By Mr. Curmudgeon:
Harsh reality has a way of breaking a man. That is certainly the case for popular conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh. Of the phony debate raging between Washington’s Democrats and Republicans over automatic “sequestration” spending cuts coming this March, Limbaugh said, “Seriously man, here we get worked up over 44 billion dollars — that’s the total amount of money that will not be spent that was scheduled to be spent this year.”
Then, like the substance abuser who has hit bottom, Limbaugh felt compelled to confess the absurdity of his long-held, kneejerk devotion to the Republican Party, “It doesn’t matter which party is in power,” said Limbaugh, “It’s the same stuff … It’s the same arguments, over and over. Nothing ever changes.”
Limbaugh also said something I am sure must have sent a shiver up the spines of “Ditto Heads” across the fruited plain, “Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in my life, I am ashamed of my country.”
The disappointment that surely rippled through his audience must have been similar to that felt by worshipers of cyclist Lance Armstrong after confessing that performance-enhancing drugs were responsible for his unprecedented seven victories in the Tour de France.
He won’t say it, of course, but shame can’t be attributed to inanimate objects … like countries. Nations are comprised of people. The precarious position our nation finds itself is not the fault of our grand mountain peaks, our coursing rivers or thickly-wooded forests. Out-of-control government spending, ballooning debt and all-consuming entitlement programs were voted into existence by the politicians who were voted into office by – us.
It remains to be seen if Limbaugh’s brush with reality is, well, real. After all, his popular radio show is built on the fiction that fundamental philosophical differences separate the nation’s two major political parties. His past “Republican good, Democrat bad” pabulum appeals to a mass audience incapable of breaking free from the two-dimensional thinking that is so much a part of our failed two-party system. And, as you must know, that two-dimensional thinking has earned Limbaugh a fortune, affording him a lavish palace in Palm Beach, Florida.
“Words mean things,” Limbaugh has said many times over the years. Unfortunately, actions, not words, are the test of a man’s true beliefs. Republican politicians have compromised with Progressive evil since the administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Many a Ditto Head will object to that last statement as a call for ideological purity. Arguing that compromise is the way of Washington and we should make the best of it. To this I say, “Enjoy watching the demise of your country. It’s death is the result of endless, cutting compromises.”
My hope is that Limbaugh’s shame may jar his listeners to reassess their kneejerk support for a GOP, which continues to fail the American Republic our Founders established and Abraham Lincoln died to preserve. That they join with the Tea Party in resuscitating a dead GOP by eliminating its political dead weight.
America paid a heavy price wiping the shame of slavery from our Constitution. It will pay a heavy but necessary price in breaking the chains of government dependence in favor of emancipation.
“The disease of liberty is catching,” wrote Thomas Jefferson to the Marquis de Lafayette, “those armies will take it … to their own country, spread there the infection of revolution and representative government, and raise its people from the prone condition of brutes to the erect altitude of man.”
It is to America’s profound shame that her citizens have allowed their representative government to return them to “the prone condition of brutes.”