or less force to every species of Free Government. Who that is a sincere friend to it, can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?

- President George Washington

Even 20th Century Democrats understood this:

The most important business in this Nation–or any other nation, for that matter-is raising and training children. If those children have the proper environment at home, and educationally, very, very few of them ever turn out wrong. I don’t think we put enough stress on the necessity of implanting in the child’s mind the moral code under which we live.

The fundamental basis of this Nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings which we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don’t think we emphasize that enough these days.

If we don’t have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the state.

- President Harry S. Truman
February 15, 1950

ITguy on February 22, 2013 at 11:00 AM

KingGold on February 22, 2013 at 9:26 AM

That I agree with.

Cindy Munford on February 22, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Also, to be blunt, without Rush, a lot of these blogs might not exist today. Rush is the one who basically made conservatism understandable and accessible to a lot of people. Do you really think that, say, Ed or AP would be more effective if they ran for office than writing for Hot Air? I doubt it.

The problem is that Rush can’t do everything himself. He is a tiny part of the media and can’t “take it over” all on his own.

Doomberg on February 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Well said.

For any Rush critic, I recommend reading “An Army of One” by Zev Chaffets. One of the best books I ever read.

LevinFan on February 22, 2013 at 11:00 AM

And we all need to give Rush credit for nailing it on obama:

Right after Obama was first immaculated Rush was asked to write a 400 word article on obama. Rush responded by saying I don’t need 400 words, I only need FOUR:

“I HOPE HE FAILS”.

While others in the media like Ted Baxter, aka O’Reilly, wanted to give obama the “benefit of the doubt.”

LevinFan on February 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM

We’re becoming polarized even within our own ranks. Instead of digging in our heels against the common foes of liberalism and big government that threatens us and our children’s future, and is ruining the legacy of our fathers who preserved us during WWII, we’re stubborn with our fellows.

Is this any way to run a movement?

Liam on February 22, 2013 at 10:54 AM

You need to understand that the party establishment has irrevocably split with the base. Read Codevilla’s article that was posted yesterday: He lays out the problem in exquisite detail. http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2013/02/20/as-country-club-republicans-link-up-with-the-democratic-ruling-class-millions-of-voters-are-orphaned/

Furthermore, can you seriously remember the last time social conservatives or fiscal conservatives have ever gotten ANYTHING out of the Republican party? The last time the fiscal cons got anything was the original Bush tax cuts. I can’t recall any major policy goal of the social conservatives that has been met within the last 20 years. The party is now openly telling social conservatives that they don’t want their votes anymore because “independents” or “Hispanics” or whatever political fad group of the day there is will replace them. It won’t be long before fiscal conservatives are told not to come to the polls anymore, either.

Rather than trying to salvage the old coalition, we need to clean house.

Doomberg on February 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM

“I HOPE HE FAILS”.

While others in the media like Ted Baxter, aka O’Reilly, wanted to give obama the “benefit of the doubt.”

LevinFan on February 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Remind me which one failed again? Rush or Obama.

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 11:03 AM

I like Rush but don’t listen to him everyday, but every once in a while I tune in to get a little insight or some feedback on the general state of things.

Rush is just another outlet, no different than perusing different blogs and the man has some good vision on things.

Bishop on February 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

My crack the skulls comment was not meant as a literally suggestion of violence against the left, but more of a “quit sitting back and waiting for your God to change the course of the country”.

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 10:44 AM

No, I understood that right away. But when you suggest that Christians should “get out there and do something” to paraphrase, that “doing something” would necessarily require applying some form of Biblical moral code on society, wouldn’t it? I mean you can’t “crack heads” metaphorically without a formal moral basis, right?

Well, that moral basis would only come from a Biblical perspective on things if it’s coming from Christians.

Understand?

Cleombrotus on February 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

RepubChica on February 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Only liberals think Rush is a Pied Piper. They can’t conceive that he filled a vacuum in what is still today a liberal popular culture and MSM. To keep it simple for you RepubChica we listen because we already agree with him and the others are listening not to “get our blood pressure up” like horror movie groupies. It a place of common sense conservative conversation of the world we live in. Yours is an intellectually stunted viewpoint of what motivates others.

Conan on February 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Rather than trying to salvage the old coalition, we need to clean house.

Doomberg on February 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM

For the love of God…

THERE IS NO POLITICAL SOLUTION TO THE CURRENT SITUATION!
THERE IS NO POLITICAL SOLUTION TO THE CURRENT SITUATION!
THERE IS NO POLITICAL SOLUTION TO THE CURRENT SITUATION!
THERE IS NO POLITICAL SOLUTION TO THE CURRENT SITUATION!
THERE IS NO POLITICAL SOLUTION TO THE CURRENT SITUATION!
THERE IS NO POLITICAL SOLUTION TO THE CURRENT SITUATION!

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Our 13 year old son is going through confirmation at our church.
He has been pretty good about going to church. Every once in awhile
he gets lazy. But confirmation has opened his eyes. We study the lessons together.
He has been asking questions like “Why do people hate God?”…..

He sees the liberal bias and he is questioning it.

If we raise more people of faith then America might have a chance.

redguy on February 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

I would have my ass kicked in by my mother and father if i ever got “lazy” about going to church when i was younger.

GhoulAid on February 22, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Conan on February 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Yeah, there should definitely be a sarc tag at the end of that.

RedRedRice on February 22, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Well said.

For any Rush critic, I recommend reading “An Army of One” by Zev Chaffets. One of the best books I ever read.

LevinFan on February 22, 2013 at 11:00 AM

I think a lot of the “sudden dislike” for Rush comes from him tacitly opposing Romney in the primaries. I remember during the first half of 2012 he was attacked almost constantly here.

Doomberg on February 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Try listening to him for one month. You will get an education.

DannoJyd on February 22, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Listened to him for years and have most of his bestsellers in my library. In other words, I have a graduate degree in Rushism. 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

Thank you for equating conservatives with low information voters. We are all just a bunch of lemmings. I guess the Tea Party and Occupy were exactly the same? You have only to look at the tactics of Obama to realize that “peaceably working out our differences” isn’t even on the agenda. If we didn’t have an alternative information source, where would we be? And why are you against capitalism, i.e. advertising? And just because you don’t listen, doesn’t mean the ratings are struggling. Karl Rove and John McCain aren’t worse than Democrats, they are just useless, times and technology have made them obsolete, I owe them nothing.

Cindy Munford on February 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM

There’s a lot of nothing in that comment, but I’ll respond as best I can. The current internal strife on the right is the best thing Obama could hope for, and until the right unites, he’s going to keep winning. Which is why the talk radio crowd’s focus on “country-club Republicans” is precisely the wrong thing. That’s number one.

Number two, I’m not opposed to capitalism. What I am opposed to is conservatives being played for suckers by hosts playing to the cheap seats. Fighting the Democrats and the media is hard, fighting Karl Rove is easy. So the radio hosts attack Rove, which helps their ratings and hurts the country. And you have groups like FreedomWorks, who don’t give a damn about candidates or policy but will gladly finance books written by their leaders, advertising on the shows.

Number three, I am not calling Tea Party people low-information voters. I am calling them knee-jerk reactionaries. When you have a TP group putting out an e-mail with Karl Rove in an SS outfit (if it was a “mistake,” as they call it, it doesn’t speak well to their competence), that’s a problem.

KingGold on February 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Well, that moral basis would only come from a Biblical perspective on things if it’s coming from Christians.

Understand?

Cleombrotus on February 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

I do, but I am not sure how that makes my earlier criticism of listen2glenn’s statement contradictory?

Don’t want to get in a tired theological debate, but I think Christian’s can fight without reverting to Dark Age level of heresy where the end result is death to the opposition.

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

I am entering my 8th decade. I remember what this country was, and I know what it has become. It is shameful. I feel as though I am surrounded by idiots in a country where hysteria rules. Little exists that is more disgusting than aggressive ignorance pumped by hysteria. We have been neutered. There are few Men left, and few Women. The fascination with zombies gives us a clue.

stillings on February 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Rather than trying to salvage the old coalition, we need to clean house.

Doomberg on February 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM

I’m talking only of Conservatives, not the Pubs as a whole. The elitist are as much in opposition to my politics as are liberals.

It’s not just religion that fragments us. It’s matters like who’s better: Palin or Romney? We here have bickered over that, getting heated, when the aim of both was to defeat Obama.

My overall point was that we should have one driving aim: fix the country and stop getting p*ssed at each other over minutiae. We’re not united among even ourselves any more, and I see it getting worse.

Liam on February 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

To me what is maddening about this is that you can be sure that if a Republican president was giving speeches and demagogueing like Obama is you can be sure that Reid or Pelosi would be talking about the insanity of the Republican President.

What is unspoken in Rush’s shame I think is not just that the President is doing it but we are so defeated on the Republican side that we can’t vigorously CONDEMN IT! as out of bounds on OUR SIDE!

I think Rush is holding back condemning Republican leaders for cowardice on this. Levin has already started to make it known these people are not earning our support as OUR leaders with their inability to defend us or call out the President as things have become MORE AND MORE outrageous!

Conan on February 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM

I think a lot of the “sudden dislike” for Rush comes from him tacitly opposing Romney in the primaries. I remember during the first half of 2012 he was attacked almost constantly here.

Doomberg on February 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

It is not dislike, it is just a dismissal from the realization that he is not very relevant.

Back in 1989 I was eighteen, had a subscription to the Conservative Chronicle (anyone else?), and stalked Rush at an airport to get an autograph. I will put my Rush cred against anyone in here.

Love the guy, but he simply did not make any difference in the long run. Why some of you are taking this like a personal insult explains a lot of the issues with the dysfunction of the conservative political movement.

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Defiance of the “code of morality” laid out in the Christian Bible, is death.

listens2glenn on February 22, 2013 at 10:26 AM

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Putting the “code of morality” laid out in the Christian Bible into law is a violation of the First Amendment, Pat Robertson. We don’t live in a theocracy.

I’m perfectly content to practice my faith in my life and my community. Unlike you, apparently, I render to Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and render to God that which is God’s.

KingGold on February 22, 2013 at 10:31 AM

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I insist we DID have “the code of morality laid out in the Christian Bible” put into our laws at the nation’s founding, and we still were not a theocracy.

listens2glenn on February 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Remind me which one failed again? Rush or Obama.

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 11:03 AM

And that’s Rush’s fault?

What are you calling Scoreboard on me??

Are you a liberal???

The point was the Rush had intelligence to see Obama for what he was at the beginning and had the balls to say I hope he fails. This is why so many other eunuchs were all saying…well he’s the potus.. I wish him well….

Comprehende??

LevinFan on February 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM

At a time when people on the right should be peaceably working out our differences ..

KingGold on February 22, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Yes, all that peacably caving is working so well.

katy the mean old lady on February 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM

For the love of God…

THERE IS NO POLITICAL SOLUTION TO THE CURRENT SITUATION!
THERE IS NO POLITICAL SOLUTION TO THE CURRENT SITUATION!
THERE IS NO POLITICAL SOLUTION TO THE CURRENT SITUATION!
THERE IS NO POLITICAL SOLUTION TO THE CURRENT SITUATION!
THERE IS NO POLITICAL SOLUTION TO THE CURRENT SITUATION!
THERE IS NO POLITICAL SOLUTION TO THE CURRENT SITUATION!

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 11:05 AM

For the love of God, it is a spiritual problem and requires a spiritual solution…

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:12

if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

ITguy on February 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM

KingGold on February 22, 2013 at 10:44 AM

You are so misguided on so many levels that it is hard to know where to begin. McCain, Romney and all the RINOs are as dangerous as democrats because they are suppose to be the opposition. Without opposition, without people willing to stand for conservative principals, Obama and the democrats get whatever they want. McCain, who is the worst of all the capitulators, is more responsible for this mess than any person other than the President. Why? Because McCain refused to take on Obama in the 2008 campaign. Mccain would not allow Obama’s past to be brought up. For example, when Palin said that Obama palled “around with terrorists” McCain rushed to the cameras to issue an apology even though the allegation was true. McCain, being the great compromising capitulator that he is, even said that Obama would be a good President when he was running against him. McCain has, on too many occasions to count, sided with the democrats and has caused bad legislation to pass.

fight like a girl on February 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM

KingGold on February 22, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Let’s review:

Last year the GOPe stole defeat out of the jaws of victory when they put in place Mitt Romneycare, thereby removing the WINNING issue of getting rid of 0bamaCare. Rove supported that.

I’ve been an avid listener of talk radio for over a decade. During that time I got involved at the grass roots level, became a poll watcher, opened MIGOP Victory Centers for years, and finally became an elected delegate who goes to MIGOP Conventions to elect the best leadership and representatives offered.

So, aside from blasting those who demand better candidates and fight against those who have COST US ELECTIONS WE SHOULD HAVE WON, what have you DONE? What have you actually DONE aside from whine and complain? ARE YOU AT ALL INVOLVED? I really would like to know who you, the nit picker of conservative talk radio, IS.

If not, WHY NOT? If not you, who will do the work needed to get rid of the current Communist styled Regime?

American’s ALWAYS gets the government they deserve!

DannoJyd on February 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

I do, but I am not sure how that makes my earlier criticism of listen2glenn’s statement contradictory?

Not contradictory exactly, but perhaps not fully thought out.

Don’t want to get in a tired theological debate, but I think Christian’s can fight without reverting to Dark Age level of heresy where the end result is death to the opposition.

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Well, now you’re employing a strawman. I doubt Listen2glenn, or any other Christian posting today, is calling for anything even approaching that. I think you and I are closer in our thinking than you think we are. We’re probably just using different assumptions about reality.

Cleombrotus on February 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 11:1

Rush isn’t relevant but we all are talking about a simple quote INCLUDING YOU. You really don’t make any sense and the reaction to Limbaugh by the other side doesn’t jive with his being irrelevant.

Why don’t you explain who IS relevant and then I think we can idea how wrong you are but I bet you don’t have the balls to expose your idea of “relevant” to critique.

Conan on February 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Love the guy, but he simply did not make any difference in the long run. Why some of you are taking this like a personal insult explains a lot of the issues with the dysfunction of the conservative political movement.

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Here’s the problem with you and repubchica:

You two think you know everything. Just because Rush isn’t telling the two of you anything you both don’t already know doens’t mean it’s the same for everyone else.

Rush could be informing others on a daily, weekly, or a monthly basis of new information. He could be motivating many others to get involved.

At the least when Rush stands strong it gives good hope for us as opposed to other clowns in the GOPe who bend and cave on everything. If you listened to the RINO’s like Krauthammer and Foxnews you would think conservatives are done and we need to moderate. Rush stands out in contrast to stand strong, to repeat Reagan’s principles that properly articulated conservatism wins.

LevinFan on February 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM

The current internal strife on the right is the best thing Obama could hope for, and until the right unites, he’s going to keep winning. Which is why the talk radio crowd’s focus on “country-club Republicans” is precisely the wrong thing.

KingGold on February 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

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We unite around a “recognition of God”, or we don’t unite.

listens2glenn on February 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Are you a liberal???

LevinFan on February 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM

This is your simplistic retort to every challenge on this board. You sound like some cult freak from Children of the Corn.

OUTLANDERRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!

Millions of us had the “intelligence” to see what Obama was at the beginning. He was a leftist…like Clinton…like Carter. You do know that liberals did exist before you started listening to AM radio.

If Rush has such huge balls why did he puss out like a bitch on the Fluke issue?

Oh and I have actually met the guy in real life…have you?

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM

I’m tired of being a reactionary and have decided to accept the New Normal.

So, forget about abortion and provide amnesty for illegals now.

Bishop on February 22, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Conan on February 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM

The thing missing from Rush’s content but present in Levin’s is outrage.

Cleombrotus on February 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM

You sound like someone who’s jealous of Rush’s ability to make money. Sound just like the DNC attacking Romney and the rich.

LevinFan on February 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Yeah, sure. That’s why I very happily assisted in helping him to get there. Don’t play straw games, it’s what a Leftist would do at the hint of any critique to something they hold in high regard, without evaluating what the other guy is really saying.

Rush is one man, one personality. I respect the work he’s done, but don’t ascribe to him any sort of heroic status. He’s a man using his passion and talents the best, most effective way he can, like many writers and reporters in the conservative blogosphere.

I just don’t see where exactly we’re better and stronger (and cohesive) because of it. I’m beginning to realize it does nothing more than paralyze us.

RepubChica on February 22, 2013 at 11:23 AM

We unite around a “recognition of God”, or we don’t unite.

listens2glenn on February 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Until “conservatives’ recognize that this is the fundamental that needs “conserving”, we will continue to stagger and fall backwards.

Cleombrotus on February 22, 2013 at 11:23 AM

You are so misguided on so many levels that it is hard to know where to begin. McCain, Romney and all the RINOs are as dangerous as democrats because they are suppose to be the opposition. Without opposition, without people willing to stand for conservative principals, Obama and the democrats get whatever they want. McCain, who is the worst of all the capitulators, is more responsible for this mess than any person other than the President. Why? Because McCain refused to take on Obama in the 2008 campaign. Mccain would not allow Obama’s past to be brought up. For example, when Palin said that Obama palled “around with terrorists” McCain rushed to the cameras to issue an apology even though the allegation was true. McCain, being the great compromising capitulator that he is, even said that Obama would be a good President when he was running against him. McCain has, on too many occasions to count, sided with the democrats and has caused bad legislation to pass.

fight like a girl on February 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM

As Rush would say: “Right on, right on, right on!!!”

I’d like to add that Romney was almost just as bad if not worse:

He wouldnt stand up for himself after being called a tax cheat, a felon, and a murderer. I would’ve viciously fought back. Romney should’ve told Harry Reid to put up or shut up. ROmney couldn’t said I’ll be at this place at 5 pm with all my tax returns, either so me proof or admit you’re lying!

And it drove me insane that I wrote articles to the paper on Fast/Furious and Benghazi while Romney was too much of a coward to even mention it.

We need real conservatives who have balls.

Palin would be perfect but I don’t think she runs again.

Rubio sounds too much like the GOPe same old stuff.

Cruz would be great.

Rand Paul would be good too as I have concerns with him on foreign policy but at least we know he has a pair.

LevinFan on February 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Love the guy, but he simply did not make any difference in the long run. Why some of you are taking this like a personal insult explains a lot of the issues with the dysfunction of the conservative political movement.

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Because your statement makes no sense. Rush has made all the difference ‘in the long run.” Whether you like it or not, without him, there would probably be no Hot Air, no Drudge Report, no Fox News Channel…and the list goes on.

And there is no dysfunction of the conservative political movement. There is dysfunction among people who claim to be conservative. Conservatism IS NOT libertarianism. Too many of today’s so-called conservatives are pure libertarians. While there are some libertarian views within conservatism, there are many views held by true conservatives that libertarians do not share. Pro life IS a conservative position, for example.

fight like a girl on February 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

So, forget about abortion and provide amnesty for illegals now.

Bishop on February 22, 2013 at 11:20 AM

It the same old same old isn’t Bishop? If we just give them the next thing on the left they will go away or they will just hand over their voters to us and will not just move down the left wing wish list and use the MSM to make THIS next thing the issue that divides the country.

Total victory for Republicans is just one compromise of core values away!

Been there. Done That.

Conan on February 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

The president’s sequester strategy is like Howard Beale in “Network”: “Woe is us. . . . And woe is us! We’re in a lot of trouble!”
It is always cliffs, ceilings and looming catastrophes with Barack Obama. It is always government by freakout.

That’s what’s happening now with the daily sequester warnings. Seven hundred thousand children will be dropped from Head Start. Six hundred thousand women and children will be dropped from aid programs. Meat won’t be inspected. Seven thousand TSA workers will be laid off, customs workers too, and air traffic controllers. Lines at airports will be impossible. The Navy will slow down the building of an aircraft carrier. Troop readiness will be disrupted, weapons programs slowed or stalled, civilian contractors stiffed, uniformed first responders cut back. Our nuclear deterrent will be indefinitely suspended. Ha, made that one up, but give them time.

Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes…
Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!
Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!

Mr. Obama has finally hit on his own version of national unity: Everyone get scared together.

Mayor: Is this true?
Dr. Peter Venkman: Yes it’s true.
[pause]
Dr. Peter Venkman: This man has no dick.

J_Crater on February 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Love the guy, but he simply did not make any difference in the long run. Why some of you are taking this like a personal insult explains a lot of the issues with the dysfunction of the conservative political movement.

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM

I am not taking it as a personal insult, but I think you are grossly underestimating the man’s contribution to the movement. His radio show was one of the primary things that taught ordinary people about conservatism. Yes, he didn’t beat Obama for us, but his job is to try to reach out to people.

The problem is, I think he’s reached all the people he’s going to reach at this point who might be receptive to the message.

Frankly, I wish we had a thousand more like him given how effective the Democrats’ media operations are.

Doomberg on February 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Why don’t you explain who IS relevant and then I think we can idea how wrong you are but I bet you don’t have the balls to expose your idea of “relevant” to critique.

Conan on February 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Really…that is your idea of courage. Why are some of you so caught up on finding some conservative celebrity to latch on to?

Relevant in what context? You mean what one conservative celeb is going to turn around decades of leftist cultural infection?

There is not one.

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Yeah, sure. That’s why I very happily assisted in helping him to get there. Don’t play straw games, it’s what a Leftist would do at the hint of any critique to something they hold in high regard, without evaluating what the other guy is really saying.

Rush is one man, one personality. I respect the work he’s done, but don’t ascribe to him any sort of heroic status. He’s a man using his passion and talents the best, most effective way he can, like many writers and reporters in the conservative blogosphere.

I just don’t see where exactly we’re better and stronger (and cohesive) because of it. I’m beginning to realize it does nothing more than paralyze us.

RepubChica on February 22, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Again you’re the one who sounds like a leftist.

You have a deep lack of appreciation for what Rush has already done for the conservative movement. I may not be schooling you right now on this very blog if it weren’t for Rush.

Just because it no longer does you any good to listen to him doesn’t mean that’s the case for millions of others.

LevinFan on February 22, 2013 at 11:26 AM

KingGold on February 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Why do you think so poorly of people? Especially conservatives. What specific actions have been taken that we all follow some Pied Piper? At least 51% of the country voted for Obama, I don’t own gold nor know anyone who does. Calling my reply “a lot of nothing” and insulting what most people would consider like minded friends, sort of flies in the face of your little speech about peacefully working out differences. You are just another person who thinks that their view is the only view and everyone else needs to shut up. Good to see that Obama tactics are catching on, why don’t you turn them to good use?

Cindy Munford on February 22, 2013 at 11:26 AM

I am entering my 8th decade. I remember what this country was, and I know what it has become. It is shameful. I feel as though I am surrounded by idiots in a country where hysteria rules. Little exists that is more disgusting than aggressive ignorance pumped by hysteria. We have been neutered. There are few Men left, and few Women. The fascination with zombies gives us a clue.

stillings on February 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

The wisdom of the aged.

Cleombrotus on February 22, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Bishop on February 22, 2013 at 11:20 AM

I think you got one on the line.

VegasRick on February 22, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Don’t want to get in a tired theological debate, but I think Christian’s can fight without reverting to Dark Age level of heresy where the end result is death to the opposition.

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

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Oh, for the love of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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NOBODY … is suggesting, or otherwise implying that.

listens2glenn on February 22, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Here’s the problem with you and repubchica:

You two think you know everything. Just because Rush isn’t telling the two of you anything you both don’t already know doens’t mean it’s the same for everyone else.

To tell you the truth, I wouldn’t ever want the burden of ‘knowing everything’. I’m crazy enough as it is with what I do know.

And I don’t fight with my fellow conservatives, so just relax a bit and lay off the personal attacks. We can agree to disagree on Rush’s usefulness with amity.

RepubChica on February 22, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Well, now you’re employing a strawman. I doubt Listen2glenn, or any other Christian posting today, is calling for anything even approaching that. I think you and I are closer in our thinking than you think we are. We’re probably just using different assumptions about reality.

Cleombrotus on February 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Hmm…it sure sounds like it to me? I must be missing the nuance.

Here is his full quote:

Right now, you have the luxury of saying that without “looking God in the face.”

That won’t last forever.

Defiance of the “code of morality” laid out in the Christian Bible, is death.

I agree that we are one the same side. Like I mentioned even as a life long Atheist I would rather live in a Christian society than a leftist disaster any day.

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Really…that is your idea of courage. Why are some of you so caught up on finding some conservative celebrity to latch on to?

Relevant in what context? You mean what one conservative celeb is going to turn around decades of leftist cultural infection?

There is not one.

ClassicCon on February 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Are there cobwebs in your brain ClassicCon?

I asked you to get off your soapbox and name a relevant person on the right not debate my attitude towards Rush Limbaugh.

Relevant in YOUR eyes if you need that much help.

I know you can’t because then your little argument falls apart.

Or is no one relevant in your eyes and that is even more telling.

Conan on February 22, 2013 at 11:29 AM

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