Skip to comments.Why Al Franken Has More Guts Than Rush Limbaugh
Posted on 05/27/2009 8:37:44 AM PDT by Mikey76
Allow me to begin by saying that I am no fan of Al Franken and Im not specifically picking on Rush Limbaugh. If and when Al Franken takes his seat in the senate, it will be a bad day for America. And I am using Rush Limbaugh as an example for all the radio and television talk show hosts, all the writers and bloggers out there including myself, who have ever despaired of the direction of the country, deplored the behavior of our elected politicians and thought that we had more common sense in our little finger that they had in their whole body.
The media has an important function in our society, which is why it is referred to in the first amendment. The ability to educate, inform and persuade is a powerful tool in the political process. But for all the words spoken by Rush and the other talk show hosts, for all the words written in newspapers, magazines and on the Internet, the stimulus package passed for want of one vote in the senate. Government health care, a nearly four trillion dollar budget, cap and trade may all be forced on us for the lack of one or two votes.
For all the talking, all the educating, all the informing done by talk radio and other conservative/alternative media, the country is falling rapidly into the black hole of statism. Why? First, while Rushs fifteen to twenty million listeners sounds like a lot, there are over three hundred million people in this country, over one hundred million voters. And not all those listeners agree with Rushs viewpoint, some are just entertained, and this goes for all of talk radio. The point here is that the vast majority of people in the country dont tune in to talk radio, they dont follow the news closely, they are not politically educated or aware. As products of a government education and fans of reality TV, they easily fall for a demagogue like Barak Obama.
Second, it is an us vs them approach to politics and this is encouraged by the behavior of both sides. On one side is the us, the average citizen who actually seeks to inform himself and those who seek to do the informing. Then there is the them, the political class, the people who actually make the rules that govern our lives, rules that are increasingly intrusive and destructive. Too often we have the mindset that we are merely subjects of the king who stand outside the palace gates shouting our pleas and hoping we are heard. On the other side of the gate is the political class who turn a deaf ear to our pleas because they are confident in their power and position. When the vast majority of the incumbents are elected regardless of what they do, they see no problem ignoring the interests of anyone but themselves. The whole system turns on its head. Instead of serving us, the politicians serve themselves. Instead of seeing ourselves as part of the process, we are reduced to servants of the political class. We fear them, they dont fear us. According to Thomas Jefferson, that is the definition of tyranny.
This was a primary cause of the revolution. Parliament and the king, three thousand miles away, were making the rules without any input from the colonists. They were free to ignore them because there was nothing, short of armed insurrection, the colonists could do about it. The colonists could not vote for any representation yet they were told they were British subjects and had to follow the dictates of such an elected body. Today, we have the same problem. Washington may as well be on the moon for the amount of impact we, as average citizens, have on it.
Finally, and this is probably the most important point, talk radio, and the media in general, is reactionary by its very nature. Commentators, by definition, are reacting to something that has already happened. News, by definition, is a description of an event in the past. Conservatism by its very name, is reactionary. It seeks to conserve the status quo, conserve the liberty that remains. If we look back on the last hundred years, or even the decades since President Reagan, any objective observer can see that as a movement, it has done a lousy job conserving liberty. Government has grown and liberty has retreated under both major parties. For all the growth of talk radio and the alternative media, its real impact has been negligible because it is reactionary and has no cohesive agenda.
That is why the progressives, the statists, have been so successful. First, they have a cohesive agenda and a long term vision. If all else fails they can fall back on Marx as an ideological rallying point. Everything they do is geared toward expanding the power of the state until everything is under its, and their, control. Second, they are patient and persistent. If something does not work, they try something else with the same goal in mind. They will use legislation, the courts, the mob, executive order, bureaucratic fiat, whatever it takes to get their way. Third, they manipulate language to confuse their enemies. Look at he words liberal and conservative. Liberal once meant what libertarian does now. Personally, that is why I dont use it. I prefer statist, one who believes in the state. Conservative now means bigot, out of touch, sexist, redneck, hyper-Christian homophobe. President Obama is moving this along at a rapid clip. Success no longer means money but the poverty of government service. Wealth is evil, freedom is slavery, ignorance is bliss. Finally, and this is by no means a comprehensive list, the statist knows how to set the agenda. We have been dancing to the statist tune for one hundred years. Some may have tried a few new steps but the music hasnt changed.
If those of us who love liberty want to save our country from the statist vision that is quickly becoming a permanent reality, we must stop being reactionary. We cannot be like the little boy with his finger in the dike because there is an army on the other side always drilling new holes. The dike needs to be rebuilt with an impenetrable steel and concrete structure we once knew at the constitution. The only way to restore the constitution is to take power away from Washington, not to simply stop them from acquiring more. Consider the original Revolution. Samuel Adams and his friends in the Sons of Liberty didnt just write letters to parliament and the king asking them to please not take away their God given rights. They had an agenda, independence, that they worked towards for twenty years through networking, protests, pamphlets, slanted news, property destruction and intimidation of government officials; whatever they could do to move toward the goal of liberty.
It is time we stopped reacting and started acting. It is time those who loved liberty started setting the agenda and removing the ability of our elected officials and unelected bureaucrats to make our lives miserable. If ACORN can rent a mob to intimidate corporate officials, it is time we showed up outside the homes of our elected officials with signs and pitchforks to get their attention. It is time we stopped being intimidated and started doing the intimidating. We need to develop long range plans to eliminate all non constitutional functions from government. For example, we can start with the Department of Education. The statist knows that as long as he can keep creating good little government robots through government education, his plans will succeed. If we return education to the state, and ultimately, the local level, we will once again have control. We need to defund the government. I believe, like Thomas Jefferson, that income taxes are immoral and therefore we should work toward repeal of the sixteenth amendment. Without the ability to take our wealth, it will be hard to redistribute it. The seventeenth amendment should go as well to to give the states themselves a voice in government as originally intended.
Ultimately, however, we need legislators who believe in the liberty of the people more than their own power who will introduce and pass such legislation. Al Franken threw his hat in the ring for the statist agenda. It is time those who talk a good game put some skin in the game as Joe Biden said. It is time to put up or shut up. Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty were not just rabble rousers. Many of them were elected assemblymen who shaped the course of our nations history. If men like Rush Limbaugh really care about the country, prove it. Do what needs to be done to change it. Take the pay cut and endure the media anal exam and put yourself in a position to really accomplish something. The statists have plenty of leaders, the lovers of liberty have none. We need a plan and courageous men and women to push it forward. Not career politicians but people who are willing to step forward as they did in the past to do a job that needs to be done. If it doesnt start happening now, if the agenda is not removed from the hands of the statist, the country our children inherit will be a nation no Son of Liberty would recognize.
I think al frankenstien is a no talent hack, i never said he has guts. i said i know why rush isn’t doing it.
franken will be the first we tar and feather....like the good old days, that is what happened after the Tea parties.
p.s. you bring the tar.
I agree that though Rush has 20 million listeners, the vast majority of voters never listen and know what he says through the lens of the liberal media. Lots of people have influence without running for office and let’s be honest, Rush couldn’t get elected dog catcher after what the lib media has done to him.
Conservatism is best represented by Rush, the problem is not that people aren’t hearing him, the problem is that the people who could do something aren’t listening.
That's also true here in Connecticut and probably a lot of other "Blue" States.
“Rush is more valuable on the air, getting this stuff out there then as a minimally influential politician”
Obama’s Supreme Court nominee could be fillibustered by one singel Senator with guts. Rush could be that Senator but he has said that he would never take the pay cut. I take him at his word- he’s in it for the bucks.
Al Franken is an ass. There is the major difference.
Have at it, don't even have to squint.
You shutter your windows?
I think the word you were looking for was shudder.
I think it was stolen. ACORN has had a big presence in Mpls. for years. Many military votes weren’t counted either.
the problem with spell check I suppose....always thought it was the same word.
Stolen, without a doubt.
14(?) precincts with more votes than voters.
ACORN. Enough said.
No Voter ID law. The dems keep opposing it (I wonder why?!), so we have college students from Wisconsin coming to vote in the cities.
“Found” ballots, different recount standards, etc., etc.
And with all that, Franken only got 40% of the vote.
If we had a Voter ID law, he would have had his a$$ handed to him...
First off, I have no blog.
Why do you assume a person who is adept at being a pundit is adept at being a politician??
I was referring to the writer of the piece, darlin’ - not you. I’m really sorry if you took it some other way.
p.s., well, since I’m originally from Carolina - will my “heel” do?
They are usually pronounced nearly identically as the “t” in shutter and the “d” in shudder are both rather softly enunciated.
I agree, Rush is more valuable on the radio.
blah blah and then you get to that?? Thats his lack of "guts"?
Rush should never quit his job and run for office, that would be a triple disaster. Now if Rush were to organize his listeners into an organization that could raise funds, buy TV stations, go door to door, hold local and regional rallies... that would certainly be helpful.
But to say this somehow has something to do with "guts" is ludicrous.
The Obama State Media would be uniformly opposed to him, they would run the most biased articles imaginable. There is no way Rush would be able to win an election, he'd even have to give up the most successful radio talk show ever, which would probably never recover after he loses.
No, Rush is a radio guy, let him be a radio guy.
Or he could seek to set up an organization that could take over the GOP, like Soros has done with his wealth, Rush could do with his listeners.
Al Franken didn't need guts, liberalism doesn't require guts.
Thanks. I didn’t want to “steal your thunder.” ;o)
I also neglected to mention the absentee/ military vote fiasco, but notice you have, so I think that about sums it up(?)
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