It’s a gem from the oft-quoted Rush Limbaugh on yesterday’s show (hour one), reiterating a point I have been making here these last two days regarding the gulf that exists between the political establishment and we, the people, which is actually wider than the gulf between Democrats and Republicans.
The establishment has been in charge, in control and running things for longer than you would believe. And it gets away with disguising itself by having two political parties that appear to be at war with each other, and they make a pretty good show of it.
I’m closing in on President Nixon’s resignation in August, 1974. I’m already dreading getting to that part. It is going to be depressing. I’ve learned a great deal about the Watergate scandal, and it is my conclusion that it was greatly overblown. I’m not saying that Richard Nixon was a saint and did nothing wrong. But it was definitely the cover-up of the Watergate break-in that became Nixon’s undoing and not the break-in itself. The scandals perpetrated by Barack Obama and his administration (fast-and-furious, using the IRS to harass political opponents), and also by Hillary Clinton (Benghazi, selling foreign influence via the Clinton Foundation, e-mail server) make Nixon look like a piker. He could only dream of doing what the Obama administration actually did. At any rate, I have highlighted a few excerpts from the text. Some are quotes by Nixon. Some are about Nixon or the American political system in general.
[T]he ultimate power in the American system resides with the legislative branch. Congress can remove the President from office, but the President cannot remove the Congress or individual congressmen. In that stark sense, the American system is a parliamentary one.
You can’t incriminate a man for what he says. It has to be something he does.
Republicans, ‘like conservatives generally, are responsible and play with Marquis of Queensberry rules, whereas the liberals go just the other way.’
He proposed solutions to intractable problems that were simultaneously subtle and just plain common sense. They held great promise. The world would be much better off today had they been adopted.
Never had a President, not even Wilson, been so honored abroad, so hounded at home. Seldom had a President done more for world peace.
From the Maha Rushie, Rush Limbaugh, during hour 1 of yesterday’s show:
We in the United States — and this is a recently evolved theory of mine — that we in the United States are actually living 1984, the novel by Orwell, in a number of ways. And what has taken over is the concept of groupthink.
I’ve made the point over the years, recent number of years, that when the media reports a story, they have this knack of making it appear that everybody thinks this. So if you’re an outlier or if you don’t think that, you’re in a tiny little minority, and then you become castigated and regarded as a kook or whatever. It’s nothing more than groupthink and consensus. And it exists because the people who believe in groupthink or consensus are simply people who [don’t] wish, cannot accept, cannot accept or cannot deal with a challenged worldview or an alternative idea about anything, because they have developed this little safety of a cocoon in which they live, and they congregate together. It doesn’t matter if it’s climate change or any other issue, if anybody comes along and doesn’t comport and doesn’t go along with it, that person has to be stigmatized, destroyed, and cast out. And what happens when everybody falls pray to groupthink or consensus, that’s the end of truth. That is the end of inquiry, it’s the end of curiosity, and it’s the end of suspicion.
I happen to have answers and I happen to explain them, and I happen to do it effectively, and so I am a target, because I don’t go with the groupthink — and many of you don’t. That’s why Donald Trump’s elected. Donald Trump is elected by people who refuse to go along with the consensus, with the groupthink, with ‘the’ way of thinking.
This comes from the Maha Rushie, Rush Limbaugh, right at the beginning of Thursday’s show:
Anyway, what I’m noticing as I watch Houston, I’m seeing all kinds of boats, large, small, surface, submarine. I’m seeing boats. I’m seeing trucks, monster trucks. I’m seeing tanks. I’m seeing helicopters. I’m seeing that the combustion engine, the internal combustion engine has taken center stage and that without it the rescue and recovery efforts would not be 20% what they are. If we were relying on sources of [energy] that the American left has been demanding we shift to, we would be so far behind in this rescue effort as to probably not even be making a dent in it.
This is from the first hour of today’s Rush Limbaugh Show, in which the Maha Rushie breaks down where we are culturally. It’s a long excerpt, but I could not edit any of it out.
And it has become clear, as I have observed all of this, that where we are in America culturally right now, is that the Alt-Left, which is alternatively known as Occupy Wall Street — same people that protested at Ferguson, Missouri, and in Baltimore, Maryland. The same people that protested in Oakland, California, at Berkeley. The same people that have been protesting leftist causes my entire life, it’s the same groups, it’s the same people. The bodies may change; I mean people grow older, new people join the movement. There’s nothing new about this leftist movement.
What is new is that apparently we’ve reached the point in American history where they have 100 percent moral authority. They are not capable of racism. That’s the wrong way to put it, because of course they are racists themselves, and they are bigots. What I’m trying to say is that the media and even — heck, folks, it’s a bunch of people on the right now. As far as the popular culture is concerned, the Alt-Left, as just a title I’m giving them to distinguish them from the others, but the militant leftist protesters have been judged now to be free of morality. That’s still not the right way to say it. They are incapable of being immoral.
We are not permitted to say that they’re immoral. We’re not permitted to judge them in any way. They have moral authority. And that’s where we are. And so any criticism of people on the left is going to tie you automatically with the Alt-Right, the Nazis, the neo-Nazis, the white supremacists and whoever it is that makes up that group. That must be universally condemned, the same type of people that on the left are immune. We can’t go after them. They are now protected, is probably the best way to describe this.
Once again, the Maha Rushie nails it. From Thursday's show, hour two:
The things that [President Trump] campaigned on and the things that he's trying to do ought to all have broad bipartisan support. Because every d*** one of them is aimed at improving things for the American people. Be it immigration, be it the economy, whatever the issue, everything Trump is advancing — on the basis of sheer common sense — should have broad bipartisan support. … Now, you could say we're paralyzed by politics and you'd be right. But we're paralyzed by ignorance, and we're paralyzed by a lack of common sense, and we are paralyzed by political partisanship. We're paralyzed primarily by stupidity and ignorance.
Rush Limbaugh led off hour two of yesterday's program with the news that Princeton University has hired a "men's engagement manager" to help combat aggressive masculinity. According to the university, the men's engagement manager focuses on "promoting an environment for healthy male social development by challenging belief systems and social constructs that contribute to violence." In other words, they want to make men more like women, because emasculation of men has long been the objective of liberal feminism. At any rate, Rush offered the following commentary:
Militant feminism — which is what feminism is. There is no moderate strain of it. Militant feminism is essentially a War on Men and the way men naturally are because that is seen as the reason or the explanation for women being unhappy. So the effort of militant feminists has been actually multifaceted. I mean, they're trying to change basic human nature, largely because it was so unkind to many of them and because they think that this basic human nature has resulted in them being powerless and discriminated against and 'objectified.' All the things that nature makes happen, they are offended by and outraged by — and it manifests itself in screwy ways. You're not supposed to notice how attractive a woman is. If you do that, and depending on how vociferous you are about it, you are at the very least a sexist — and at worst, you're a predator who doesn't care about anything else about a woman.
Liberal feminists are a genuinely unhappy bunch. You could say this about liberals in general, because they seem to be in a state of perpetual outrage. These are not happy people. But liberal feminists are for the most part unhappy because they are at war with biology and human nature, and you can't make this your life's purpose and truly be happy with the outcome. You can try to artificially re-wire the male brain, and there are plenty of limp-wristed liberal beta males who will willingly acquiesce, but then they wonder where all the real men have gone. Those of us who take pride in our masculinity (and know our rightful place) won't have any of this nonsense. Biology and human nature are what they are by design, and we're happy being who were are. You can ignore liberal feminists, or you can make fun of them, but if you take them seriously, it is to your own detriment.
Rush Limbaugh from the 3rd hour of yesterday’s show:
If all you wanted to do was insure the 30 million that didn’t have it, do that! It would have cost one-30th of what Obamacare costs. But there wouldn’t have been any more power or control gained in Washington if you did it that way. The preexisting condition argument was another made to order argument for how unfair America is and how rotten insurance companies are. “Look at all the people with preexisting conditions that are just being allowed to get sick and die,” and it was all a magnified story to portray America as heartless and cruel — and, of course, the Republican Party as part of it and the insurance companies to boot.
And so we blew up, for the most part, a relatively functioning system to accommodate two relatively small groups who could have been accommodated with much smaller plans that would have accomplished the same thing without throwing the whole baby out with the bathwater.
The Maha Rushie spent a good deal of yesterday's program taking apart liberal feminism. It was glorious from start to finish. There are many worthy quotes from his dissertation, but here's my favorite:
Now, what is it about all of those characteristics that the left despises? Who are these people that were white, male, able-bodied, that’s bad. See, able-bodied is bad, because not everybody is, it’s unfair. We should stop benefiting those who can take care of themselves, it’s not fair. It is actually discriminatory if you are self-reliant. If you’re able-bodied, if you’re able to do things, take care of yourself, you are discriminatory. And you are part of white heteromasculinity. Economically privileged, heterosexual, cisgendered. All of this, this defines normal!
If you are normal, you are bad for our culture. If you are white male, able-bodied, economically privileged, heterosexual, and know that you’re a man, if you’re a man, you are the problem.
The Maha Rushie was back on the air today following a 5-day break and was hitting on all cylinders. This is a portion of his lead off commentary regarding Trump’s takedown of #fakenews CNN:
How many people over the course of your life, over the course of the recent past, months, years, how many people do you know that constantly complain about the media? Everybody, right? Everybody’s always complaining about the media. So over this past weekend I had somebody say, “Do you believe what Trump is doing to CNN?”
I said, “What do you mean what Trump is doing to CNN? It’s not what Trump is doing to CNN. It’s what CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post are doing to Trump!”
So many people have complained to me about the media for all of my life, the entire portion of my life that I’ve been doing this program. “Something’s got to be done. We’ve got to do something. Why doesn’t somebody do something about the media?” And here comes Donald Trump doing something about the media and people are getting nervous. Not everybody. Some people are obviously very supportive and happy about this.
I think it was last week or the week before, I forget which, but I openly stated on this program that we are witnessing the decline and eventual demise of CNN. And that statement was picked up by several in the Drive-By Media, and panels were assembled to discuss my premise. “Do you really think,” it was asked on Fox News, “do you really think this could be the end of CNN?” It is the end of CNN.
My point about this, a lot of people are nervous. Trump supporters are nervous about the tweet. Not everybody, but some Trump supporters are nervous about the tweeting and they’re nervous about him taking on CNN. For everybody who’s wanted something done about the media, this is what it looks like. For everybody’s who’s complained about “inside-the-Beltway-itis” and how it happens and says we need to drain the swamp or whatever, this is what it looks like.