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Did Rush say he wanted the economy to fail? by The Elephant's Child

Rush Limbaugh’s speech to CPAC has been widely discussed today, particularly in light of Michael Steele’s odd remark when he referred to Limbaugh as an ‘entertainer” whose show can be “incendiary.” Steele has since apologized.  But the discussion, such as it is, from both sides of the political divide, has widely missed the point.

Rush did as fine a job as I can remember ever hearing,  of articulating basic conservative principles and belief in America.    He tweaked liberals, of course, but as a matter of disagreeing with their basic principles and the results of their policies.

Let me tell you who we conservatives are: We love people.  When we look out over the United States of America, when we are anywhere, when we see a group of people, such as this or anywhere, we see Americans.  We see human beings.  We don’t see groups.  We don’t see victims.  We don’t see people we want to exploit.  What we see — what we see is potential. We do not look out across the country and see the average American, the person that makes this country work.  We do not see that person with contempt.  We don’t think that person doesn’t have what it takes.  We believe that person can be the best he or she wants to be if certain things are just removed from their path like onerous taxes, regulations, and too much government. …

We don’t want to tell anybody how to live.  That’s up to you.  If you want to make the best of yourself, feel free.  If you want to ruin your life, we’ll try to stop it, but it’s a waste.  We look over the country as it is today, we see so much waste, human potential that’s been destroyed by 50 years of a welfare state.

Rush said that “more people than you know live their lives as conservatives in one degree or another.  And he said:

Spending  a nation into generational debt is not an act of compassion.  All politicians are temporary stewards of our country.  It is not their task to tear it down and rebuild it in their image.

The differences come in definitions of what is policy and what is principle. Principle involves inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; adherence to the Constitution;  the rule of law and respect for the history of America.  Principle says all men are created equal and you can make of yourself what you will, that we’ll help you if you’re down, but we expect you to stand on your own two feet if you can.  Policy says that people who are more successful need to support those who made poor choices,because it is not fair for some people to be more successful than others.

Rush reminded us that Barack Obama is spending wealth that has not yet been created.  If it was about paying for it, he wouldn’t do it because we can’t afford it.  It isn’t about paying for it, it is about control.

You might keep that in mind.

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I liked Limbaugh’s speech too. I wish more elected Republican officials were as motivating as Limbaugh.

I don’t know why Steele went on the Hughley talk show anyway there was nothing to gain from it. Steele was wrong to say what he did. I hope Steele is replaced before the 2010 elections. When Steele became leader of the party people defended him by saying he was a good fundraiser. Really it was another misguided Republican attempt to attract black votes. Republicans don’t need to pander like that.


Comment by Lyn

Suffice it to say that one comment from the President to Congressional Republicans (“You should stop listening to Rush.”) on the day Barack Obama went to Capital Hill to talk to only Republicans about the now-passed stimulus bill, was enough to ignite a Republican civil war. That comment led to Rush’s now infamous,”I hope Obama fails” line that split the GOP asunder. Now we have the spectacle of Eric Cantor, the Nancy- Polosi-is-mean-and-she-hurt-our-feelings-so-we-won’t-vote-for-TARP (back in September when John McCain was busy losing the general election.) Congressman form Virginia supporting the Obama administration in hoping the stimulus works.

Now let’s see if this picture works out. On one hand we have the king of the right wing hoping for failure of the new guys in office after doing so much to guarantee the failure of the old administration in the Dubya years with his doctrinaire “screw the markets” outlook and out-to-lunch commentary that was eagerly gobbled by everyone too lazy to think for themselves. And, on the other hand, we have former Rush acolyte Eric Cantor saying he wants the the new administration’s stimulus plan to work. Sounds like a plan, doesn’t it?

Perhaps this is the type of “bi-partisanship” that the President was working toward. Let’s have a nod toward Rahm with his reinforcing knife in the ribs comment on Sunday morning talking-head TV.

Meanwhile, it looks as if the Republicans are up to their old tricks; they don’t realize-yet- that they’ve been had.( Just like in days of Geo W.) And Rush doesn’t realize- yet- that his best days are now in the past. His influence is waning. His audience is more afraid of reality than eager to support his fantasy of a “principled” conservative movement that has the best interests of the country as its only motivation.

All I can say is. “Please, please, please, pretty please keep underestimating the political skills of Barack Obama.”


Comment by New Negotiator

Rush explained clearly that he wanted Obama’s economic policies to be defeated. He has already done far too much damage to the country, and his announced plans will be disastrous not only for America, but for the world.

Democrats, on the other hand, conducted the most anti-American campaign during the entire Bush administration that I have ever seen. They did everything possible to oppose the war, even as our troops were in harm’s way. They called General Petraeus a liar before he testified. They claimed the war was lost as it succeeded, and leaked national security matters to the press in order to harm the Bush administration.

We had eight years of prosperity, during which the Bush administration tried 17 times to cure the approaching problem of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to no avail when Congressional Democrats refused over and over to act.

Obama obviously has some political skills. It would help if he’d stop doing so much damage to the country. In 50 days in office, he has wiped out half the savings of most Americans, their retirement funds and their hope for the future, and he seems completely oblivious.


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