Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Good question

Eli asks, "Why does Rush Limbaugh hate America?":

As you may be aware, the U.S. is in a bit of a pickle at the moment. Infrastructure crumbling, bureaucracy rotting, economy tanking, Big Three auto companies teetering, Iraq and Afghanistan simmering. If there's one thing everyone can agree on regardless of ideology, it's that we want to turn this mess around, right? Well, everyone except Rush...
Limbaugh is the fly in the ointment, the hair in the soup, the piss in the coffee, the rain on our national parade. I can only assume that Rush attended the Hater's Ball last evening:

We're talking about my country, the United States of America, my nieces, my
nephews, your kids, your grandkids. Why in the world do we want to saddle them
with more liberalism and socialism? Why would I want to do that? So I can answer
it, four words, "I hope he fails." And that would be the most outrageous thing anybody in this climate could say. Shows you just how far gone we are. Well, I know, I know. I am the last man standing.
Yeah, I'm the true maverick. I can do more than four words. I could say I hope he fails and I could do a brief explanation of why. You know, I want to win. If my party doesn't, I do. If my party has sacrificed the whole concept of victory, sorry, I'm now the Republican in name only, and they are the sellouts.
So, we're essentially talking about someone who looks at Americans as mere pawns in a chess game between Democrats and Republicans. Limbaugh wants to "win." I'm almost certain that I don't want to see what his sort of victory looks like.

Now, compare that to the following answer from Obama at a Jan. 9 press conference covering the basics of his economic stimulus plan:

Well, the — as I said before, Democrats or Republicans, we welcome good ideas. And so the challenge for all of us, I think, is to identify good ideas, good spending plans, that deliver on my commitment to create or save 3 million jobs. I want this to work. This is not an intellectual exercise, and there is no pride of authorship. If members of Congress have good ideas, if they can identify a project for me that will create jobs in an efficient way, that does not hamper our ability to — over the long term — get control of our deficit, that is good for the economy, then I’m going to accept it.

... So, you know, one of the things that I think I’m trying to communicate in this process is for everybody to get past the habit that sometimes occurs in Washington of whose idea is it, what ideological corner does it come from. Just show me. If you can show me that something is going to work, I will welcome it.

One guy is an unrepentant clown, as far from a patriot as someone can be. The other is a gracious, thoughtful public servant with an approval rating of 83 percent. Simple as that.

To paraphrase President Obama (wow, that actually sounds pretty cool), the ground is shifting beneath you, Rush Limbaugh. But we can at least agree on something: I truly hope that you're the last man standing.

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