Sunday, March 01, 2009

Toxic Talk

I posted Dancing with a Snake last month about the GOP leadership vacuum and the nature of those seeking to fill it. Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel reminded us that radio blow hard Rush Limbaugh has forcefully voiced his desire for President Obama to fail. Emanuel stated, "I do think he's an intellectual force, which is why the Republicans pay such attention to him."

Without getting into the semantics of such a failure (would Limbaugh like to see the economy implode to mass starvation?) one has to question the motivation of the CPAC crowd during these times. How do they scream for less governance in a nightmare brought forth by lack of governance? What data do they cite to forward the argument that the issues of our society are best resolved by whom, CEO’s? The data hardly supports the notion that unchecked these characters solve anything for anyone but themselves.

To agree with Emanuel requires me to twist the semantics of "intellectual" backwards. Limbaugh may be an intellectual force, but in the anti-intellectual direction. Like George W. Bush, he is the non-analytical who rejects the slightest introspection. From the self-anointed mantle of infallibility, Limbaugh bellows his self-righteousness, facts be damned.

At the local level (hey, some of my best friends are ... ) I’ve enjoyed conversations with more than a few elected Republicans I’ll go on the record as respecting. They include county supervisor Ray Carroll, Rep. Frank Antoneri, Senator Jonathon Paton, and others. I also got to know (rather well) another local GOP politician no longer holding office that demonstrated what I think may point to the death sentence of the Republican party, blind loyalty and unquestioning allegiance. She supported W "no matter what." Even though Randy Graf’s positions in 2006 made him a ludicrous candidate, she worked hard on that campaign. Why? Loyalty to the party.

Remember the bumper sticker, "Question Authority"? President Obama has welcomed intellectual rigor and the enrichment of the discourse regarding the extraordinary challenges we face. One of the elements blowhards like Limbaugh have in common is that they have never held office or had to solve a problem in the face of reality. Neither he nor Hannity nor O’Reilly nor Coulter nor Beck has seen let alone touched the trenches of crafting and passing legislation that helps one citizen. Not only do they have no solutions, they don’t even have questions.

The rage and hate infested rhetoric inflames dangerous elements the McCain campaign unintentionally exposed at its rallies. Whipping the base into a frenzy does not expand it. I think the GOP exacerbates its difficulties if it allows empty headed venom to become its voice.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Mariana said...

According to Decartes, Rush&Bush et comp don't belong to the human species

3/01/2009 3:20 PM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

I think the Republicans are in more serious trouble than they realize. I honestly don't know what they stand for anymore. The "less government" mantra is a lie.

I recognized the exquisite image. It's the card for "The Devil" (Major Arcana Number 15) from the Chaos Tarot Card Deck.

The name Lucifer means "Morning Star." The devil was born into the light, and from light he takes his essence. The devil is an angel, whether fallen or not, and the card depicts a bright being displaying its wings with childlike pride.

Are you into Tarot cards, x4mr?

3/01/2009 5:15 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Nav,
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

Should the occasion ever arise, I'm partial to the CC Zain Egyptian deck the Brotherhood of Light produced at least 50 and maybe as much as 100 years ago.

A Jewish mystic gave it to me. Don't get me started on Jewish mystics.

3/01/2009 8:43 PM  
Anonymous Cindy said...

Neither he nor Hannity nor O’Reilly nor Coulter nor Beck has seen let alone touched the trenches of crafting and passing legislation that helps one citizen. Not only do they have no solutions, they don’t even have questions.

Exactly. Limbaugh is the egomaniac eager to rule a flock of lobotomized devotees. He doesn't ask and he certainly won't field any questions. Questions suggest an actual conversation. The party of sheep cannot lead.

I heard the other day that Rush is wondering why women don't like him.

Now THAT says a lot.

3/01/2009 9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RNC Head Steele noted that Limbaugh is an ugly "entertainer" and has since apologized in a pathetic display that must have the Obama team laughing.

What a circus.

3/02/2009 5:22 PM  
Blogger Sirocco said...

Dems are clearly launching a concerted effort to paint Limbaugh as the face and voice of the Republican party ... and, unlike the stimulus bill, Republicans seem willing to make it a bi-partisan affair.

3/03/2009 8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course he apologized to Rush. Jump Jim Steele.

3/03/2009 10:27 AM  
Anonymous David said...

How in the $#%$% can the Republicans suggest faith in the "free market" when we did exactly that under Reagan and especially under Bush the bozo, and the result was catastrophe.

The greedy scum "at the top" have totally screwed the pooch. I don't know how anyone can continue to cling to ideas clearly demonstrated to be wrong and a disaster.

We require a whole new system and a whole new philosophy, and gasbags like Limbaugh have absolutely NOTHING to contribute, save perhaps that by bellowing their bullsh** they muck up the Republican party to where none of them can get re-elected.

I'm not sure whether listening to their tantrums is more painful or amusing.

3/03/2009 2:33 PM  

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