NOTE: this is an editorial piece. Please read it as such.
So Rush Limbaugh was on Greta van Sustren’s show last night and he not only attacked Obama, he came out and said the Republican Party is a threat to conservative values. Now, in the interest of fairness, I did not see the interview. I am responding to Beck’s accounting of it. And in this account, Beck said that Limbaugh is advising conservatives and TEA Party types to work as hard as they can from inside the Republican Party to take over the Party. Beck gave the impression that he agrees with this advice. I think both Limbaugh and Beck are wrong on this point, and here’s why.
First, the TEA Party movement was not homogeneous. When it first started, it was reported that as much as 37% of its membership was comprised of Democrats and Independents. By urging this 37% to “work from within the Republican Party,” Limbaugh is urging the people who oppose the Republican Party’s agenda to actually make it stronger! With all due respect to Beck, this is fornicating for chastity. As to Limbaugh: this is exactly what I would have expected. I have stated this many times in the past and this interview has only solidified my opinion on this issue. Limbaugh’s role in our national politics is to keep those who actually support the ideals and principles of our founding on the Republican reservation.
This brings me to the second reason I believe Beck is wrong. If you have identified a terrorist cell in the United States, and you know it is a real and present danger to the nation, what do you do? Do you try to join it so you can “Work as hard as you can to change it from within” so it will no longer be a threat? Or do you eliminate that threat as quickly as possible? If you ask this former Marine, I’d say you kill the threat – NOW! But this is not what Limbaugh is telling people to do. Limbaugh is telling people to join the terrorist cell and try to change it from within. The problem with this is it cannot work. First, you have already told the cell (i.e. Republican Party) what you are going to do. But, and this is the important part, all you do in the process of wasting your time and energy is make that threat stronger. Even if you are trying to oppose their agenda, your numbers within the organization give it power. Once again, Limbaugh is telling us to fornicate for chastity.
Now, I can already hear people telling me that the Progressives took over the Democrat Party the same way Limbaugh is telling us to take over the Republican Party. I would answer yes, and NO! First, as many may already know, I do not believe there are two Parties. I believe they are two competing sects of the same Party pretending to be two different Parties. But even if they are two Parties, the Progressives had to infiltrate the Democrat Party because they knew what they wanted to do would never get the support of the rank-and-file Democrat voter. They had to work through deception and lies. This only works when the people you are trying to infiltrate are unaware of what you are doing. In this case, after Limbaugh has told people to do the same, the Republican Party leadership is fully aware of what is happening. They will not allow such a takeover.
No, if you truly believe the Republican Party is a threat to the nation, and you truly believe the majority of this nation still holds what we call “conservative” values, then you act on what you claim to believe. You kill the threat by leaving the Party and starting a new political movement aimed at restoring those values. If you are correct in your belief, you will not only keep your base, you will pull from Independents who have already realized that this is what has to happen and left the other Parties. But you will also pull from the traditional Democrat voters left in the Progressive Democrat Party. In short, your new movement will become a super-majority in short order and you will have the political clout to affect your goals. However, if you strengthen the threat by urging people to stay in it and feed it, all you do is hasten the demise of the nation.