Burnard: Limbaugh finally crosses lineWritten by Don Burnard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Rush Limbaugh may have finally crossed a bridge too far, which I was beginning to think was not possible in the current GOP/Tea Party funfest. The GOP has been pushing more and more absurd social engineering policy instead of trying to address the economic problems that they created in the last administration under W, and have fought tooth and nail to keep the present administration from being able to even moderately attempt to address for fear that Obama may be reelected. Leading the absurdity as spokesman for old curmudgeonly white men everywhere, Limbaugh has been virtually unchallenged in his whacko world of lies and conspiracies until now.
It’s true that the hardcore Dittoheads are relatively unfazed by his comments, but the sponsors of the drivel that has flowed virtually unchecked from his mouth for decades have finally been awakened to the fact that his shrinking base is very much in the minority, and his antics could actually start to affect their bottom line. He’s led a golden life up until now that, if he had been a liberal commentator, would have drawn unending scorn of the conservative hypocrites that, in the name of “freedom,” feel obliged to tell everyone else except themselves how to live their lives. They would have pushed to have his large drug addled derriere locked up for life. The family values crowd would have been outraged at the number of wives he’d had. But we’re talking Rush here, and the same rules they would like everyone else to live by don’t apply to conservatives themselves. You need look no further than the fact that Newt Gingrich is still, although barely, in the race for the GOP nomination. It always reminds me of one of those old things my parents used to say when they couldn’t come up with a logical answer on short notice: “Don’t do as I do, do as I say.” As usual readers of my column will note, I’ve been a convert to the wisdom of old sayings as I age, but this one has always baffled me, and is one that I made sure not to use on my own children. In wisdom, it ranks right up there (or down there) with “Because I said so.” I’m not entirely sure I may not have used that one, but I am sure that it was more likely out of exasperation than a true belief in the wisdom of it.
Super Tuesday has come and gone, and for the life of me, I must have missed the “super” part. Everything seems to be just as it was before as far as determining who the GOP nominee will be. Once again, Romney failed to get any kind of meaningful victory, and so the universe’s longest slog toward obscurity continues. Even though I still believe that the powers that be will ensure that Romney will be the eventual nominee, no one else seems to be giving any quarter. Even poor old Ron Paul is hanging in there. Romney reminds me of the Stepford candidate, who will say anything he thinks his present audience will want to hear. This can and has been wincingly painful on a number of occasions. His southern strategy this week was a perfect example. Seeing Mitt say “Hey y’all” and talk about his supposed breakfast of cheesy grits was especially cringe-inducing to me. At this stage of the campaign, I doubt if anyone, including Mitt, knows who the real Mitt Romney is. His answer about what Rush had to say about Ms. Fluke was especially weak: “Those weren’t the words I’d have chosen.” I don’t think that probably won him a large number of the women’s vote. Besides, you have to question the decision-making skills of anyone who would strap their dog to the roof of the car for a 450 mile vacation trip to Canada.
Rick Santorum, meanwhile, is jockeying for the Great American Theocracy vote. He has completely subverted the will of the Founding Fathers by ignoring the separation of church and state doctrine that was a bedrock issue by the framers of the Constitution. He’s badmouthed JFK and says that people who believe they should send their kids to college are snobs. He’s been somewhat successful being the anti-Romney, but I don’t think he’s going to seal the deal with a majority of the voters as the best choice to lead our country back to prosperity. Gingrich did a better job than Romney in carrying his home state, but if anyone believes the president of the United States can lower gas prices to $2.50/gallon, well then I have some moon acreage I’d like to sell you. I hardly think a sufficient portion of the masses are going to believe that. Ron, so long, it’s been good to know you. And so it drags on until November.