Limbaugh that is.
I have made no secret out of the fact that I fail to get warm fuzzies at the mention of his name or the sound of his voice. My Mom and Dad love him (God Bless them!). During my teenage years I was forced (not really) to listen to his railing rancor from our kitchen radio every day. Even then, I agreed with a lot of what he would say, but I bristled at the way he would say it. I just knew there had to be a better way. Twenty years later, I still believe there is a better way.
Today, certain powerful Democrats are working to paint Limbaugh as the mascot for the Republican party. The fact of the matter is, he does speak the mind of many die-hard Republicans. I do think he is a very smart man. And I think that any and all attention he has garnered for himself....has been very good for him. I do not think he is doing the Republican party any favors. The fact that he is smart enough to know this, leads me to be suspicious of his motives. Or maybe the ego trip is just too much, and he simply can no longer see the forest through the trees. Who knows!? At any rate, the combination of Limbaugh, apologetic conservatives, angry conservatives and some scoundrel Democrats are making a mockery of the Republican Party.
Why is this a problem? It's a problem because the Republicans must be able to show themselves as relevant. The future of the Party depends on it's ability to reach out to young people and be inclusive of diversity. Conservatives must learn to speak the language of the younger generations or face extinction. I don't think young people today even know what true Conservativism is. I think Rush Limbaugh would like to tell them, but he talks so loud, you can't hear what he is saying. That's the problem....his personality is bigger than his message. Not good. Not helpful.
What's worse is this notion that he cannot be crossed by others in his own party. (Think The Godfather, for cryin' out loud). I could rant about that for a long time, so I will wrap it up with one word.....ridiculous.
I cannot fail to point a finger at some Democrats here. In the interest of us "all getting along", it is clear there are some top Democrats who are not at all interested. With squinty eyes and wringing hands, Democrats such as James Carville, David Axelrod, Robert Gibbs, Rahm Emanuel and more have schemed in portraying the GOP beholden to Rush Limbaugh. And so it boils down to a game for these people. Real tragedy is striking America. Real dialogue needs to be happening across the political fence, and these people just want to play games. Shame on them.
Well, it's a free country! Let ever' one of em say what they will.....but just because somebody is sellin' something, doesn't mean you have to buy it.