Commentary | Rush Limbaugh, along with many of the Republican old guard, seems completely unwilling, or unable, to accept reality. Their candidate lost the election to Barack Obama and Rush is still blaming welfare recipients for re-electing the President. In his twisted version of the universe, 52 million voters only supported the Democrats because they hand out free money.
“I’m not saying that the Republicans couldn’t do a better job with some of these minority voters, but you better understand why they’re not voting for you. In terms of the Hispanic vote, it is not because of immigration policy. Hispanics are voting for Democrats because of the same reason any other people vote for Democrats. They’re the party of free stuff. They are the party of Santa Claus.“
It should obvious that Rush Limbaugh will never understand how ugly and offensive his words sound. For most folks, the alarm bells begin to ring as soon as they read the words “some of these minority voters.” Rush reminds me of a Caucasian friend who refuses to confront his racism, despite the fact that his speech is constantly peppered with the word infamous “N word.” Whenever I remind him the word is a vile expression of bigotry, he informs me he is not using it to define a race; he is using it to describe people who refuse to work for a living. He always makes sure to compound the offense by saying “there are White “Ni**ers too.”
This is exactly the attitude that cost the Republicans the election. Mr. Limbaugh sounded more like a school teacher disciplining an unpopular student than someone trying to convince a voter to change his or her mind and support Mitt Romney. He managed to offend a good portion of the electorate by insinuating that their laziness and greed was somehow responsible for all the misfortunes that have befallen our nation over the last two or three decades.
While the Democrats worked as a team, and maintained a united front, Rush and his cronies not only projected their “us against them” image of America, but they applied endless pressure on the Romney campaign to comply with their beliefs. The talk of unity within the Republican Party is a laughable lie. Limbaugh acted like a cranky bully and he was more than willing to crawl all over Mitt for the slightest deviation from the Neo-Con ideology.
Instead of being true to his beliefs and coming across like a man of conviction, Romney went back and forth on a daily basis. Every time a right wing hotshot told Romney he wasn’t upholding the conservative philosophy, Mitt jumped through hoops to prove them wrong, and ended up putting his foot in his mouth. The brain dead fiasco of Romney’s Jeep commercial is a prime example of the sort of behavior that earned Mitt a reputation as the “King of Flip Floppers.”
Rush, in his infinite wisdom, admitted he likes Romney. He said, “Look, he may have not been the most optimal candidate, but he’s a fine man.” This attitude was typical of those who shared Limbaugh’s philosophy. They claimed willingness to work for the Republican candidate, but always added a disclaimer. One can only wonder how the voters re-acted to the constant in-fighting between Romney and the Conservative wing of his party.
There is a wonderful old saying: “With friends like that, who needs enemies.” Mitt’s friends managed to alienate many of the undecided voters he needed to have any chance to win the election. After Romney failed with the undecided, what chance did he have to convince Obama supporters to vote for him? Why would Democrats and Independents put their trust in a man who is endorsed by people like Rush Limbaugh?
Here is another fine example of Rush Limbaugh’s disgraceful opinion of voters who made the choice to exercise their right to vote for the candidate of their own choosing:
“But first, let me tell you, small things beat big things yesterday. Conservatism, in my humble opinion, did not lose last night. It’s just very difficult to beat Santa Claus. It is practically impossible to beat Santa Claus. People are not going to vote against Santa Claus, especially if the alternative is being your own Santa Claus.”
Republicans wonder why there are so many Americans on public assistance and Food Stamps? They are of the opinion that everyone who voted for Obama sold their soul for a pitiful $600 to $800 a month (Less than Rush spends in a month on his fat cigars). Do Conservatives actually believe poor people are having a non-stop party on their tiny monthly allotment? This is an absolute fantasy to frighten the gullible voters. Most of the unemployed would love to have a greeter job at Walmart and an chance to get the bureaucrats out of their lives.
Any President, who retains a shred of humanity, would have provided assistance to those in need during America’s recent decline. Despite the Republican claims to the contrary, President Obama gave poor Americans a lifeline by increasing Food Stamps and unemployment benefits. Maybe he even did it so they could eat, instead of just trying to buy their votes. I’ m no fan of Obama, but I choose to believe he is not planning to destroy America. He is simply a well meaning amateur, who is too fond of big government, but there is no evil plot to turn the nation into Stalin’s USSR or Hitler’s Germany.
Even in defeat, the extreme Right Wing of the Republican party clings to its bitterness and attacks the majority of Americans; many of whom are trapped in lousy $10 an hour jobs working for billionaires. They will never ride in limos, smoke a great Cuban cigar, live in a mansion or eat Kobe beef. They would like to own their own home and find a better job. They want their kids to have a chance for an affordable college education and a better life. Does this make them parasites or is Rush Limbaugh an elitist who is severely lacking in compassion? We will leave it up to you to decide the answer.
One thing is clear. The words of Rush Limbaugh, and the image of an incensed, angry Karl Rove disputing the election results with Fox News staffers, will stay in the minds of voters for years to come. When the next mid-term elections roll around in 2014, you know the Democrats will allow the words of Limbaugh and Rove speak for themselves and even more voters will turn away from the Republican party.
By now, it should be apparent, that Mr.Limbaugh has a different view of America. In his nation, people who are struggling are not allowed to enjoy any of the good things in life. Instead, they would live a mean, deprived existence that is essentially little more than three hots and a cot. This is Limbaugh’s vision of our country; a philosophy that cost Romney a chance to be President. The Republicans often accuse the Democrats of promoting violence and civil disorder to make points with Liberal voters. It is much more likely the world imagined by Rush Limbaugh would lead to blood in the streets. Read his words, and weep, my fellow Americans:
“You gotta have courage to face the truth of the answer. Under Obama, welfare rolls increase by 32%. Food stamp participation shot up 71%. There are 47 million Americans on food stamps. Obama strips the work requirement out of both. We have 23 million people unemployed in this country. They all have, for the most part, a telephone, a place to live, a flat screen, a car, and they’re eating.”
“That’s not the way people lived on unemployment, say, in the Great Depression or say in the 1970’s, even. You had to find a job if you wanted those things. You don’t have to now. And when a party presents hard work as its route to success and the other party’s presenting Santa Claus, what is going to win? Santa Claus is free stuff. The other side is stuff that you work for and earn. This is where the country is. It’s not sour grapes.”
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