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Limbaugh: Obama Wants to Destroy America

June 4, 2009

In an interview with Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh reiterates his desire for President Obama to fail and then takes his distaste for the President one step farther:

Limbaugh claimed that Obama was doing such a good job of destroying the country that: “If al-Qaeda wants to demolish the America we know and love, they better hurry, because Obama is beating them to it.”

Generally speaking, I find it hard to object too much to Limbaugh. He is an entertainer, not unlike Ann Coulter or Michelle Malkin. Their criticisms are so outlandish, their relationship to the facts so tenuous and their rhetoric so extreme that they needn’t be taken seriously as cultural commentators or political analysts. But with something north of 20 million listeners who think they are getting real news and analysis from Rush, his influence on the political opinions of his audience is undeniable.

What I object to, I suppose, is that in this world of unprecedented access to solid, objective information, so many have neither the time nor the inclination to seek it out. Instead, they rely on the partisan entertainment of Limbaugh, Coulter and Malkin…and then they parrot the outrageously biased slogans given to them by their television teachers instead of making an attempt at rational inquiry into the facts. (And it works the other way, too: Olbermann and Maddow, two people I happen to think are often right and always smart, have become so obvious and predictable in their snarkiness that there is really very little point in watching them anymore. They aren’t as objectionable to me as Rush because their partisanship is in pursuit of goals that I have some affinity with. But that doesn’t mean that I consider them objective sources of news reporting. They are not. )

So,then, what is the point of this critique? Am I suggesting that Rush keep quiet? No. Do I think he should be censored for what he has to say about Obama? I don’t. But I do think it’s important for those who have the access and the time to spend reading more objective and unbiased sources of news to not let the discourse be dominated by those who, in any real sense of the word, are nothing more than entertainers.

To that end, let me counter just one of the many groundless assertions that Limbaugh has made against the President: that he is a socialist. While that word has many definitions and has taken on many forms in the world governments in which it has become a dominant political ideology, the generally accepted meaning of the word, in its economic sense, is government ownership and control of a nation’s assets. When the Soviet Union still existed, all industry was nationalized under a central government run by the Politburo. When Castro took over Cuba, he nationalized all property and businesses. So how close are we in the US to that 100% state control over our business and assets? Well, after Obama’s highly publicized round of bailouts and TARP fund distributions, our economy is 99.79% owned…privately. The government now controls a miniscule .21%. (The chart is here.)

I don’t know if all of the decisions that the Obama administration has made with regard to our economic crisis are the right ones but I do know that he isn’t a socialist and that the steps he has taken pose no danger of moving our country towards Marxist socialism. (It is ironic to me that the two group most likely to talk about Marx and socialism in this country are the extreme left and the Limbaugh right.) And I know that because I know the facts…not the heated partisan spin of either the left or the right.

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  1. Peter A. permalink
    June 5, 2009 12:48 pm

    One remarkable thing about Rush’s statement above is that it may well be true.

    Rush is talking to Hannity here, so the America “we” (they) know and love — the jingoistic, manichean, anti-science, don’t-let-facts-or-pragmatism-interfere-with-your-hard-right-wing-bias America, the America where Rush and Hannity are relevant to elections and policy — could well be being demolished, with Obama leading the wrecking crew.

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