Thursday, January 22, 2009

I hope he fails


I've called him all kinds of names, from Limpboy to liar to Rush the magic blowhard. This time Rush Limbaugh has left me at a loss for a proper pejorative. I guess that puts me in the drivers seat as a "driveby journalist" but when I listen to him this time, listen to him saying he hopes Barak Obama fails as president, hopes the "liberalism" he represents fails and pretends it's all about the kinds of people Obama appoints, the decisions he makes, I can only descend into obscenity.

He blames Obama, he says, for a policy that includes massive bailouts and the nationalization of the private sector. I shouldn't have to point out the distortion or the irony. The "Liberals" he says, were out to get Bush even before Bush ruined the world so it's fair, even though Bush and his fake war were supported massively by such straw men as the New York Times, even though the economic policies Rush supports have failed consistently for 30 years.

Hoping Obama succeeds is "affirmative action," it's "supporting incompetence," it's advocating "socialism." He's the "last man standing" says he, but it's all about a better America for his nieces and nephews. I wish he were the last man standing -- against the wall, because if Obama fails to undo what people like Rush and the pirates and buccaneers he supports have done, the country will only be worth living in for the heirs of plutocratic bloviators and the world will be in ruins. If Obama fails, we all fail.

Was anyone ever so thoroughly dishonest, completely reprehensible? Perhaps yes. Did anyone ever make so much money at it, maybe not. Behold the man who hopes you lose your job and your home because it offends his Reaganoid ideology. Here's the man who avoided the draft because his anus was sore, here's the man who tries to pin a drug charge on his housekeeper. Here's his 51,000 square foot home on the Atlantic ocean in Palm beach where he sits in the sun and complains about being a victim. You bought it for him, because you hate America, because you hate justice, because you're a coward, because you think bigotry is cute, because you're afraid someone will pull the rug out from under your miserable life if you don't side with the people who kidnapped America and held it for ransom.

Our country faces a world economic crisis as dangerous as anything we have faced. You and I are more likely to lose everything we have than at any time in the last 80 years; Rush isn't. In fact the worse it gets, and as he says, he hopes it will, the more material he has and the more support he will get from those who insist we need more of what Reagan and the two Bush's gave us.

If Obama succeeds, if we succeed in turning around the economy, stopping the biggest incursions on personal liberty in our history and in extricating ourselves from the war Bush started for his own reasons, Limbaugh will become as embarrassing and repugnant as the equally popular Father Coughlin did in the 1930's when it became obvious that his policies were indistinguishable from Hitler's. It can happen. We can be rid of him. Yes we can.

2 comments:

betmo said...

jon stewart pointed out that rush seems to have a fascination with bending over and grabbing the ankles. i am simply hoping that radio goes the way of the phonograph because he and his listeners haven't seemed to grasp the idea of 21st century life. perhaps that's our saving grace.

Capt. Fogg said...

I don't blame the medium. He writes books and appears on television too.

Like a vampire, he feeds on the bubbling rage of people who are being left behind, who don't understand, who think they deserve a perpetual majority in a system where the majority rules in perpetuity and anyone else can "love it or leave it."

I'm not at all sure he thinks much about what he says and he can't be motivated toward introspection since he makes some 40 million a year doing just what he does: appealing to the mean spirited, the vicious, the ignorant, the frightened and above all the stupid. Besides, there's nothing else he can do. He's found the only way such a limited man can rise to importance; the dumbest, ugliest, most disliked kid in the class; what can he do but to be the bully, even if it means lying about and inventing faults in his betters.

He's one of those people who makes me able to tolerate our common mortality. At least he has to die, like the rest of us.