Since the re-election of our President, Barack Obama, I haven't posted here very much. I'm doing other projects, volunteering in my community and trying to get a home-based copyediting business going.
The reduced time I spend online is mostly spent drinking in the sweet schadenfreude of watching the right split into fractious factions. I haunt Hot Air, Redstate, Brietbart, NRO Online and other sites where the RINO vs. winger wars are playing out big time, where at least one out of every three posters nowadays blares they will never, EVER again vote for a Republican Party traitor.
I believe them. The Republican Party is a mess these days and losing more each day with every Rick Scott capitulation or Rubio immigration plan. Republican politicians these days can't win for losing: one step to the left and they lose the baggers, and win very few jaded moderates; one step to the right and they lose everyone but the crazies. This is a party stuck between a rock and a hard place, so when all of my "favorite" sites blared the same headline today: "Rush Ashamed to Be An American," I worried that their defacto leader was finally leading them to sanity.
Perhaps he had finally realized the error of his ways, that by dragging so many stupid people too far right, he had rendered his beloved party unelectable.
Or that maybe calling women sluts and blaming rape victims for getting pregnant wasn't such a good idea electorally-speaking.
Or that fomenting racism Magic Negro-style and alienating every single group outside of old and middle-aged white guys hadn't been such a great strategy.
Was Rush finally confronting reality? Had he finally hit bottom and found shame?
BZZZT! Rush is ashamed of America because we're just not mean and nasty enough. Duh! He's pissed because we aren't cutting enough from social programs he hates.
Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in my life, I am ashamed of my country. To be watching all of this, to be treated like this, to have our common sense and intelligence insulted the way it’s being insulted? It just makes me ashamed.Notice that Rush is using the inverse of Michelle Obama's language about being proud of her country. I suppose that makes his nasty, unpatriotic rant A-OK on their side. But Limbaugh is far from proud. He is so, so ashamed that cutting over a trillion dollars from our safety net, food inspections, TSA, Head Start, and tons of other worthy causes should give people the easy cause for complaint.
Rush from Politico:
Here they come sucking us in, roping us in, panic here, fear there, crisis, destruction, no meat inspection, no cops, no teachers, no firefighters, no air traffic control.So once again, traitor Rush is calling the play for the entire cowardly Republican party. Please let us throw them an anvil on this manueuver, showing them who the REAL patriots are, pointing out every last instance of bad meat, every horrible flight, every cute little child denied Head Start and so on.
I’m sorry, my days of getting roped into all of this are over. We have the media play along with all of this, the ruling class of both parties play along all of this — it’s insulting. I don’t know how else to describe it.
With Rush's blessing, sequester will happen. We already have the public opinion advantage. Now make them eat it...with fava beans and a nice Chianti.