Several years ago, I drew the ire of my friends on The Rio Norte Line? What was my sin? I dared to explain to them that ‘conservatives’ were not the heir to our founders ideology, and Rush Limbaugh was not the conservative champion many believe him to be, but a plant working to keep the remnant of our founders on the Republican Reservation. Well, I am not happy about it but, with so many of the GOP going for Trump today, I fear I have finally been vindicated. Here’s why.
First, you have to be a serious listener to Limbaugh’s radio program. Otherwise, you will not know that Rush has always told his audience the following:
1 — the majority of America is ‘conservative.’ (He has always said this is the source of his success: he was finally saying the things the majority already think and believe).
2 — You should never let anyone tell you you cannot do something. If you feel passionately about it, you should just do it (He has put himself and his program forward as an example).
However, it wasn’t until many years after I had been listening to him that I started to realize that these two points are in contradiction to something else Rush has always told people: that a 3rd Party was an act of futility: the only hope was to change the GOP from within. Once I started to understand the implications, I started to notice that Rush habitually sympathizes with his audiences’ frustrations, but then he turns them against his Liberal and ‘mains stream media’ bogeymen and to the GOP as the political solution. He has been doing the same with Trump. He tells people Cruz is the ‘conservative’ candidate, but then he ‘explains’ Trump in what can only be seen as a sympathetic voice. In short, he treats Trump with kid gloves. The whole time saying Trump will be bad, he uses his tone and structure of his speech to keep Trump viable with his audience. At least Rush is still showing he is the master of sophistication when it comes to Propaganda. Hannity has just come out and gone full Trump/GOP. No more pretext that Hannity’s conservatism has anything to do with the stated goals. It is clear that the real purpose is to preserve the GOP.
Furthermore, Rush likes to claim the mantle of reason. Unfortunately, his actions suggest that this is not quite true. If the nation is majority conservative, and we should not let people tell us we can’t do things, then the logical, rational conclusion is to start a 3rd Party that actually will do the things the people want the Party to do. If the nation is conservative, as claimed, then this new Party would become the majority Party in short order. But Rush fights hard against the idea of a 3rd Party. This suggests that Rush’s true purpose is to keep ‘conservatives’ in the GOP. However, there is another possibility: that ‘conservative’ does not mean what most people believe it means.
I have tried to explain to people that words matter, and ‘conservative’ is not the same thing as our founders’ political ideology. ‘Conservatism’ is the political ideology of an Englishman by the name of Sir Edmund Burke, a man who actually defended the Crown’s authority to sell the ‘right’ to own 1/3 of the world’s land and population (This was in connection to the case of the East India Tea Company’s charter to what was literally 1/3 of the world, and the rights to ‘dispose’ of the people and properties in the given regions). Burke defined conservatism as just holding to the given; the status quo. That means that what Rush — and apparently, if the voting for Trump is any guide — most Republicans believe conservatism means is the Republican version of Progressivism, as defined by Teddy Roosevelt. They don’t mind big government; they just want it to be fashioned according to their desires and not the Democrat’s.
Now, when you realize that Teddy Roosevelt was a lot like Donald Trump, both in political policy and personality, this actually starts to make sense. The heirs to Teddy Roosevelt’s Progressivism are still in the GOP. Rush even tells his audience this fact, only he doesn’t call them Progressives. He calls them ‘country-club blue-bloods.’ He also says these people are the ‘establishment’ of the Republican Party. If you accept that this is the reality we’re dealing with, then it suddenly explains why the GOP always seems to ‘cave’ to the Democratic Party: because both are Progressive! The only difference is the Democrat Party prefers open borders (Communism) where the GOP still favors nationalism (National Socialism). It also explains why the GOP ‘establishment’ has always despised the true remnant of our founders’ political ideology (Classic Liberalism). It is because our founders were natural enemies to the politics of both the Democrat and Republican Parties.
So, for those of us who actually do cling to the mantle of this nations founding, to the principles of Classic Liberalism, we are faced with a simple reality. Rush has been right and wrong about the nation being conservative. Yes, it would appear a great many Americans are conservative in that they still cling to the National Socialist tendencies of Teddy Roosevelt’s Progressivism. But no, they no longer embrace the founding ideology of this nation, Classic Liberalism. But then, I’m no longer convinced Rush does, either, because a Classic Liberal would be fighting for the preservation of this nation — even at the expense of his career and fortune. So far as I have seen, Rush has done everything possible to preserve himself.
This leaves us with a sad reality. The people who are openly supporting a serial liar in either Hillary or Trump, and those supporting an open socialist in Sanders are clearly demonstrating that the majority of America has abandoned the foundations of the American experiment. They no longer support the idea of individual rights and the rule of law. Now they seek a champion — a king — and they want this king to do their bidding for their own, personal benefit. Unfortunately, this never works. It always leads to tyranny. So these same people are also proving the Democrats correct: the average American no longer understands what they are doing well enough to make reasoned decisions. We have become exactly what Walter Lippmann accused us of being: a blind, thundering herd that needs masters to control it so that we do not trample on the oppressed. The problem is, our masters will decide who is ‘oppressed’ based on who they can buy to support them and who they can exploit to get the money to buy that group. All this leaves us with one inevitable conclusion:
Baring an act of God, the American experiment has ended, and not with a whimper, but most likely the same way so many other great republics have died in the past: to thunderous applause.
Today, 2 March 2016, the day after Super Tuesday, Rush was on the radio saying that Cruz may be making a mistake by talking in terms ‘hard core’ conservatives will understand and like. According to Rush, this may be a mistake because it will not give Cruz a broad enough base and may be the cause for Cruz not doing so well. Dear reader, this is a confirmation of my point: the nation no longer has a majority of people who actually understand and adhere to the founding principles of this country. What most people think of as ‘conservative’ today is more accurately described as Teddy Roosevelt Progressivism which, hard as this is to hear, is otherwise known as NAZI-ism. Progressivism is nothing more than Socialism. If you are a Democrat (i.e. Left-wing Progressive), you lean toward the open borders ideology of Communism. But if you are a Republican (Right-wing Progressive), you lean toward National Socialism, which is otherwise known as NAZI-ism.
I admit, it is very hard to accept, but once you step outside what you want to believe and look at this nation in these terms, the parallels between 1930’s Germany and 2016 America will jump out at you. In the 1930’s, Germany struggled with Communism vs Fascism (National Socialism). Today, we have the same choice. We are repeating history because we have forgotten history or, worse, convinced ourselves that we are immune to history because we are ‘America’ — and that can’t happen here…