We all go to church, school, work, or social gatherings with people we have quite a bit in common with, but that does not mean we have everything in common with them. The commonality of the cause or event brings us to a common ground religiously, academically, professionally, or socially…and for that period of time…we unite. The White House is lamely trying to kill two birds with one stone, so to speak, using Rush Limbaugh as the conduit to slam the Republican Party and ease their way closer to the passing of the “fairness doctrine”. The Heritage Foundation’s take on the “fairness doctrine”: The FCC discarded the rule because, contrary to its purpose, it failed to encourage the discussion of more controversial issues. There were also concerns that it was in violation of First Amendment free speech principles. http://www.heritage.org/research/regulation/em368.cfm Let’s stay on the topic of Rush for this writing. Now, Rush is completely capable of taking care of himself, however, I don’t want the citizens (or Congressional members) of the United States to feel like they have to be “closet listeners” of Mr. Limbaugh’s show. The majority of the time he has sound judgment and wise analysis of national and global events. If you recall, President Obama cast Limbaugh in the adversarial role; there is no fight without a sparring partner. Rush made a comment which opened a window of opportunity for President Obama to turn some of the focus away from his continually poor economic wranglings which (I feel) are intentionally aimed at causing the United States to implode. Curious to note that maybe, just maybe, Rush is voicing the sentiments of the American people (Republicans, Democrats, and Independents) and this has our White House cronies wanting to squelch the verbalization before it sweeps the nation! With regard to the RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s short tiff with Limbaugh…I think that the “fail” statement of Limbaugh caught a few people…okay a bunch of people...off guard. Unfortunately, Steele reacted like a mom who wanted to “fix things” and in this case it was the way people might look at the Republican Party. In his motherly haste he overreacted and gave more credence (and ammunition) than was necessary. Let’s break it down. Rush: "This notion that I want the president to fail, this shows you the problem we've got. This is nothing more than common sense and to not be able to say it? Why in the world would I want what we just described: rampant government growth, wealth that is not being created yet is being spent? What is in this, what is possibly in this that any of us want to succeed? Did the Democrats want the war of Iraq to fail? They certainly did. And they not only wanted the war in Iraq to fail they proclaimed it a failure.... They hoped George Bush failed. So what is so strange about being honest and saying I want Barack Obama to fail if his mission is to restructure and reform this country so that capitalism and individual liberty are not its foundation?" We cannot read Limbaugh’s mind, but we can certainly read his heart! "I don't want the economy to fail. That is why I am sticking my neck out here. ... I am the one that is truly worried about this," Rush said. No one has to worry about crossing Rush...but they do have to be right to make him back down! Limbaugh doesn’t want to be the leader of the Republican Party...he has thrown down the gauntlet in an attempt to make one emerge!
Note: How can we find a leader in Congress when we can’t find a “reader” in Congress?
May God bless America…and may America deserve it!
Zanne Booker 3-03-09