Rush Limbaugh commands the attention of millions of listeners a day. His audience hangs on every word and they look to his faux Excellence in Broadcasting for ideological direction and marching orders when liberals and other enemies, foreign and domestic, threaten the beliefs they hold so deeply. So why now, after a decade made on their backs, is Limbaugh abandoning the Republican party? Follow the money.
Rush Limbaugh has always been a parasitic opportunist. Always; even when what he says flies in the face of who he is and what he believes. It's how he makes his living. When the American public was hot on anti-drug legislation, Rush declared "druggies" as incurable louts deserving of long prison terms and financial ruin. This was all while he was doctor shopping and hording hillbilly heroine acquired from his house cleaner. When his America drifted into the tarry pits of moral absolutism, he was extolling the virtues of faith based initiatives and exhorting the Godless, immoral liberals who complained such a measure was a breach of the separation of church and state that keeps the United States a haven for people of all (or no) beliefs. Of course, this was while he was before the multiple divorced Limbaugh was busted by customs coming home from the tropics with a Viagra prescription in another man's name. He is, as someone said last night, a drug-addled windbag. And now he's biting the hand that's fed his still fat head for the last decade and a half.
Yesterday, Limbaugh piled onto the hapless Republican party in a sad commentary that comes off more as a pity party than the adroit commentary of a seasoned political taste maker.
I feel liberated, and I'm going to tell you as plainly as I can why. I no longer am going to have to carry the water for people who I don't think deserve having their water carried.
So now that the party he's touted as the only saviors of American principles hasn't been worth the water he's been carrying all these years. Poor Rush, the pressure must have been crushing. No wonder he was hitting the Oxycotin.
Now I'm liberated from having to constantly come in here every day and try to buck up a bunch of people who don't deserve it, to try to carry the water and make excuses for people who don't deserve it.
So why do it, you might ask. Don't bother, Rush does it for you—just like the thinking. And he gives the same old excuse all battered wives give in that he can change the Republican party if only they had more time together. Of course, Rush never mentioned this when he was "rallying" his listenership to save a Republican majority or when he continued to defend a broken policy of American imperialism that spits in the face of the most basic conservative ideal of measured foreign engagement and NO nation building. But Iraq was payback delivered by his War President and the base (AKA, his listeners) loved it. So more water in the bucket, but Rush never strained under the weight.
I did not want to sit here and participate, willingly, in the victory of the libs, in the victory of the Democrat Party by sabotaging my own. But now with what has happened yesterday and today, it is an entirely liberating thing. If those in our party who are going to carry the day in the future -- both in Congress and the administration -- are going to choose a different path than what most of us believe, then that's liberating.
How interesting that Rush tells his loyal listeners this the after the election. The day after it's too late. Rush isn't alone in his criticism of the party, and that's the point. Once the polls went south on the GOP, everyone this side of Ann Coulter joined a chorus of criticism that the modern day Republican had lost his way and ventured too far into what is hilariously dubbed "big government conservatism" and fiscal lunacy, thus abandoning true conservative principles and unworthy of your support. This, six years after George W. Bush was elected—and then re-elected—on a platform that promised just that. All with Rush Limbaugh's unflinching support.
I'm not trying to tell you that this is about me. I'm just answering questions that I've had from people about how I feel. There have been a bunch of things going on in Congress, some of this legislation coming out of there that I have just cringed at, and it has been difficult coming in here, trying to make the case for it when the people who are supposedly in favor of it can't even make the case themselves -- and to have to come in here and try to do their jobs.
No, it's never about Rush. His is a thankless job of selfless dedication to the Cause. For him, there is no greater calling than the conservative movement...unless it pays more to shill for power hungry shits who dismantle the constitution of the greatest country in the history of the world and they do it under the guise or safety and liberty and freedom and Democracy. It's horseshit and when greedheads remove the promise of habeas corpus or when they defend torture and the subverting of the Geneva Convention and mortgage the future for the short-term (but fabulously profitable) gain of an ever smaller group of war profiteers and bumbling fools; when all that happens, Rush Limbaugh is there cheering them on. Unless it pays more to slam the very people you made.
And so I have to wonder when his listeners will wake up. I am not a follower of conservative ideology. I think it is a fatally flawed philosophy that crumbles when applied to real life (just ask the law and order touting Limbaugh), but I respect people who are true to their beliefs and call out those who walk as false profits. I respect Andrew Sullivan, Tucker Carlson, PJ O'Rourke, and the countless true conservatives who have railed against this corrupt congress and who have demanded accountability of a power grabbing Executive branch. I am wondering when the people who this week saw the Republican party for what it is will see Rush Limbaugh for who he is and leave him to mutter alone in the night.