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Limbaugh Holds Court at Conservative Conference

Posted on Mar 1, 2009
Rush Limbaugh

If there was any question as to how Rush Limbaugh is positioning himself vis-à-vis the new administration, that was obliterated by his performance Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, where he once again made it clear that he’s not wishing President Obama well.


Limbaugh used his self-described “first national address,” which ran more than hour longer than his allotted 20 minutes, to criticize President Barack Obama for inspiring fear in Americans in order to push a liberal agenda of “big government.”

“He wants people in fear, angst and crisis, fearing the worst each and every day because that clears the decks for President Obama and his pals to come in with the answers which are abject failures, historically shown and demonstrated. Doesn’t matter. They’ll have control of it when it’s all over. And that’s what they want,” Limbaugh said.

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By godistwaddle, March 3, 2009 at 9:42 am Link to this comment

How can having a fat, drug-addled liar as the face of the Repubs be in any way bad?

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By HF101, March 2, 2009 at 7:19 pm Link to this comment
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Forward they go, desperate, frightened, milling and swirling in
syncopated mindlessness towards the precipice, as others gone before them
and endeavor not to question but only to hope and succumb. The intermitted
shadows of Eagles descend, driving them to frenzy and terror in formations not
unlike fingerling darting in unison to evade being consumed by a looming ghost that is conservatism. They cannot win for winning and will enjoy no life without the specter of the return of the Right, that alone which gives them meaning and purpose.  This sobering reminder of a mandate unrealized gives birth to phobia in which conservatives may delight of inevitable backlash against this cloying one party dynamic. Behold! The grand spectacle is hastened, as no time has been wasted on reasoning and inclusion. Familiar and wonderfully obvious, the taint of corruption, evasion and incompetence bubble forth from the party like an overrun septic eight years in the filling, gagging even the most faithful. In a clumsy victory waltz they struggle to control the bloat and contortions of this soon unrecognizable beast and already impatiently hint of disenfranchisement. Hollow and plaintive bleats of ‘change’ may remain only to shore up glassy-eyed fallacies of a new party transcending, betrayed by eyes condemned to forever watch the skies for the end.


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By JFoster2k, March 2, 2009 at 2:46 pm Link to this comment

Rush was the KEYNOTE speaker for CPAC.

Let’s digest that for a moment…

Isn’t the keynote speaker traditionally the party leader? If Rush represents the the heart and soul of the new republican party, the 2010 and 2012 elections will be very interesting.

Or we can just take it for granted, skip ahead and say, “Dems 2016”.

The republican party is like a car speeding toward a cliff, skidding to a stop with both front tires dangling over the ledge… the car teetering dangerously… then the driver (Rush) pounding his fists on the wheel and bouncing in his seat, screaming that the map is wrong!

It doesn’t take Miss Cleo to predict the outcome.

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By ib42, March 2, 2009 at 12:13 pm Link to this comment
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There’s hope for us! So many citizens who abhor limpdick and see right through the repugnican’s pathetic tirades. It’s heartening and inspiring to witness the waking up of a nation to the cruel, selfish and lie ridden facts about republican leadership, (oxymoron?) and the sane, sensible direction of our new, young, dynamic President. He is taking care of business like no other before, and cares deeply for the people and state of America. So, naturally, the repricks hate him! So bloody obvious! Pitiful!

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By kcdrew, March 2, 2009 at 11:50 am Link to this comment

But wait!!

Great news!

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By kcdrew, March 2, 2009 at 11:43 am Link to this comment

Now check this out:

The “Party of No”, with no solutions and no ideas, wants President Obama’s autograph.

How pathetic.

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By Allan Krueger, March 2, 2009 at 11:05 am Link to this comment

Rush looks like a movie star in that picture! SPUDS, takin’ a dump!

Yes Rush is an Un-American, hypocritical, pill poppin, windbag!

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By bluejeanne, March 2, 2009 at 10:07 am Link to this comment
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What a sinister and disgustingly slimy mouthpiece.  He oozes racism & mysogynism everytime he utters ‘Michelle my belle’ Obama when referring to the First Lady.  He referred to her in that same way when Obama was Candidate Obama.  It only illustrates what a low-life he really is and how he must secretly relish the idea of being a slave-owner.  Obviously Limbaugh laments the fact that the U.S. is far-removed from that deplorable chapter in its history.
No REAL man would be surprised if the President himself; if ever confronted within arms length of that mongrel-mouthed monster, after repeatedly “teasing” his wife; would punch Limbaugh’s lights out.

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By Inherit The Wind, March 2, 2009 at 10:06 am Link to this comment

Huffpo noted that he quoted the Preamble to the Constitution, or so he said, when in fact he was quoting the Declaration of Independence.

Rash Bigmouth: “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” are NOT in the US Constitution. OK? You’re supposed to now be the big philosopher of the GOP.  I guess the “new” philosophy is “Let’s celebrate our ignorance!”

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By Bud, March 2, 2009 at 8:19 am Link to this comment
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By having most of the nut cases concentrated in one location via the CPAC convention,at least the rest of the country didn’t have to endure their goofy,asinine rhetoric.The only element missing was the so called southern bipartisan senators.

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By ib42, March 2, 2009 at 1:15 am Link to this comment
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The common denominator in rush, bush, cheney, rumsfeldt, mccain, palin, rove and the rest of that criminal gang is derision towards the American people and the world. They have the same brainwashed following as did Jim Jones and other notorious charlatans. They claim to have the only way to salvation…..death, first mental, then physical, through strict, slavish adherence to lies and false extinct dogma.
Rush is the leader of this group of morons now. Before we end up with yet another desperately mentally ill nitwit, having just got rid of one, we need to lay the groundwork urgently, by working with Obama and believing in America again…..NOW.

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By CJ, March 1, 2009 at 11:33 pm Link to this comment

He’d be Coughlin and McCarthy combined if being that meant getting more attention. And so here we all are giving him the attention he so desperately needs. Years ago I watched a curious documentary on Limbaugh, concerning his life before big-talk gig. He appeared pitiable. He WAS pitiable back when in a state of such desperate insecurity, which persists to this day. He WAS to be pitied as much as any in such a state. As much as any who just lost a job or a house or a wife or husband or a child or himself.

But instead of seeking help, Rush chose a different path. That choice rendering him far less pitiable. Because such a morally wrong choice, by which he failed himself.

There is reason people resort to drugs, as he did. As a silly society, we tut-tut that while ignoring reasons why for the sake of moral appearances. We’ve become moral frauds. Lately, there’s been the most ridiculous talk of “moral hazard” in connection with economic disaster. Everything that’s not of morality IS of morality, while everything that IS of morality is not of morality.

By now, Limbaugh banks (psychologically and literally) on our contempt for him. Far more so than he does on so-called “dittohead” following, who he holds in even more contempt than he holds the rest of us.

He insults dittoheads daily with his offerings of bloody meat. (He’s not the smartest guy in the world, though clever enough. He’s certainly the angriest man alive, like that angry dog in that cartoon David Lynch used to draw. Rush rages on every day. The line between rational and irrational is oh-so-so fine.)

Well, we might conduct, say, a general strike? Kinda like the French do from time to time? I’m reasonably certain Rush despises French all the more for doing that on occasion, for their unwillingness to follow along, to be collared every time. (Despite penchant for conservative Presidents. Mitterand included.)

Were it not for U.S. government there’d be no Limbaugh. By now, Rush needs government even more than government needs him. Which is saying a lot given how much government needs him. Rush serves as diversionary stomping ground. He and government (including big-media mouthpieces) enjoy a symbiotic relationship.

Anyway, to any dittoheads out there, what say you? Do you prefer to be tossed bloody bait by a lost cause who despises you even more than he does the rest of us? Or would you rather think by, thus for, yourselves? Including admission to a few truths concerning your own selves.

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By yours trulyj, March 1, 2009 at 7:34 pm Link to this comment
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Nothing Limbaugh Says Or Does Matters

“What matters?”

“Whether or not President Barack Obama keeps his campaign promises or caves the way Bill Clinton did to right-wing demands.”

“If he caves as his leaving 50,000 troops in Iraq until the end of 2011 (& maybe even longer) suggests he’s doing, what then?”

“His other promises go down the drain too.”


“Perpetual war + global warming + economic collapse = doomsday.”

“But if he somehow resists right-wing pressure, does an about face and delivers on his campaign promises to us, what’ll happen?”


“Based on?”

“Yes we can.”

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By msgmi, March 1, 2009 at 7:08 pm Link to this comment
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Rush is number #1 The biggest threat to national security since McCarthy.

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By Dr. Spiderwoman, March 1, 2009 at 5:51 pm Link to this comment
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I do believe in Darwin and his theory of survival.  Rush, the poor, white walrus
that he is, represents the mouthpiece of worms which were quite different to begin with and qa-billions of years later - we have these Rush, conservative, CACP types which represent damaged dna left over’s from historic times who actually thrive on hatred, bigotry, wrong information, self corruption, waste, fraud, and all the other which has made itself manifest in the entire food chain.  These people are and have been nefarious and dangerous individuals whose only aim is to subvert the entire will of the nation to disaster which they have brought about by their inability to see through their own misguided models and doctrines which are now obsolete and threaten to take the whole nation and world down with it if they don’t have their way.  They are fools and we should just ignore them all.

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By Patrons of Liberty, March 1, 2009 at 5:13 pm Link to this comment
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Limbaugh has been misquoted again..and again… He doesn’t want the country to fail. He only wants President Obamas Socialistic Policies to Fail.  This country is/was great because we havn’t conformed to European governence.  Once we do, they’ll be no going back.

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By Mac, March 1, 2009 at 4:15 pm Link to this comment
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Present day “conservatives” are anything but conservative. They are radical, reactionary extremists who are the greatest threat to America and Democracy that our country has ever endured. By giving the radical right a voice, as if they represent mainstream America, you are aiding and abetting their despotic and theocratic cause. They are not patriots but “Limbaugh/Hannity” false great Americans who are uncivil and intolerant of opposing views and desirous of one-party rule that would make any despotic society proud. Don’t interview them but if you feel you must they must be balanced by the extreme radical left not true conservatives or democratic centrists.

You, your organization, and the entire media should read John W. Dean’s “Conservatives Without Conscience.” Rather than your ranting and negativity that is best thing you could do for America. Don’t be AN ASSES ASS. (See below)

A – Authoritarian
N – Negative

A - Arrogant
S – Self Righteous
S – Self Delusional
E - Extremist
S – Selfish

A – Antagonistic and Amoral
S – Small Minded/Simplistic
S – Simplistic Sheep

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By HF101, March 1, 2009 at 3:30 pm Link to this comment
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They are hateful, judgmental, divisive and willing to attribute the characteristics of a very shameful few individuals to the sum of a people. They embrace race baiting and elitism and exploit the poor, uneducated masses with an invisible mandate that is only served when the self-fulfilling cycle of poverty swells their voter ranks. Disingenuous, they will say “We are the path to the light!” matter It’s outmoded, dirty, industrial green hue.

Like swimming in a giant, hot, public city pool, we’re all going to need a really good shower after this.

Now, let’s move on to the Republicans…


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By KDelphi, March 1, 2009 at 2:27 pm Link to this comment

Let me not forget Fox News…bow your heads. A moment of silence…

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By KDelphi, March 1, 2009 at 2:26 pm Link to this comment

Look at me, taking time out, when I am finally heading out of Ohio, to thank Rush Limbaugh.

I just had to.

I hope all you Christians thanked god for him this morning.

Pres. Obama certainly should have…maybe Rush will OD tonight.

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By kcdrew, March 1, 2009 at 2:18 pm Link to this comment

Great stuff, Truthdig!

Mo Rage

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By kcdrew, March 1, 2009 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment

Some of the information that came out of the meeting was blatantly laughable and, if you’re a Conservative, sad.

The fact is, the Republicans and Conservatives have been almost destroyed by George W. Bush.

If being conservative means shrinking government, forget it. George shot that.

Why didn’t we just give the CIA and FBI the tasks we needed as a nation, instead of creating the new, bloated Department of Homeland Security. No one asks that question.

If being conservative means spending less and being financially responsible and downright thrifty, again, forget it. W laid budgets to waste. George inherited a budget suplus and turned it, after his blown-out 8 years, into the boondoggle deficit we have now.

If being conservative means keeping government out of people’s lives, again, forget it. George reached that same government further into people’s lives than any President in the nation’s history since at least Abraham Lincoln, and at least President Lincoln had the Civil War as his reason.

History will prove W had no such excuse.

So here we are, at the beginning of 2009 and conservatives are trying to figure out what happened to them and what to do next.

Here’s what they have to do:

Recover from George W. Bush, like the rest of us.

Don’t get me wrong, he isn’t the reason for EVERYTHING that’s wrong in the world. (Almost, sure, but not everything).

Conservatives need to disavow everything W did that flies in the face of what they’re about.

They need to say that government cannot and should not reach into people’s personal lives via the internet and phone searches, etc.

They need to say—and mean it—that they won’t preempt the Supreme Court and the court’s need for warrants to get information.

It worked for the previous 300 years.

Government must play by its own rules, including the Executive Branch.

They need to get government out of religion—and religion out of government.

Shrinking what we pay out is a great idea.

And to do it, Conservatives should help us shrink the military and the Department of Defense.

We need to stop fighting WWII and the Cold War.

And this starts bringing up exactly what was wrong with the Republicans Conservatives.

They are both too much in bed with Big Business and corporations. They’ve given both of them too much of what they ask for. (It doesn’t even have to be what they want or need. All Business has to do is ask for it and the Rebubs and Conservatives give it to them, usually for a campaign contribution of a mere $2,000.00—a pittance.)

The Right needs to go much further.

Go back to the way they both used to be in their heyday—think Barry Goldwater and President Eisenhower—and get government out of people’s personal lives.

Out of homes and bedrooms.

That gay problem they have?

Lose it.

A woman want to have an abortion?

Butt out.

In the first place, IT’S BEEN THE LAW OF THE LAND FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS. For pity’s sake, be realists. Wake up. It’s done.

But it’s more than that. The fact is that poor women need the option of abortion.

Should there be lots of them? No. Certainly not.

Should we, as a society, use abortions as birth control? Again, no.

But instead of trying to go against those nearly 40 years of legal precedent, why not put a ton of energy and resources—very publicly—into sex education and helping people adopt?

Both these things make much more sense. Then maybe we could all work together to reduce the number of abortions in the nation.

There’s a thought.

Americans working together.

Wouldn’t that be refreshing?

So sure, shrink government. Reduce spending. Shrink the military. Get us out of Europe—Germany and Italy, for starters.

Sell Camp Pendleton, California.

There are a ton of good, positive things Conservatives could do for themselves and the country that would make them vital again.

Being divisive separatists isn’t one of them.

And taking direction from Rush “Porkulus” Limbaugh isn’t, either.

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By kcdrew, March 1, 2009 at 2:01 pm Link to this comment

Limbaugh talking about Pres. Obama “spreading fear” and Karl Rove pressing for “financial responsibility”.

I don’t think either one of them see the gross, outrageous hypocrisy.

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By Blackspeare, March 1, 2009 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment

Mr. Wexler:

Excellent post——no more need be said!

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By Ivan, March 1, 2009 at 12:34 pm Link to this comment
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The first post here is a classic one, and cannot be added to without repeating the words used.
I will say on thing, though…..

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By e.501, March 1, 2009 at 12:09 pm Link to this comment
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ok im like this, u can disagree with a person, u can disagree with a view, u can even disagree with policies of a person BUT to come out and say i hope that person fails when that person and his policies could or could not help this country means u want this country 2 fail. this powerful(that was meant 2 be funny)speech should had been meant for the last person 2 hold that office considering that the current person has only been on the job for a lil over a month. come on mr. limbaugh(no caps) u should be trying 2 help rather than build yourself up.

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By Joe Myers, March 1, 2009 at 11:34 am Link to this comment
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Obama inciting fear? Oh Please! What do the conservatives alway say. Fear big government. Fear tax increases. Fear this and that. You think they had a corner market on fear. Republicans have never built anything in the country, they only tear down. They have nothing positive to say about any thing and then come up with meaningless slogans like “Family Values”, “Back to Basics” etc. Conservatives are just bitter people who can’t compromise to save this country.

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By Chill, March 1, 2009 at 11:30 am Link to this comment
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It seems to me that if Rush is the guy that Republicans are afraid to offend and his power is intimidating to them, that is a VERY good thing.  The more they push him and his agenda, the more people will be turned off.  My brother is a staunch republican, and the one thing he can’t stand is people who do not want America to succeed.  He is one of many conservatives who do not have time for the likes of Rush and his hope for failure. 
I think this is just one more sign that that Republicans have lost their way and are appealing to less and less Americans.

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By knute, March 1, 2009 at 11:24 am Link to this comment
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Rush Limbaugh, the anti-patriot. So the republican party is finally admitting outright that they look to this fat fuck for direction ? If we ever needed another example of how detached, how traitorous an organization the republican party and the conservative movement in these times has become isn’t this it ? When their champion can come out and exclaim he hopes our president will fail ? Why do we still have to put up with this cheerleader for the disasterous rule of the republican party and all it has done to us? Now Steponopolis has Karl Rove on his roundtable of talking heads ? The architect of these disasterous last 8 years ? Folks - its the media thats working against any progress in this country. The same republican greedheads who have been in control of the major networks and helped Bush sell his phony war are still in charge. They spent the last years consolidating their power, buying up the smaller news organizations all over the country untill we have only their voice to inform us. Its an uphill battle getting the truth out to the american people as long as that is the case. As long as the willing media gives these assholes a podium to spew their lies from they will continue to influence that portion of the country who apparently haven’t the capactity to think for themselves ( a trait all too common amongst all good republicans ) Next time you see a republican , he deserves nothing more then the same middle finger salute george bush saw out his helicpter window about a month ago. Untill the members of that party begin again to care about the people, something they have lost since saint reagan convinced them that greed is a virtue,  instead of the corporate wealthy, they need to be treated as the pariah’s they are. It isn’t just the congressmen back east, its your neighbor too. Its the idiots that rush home from church to wrap a flag around themselves and stand on the street corner. Who have their bumpers plastered with support bush’s war ribbons and continued supporting an admin. that turned its back on the needs of the verterans once they returned. But more then anything else, its the republican lemmings all around us, who enabled a criminal administration that crapped all over the reputation of america thruout the world, made us less secure and left the country in an economic hole it will take years to dig ourselves out from if we can at all.

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By Zeke, March 1, 2009 at 10:55 am Link to this comment
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Conservative America, the choice is clear:

On one side you have an exceptional human being:
President Barack Obama.
On the other you have a junkie scumbag:
Rushin on my run Limbaugh aka The Wizard.

A: Harvard Law graduate, community activist, elected official.
B: On-air personality, media pariah, Doctor-scamming gasbag.

My friends, there ain’t enough heroin in the world to turn Rush Limbaugh into someone worth listening to.

On one side you have a philosophy that approves of money for
no-bid contractors, flagrantly felonious financial institutions,
and roads to nowhere.
On the other side you have a philosophy that approves of money for infrastructure (roads, schools, energy, etc), opportunities for the working poor (Health Care, Education), and a better America for everyone, not just the haves and have mores.

My friends, you want a truly conservative approach to Government? You want ‘every man for himself’ so to speak?
For a clear cut illustration of the outcome of this approach one need look no further than our neighbor, Mexico.

P.S. The only economist dumber than Karl Marx is Milton Friedman.

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By William W. Wexler, March 1, 2009 at 10:35 am Link to this comment

So it’s finally come to this.  Rush Limbaugh, self-described as an “entertainer”,  is the keynote speaker for conservative activists.  This speaks volumes about the state of conservatism in the late 20th/early 21st Century US.  It is no longer a political ideology, no longer an economic position, it’s a bona fide mental disorder.

Now onto a few of the more crackpot statements in the dung-rich CNN article.  Limbaugh says that the problem is that conservatives haven’t done a good job of defining themselves.  Well, Rush, how can that be, when you have the most popular show on radio and can be heard 24/7 somewhere in America?  Could it be that the real problem is that you HAVE actually defined yourselves, defined yourselves to be the greedy, paranoid, jingo, warmongering, classist, racist fucks that you are and the rest of us are just sick of your crap?  Yeah, that’s the REAL problem.

Rush says that the Preamble to the Constitution gives him the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Why does it not surprise me that the LEADING CONSERVATIVE IN THE UNITED STATES doesn’t know that the Preamble to the Constitution actually says:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

It doesn’t surprise me because part of the mental disorder called “conservatism” is that they only INVOKE the Constitution, they don’t actually read it.  That’s quite obvious from the lawlessness that they practice, the fact that they would support an administration that trashed it with a rationale based on a pack of lies, and stole our basic rights including our right to have faith in our government as an institution that actually upholds the Preamble.  It’s gasbags like Limbaugh who always confuse the Preamble with their “rights” because in their world, “rights” mean the right to be gun-totin’, cee-gar-sukkin’, oxycontin-gobblin’,  gas-guzzlin’, towelhead-hatin’, sneering creeps that get in your face if you dare to assert anything that resembles reason.

Limbaugh says that the Obama government and the liberals want everyone to be in fear.  Oh, REALLY?  That’s so laughable as to almost cause me to spit milk out of my nose.  The Bush/Limbaugh/Faux Administration made Fear their currency, spending it lavishly on Americans to warn us of terrorists who were going to spray anthrax on us with drones, nuke us with suitcase bombs, sneak through our airports, de-stabilize the Middle East, and spread “Islamo-fascism” (ho ho ho ho, Muslim fundies integrating with Big Business to form a government).  Yes, the people who are now accusing the left of fearmongering are the biggest fearmongers I’ve seen in my lifetime.  They not only mongered it, they leveraged it into cowing Americans into rolling over for every stinking problem we have today.  All the wars… on drugs, on terror, on illegal immigration, those are all wars on people.  We’ve been herded like sheep into the protection of our Big Brother government.  No wonder the Ron Paul movement is so strong… it’s a reaction to the thought control and Patriotism Police.

I could turn this into a full-fledged rant but today is my day off and I have other plans.  However, the spectacle of Rush Limbaugh, the uneducated, lying, drug-addicted, racist, fearmonger poster child for everything that’s wrong with this country being the keynote speaker for “conservatism” just begged for a few words.

Limbaugh says he wants Obama to fail because America can only work the dysfunctional way HE wants it to work.  I wish that golden microphone was crammed firmly up his ass where we could really get all the wisdom he’s got to offer.


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By tolstoy, March 1, 2009 at 10:33 am Link to this comment

Wanting Obama to fail, if not treasonous in view of the dire situation of the country, is a desperate wildness to blow hard on the flames of hatred, the only ploy this bankrupt party has left.

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By Chris, March 1, 2009 at 10:30 am Link to this comment
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Seriously, if Limbaugh is this concerned about the future of America why doesn’t he run for office?

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By John Lewis, March 1, 2009 at 10:24 am Link to this comment
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Rush Limbaugh is perhaps the most prolific disseminator of half-truths, lies, distortions and out-and-out nonsense of all time. Watching him slobber all over his microphone with a look of utter comtempt on his face as he goes off on some diatribe about `what liberals believe`is dumbfounding. His primary mo is to completely mischaracterize the liberal position, make it sound totally absurd and bizarre and then offer the sensible `conservative alternative`. The problem is of course that these liberal beliefs he talks about are not the things that liberals actually believe. I know this because I`m a liberal, have been ever since the Reagan years and I don`t buy much of anything that Rush claims I `believe in`. It doesn`t take much of a genius to develop this line of attack. Any 10 year old could do it. Try it at home, it`s easy. The trick is to find a group of people daft enough to buy what he`s selling. I think those fine folks at CPAC are just the dolts he`s looking for. And in the end he and his tens of millions of dollars will make it just fine through this economic meltdown…. unlike most of his followers.

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By Carlos Navarro, March 1, 2009 at 10:19 am Link to this comment
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Why the Conservative Politcal Action Committee would choose Rush Limbaugh as the keynote speaker at their 2009 national convention is beyond comprehension.  “El Rusho,” admittedly, is a good entertainer, a comedian of sorts, but he is no political or social sage by any stretch of the imagination. . 

Listen to one of his radio shows for its full three hours—the staged phone calls, the prepared scripts, the tortured statistics, the non-sequiturs, the twisted logic, the half-baked ideas, the gasping changes of direction in mid thought, the out-of- context sound bytes, the wrong predictions, the baseless information, the name-calling, false piety, blustering, mockery,  sniggering—and nothing of substance shows through. 

John McCain had it right when he called Limbaugh a Bozo and then apologized to Bozo for making the comparison.  (Fox News, 2005)

That the CPAC would hold Rush Limbaugh in such a high esteem shows how low their intellectual standards have plummeted.  Small wonder that so many fiscal and free-thinking conservatives are parting company with the CPAC.  The leftists bent on taking over the Nation couldn’t be happier.  All they need to do is sit back and let the CPAC unwittingly deliver to it them.

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By JohnRJ08, March 1, 2009 at 10:14 am Link to this comment

Shift, I think we’re well past that point now. Limbaugh has an ample enough following for his advertisers. At a certain point, demagogues have to be confronted and exposed.

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By GB, March 1, 2009 at 10:04 am Link to this comment
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Rush is loving the attention and his millions of depreciating dollars. Scaring the wimpy Republican congressmen into continuing their obstruction of healing bush and cheney’s failure is his joy. Wanting our country to fail is treason at its finest. The progressives in this country didn’t want bush to fail. We just wanted him to stop destroying innocent human lives, our civil liberties, and stealing our treasury. Now that the American public voted overwhelming for the candidate the media chose, we should give him a fair chance to try and fix what the last 8 years dumped on us.
Rush and his sheep want to continue ruining the country even when they are losing more votes. If people continue to take these racist treasonous idiots, Rush, Bill O, Hannity, and Beck seriously we have really lost common sense in this country. Its bad enough we had to start a new millenium with the worst president and vice president in our history;Twice!

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By slam dunk, March 1, 2009 at 10:00 am Link to this comment
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I am amazed that people listen to a comedian like Rush L. as if he is an intelligent and credible source. People only need to do a quick background search (google will work fine) on Rush Limbaugh to see that his knowledge is grounded in flunking out of college in ONE QUARTER and his moral purity in failed marriages. And wasn’t it Newt who was leading the impeachment of Clinton while in the middle of his own affair while married to his second wife? It’s no wonder the Republicans were rejected in November as they epitomize hypocracy and support favoritism for the wealthy and well-connected.

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By Shift, March 1, 2009 at 9:57 am Link to this comment

You can’t beat Limbaugh by throwing negativity at him, it only strengthens him.  There are three ways to quiet him.  First, do not respond to him, second, do not purchase the products of his advertisers, finally, do not listen to the stations who broadcast him.

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By JohnRJ08, March 1, 2009 at 9:34 am Link to this comment

If you’re upset by Limbaugh and what he stands for, I highly recommend going to sites like and to voice your opinions. Most blogs are fairly honest and critical of Limbaugh. These conservative blogs are a site to behold.

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By Pedro, March 1, 2009 at 9:33 am Link to this comment
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In what state has President Bush’s agenda of “small government” has left America in 2009?
Unlike the outdated big brother/socialist argument put forward here, the true fears of middle-class Americans are the crumbling economy, global warming,  a banking system in shamble, massive job losses, foreclosures and declining health and educational services.
But for Mr Limbaugh’s followers, these are minor concerns only affecting low and middle class citizens…the majority of which, by the way, has voted for a change in Washington.

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By Dervish, March 1, 2009 at 8:46 am Link to this comment
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Classic GOP move.  They will tell you right to your face what they are up to, while making sure you understand that it wasn’t them.  Control everything, own nothing.

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By stormkite, March 1, 2009 at 8:45 am Link to this comment

Still trying to get a sense of what this “loyal opposition” they’re talking about might be.

The GOP definition of “opposition” is quite clear, of course - it’s all they are.  But I’m having a problem with the other part, because as best I can tell the last Republican who was loyal to ANYTHING except money and power was Gerald Ford…

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By JohnRJ08, March 1, 2009 at 8:33 am Link to this comment

Limbaugh:  Never served in the armed forces. Never graduated from college. Never held public office or served the country in any shape or form. Had a weight problem all of his life and developed a well-reported addiction to prescription drugs. Was Wally George’s sidekick for a brief period of time.  Now makes millions demonizing people with whom he doesn’t agree. I’ve seen this character in dozens of old movies. He’s the one who ends up in a small room wearing a rumpled white suit with a handful of demented followers, screaming how his enemies and their evil ways are going to bring destruction on the world. Then the roof caves in.

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By Mike, March 1, 2009 at 8:25 am Link to this comment
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One day our grandchildren will be able to go into the Smithsonian and actually see the rope that the GOP hung themselves with.
That’s how optimistic I am about America’s future.

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By Duffy, March 1, 2009 at 8:22 am Link to this comment
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Looks to me like the GOP (Goofy Oxycotin Party) is still on the same old track. Why would they want the country to unite to save thier millions. I now see why they dont realize the Nation is in trouble financially. Was Rush getting his pills from Sarah’s,Daughters’ boyfriends Mom?

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By Let Them, March 1, 2009 at 8:11 am Link to this comment
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I’d encourage this type of display if I was a Democrat.  This polarizing display will only serve to convince most moderate conservatives that the right has “lost its way” with most Americans.  They can drum beat their beliefs all day long.  But unless it resonates with the majority of voters they’ll remain out of office.  And that’s good for lots of new articles, pictures on the internet, and public demonstrations.  It ain’t so good for votes on the Senate floor.

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By Naked Capitalism, March 1, 2009 at 8:06 am Link to this comment
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Remember, Rush gets “paid” to be controversial.  That’s what draws his listener base.  It just happens to match his conservative beliefs.  This “us” (conservatives) vs. “them” (liberals) only plays so well with the mainstream public.  MOST Americans are socially moderate and fiscally conservative.  Meaning, they agree with the limited government, limited SPENDING position of Rush and the conservatives.  But on the other side, most Americans DO NOT agree with the intrusiveness of government in their personal and family lives (e.g., “family values).  How the conservatives reconcile rolling back government as it pertains to business and government programs, YET insists on telling everyone about family values, abortion and whether your wife should be pulled off of live support (...remember Terry Schiavo?), is beyond me…and most Americans.  The independent spirit of most Americans applies not just to taxes and government programs, it also applies most importantly to the personal and private lives of themselves and their families.  And THAT’S why the election swung the way of the Democrats in the last election.  That and the disasterous Iraq War and the lousy economy.

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By jimmy, March 1, 2009 at 7:02 am Link to this comment
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Take another oxycotin Rush - your era is over.  The era of fear is over - no more need to manufacture lies to start wars (ie: weapons of mass distruction).
Obama equals hope.  Your cronies equal fear.  All you have to do is watch Fox for awhile or listen to your show to clearly and quickly see that.

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By octopus, March 1, 2009 at 5:37 am Link to this comment

The High Chancellor and his “Limbaugh Youth”.
Were they all wearing black leather stomping boots, brown shirts with armbands, goose stepping in formation?
How can you tell when a conservative is lying?
Their lips are moving….

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By Any Body, March 1, 2009 at 5:09 am Link to this comment
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Republicans are the ones who think Americans are soo stupid, that everything they accuse Dems and Obama of, is EXACTLY what they are guilty of and do themselves! They act like there is no evidence of audio and video tape. its ridiculous!
I think the Dems should take Rush’s advice and “force the republicans to be bi-partisan after they have cleaned the reps clocks politically”.
Reps dont have ideas. Just opposition. They oppose anyone who is not like them or doesnt agree with them with no thought of bipartisanship. So.. THE HELL WITH THEM!
Its a party full of outright liars, racists, separatists, and hypocrites. Two words will shut down any Rep. “FACT CHECK”. You will find that they are so full of crap, hypocrisy and lies, that it will disgust you. They try to mimic anything they think works, to win. And they never get specific about exactly who they are referring to when they address “the people”. This is because they are only addressing a small select group on people. Mainly the rich, white, racist, and separatist radicals. Not every American.

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By George Vreeland Hill, March 1, 2009 at 4:31 am Link to this comment
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Limbaugh is an ass.
He backs a party that ran this country in the ground.
The Republicans are for the rich who filled their pockets with money while 99% of Americans were taken advantage of because of them.
Rush is a drug user who uses people.
It is hard to believe that some people (GOP) still listen to his idiot rants.
Rush Limbaugh is a laughingstock.

George Vreeland Hill

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