Squaring the Culture

"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

03/03/2009 (10:00 pm)

A $2 Trillion Deficit, and They Want to Talk About Rush Limbaugh

I don’t blame them. If the President favored by my party ran up a $2 trillion deficit in the first month of his tenure, I’d want to talk about anything but that, myself. So they’re trying very, very hard to change the subject. Whatever else I say, please remember; Rush Limbaugh is a diversion, the real issue is $2 trillion in debt, $2 trillion worth of payoffs to political cronies, and the largest loss of liberty in the history of the North American continent. Democrats are trying to change the subject ’cause they know they need to, the polecats.

So, the talk on the leftward blogosphere is all about Limbaugh’s speech, and especially regarding whether or not he wants President Obama to fail. If the Democrats can succeed in changing the subject, they could split the Republican party, because Limbaugh is a divisive character. And make no mistake, this is not just general interest, it’s a deliberate tactic. Even the Washington Post acknowledges it.

So, my reaction to the issue:

1) Anybody who says Limbaugh is the head of the Republican party is a) selling swampland in Florida, or b) performing a contortionist act by talking with parts of the body that are not supposed to talk. He’s a talk show host, not an activist. Actually, count on a). A Democratic party polling organization reported back in October that only about 44 percent of Republicans say they feel warmly toward Limbaugh. He’s not the head of anything, and the Democrats know it; they’re lying, and it’s a tactic to split the party and discredit it in the eyes of moderates.

2) I can’t imagine anything less relevant to talk about than whether I or anybody else “wants President Obama to fail.” President Obama will succeed or fail based on the soundness of his policies and his ability to lead, not on anything I want for him or not.

3) Fail at what? Fail to use all 7 letters in a single word at Scrabble? I couldn’t care less. Fail a physical exam? I hope he doesn’t. Fail to protect America? I very badly hope he doesn’t. Fail to turn America into a second-tier, socialist swamp? Absolutely, yes, I hope he fails at that. Fail to start his car in the morning? You get the idea. It’s a contrived, meaningless question.

4) Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the American system of government designed to maintain a balance by encouraging the tension between opposing political parties? Isn’t opposition part of our civic duty? Or, are Democrats now admitting that what they really expect is a one-party system, and they’ve simply given up on adversarial politics and representative democracy?

5) Correct me again if I’m wrong again, but wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that opposition was the highest form of patriotism?

What incredible pap. Democrats are shameless.

Limbaugh’s speech was simple, pure conservatism. The speech in brief: we love people, we want them to succeed, the best way for people to succeed is to give them liberty and get the government out of their way. Democrats love feeling like they’re the Good People, but nobody who’s counted on Democrats has improved their condition at all in recent memory. Republicans don’t need to rebuild, and are not the minority; Democrats know they have to attract Reagan supporters in order to win elections. If Republicans stick to their core values, they’ll win elections. Republicans do not want Obama to succeed at dismembering the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence, which is what he’s doing. Opposing the President is hardly anything new; Democrats not only wanted George W. Bush to fail, and not only took active measures to cripple his policies, but routinely destroy human lives. The end.

If you want to hear the speech, which was classic Limbaugh and fairly entertaining, Flopping Aces has the entire speech in 10 separate YouTube clips.

I enjoyed the speech, but I also had to compare what he said with the final speaker at CPAC last year, which was Tony Snow. Snow at the time was dying — he had Stage Three cancer — but his outlook was so positive that it felt as though he had one foot in the presence of God. I wrote about it briefly last Easter. By comparison, Limbaugh’s speech was interesting political analysis, but not anything to etch into stone. I think it is important to understand what Limbaugh says; but I think it’s crucial to live where Snow lives.

Now, can we quit changing the subject, and focus instead on how the Democrats have managed to spend roughly $2 trillion of money that we do not have in less than two months? That’s the real news story here.

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March 3, 2009 @ 11:15 pm #

“5) Correct me again if I’m wrong again, but wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that opposition was the highest form of patriotism?”

Love it.

It’s almost worth being in the minority position for this kind of clarity.

March 4, 2009 @ 8:27 am #

Right on target, Phil. The playbook seems to call for a combination of employing Alinsky’s rules for radicals, as well as the old gypsy pickpocket trick of creating a diversion while someone else grabs your wallet.

March 4, 2009 @ 8:36 am #

I take it ‘Jamie Holts’ is a machine with one of its button’s stuck. Either that or a guy with a bad case of OCD.

(Author replies: Holts is a blogger with a ‘bot sending out link requests, unless I miss my guess. His comments have been deleted.)

March 4, 2009 @ 9:09 am #

OCD and some crystal Meth I should think.

I think the dems do not like being in the majority. They do not like being on the defensive, which they have been with Porkulus, TARP, how to get people to accept bailing out people who bought houses they could not afford, all of the tax problems with nominees, Blago, Burris, Iran’s Bomb, the supposed “deal” with Russia to trade the missle shield for “help” with Iran, pressuring Israel to agree to suicide, stumbling with his dealings with England, Cap and Trade, an energy secretary that did not realize oil was included in energy, and I am sure I am forgetting a few. (Hmmm, when you see them written out, Obama has been a very busy guy.)

So what Dems are doing is not just attacking the other fella to divert attention, it is also getting back to basics for them.

March 4, 2009 @ 10:11 am #

You may want to delete Jamie, as there is a link (which I foolishly clicked) embedded in his name. And you may end up needing one of those “What is the second letter of this word” type of defenses against future robotic invasions. I guess this is progress, of sorts.

March 4, 2009 @ 11:02 am #

You know I was thinking about something else. We may be seeing a very odd confluence of factors at work here.

If the current decline in the stock market had happened in the same time frame during the Bush Admin, the MSM would be calling it a Crash and comparing it to past economic events, forecasting a second great depression, and so forth. This would in turn make consumer confidence even worse, and further drive people out of the market, making shaky companies even more shaky.

What we are seeing instead is the media doing their bit to help Obama succeed by downplaying as much as they can the economic data, reporting Obama telling people that it is an excellent time to buy stock, and so forth.

As bad as things are right now economically, the media’s slavish devotion to Obama may actually be softening the blows.

Of course, at some point you cannot simply say it is dark when the sun has actually come up. If businesses fail or China runs out of money to lend to us, it will not matter what they say.

All of this is outweighed, of course, by the fact that people do not realize how truly insane the ideas coming out of the White House are though.

Absent actually wanting to have the free market system collapse in order to be able to set up a Stalinist dictatorship, I do not understand Obama’s thinking. A new news piece today on him promising the unions to pass card check this year. Yeah, that will really get people to invest in Ford and GM.

March 4, 2009 @ 12:37 pm #

It’s been pretty entertaining to see that the “Media” is not the monolith that the conservatives are making it out to be right now. Nearly every single night, CNN is lambasting Obama for breaking a campaign promise, or his word somewhere. Just last night, Campbell Brown ripped him a new one for not addressing all the “earmarks” attached to the new budget by both Republicans and Democrats.

Papers here in the “Blue” Northwest have started to say the “Depression” word now, also.

March 4, 2009 @ 2:04 pm #


If you’re around. Are you seeing skepticism (or hope) about the Obama plans, or are these people just hunkered down blaming Bush at this stage?

March 4, 2009 @ 3:34 pm #


That’s quite an interesting take, there. You don’t see the media reaction as disappointment from the hard left toward promises they expected Obama to keep? In what way does this mitigate against the view of the media as consistently left-wing?

March 4, 2009 @ 6:12 pm #

Hey RM and Phil,

I have the very basic package of DISH network, which basically allows me only CNN of the cable networks – but EVERY LAST NIGHT it seems they are reaming Obama for his bad Cabinet appointments to the earmarks that balloon this spending bill to you name it.

A couple of the main networks and CNN seem to believe, with most of the rest of the country, that some fiscal action is necessary, but I don’t see the monolithic cheering that the conservatives are complaining about.

Hint: If you’ve stopped watching everything but Fox because you’re convinced they’re all sold out to the liberal cause, you may be missing a few very valuable things going on.

March 4, 2009 @ 6:31 pm #


You really need to stop reading the hard left sites. “If you’ve stopped watching everything but Fox…” Please. The truth is, I barely watch TV at all, and I pay no attention whatsoever to TV news. I haven’t for years. TV news is pap, always has been. I occasionally catch the last 15 minutes of the McLaughlin Group, but I hardly do that anymore because I genuinely can’t stand Eleanor Clift’s voice, or her bad manners.

I get my news from the Internet. And I think you know perfectly well that that includes at least occasional spins past Salon.com and other lefty sources, as well as memeorandum, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Drudge Report, and even Huffington Post now and then. “If you’ve stopped watching everything but Fox” indeed.

March 4, 2009 @ 6:46 pm #

Hey Phil,

No insult to you personally intended…my “you” was intended solely as a general “you”.

(Author sez: Ok, sorry, I guess I took it wrong.)

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