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Rush Limbaugh Turns 25

Well, you know what I mean.

Rush celebrated his 25th anniversary on the air yesterday. I thought I’d provide you a quote from his show Thursday which pretty much sums up what he’s be fighting against all these year.

Let me try it this way. For 25 years I’ve been trying to explain liberalism to people. I’ve come up with as many different ways to explain it as I’ve engaged in. Let’s put it this way. And by no means is this the best or the final. I’m gonna be struggling with this for as long as I do this. What liberals want will never happen on its own. People will not live the way liberals want if left to their own devices, because people will not build walls to keep themselves in places that they don’t want to be, such as the Soviet Union, such as China, such as Cuba. Those places are all run by liberals. You can call ’em communists or socialists or whatever.

Left to their own devices, in a free country, people will not choose liberalism. If they want to eat salt, they’ll eat it. If they want to eat trans fats, they’ll eat it. If they want to eat beef, they’ll eat it. The only way liberals can get you to live the way they want you to is to deny you freedom to do what you want to do. And they’re not happy with you living and thinking in ways other than the way they live and think. You must conform. If you dare speak outside the acceptable liberal norms, they’re gonna come after you. They’re gonna do their best to destroy whoever does that so that that person or group of people will not persuade others.

Liberals cannot survive in an unrigged contest in the arena of ideas. They are not about ideas. Liberals are not about choice; they are about imposition. The way they live, the way they believe, must be imposed on people, otherwise they won’t do it on their own. It’s taken them 50, 60 years to get to this point of conditioning people, of taking hold of the education system, the university, academia system, the media. It’s taken a long time to condition people not to stand up for themselves, not to exercise freedom, not to speak outside the acceptable norms. What is political correctness but speech censorship, is all it is.

The liberals have taken over the culture. I grew up listening to the mainstream media, and I’m not sure I thought there was much good about this country until high school, when I started thinking and reading for myself.

Having spent decades, as Rush discusses, seizing the culture, the left is now engaged in two major projects: Grow dependency on government (Obamacare) and speed the growth of the population that doesn’t understand American values (illegal immigrants) while making sure you use the culture to teach the newcomers that American values are personified by the Democratic Party.

Illegal immigrants come for cultures that don’t value limited government. Many illegal immigrants may be hard working, but conservatives are kidding themselves if they think this translates into some kind of libertarianism. Illegal immigrants will always vote Democratic, hoping for and expecting government help as they work their way up and not understanding how the government’s presence in their lives is counterproductive.

Perhaps their children will be conservatives. But by then, Rush will be off the air, doctors will all be working in the Well Being Providers Division of the Department of Health and Human Services, and it will all be much, much too late.

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21 Responses to Rush Limbaugh Turns 25

  1. JoniMitchell recorded a song in 1969 titled “Both Sides, Now” and that’s the first thing that came to mind when I read what MrLimbaugh called his description of liberalism. He’s right, he knows what liberalism is today, but the same thing could have been said about conservatism yesterday.
    To the conservative of yesterday, free thinking was frowned upon, those who didn’t adhere to current social mores were shunned or shamed, and penalties were imposed on the “others” who were not like “us”. For instance, a pregnancy outside marriage was shameful enough that parents would disavow knowing the young mother, refuse to allow her in their home and cast her out to fend for herself.
    Careers were ruined if thoughts or deeds went against the current thinking. Associating with “others” of a different race, ethnic group, or religion was frowned upon and could hold great consequences.
    The old days were not always the “good old days”, and not much different than today.

    There isn’t much difference between liberal and conservative thinking when it comes to deciding how other people should live their lives or what they should think. The closest ideology that allows for real freedom is the libertarian style and too many people are attuned to having the government or authorities look out for their best interests to find any value in going it alone.

    • I’ve been a conservative all my life, and my life experiences are completely different from your description. I’ve always believed in live and let live, just don’t try to impose your liberal ideology on me or ask me to pay for your mistakes.

    • I don’t know where you get the idea that what you described is “conservatism”; it sounds more like right wing progressivism which is pretty much just the opposite side of the same coin, like Bush/ Obama.

      • I have big shoulders, so here goes:
        It wasn’t that long ago that every schoolchild had to read from the Christian Bible and recite a Christian prayer at the start of the schoold day. Only Christian holidays were celebrated in schools, businesses, and government buildings. To some extent, Christian holidays and teachings are still implemented across America, even though we are a nation of many religions.
        Because we couldn’t celebrate all religions, the courts decided we would celebrate none.
        Society determined that women were not suited to work in certain professions, and that they must dress a certain way in public.
        Blacks were not permitted to do anything that Whites didn’t allow, weren’t allowed to live wherever they choose, and were poor treated by the racist attitudes left over from the days of slavery.
        That’s just a few instances, but what group was responsible? Was it conservative values that forced school prayers, or liberal progressives? Was it the liberals among us who determined that women needed to be monitored with a certain set of rules and values?
        The Dems claim they did a 180 from the days of the KKK, but did they really?

        • srdem65, I see your point, and I’m old enough to remember many of examples you brought forth, but I still don’t equate your examples with conservatism.

          When I was growing up the first president I vaguely remember was Eisenhower, and from there Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and you know the rest. The only conservative I see in that group is Reagan. And yet much of what you described I experienced under two republicans (RINOS), three democrats, and one right wing progressive (Nixon).

        • I grew up in the desert Southwest during the 50’s and 60’s. Throughout my 12 years of basic education I’ve never been forced to read from the Bible in school. Yes, we put our hands over our heart when the Star Spangled Banner played and we recited the Pledge of Allegiance. The first contact I ever had with a liberal was my 10th grade Biology teacher who told the class she would fail us if we didn’t admit that man evolved from the ape. She quit before she was able to carry out her threat.

          My Dad was in the Navy during the Korean war and he worked as a military contractor on Army missile systems for as long as I can remember. We always lived near military bases so most of my friends were military brats of every color of the rainbow. In fact, as a blonde haired, blue-eyed kid of Irish descent, I was the minority among my peers believe it or not. Thankfully, I didn’t grow up in the same America as you did, srdem.

          • These things SrDem cites were “the way it was,” rarely questioned until the late 50s and 60s. It would not associate them with a party or school of thought–people stuck with their own, then it was called segregation, then it was mixed up and redealt. People gave their lives to do that. I think we have made a lot of changes, if not continuous progress. It’s difficult to mix all races and ideologies. America plugs along. But I do think we are at a weird point right now. The social mores changed for the worst, gangs, out-of-wedlock babies (mine was one), professional agitators, trashy music, and above all, a rapidly morphing economic structure in which many are left behind and even govt is too broke to do anything about it, if people did want to go that route. I am restating the problem–I have no answers. Except that we all need good intentions, communication, and some respect–not lies and name-calling and repetitive insults.

  2. What can one add? Well, I’m happy that Limbaugh’s sponsors have been coming back. Election time reports of Limbaugh’s demise have turned out to be exaggerated (sorry, Samuel).

    My parents were immigrants and one big difference I’ve noticed between their generation and the current one is that the idea of the melting pot was the goal earlier. I remember seeing on Ken Burns’s baseball series how companies and plants formed amateur baseball teams for immigrants to learn to become part of the American culture. That was my Dad’s experience. Today there is no desire for a melting pot to form us into one united nation. Today the politicians want to Balkanize our country by ethnicity and race. Ironic for me because that’s where my parents came from: the Balkans.

  3. I now have one entire foot out the door. I stayed and voted. If Obamacare is implemented and Immigration passes this will no longer be the United States of America. It will be the Socialist States of Amerika. Been there, seen that, done that.

  4. Let’s not get carried away here.
    Limbaugh is a performer. Yes, he’s successful but he’s not a rocket scientist.
    If his solutions are so darn good, why doesn’t he run for President?

    • When Rush first became “famous,” he gave the commencement address at his high school alma mater. I was in the audience. His remarks were encouraging and entertaining…and interesting. I remember one particular remark…cannot remember the exact quote – but essentially he told the high school graduates that not every one is college material. He said that he was not a college graduate, but that he had learned to read. So, he read and learned and informed himself – and they could do the same. They didn’t have to go to college to be informed of the truth. There was an audible gasp from the parents in the audience that night. I have often wondered if those remarks were meant to be rebellious and deliberately, shockingly entertaining – or if he truly meant exactly what he said. I think he meant it.
      (This is not a direct quote, but my own recollection/observation.)

    • “Limbaugh is a performer. Yes, he’s successful but he’s not a rocket scientist.
      If his solutions are so darn good, why doesn’t he run for President?” – Melvin

      We DID have a guy who was a sucessful performer (as in actor, entertainer, etc.), and NOT a rocket scientist (actually gets in the way of REAL rocket scientist, but that’s another subject), ALREADY run for President. Obama won, too. How’s that working out for everybody?

  5. Liberals are all for liberalism when liberal ideas are just on paper, just an idea, but once liberal policies are put into effect even liberals rebel against them. Look at Obamacare: the hypocrisy is stunning as liberal unions and other liberal entities are squirming like Houdini struggling to escape the straitjacket of Obamacare.

    Liberalism will always be strongly opposed in this country and liberalism will always be something that we will have to tolerate/ fight against every so often like a bad rash or a hemorrhoidal flareup, and liberalism will never go unopposed or surrendered to like in Castro’s Cuba. Liberalism is like a disease, and most Americans know it.

      • Liberals are all for liberalism when their ideas affect others. They do not wish to have it affect themselves because they , being quite narcissistic, feel that they are perfect and have no need for anyone to dictate how to behave. They also want the option of behaving as a particular situation suits them best, which can be completely in conflict with their previously announced proper behavior.(For example, everyone must buy health insurance that can only contain no more or no less than what liberals feel it should have. But if it is going to cost more or have less benefit due to higher copays, etc., they are to be excused from it)

        LIberalism IS a mental disorder that results in seriously delayed development. Liberals are extremely child like, with many of the same behaviors and ability to reason and discern associated with a typical eight year old.

  6. I wish that Rush would learn the concept of “leftism,” which often goes under the label of “liberalism” but is actually illiberal in most respects. He keeps saying “it’s liberalism, liberalism, liberalism” when he’s really talking about left-wing control-freak statism. And he seems to believe that “progressive” is a recent euphemism for “liberal,” which is far from the case.

  7. Illegal aiens are serial lawbreakers. They have already proven their lack of interest in the U.S. unless it’s that their anchor babies provide the entrance ramp into social programs meant for citizens.

    I do not understand what makes illegal aliens different from other lawbreakers: the dude who steals your tv just wants the better life for his family that comes from having your tv to watch or sell; ditto the jerk who holds a gun on you and takes your money, he’s just more direct about it than the illegal-alien who takes your kids’ summer job bussing tables.

  8. Having listened to Rush Limbaugh for over 20 years, I am happy that he has celebrated his 25th. I know liberal big wigs have been trying for years to remove him from the air. So glad they have failed. His messages are excellent. It is too bad the MSM has denigrated him, and mainly they have never listened to him. So they always misquote him in some way. Best of everything to you, Rush.

  9. One inherent weakness to the conservative POV is the desire and practice to let people go as they chose . Unlike liberals who impose their beliefs and shout down the opposition , conservatives walk away from the argument . This most change . This may ‘ ruin’ a few dinner parties and family reunions , but no more Mr Nice Guy . A few broken relationships is the price of defending the Republic and a very cheap one indeed .