Skip to comments.Beyond Mitt… the Conservative challenge to saving America
Posted on 04/24/2012 5:16:46 PM PDT by Starman417
In 1990 I knew everything I needed to know about Rush Limbaugh. He was a racist. He was sexist. He was an arrogant, rich SOB who didnt care about the poor. He was a fool who knew nothing about how the world worked. How did I know these things despite never once having listened to his program? Via the media of course. Despite having a Bachelors in Political Science, I paid very little attention to actual politics. As a grad student I paid cursory attention to the news and didnt much venture beyond what I saw on ABC news.
One day while arguing about Limbaugh something of an epiphany was forced on me by my roommate. He simply asked, Have you ever actually listened to him? As I stammered a bit I had to admit that I had not. It dawned on me that I was speaking quite authoritatively about someone I knew so little about Hence the epiphany. Not about the nature of Limbaugh, but rather about the notion of taking what media says about someone or something as gospel. Today I take virtually everything I hear or read with a grain of salt. When possible I compare what Ive heard with what I know firsthand. When thats not possible I make sure that I look to sources I trust for corroboration.
As for Limbaugh, I started listening to him and it took a while for him to grow on me. At first blush hes rather bombastic and just a wee bit arrogant. After a while however it became clear that at the core, he is, as he puts it Right, 99.7% of the time. One might not always appreciate his particular brand of commentary, but, far more often than not he is spot on in terms of the point he is making.
To this day, despite having the most popular and profitable radio program in the United States, Limbaugh remains a polarizing figure. He is a convenient lightning rod for the left as they seek to mischaracterize the conservative message he promotes. And they have done a great job of disparaging conservatives. From a sexist Rush Limbaugh to the Tea Party racists to Paul Ryan seeking to throw Grandma off a cliff, the left in general and the media in particular have done a spectacular job of misrepresenting conservatives to those who are like I was twenty years ago, too busy or lazy to look at the facts.
As such Id like to provide a little reality to the way conservatives are characterized.
Myth: Conservatives hate government and want to get rid of it. Reality: Conservatives know you need government, just not big government. They believe that government should be small and should do only those things for which it is Constitutionally empowered. Conservatives believe that citizens, either individually, as part of a family or a community or even as owners of corporations can make better decisions than government can. This does not suggest that conservatives believe that everything works perfectly without government. They simply believe that government is a poor vehicle with which to address most problems.
Myth: Conservatives are racists.
Reality: Conservatives focus on the rule of law and individual responsibility. Conservatives generally oppose affirmative action programs not because they hate minorities, but rather they believe in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. that Americans should Not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Conservatives dont believe that government contracts or school admissions should be forced to reflect the specific demographic makeup of the United States any more than the NBA or NHL should be.
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Really, just a wee bit? The man is overwhelmingly arrogant. My gosh, talk about understatement.
It is important to restate the obvious.
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