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Rush Limbaugh: A Big-Government Conservative

by @ 5:12 pm on February 12, 2009. Filed under Celebrities, Dumbasses, Politics, Rush Limbaugh

If there was any question that Rush Limbaugh was the voice of the future of the Republican Party, this should make that idea laughable:

They will not control government forever, and when our turn comes, we are going to turn the power of government against the left. We are going to investigate them. We are going to hold public hearings. We are going to humiliate them. We’re going to nationalize their unions. We’re going to fund our groups for a change.

If they can give ACORN $4.1 billion then we can start paying our groups with federal money. We’re going to do exactly to them what they have done to us. We’re going to build and use the Big Government that they have built and turn it right against them. We are gonna turn the power of government against the left, and against Democrats in ways they cannot imagine. They will not know what hit them. They are using the law. They are using government to advance a cause that is un-American. We are going to use the power that the left is centralizing in the federal government to punish them, to break ‘em up, and to make them pay for this. It’s time for tit-for-tat. Nice guy playing by the rules when they don’t, is over. It’s time they got a taste of their own medicine, and it’s going to happen, folks, because they’re not going to hold power forever.

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We’re gonna come after the left’s favorite corporations. We’re going to come after your favorite political constituents. We’re going to come after your favorite media outlets. You want to try the Fairness Doctrine? Fine. We’ll impose it on network television. We’ll impose it on newspapers. You want to try censorship? Fine! We will censor you when we get the control of the government back. We will reapportion districts using the Census to help conservatives. We’re going to turn the power of government against the Democrats and the left and weaken and you break you into little pieces. Because, my friends, the day has passed when we can become passive and be passive about what they are doing. We will use the political and the legal system as they have and are, and we will use it to promote our party and to diminish theirs. We will use the power of government and legal system to promote our movement and our agenda, just as they are.

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It’s going to be a bigger, more powerful, stronger government — and we’re going to turn it against the left in ways they could have never imagined.

This, I think, puts the lie to any idea that Limbaugh is a small-government conservative.

If anything, he’s a two-bit thug who wants to use the power of the state to attack his enemies. That’s wrong no matter which political party you belong to.

In the past, Limbaugh has talked about his admiration for thinkers such as Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman. If he truly understood their ideas, he wouldn’t look at the state as a weapon to be used against your enemies.

But there is an alternative:

The answer is not to use tyrannical power as “payback” for what  the “liberals” are doing to consolidate their own powers. The answer lies in something which brings all of us together, regardless of our political party affiliations, religious backgrounds, racial identity or ethnic origin: freedom. Freedom brings people together. This is the beauty of the new movement that has grown out of the Ron Paul presidential campaign, which continues through various groups and organizations such as the Campaign For Liberty, Young Americans for Liberty, the Future of Freedom Foundation, the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and United Liberty.

Forget Rush Limbaugh. Let him be angry and rant and rave all he wants. He does not stand for liberty. He stands for power and vengeance. If this is what the “conservative” movement has come to, then let it die. There’s a new movement bringing people together to promote the things the “conservative” movement once claimed to stand for: freedom, limited constitutional government, and the rule of law.

It’s up to Republicans to decide which course they’ll take.

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12 Responses to “Rush Limbaugh: A Big-Government Conservative”

  1. tfr says:

    > You want to try the Fairness Doctrine? Fine. We’ll impose it on network television. We’ll impose it on newspapers. You want to try censorship? Fine! We will censor you when we get the control of the government back.

    That, of course, is his problem. He thinks he’s about to be taken down by liberals. And of course, all the small government stuff he’s been spewing for years is for the little people.

  2. Larry Ripley says:

    I have never considered myself a “ditto-head” until this very moment in time!! I will support Rush and my Republican party to the end of time. We may have lost this battle but in 2 and in 4 we shall once again be around to clean up the tragic mess the Dem’s leave. When you decide to censor my view points which are just as valid as any Dem’s out there, I will get in line with my brother Rush, to fight back!!! Wish he would run for office!!!

  3. Larry,

    Fine, join Rush in using the power of the state to punish political opponents.

    Just know that the GOP will be a minority party for a very long time if it adopts Limbaugh as it’s poster boy.

  4. tfr,

    That, of course, is his problem. He thinks he’s about to be taken down by liberals. And of course, all the small government stuff he’s been spewing for years is for the little people.

    No, he says he thinks he’s about to be taken down by liberals.

    People need to remember that Limbaugh, Hannity, and the rest are entertainers first, businessmen second, and political activists a very distant third.

    Their job is to make as much money as possible for their employer by attracting the largest audience.

    I would say that 90% of what Limbaugh says and does is aimed at that goal, not at achieving any real political objective.

  5. Larry Ripley says:

    He has never advocated doing anything to the left that they have not ever used against the right, and you know that…I will adhere to my beliefs and continue to support such spokesman as Rush who have the balls to speak out against the tragic mess that Obama and the Dem’s are pushing down our throats.

  6. He cannot claim to believe in small government and advocate what he does in the linked monologue.

    They are completely contradictory.

  7. Constant says:

    True, this is hardly a very libertarian thing for Limbaugh to say. However, it’s a threatening statement made by a target. Imagine if Bob is about to attack Bill and Bill says, “if you attack me, my day will come, and I’ll get you, and I’ll get your father and your mother, and your sister and your brother, and your children, and your cousins. Touch me and I’ll destroy your family.” The actual function of such speech and that threat is deterrent.

    Now, if you are in favor of giving Acorn 4.1 billion dollars then you should attack this speech. But if you are against giving Acorn 4.1 billion dollars, then you may welcome this speech in the deterrent spirit in which it is apparently made.

  8. Nonsense, with all due respect.

    Nothing Limbaugh says is going to deter the Democratic majority

  9. Larry Ripley says:

    That my friends is the truth of the matter, and one which is also true of the rest of us who have the needs of the country at heart.

    Thank you Doug for sharing a valid view point with opportunity to politically spar!!!

    Perhaps we shall be surprised and the “stimulus” bill will not pass the Senate.

  10. [...] Rush Limbaugh: A Big-Government Conservative If there was any question that Rush Limbaugh was the voice of the future of the Republican Party, this should make that idea laughable: They will not control government forever, and when our turn comes, we are going to turn the power of government against the left. We are going to investigate them. … [...]

  11. Constant says:

    Doug, if you’re going to start interpreting Limbaugh’s remarks on the basis of the probable effect, then you shouldn’t interpret him as a big government conservative either – or as anything at all. Because the probable effect in any direction is no effect.

    You quoted someone who almost understood. That person said that Limbaugh stands for power and vengeance. The function of vengeance is as a deterrent.

  12. Rush is clearly causing a stir, and maybe that’s his whole plan. He IS an entertainer, and it’s a shame that Steele was forced to apologize…

    http://politic.ology.com/2009/03/04/those-ubiquitous-sweaty-jowls/

    -Jared J. H. Catapano (ology.com)

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