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    Kudos on a potential convert.  He may not come all the way over to your way of looking at things but at least he's going to think a lot more about what he's hearing.  I'm all for honest disagreements as long as they are founded in a certain amount of critical thinking.

    The thing with Rush, and others like him is that what he presents is temptingly simple.  He takes this complex world and distills it down into simple "truths".  If you work hard you succeed.  If you get an education you succeed.  Simple.

    The other aspect of it is that he frees people from guilt.  You don't have to feel bad about spending your money because hey, if those other people would just work, they'd have money too, right?  You've got insurance so everybody else must have insurance too except for those welfare cheats.  Right?  

    I used to listen to Rush Limbaugh maybe a decade ago.  I was in college at the time and began to realize how simplisticly he presented the world.  At one point I listened to him and felt enlightened, but later, I started feeling ill.  The more I listened the more I smelled the piles of B.S. piling up around him.  

    It's not that there's something bad about conservative thought.  There's definite value in it, but what people like Rush suggest isn't conservative, it's just simple minded.  

    --- If trickle down economics worked, Marie Antoinette wouldn't have lost her head

    by sterno on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 09:37:02 PM PDT

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