With this statement, Rush Limbaugh effectively started a whole heap of shit with President Barack Obama. And nothing could have made me happier.
Now I'm not going to sit here as a mind-numbed drone and agree with Rush without consideration for whether he's right. But I remember the rush of "conservatives" "hoping" for Obama's success that triggered this statement. And I have listened to this statement from right to left and left to right. And I have heard every attempt to misconstrue this statement that the moonbats could come up with. And I have stated my goals and aims and hopes for the next four years. And most of you who read me regularly know what I have said.
I agree with Rush and I also hope Obama fails. Miserable. So bad that he ends up crying like a little bitch with a skinned knee and shit.
To clarify, I still respect the office, the man holding that office, and express my wish that he does right by the USA. But so far, I haven't seen that from the Obama administration. So any failure of him to implement liberal policies, or the failure they will inevitably produce is gravy.
But this is a larger issue than just Rush and his statement. Because part of his job is to say something provocative to get people's attention. And when you get the President's attention, you're doing something right. Obama in speaking to House Republicans on the Stupid Satanic Stimulus bill, said, “You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done.”
Yesterday, NO HOUSE REPUBLICAN VOTED FOR THE PIECE OF SHIT STIMULUS.
It's about damned time.
So I have three points to cover on this:
Listening to Rush - The moderate McCain wing of the party had its run for the White House in a year that Bush was sliding along the same path. The result was a disenfranchised base and a swing vote that had few differences on which to choose. So they chose the shinier of the two candidates. While this foolishness was going on, conservative talk radio and the conservative blogs (my greatness included) were yelling and doing everything they could to try to pull the faltering GOP back from the precipice and guide it back onto a distinctly different path than the Democrats. Instead, the default nominee attacked his own party when they showed spine, gave faulty lip service to the right, and finally threw us a bone(r) for a VP before slapping a political muzzle on her. Meanwhile, the president was ratcheting up the spending, culminating in the Dastardly Bastardly Bailout.
While I don't expect zombie obedience, the GOP needs to get back to conservatism, which is distinctly and diametrically opposed to liberal positions. And while compromise is sometimes necessary to get things done, compromising principles is the surest way to piss off your base while empowering your opponents. And if the vote on the stimulus is any indication, perhaps the GOP has figured it out. In short, you will be better off if you listen to people with principles consistent with your base and not liberals trying to usurp conservative themes and creating a government program for each theme.
That Amendment - In part, it says:
Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press....Agree or disagree with any pundit, no matter how much they may disgust and revile you, the only power the people should possess over the press is the right to not listen. And to give the government the power to have any control over the press or over free speech (especially a contrarian view) not only directly violates the letter and spirit of this Amendment, but is the hallmark of a totalitarian society.
I'll reserve judgement on what the administration plans to do (until they do it), but it does bother me that the president sees fit to try to separate the GOP from the loudest voices of their conservative base. Not surprisingly, I would oppose ANY attempt to take out any pundit for expressing his views, even if he's a complete asshat. Michael Savage jumps to mind. Or maybe Stuart Smalley when he was running Air(head) America into the ground like the will of the people in Minnesota.
Differentiation - Let me be blunt. I won't tolerate conservatives coming here and just viciously attacking President Obama. Very simply, for better (ha) or worse (until 2012), he is our president. And I have no desire to hear him attacked like Bush, who has been called and idiot, war criminal, bitch for big oil, and selected not elected for eight years straight, with no damned civility.
But, conversely, all of us on the right are going to hit Obama as hard as we can on every stupid big-government bullshit move he even things about trying. And that's the way it should be.
Oh, and a little fun mockery is fine. Otherwise it would all be too boring.
So buck up, Barry. It's on!