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  •  Granted he is preaching to the choir (1+ / 0-)
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    and very few of his confirmed followers will be swayed by the efforts of groups like StopRush. But somewhere on the political spectrum there are young people reaching the age of political awareness who can be dissuaded from joining his coterie if they are introduced to the voice of reason and if he is exposed as the polarizing buffoon we all agree he is. It also does no damage to the liberal cause when his antics are tied to the leadership of the Republican party.

    You do make some interesting points and I think a reasonable person might well find your arguments more persuasive than the ones I am making, but in the end I think that Rush Limbaugh is a corrosive influence on American political life and needs to be actively and vigorously opposed and we need to show the corruption of reason that he epitomizes as one of the lumbering giants of right wing politics.

    The world is a den of thieves and night is falling. -Ingmar Bergman

    by Pirogue on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 11:54:08 PM PDT

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    •  he is not a... (0+ / 0-)

      corrosive influence on American political life. Stop elevating him. It's maddening to watch people get all riled up this guy that feeds off the rage you give him. He needs you in order for him to succeed.

      I sing praises in the church of nonsense, but in my heart I'm still an atheist, demanding sense of all things.

      by jbou on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 11:59:49 PM PDT

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      •  Are you saying he has no influence, (1+ / 0-)
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        or minimal influence on the political course of the U.S.? Or if he does have influence that it is not corrosive? If either of these expresses your belief I have to take strong issue with you. Republican politicians quake when he comes into a room because they understand he can swing the vote in a primary. If that's not influence then it is hard to know exactly what is. If you say that his influence is waning, then that might well be true, but it can also be said that it is one wane because of the efforts of groups like StopRush.

        But  I don't think you mean that he lacks influence, or that this influence is not corrosive. What I think you mean is that  if we ignored him he will go away. Again, I respect your right to hold such a belief, but absent any evidence more than a declaration on your part, I find it a position that is difficult to accept. I think you have too much faith in his listenership. I personally don't think it is a reasonable expectation that  ignoring him would cause them to suddenly come to the realization that he was a lunatic. I think what would happen is that absent a reasoned opposition his influence would increase.

        I am wondering if your logic extends to the whole parade of clowns out there leading the parade in conservative politics. Should we likewise ignore Beck, Hannity, O'Reily, et al?

        BTW, I don't think that Limbaugh is a moron. I think instead he is a person who consciously says things that appeal to the morons who constitute his following. It has proven amazingly lucrative.

        The world is a den of thieves and night is falling. -Ingmar Bergman

        by Pirogue on Sat Sep 07, 2013 at 08:54:09 AM PDT

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