by Brad Nelson 6/19/14
A friend sent me this transcript of part of the June 17, 2014, Rush Limbaugh show. This proves again Rush’s superb ability to understand and describe a situation (“making the complex simple”), something I’ve been struggling to do. I bolded the part that I thought summed it up, but don’t just skip to that if you have time:
RUSH: This is Felicia in Sarasota, Florida, as we head back to the phones. Hi. Great to have you here.
CALLER: Thank you so much for taking my call.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: You’re wonderful. I listen to you all the time. I just wanted to say, my father and mother lived through the Depression, and my father was a member of World War II and his brother was in World War II, and my parents would flip right now if they heard what was going on in this country. I mean, seriously, with all these scandals, the VA scandal, the IRS scandal. They would just be so very upset about all this. I was so upset the other day, I almost didn’t listen to the news any longer. There was the busing and — oh, any goodness, it was just awful. My parents, I wish this country understood what those people in World War II did for this country. I grew up in a wonderful time period.
RUSH: Here’s the thing. In fact, I touched on this yesterday. It may serve me well to revive this piece by Peter Beinart at TheAtlantic.com. Here’s what you have to get your mind around, Felicia. You’re going to have to understand that it’s a different world, it’s a changing world, it’s a changing world demographically, and it’s changing with rising numbers of minorities, Hispanics, African-Americans, Native Americans. And you are going to have to learn to see that as a new age of tolerance and social justice. Instead of looking at it the way you obviously do.
You look at those people as free riders and takers threatening the America you once knew. But America’s changing. This is not the America of World War II. It’s not the America of the sixties; it’s not the America of the eighties; it’s not the America of the nineties; it’s a brand-new one, brought to you by Barack Obama, the Democrat Party. And what you’ve gotta understand is, to these people, the great America you remember was a fraud. That was not real. That was not real happiness. That was the result of plunder and theft around the world, oppression.
RUSH: Peter Beinart: “Fearful Republicans Hoping to Reverse Hillary’s Course.” Remember part of Beinart’s column was that this changing America, it’s got a rising tide. It’s a demographic shift, a rising tide of immigrants, Hispanics, African-Americans, Native Americans, single women.
It’s a new era of tolerance and social justice, and he makes the point that if you Republicans oppose it, you are going to hasten it. (Remember that part of the piece I shared with you yesterday?) If you oppose this, you are only going to make it happen. You have got to sign on to it. So, in other words: “The only thing you Republicans can do to be viable in the future is to support this and understand this is a changing America and you’ve got to sign on to it and love it and accept it.
“‘Cause if you don’t, it’s going to happen anyway, and you’ll be left out of it.” Of course what he was really saying was, “You don’t have any chance of being loved, adored, accepted, and liked, unless you join us. If you continue to oppose this and try to hold onto an America that isn’t anymore, you’re gonna be hated, despised, reviled, outcast.” You can see how the Republican Party establishment has bought into it and believes it.
It’s more evidence of what I started the program out with today. The only thing standing in the way of everything these people want is the Republican base, i.e., the Tea Party. We’re it. As such, we are the enemies of the establishment of both parties, the Chamber of Commerce, the business coalition with government. We are the problem. We’re the last to sign up. So a woman calls here in tears.
“This is not the country of World War II, of my parents and grandparents.” No, that’s by design. That country was racist. That country was filled with bigotry and homophobia. That country was denying people their rights and their social justice, and that was a fraudulent American era. We had superpower status, but only because we ran around the world and stole from other countries and plundered them and forced our way on them.
This is what they really believe.
With all due respect to Michael Reagan, this describes his attitude to a tee when I got a chance to talk to him last week. In essence, the prevailing attitude of the Establishment Republicans is that we’ve got to join with the Communists (the “Progressives,” if you will) if we’re going to be loved. And being loved (Reagan said in his speech that night that the highest priority was being “liked”) is what is most important. And we also have to dump the Tea Party and those “divisive” social issues. He seemed down on both.
Welcome to the Brave New World.
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