Sometimes, in the midst of the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it’s a good idea to take a step back and remember what really counts and what life is really all about.
Here is a short timeout from our political discussions, healthcare reform townhall meetings, and general-all around-yelling-and-screaming bouts.
I have enjoyed listening to Rush Limbaugh for over twenty years now. I clearly remember listening to him back in the mid-80’s while at work. I enjoyed the different perspective he brought to the day’s news and current events.
Now it’s time for Rush to learn some new tricks.
Anybody who has listened to Rush any length of time knows that he has the angry-white-conservative-male act down pat. You can count on Rush to give you the conservative WASP (white anglo-saxon protestant) perspective on any national topic of importance to him. Rush’s audience is comprised largely of males. According to David Frum’s Newsweek article from March 7, 2009, titled “Why Rush Is Wrong,” comes this bit of information:
Rush Limbaugh is a seriously unpopular figure among the voters that conservatives and Republicans need to reach. Forty-one percent of independents have an unfavorable opinion of him, according to the new NEWSWEEK Poll. Limbaugh is especially off-putting to women: his audience is 72 percent male, according to Pew Research. Limbaugh himself acknowledges his unpopularity among women. On his Feb. 24 broadcast, he said with a chuckle: “Thirty-one-point gender gaps don’t come along all that often … Given this massive gender gap in my personal approval numbers … it seems reasonable for me to convene a summit.”
He also has a firm grasp on the “I’m-scared-for-America’s-future” spiel, too. Many articles have been written by liberals about the sudden increase in pseudo-serious frantic rantings from the right since Barack Obama has entered the White House. Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, among others, join Rush Limbaugh with this type of talk on a regular basis.
However, Rush Limbaugh may stand alone in the “jovial-jester-who-speaks-truth-to-power” role. Rush’s sense of humor, irony, and gift for parody is unmatched by any of his right-wing co-horts. Two of the things that make Rush stand-out from any other radio talk-show host is his humor and his sharp wit.
But, now it is time for Rush to expand his repertoire–to move outside of his comfort zone and learn some new tricks.
For example, Rush could brush up on his “here’s-a-better-idea” act. As a matter of fact, the entire Republican Party should learn that trick. Just saying “no” to Obama and the Democrats is not a comprehensive strategy for a major political party.
Once he has mastered offering practical, workable alternatives to the policies tendered by the Democratics and President Obama, Rush could use some practice on his “here’s-where-conservatives-went-wrong” routine, too.
Few things are more disconcerting to the American public than the sudden shift from “everything-is-fine” to “the-sky-is-falling” and “the-country-is-going-to-hell-in-a-handbasket” mantras coming from the conservative right. Everybody is left wondering how this economy could get so bad so quickly when nobody was sounding the alarm under President George W. Bush.
Now, on a daily basis, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity predict the imminent demise of this country and our way of life after only six months under President Obama.
Finally, if Rush really wanted to stretch himself, he might even try the “Obama-has-done-some-things-right-since-taking-office” trick. Perhaps if Limbaugh used a small portion of his prodigous intellectual talents “on loan from God” he might be able to find at least one thing that Obama has done correctly since becoming President.
Give it a try, Rush.
Get outside your comfort zone.
We dare you.
Liz Trotta seems to have taken the gloves off in coming after Sarah Palin. Trotta says Palin:
- is inarticulate
- is undereducated
- uses her good looks and gender to get ahead in the political world
- is not a great statesman of profound experience whose banner is integrity
- has from the get-go been a flashy person who gets into a lot of trouble
- has no credentials for any job
Here is a link to the Max Blumenthal article Liz Trotta mentioned.
The suddenness of Sarah Palin’s resignation Friday raises the question about whether Palin is leaving to avert a major scandal. One logical place to start looking is the affair that has Alaska political circles buzzing: an alleged scandal centered around a building contractor, Spenard Building Supplies, with close ties to Palin and her husband, Todd.
What, in your opinion, prompted Liz Trotta to come after Sarah Palin so strongly? Why now?
Will Rush Limbaugh come to Palin’s defense? Or, will Rush sense a shift in public opinion against Palin and begin to distance himself from her?
Some may be incensed that Muhammad Ali has been mentioned in the same sentence as Rush Limbaugh. Or vice-versa. There is a perfectly logical basis for this title. And, you will agree once you have read the whole post.
1. They Were the Best of Their Time
Muhammad Ali was arguably the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time; certainly of his era. Not only did he face and decisively defeat the reigning world champion, Sonny Liston; he faced, and defeated, all challengers before being stripped of his title when he refused to join the military during the Vietnam War.
Likewise, Rush Limbaugh, without a doubt, is the most listened-to radio talk show host of all time. There is no dispute about that. For over 20 years he has sat atop the world of American talk radio, “firmly ensconced in the prestigious EIB chair,” as he likes to boast. He has taken on all challengers and remains the most listened-to radio talk show host in America.
2. Their Careers Were Aided by Hate As Much as By Love
Hatred fueled much of Muhammad Ali’s popularity.
At the height of his popularity Ali fought before millions on television with thousands more watching at ringside. His was one of the most recognized faces on the planet.
And, still is.
But, not everyone watching was cheering for him.
Many in the crowd hated Ali. Passionately.
Some who watched Ali box hoped to see history live, or as near to it as they could afford. They wanted to see the “loudmouth” boxer brought down a notch–to see the “Louisville Lip” finally get what he deserved.
They wanted to see Muhammad Ali lose.
And, they wanted to be there when it happened.
Muhammad Ali was aware that not everyone in the crowds wanted to see him win. He turned their hate to his advantage.
What he wanted most was for them to pay to see him fight. And they did.
You see, not only was Ali a consumate fighter. He was also a brilliant self-promoter par excellence, with few equals in the world.
One person who is also a brilliant self-promoter and equal to Muhammad Ali is political commentator Rush Limbaugh.
While being no match for Ali physically, Limbaugh does compare favorably to Ali in the using-hatred-to-make-a-profit area.
Hatred fuels much of Rush Limbaugh’s popularity also.
- Rush Limbaugh is at the height of his popularity right now. Indeed, like Ali, his talent is rare.
- His audience is large.
- Not everyone who listens to his show shares his beliefs. And, he knows it.
- His main concern, again like Ali, is to get people inside the tent.
Many people listen to Rush Limbaugh because they disagree with what he says. Yet, they listen to hear firsthand the things he says. No doubt, many yell at their radios in response to some statement Rush just made that they know is inaccurate.
Rush is aware of this anger against him. In Salon’s April 1, 2009 article titled “Rusty and Me,” penned by Limbaugh’s cousin, Julie Limbaugh, Rush counts on hatred to spark his financial success. According to Julie Limbaugh:
Rush once told me, “The only way to make millions is for half the nation to hate you.” He told me this at his mom’s funeral when I was 13, and I think the reason he was talking business was because he was trying not to look so sad. It’s funny how the subject of half the nation hating him could effectively lighten his mood. I wanted to say, “But I don’t want half the nation to hate you.”
3. All Things Must Come to An End
Nobody remains champ forever. Muhammad Ali’s reign as the heavyweight champion of the world eventually came to an end. Like all those before him: John L. Sullivan, Jack Johnson, James J. Jeffries, Jess Willard, Gene Tunney, Max Schmeling, and Rocky Marciano–to name a few–and those who followed him, no one remains champion forever. Eventually, either the combined effect of landed blows, the gradual decline in physical prowess, some upstart challenger or Father Time will humble the greatest of champions.
Some championships end in voluntary resignation of the crown. But, few know when to give it up.
Muhammad Ali’s time has already come.
One day Rush Limbaugh will no longer be the top radio talk show host. His reign will, too, come to an end. Who his eventual succesor will be is not clear at this time. Some say Sean Hannity is the likely replacement for Rush.
Regardless, Rush will not be around forever. Perhaps he is grooming someone to take his place. Perhaps not.
- Both were the greatest of their time.
- Both their careers were aided by hatred as much as by love.
- Both will eventually be followed by someone greater.
Both of these great men will one day pass from center stage due to age, wear-and-tear, or decline in ability and/or popularity. Simply put: they will no longer be at the pinnacle of their profession.
One already has moved on. How much longer does Rush have?
A blogger who goes by the name “Robbiebear” and who is an avid hunter and fisherman suspects sinister motives behind Rush Limbaugh’s decision to cut Public Service Announcements (PSAs) for the Humane Society for the United States (HSUS).
What sinister motive does this San Diego woodsman “Robbiebear” attribute to Rush’s diabolical liason with HSUS?
Cue the Twilight Zone music, please.
it for yourself.
The fact that most hunters and anglers are politically conservative tells me that something is going haywire here with Rush. Has the OxyContin finally rendered him “conservator bait” by frying one too many brain cells? Has he misunderstood what HSUS is truly about? Or is Rush just being Rush, in that he’s either been paid a truckload of greenbacks to parrot HSUS’ party line, or that he just does what he wants…and his listeners can go suck a salmon!
Give us your opinion: What do you think Rush is really up to?
To hear Rush’s Public Service Announcement #2 click here.
Give us your opinion:
If Rush had to choose between saving an animal or saving a liberal which would he choose and why?
___a. the animal
___b. the liberal
___d. both, but he would save the animal first.
In the Old Testament book of Esther, the word “God” appears nowhere in the entire text.
Yet, behind the scenes one can discern the unseen hand of God influencing events.
In a similar fashion, Rush Limbaugh’s name appears nowhere in Kathleen Parker’s June 3, 2009 Washington Post column entitled “Carnival of the Fire-Breathers.”
One can’t help but think of Rush Limbaugh when reading the following paragraph of Parker’s column:
The GOP can’t control who joins the party, and Republicans don’t have a corner on random crazies. But what the Democrats have that the Republicans lack is a moderating voice to neutralize the party’s more strident characters. While Democrats have Obama, Republicans are stuck with the squeakiest wheel du jour.
Which character has been the squeakiest wheel of late from the Republican far right?
Which character has refused to moderate their tone while attempting to influence the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor?
Notwithstanding the fact that Parker’s piece was obstensibly about abortion, Rush Limbaugh’s presence still lurks in the background.
Did you know there are two Rush Limbaughs?
- There’s the public persona who comes off as
- and pompous.
- Then, there is the private Rush Limbaugh who really is
- and generous.
- and pompous.
- and generous.
With all the tons of information on the world-wide-web, it would be easy to overlook an eye-opening article that gives a factual sneak peek inside the phenomenon called Rush Limbaugh.
I’m talking about Ross Bonander’s Rush Limbaugh: 5 Things You Didn’t Know
This article is excellent because:
- It is entertaining
- It is educational
- It is objective
- It is informative
All things we like here at Rush-Matters.com. Happy reading!