Skip to main content

Two years ago the Wall Street Journal published a strident announcement entitled "New Fangs for the Conservative 'Beast'." Written by Edwin J. Feulner, president of the Heritage Foundation, and Michael A. Needham, CEO of Heritage Action for America, the article described a "new advocacy organization [that] will pressure congressmen to do what's right."

Congressmen (not congress women?) would henceforth "feel the heat from more than 630,000 members of the Heritage Foundation — and millions of others around the country who believe in our principles and share our vision of America's future."

[Here's the same article, outside the WSJ firewall — hat tip to cris0000]

The late Andrew Breitbart addressing the Heritage Foundation

We now see what comes of the think tank entity that they themselves refer to as "the beast".

This video from Heritage Action for America was the hasty response to Obama's win, having been composed and uploaded to Youtube on November 6, 2012 — election day. That was before the full measure of Team Romney's humiliation at the polls could even be appreciated.

Stand with Us — Heritage For America

Heritage For America tells American Citizens to "stand by us" as martial music — the music of warfare — wells in the background. The language of the video is likewise martial, referring to such warlike concepts as "winning this war", "losing freedom", a "devastating blow", "decisive defeat", and "exploding" federal spending. There are rapid, clipped references to patriotism and betrayal ("unpatriotic!") as Michael A. Needham bluntly declares, "we are in a war. A war to save this nation. And abandoning our post will condemn it to a future of managed decline."

No one would suggest that a mechanism such as Youtube's LIKE's and DISLIKE's should be decisive in evaluating a political argument. However, judging from (as I write this) more than a seven to one ratio of DISLIKE's, it is at least a probability that the new, ultra-militant tone adopted by some conservatives in the aftermath of a devastating defeat at the polls is not well-received. Think they'll notice? Or care?

One final point of interest: that membership of 630,000 claimed by the Heritage Foundation? They're essentially Rush Limbaugh's audience, recruited largely through deception.

Since the election, more than 780 new activists have joined the Flush Rush group on Facebook. Limbaugh was already facing dwindling ad revenue (as described by two different radio industry analysts), has been knocked out of the top spot in streaming audio audience share, and has cost the radio industry countless millions, while experiencing the embarrassment of having a majority of a National Association of Broadcasters panel advocate his replacement. We be flushin' Rush.

The diarist is active in Flush Rush on Facebook:
Rush Limbaugh's talk radio career is in a slow downward spiral in part because of the activism of consumers, volunteers, and activists who seek to hold Rush accountable for his hate speech. One very active group in this cause is Flush Rush on Facebook. Flush Rush and other, similar groups use the StopRush Database to inform advertisers about where their ads are appearing.

Please consider joining. Small donations are also accepted to fund data storage; visit StopRush for more information.

Flush Rush on Facebook:
Stop Rush database:
My Stop Rush blog posts:

Originally posted to Richard Myers on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 04:39 AM PST.

Also republished by Sluts.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Meteor Blades, Alumbrados, Sylv, jec, oofer, MadRuth, murphy, copymark, texaseditor, glitterscale, importer, Gooserock, Emerson, Shockwave, LynChi, Pescadero Bill, donna in evanston, rubyr, azale, MarkInSanFran, expatjourno, davelf2, Paulie200, eyeswideopen, opinionated, concernedamerican, ask, CoolOnion, boadicea, stevej, themank, Bionic, roses, Fe, jalbert, Glinda, artebella, wader, revsue, Texknight, Getreal1246, TexDem, Lawrence, JimWilson, defluxion10, lcrp, exlrrp, zerelda, Sembtex, tomjones, NapaJulie, Pola Halloween, jcrit, Albanius, Josiah Bartlett, Sybil Liberty, xxdr zombiexx, Sassy, sb, CPT Doom, davidincleveland, historys mysteries, 3goldens, qofdisks, SherwoodB, Erik the Red, Alice Venturi, kitchen sink think tank, basquebob, Brooke In Seattle, eru, majcmb1, SaraBeth, aaraujo, Fury, skyounkin, blue jersey mom, sunbro, Yamara, Tool, Ekaterin, WayBeyondSoccerMom, xaxnar, Jim R, Tranny, Mother Mags, martini, myboo, Clytemnestra, BlueInARedState, emeraldmaiden, hungrycoyote, Russgirl, Yellow Canary, fou, Lefty Coaster, TalkieToaster, MJ via Chicago, global citizen, StrayCat, agnostic, Crashing Vor, real world chick, middleagedhousewife, BlueMississippi, CA Nana, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, BB10, Texdude50, Statusquomustgo, Temmoku, markthshark, Quicklund, ammasdarling, Cronesense, Loudoun County Dem, moodyinsavannah, Debs2, Dartagnan, ColoTim, offgrid, EdSF, karmsy, cobaltbay, edsbrooklyn, Duccio, la urracca, terabytes, certainot, eOz, newpioneer, cyncynical, SeaTurtle, millwood, yella dawg, leonard145b, shmuelman, Empower Ink, gizmo59, Mighty Ike, JDWolverton, califdem, Sixty Something, Foundmyvoice, bythesea, Ronald England, skohayes, lineatus, Akonitum, mikeconwell, Lujane, tofumagoo, royce, davekro, Hanging Up My Tusks, bluesheep, Jeff Y, catly, alnep, mofembot, luckylizard, emidesu, Nica24, statsone, maggiejean, Ran3dy, J M F, DontTaseMeBro, Kansas Born, litoralis, jarbyus, CanyonWren, be the change you seek, Nebraskablue, Ohiodem1, WakeUpNeo, War on Error, CamillesDad1, DefendOurConstitution, jmknapp53, followyourbliss, elziax, mksutherland, jomi, COwoman, PhotogHog, stevenwag, sfarkash, haremoor, astral66, Larsstephens, Words In Action, Just Bob, smileycreek, brooklyns finest, marabout40, Laurilei, The Jester, NJpeach, estreya, gramofsam1, seishin, Crabby Abbey, angelajean, loveistheanswer, ItsSimpleSimon, Puddytat, ericlewis0, Floande, dwayne, Glass Navel, Actbriniel, Onomastic, annieli, Mico0109, sboucher, spooks51, bgblcklab1, slowbutsure, afisher, vahana, Mistral Wind, MrSpock, OhioNatureMom, California06, nezzclay, Alice Olson, smiley7, boomerchick, marleycat, zukesgirl64, Cinnamon Rollover, slooterdam, SueM1121, LSmith, CherryTheTart, SteelerGrrl, joanbrooker, jadt65, googie, Mentatmark, caryltoo, No one gets out alive, Rejoinder, jacey, Prairie D, anodnhajo, cwsmoke, Siri, Core Da Freak, nellgwen, a2nite, 2thanks, Horace Boothroyd III, cherie clark, Nztorg, MartyM, Buckeye54, lunachickie, oldpotsmuggler, arizonablue, dotdash2u, Hammerhand, BobTheHappyDinosaur, TheLawnRanger, Ray Pensador, Chaddiwicker, nomandates, Sam Sara, countwebb, Linda1961, broths, KittyFitz50, weck, Southcoast Luna, Dewstino, Jollie Ollie Orange, howabout, helpImdrowning, Icicle68, Smoh, nice marmot, BadKitties, Blazehawkins, jplanner, Jim Domenico, Leaning Forward, sparkysgal, shinobi9, thatpj, RUNDOWN

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site