Monday, March 02, 2009

He Speaketh Not For Me

The press would have the world believe that conservative Americans are in a panicked frenzy to identify a mouthpiece for their principles, ideas and agendas. Since the election of Barack Obama and the perceived rejection of Dubya’s policies there are daily updates regarding the bungling, confused, unorganized and rudderless state of the GOP. A few thoughts come to mind when I am accosted by this ‘reporting.’ President Obama’s stimulus package was supported by 3 Republican senators and received zero Republican votes in House. President Obama’s recently delivered budget – although poised to pass both Senate and House scrutiny because of the number of Democrat members – will certainly be exposed to considerable pushback by the GOP members. And finally, I’d like to go on record as stating that Rush Limbaugh – the loud-mouthed, arrogant, self-loving, unkind, abrasive, anti-intellectual celebrity radio talk show host – is ill-equipped to qualify as a spokesperson for anything or anyone other than Rush Limbaugh. So, to review: Republicans may certainly be in a mode of reorganization and transition and they need to be. This party process goes on in every democracy and REPUBLIC. Secondly, even in their transition the GOP has acted with great unity and shall continue to do so. And finally, again, please do not acquiesce to the press’s (or the president’s) assertion that Rush Limbaugh is the new centerpiece of the Republican Party. This is untrue; at least I pray that it is. He is a road hazard to the progress of the GOP.


Blogger nancy.isbell said...

Thom you know I love you as a singer and song writer but on the Rush thing we disagree. Rush may be arrogant but have you really listened to what he has to say or are you listening to what other people say he says? He asks that you give him six weeks before you judge. I almost always agree with his ideology maybe not always the way he says it. I am unabashedly a big fan of his. There is a reason the liberals are picking on him and it is not because he is insignificant and irrelevant as they would have you believe. Nancy Isbell

March 5, 2009 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger Thom Schuyler said...

Nancy - I have been listening to Rush Limbaugh since 1990 - very faithfully - especially in the Clinton years. Ideologically I typically have few issues with him. However, I think he is mean-spirited, arrogant and a shameful representative of conservative values. Pompous, rich, loud, angry, immovable, holier-than-thou - a caricature of all the negative traits liberals try to pin on conservatives. No Nancy, with all due respect, he does not speak for me. Thanks for reading and responding!

March 5, 2009 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger CJP said...

Dear Thom:

Thank you for your comment on my Blog. You seem like a sensible, responsible person, and you and I certainly agree in our opinion of Rush Limbaugh. In fact, the above comment of yours about Limbaugh says it better and more accurately than I ever did. You are a thoughtful Conservative, someone with whom I can disagree, with total civility. You clearly see that people like Limbaugh, Coulter, Hannity, Savage, etc., are albatrosses around the necks of Conservatives and are bringing ridicule and discredit to the entire Conservative movement. They have hijacked the word "Conservative" in the same way that today's Islamic Radicals have hijacked the name of "Islam". As for Obama, his policies may be liberal, but he is doing what needs to be done today. Capitalism, in order to survive, must strike a healthy balance between the wealthiest few at the top and the rest of the people, who also need to survive. The economy is at the point today where massive funds must be funneled into it, in order to prime the pump and get the economy moving again. By paying some higher taxes now, the people at the top will help save the capitalist system, and they will reap huge benefits in the future, when the economy recovers. FDR did not bring Socialism or Communism to America. He saved capitalism. Obama is doing the same today. What Obama is doing now would not have been necessary if the economy wasn't tanking after eight years of George Bush. A rigid adherence to Conservative economy ideology will not solve today's problems. That would only make things worse, as we've seen from the collapse of the economy in the final Quarter of 2008, when Bush was still in office.

March 6, 2009 at 10:38 PM  

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