Monday, August 22, 2011

“This Man Will Destroy the Party”

Just after the last Republican Presidential candidate debate, Rush Limbaugh opened his Friday show by stating that Ron Paul was going to “destroy the party.”  Not only did he enrage a good chunk of his listeners (probably 28% given the Ames Straw Poll results), he followed up by saying he is not going to take any calls from Ron Paul supporters.

So let me get this straight: not only do you think that Ron Paul is bad for the Republican party, which you yourself has said is in desperate need of change, but you refuse to be confronted by listeners for your comments.  There is only one word I can think of for this kind of thing: cowardice.  Rush Limbaugh is a big fat coward.

I understand if you oppose Ron Paul.  His ideas are probably too radical these days for anyone in the looter class to take.  As talk show host Jerry Doyle put it, Rush Limbaugh and his ilk are nothing more than cheerleaders for the Republican party.

Which highlights something that has been bothering about his outburst that Friday.  Notice that he did not say that Ron Paul will destroy the country, the world, our freedom, or our wealth but the party.  In other words, Rush Limbaugh admitted on his own show that he has no desire to see any change in the Republican party.

Yes, I am well aware that he has supported the Tea Party.  But you Tea Parties need to realize that Rush and Hannity and Boortz and the others only supported you in order to boost ratings.  They want you listening to them, they do not care about changing the Republican party and moving it toward a Constitutional ideology.  What they are trying to do is assimilate the Tea Party into Republican ideology because the Republican leadership cannot assimilate the Tea Party into their hierarchy like the Democratic leaders did with the Left-wing anti-war movement.

Perhaps I am just being paranoid.  But given various statements that Rush Limbaugh has said over the years, I can only wonder why he has not completely abandoned the Republican party entirely, given their continued disdain for the conservatism he originally stood for.

As far as I am concerned, though, Rush Limbaugh is nothing more than a large portion of the media class, looking to create the illusion of division when the end result is always the same.  If he or his ilk ever really wanted to change things, they would run for office and really change things.

So long as we have Republican cheerleaders such as Rush, there will never be any meaningful change for the better.  It is a shame because the Republican party has largely become just another side of the oppressive sword cutting through the liberties of the common citizen.