Is Limbaugh a political prophet?
Some preachers say the average person cannot understand the bible unless someone gifted with biblical insight decodes it for them. Limbaugh appears to be saying the same in terms of conservatism and politics. He scours the daily news and translates it into conservative context for the weak at heart who are scared by the power of the mainstream media. I used to call him a spin-surgeon but now I call him a political prophet.
I call him angry, paranoid and semi-delusional among other things. I don't think he's a prophet I think he's a condescending, mean-spirited loudmouth with no interest in discussion or genuine debate. His only goal is to incite anger and shock and to be the center of attention. We need more voices both conservative and liberal to open discussions and talk about ways we can compromise and work together, rather than point fingers and blame the other side for all our woes.
Not angry (at whom?), not paranoid (about what?), he;s a blowhard and condescension is his TM. He's there 4 facts, not to promote discussion. His show is to showcase HIS ideas. His is to foster debate, but NOT ON HIS SHOW. He can do what he wants.
His "facts" are laughable in most cases. He's a hypocrite that once called drug addicts the "lowest forms of life" when he himself was one. I'll look for my own facts. Any moron can scream their ideas - not factual or valuable to discourse.
There are facts and interpretation of facts. I think what you don't like is HIS interpretation which can be abrasive, bellicose and hard on the ears.. Look 4 your own facts; most don't take the time to look UNBIASED at facts.
You are right teamrn, most don't take the time to look UNBIASED at facts, they listen to blowhards like Limbaugh.
exactly Justsilvie - I get info from multiple sources - too many people listen to idiots like this as though they were the answer instead of searching for themselves. SCARY.
ChristinS, Not enough people get their own facts from independent news. They get news from the 'Today' show and read the'New York Times' (after all, aren't they purveyors of 'all the news that's fit to print'); then figure they've done it al. NOT !
I agree not enough people read independent news. I personally do - and Rush Limbaugh isn't a news source - he's a pundit and his opinion is no more valuable than anyone else's because he happens to be a legend in his own mind. He's a pig - sorry.
rush limbaugh...not one of my faves, but i understand he is quite popular in some circles. i think i lost any remaining respect i had for him when i listened to the show where he blamed president obama for telling the national hurricane center to project a path for the hurricane (i can't remember the name of it) to cause the republican national convention to be delayed. in my opinion, his personality is very "abrasive".
What Rush (Big mouth, psycho, drug addict, ego-maniac, Far Right lunatic) IS...(.besides what I just casually mentioned.).....a menace to humanity, harmony and peace......He's no prophet...he's no surgeon, in fact, he's of no importance whatsoever. He needs to do us all a huge favor and put his radio show to bed....and then put himself to bed....and STAY there. The cigar-smoking fat man is a certified cuckoo bird. Sorry I can't tell you what I really think of him.
I disagree. The show is owned by Rush who has sponsors who keep him on despite criticism. Rather than his going to bed, is there a reason you don't tune him out and change channels? Easy solution: If you don't like what he says, CHANGE CHANNELS.
His comments/controversy are publicized & Unavoidable. If you cannot accept varied opinions w/o being cocky/rude, do not ask questions open for comment.. If your intention is to insult those who don't believe as you, become a preacher. Not nice
I sill think that although Rush is often a rude and obnoxious boor, i get ideas: like ''his is happening,' then I go out and do my own research. Form opinions based on info I get from Rush? NO. Research? YES..
Like every other political pundit, Limbaugh has his strengths and weaknesses. You will never get any follower of the liberal establishment to admit his irrational hatred of the man, though. He broke the media monopoly that permitted them to control the information provided to the public and thereby to stay in power indefinitely. That led to many things that drive them up the wall, including talk radio as a widespread phenomenon, Fox News, and the Reagan Revolution. With the alphabet soup broadcasters, the New York Times, and their other propaganda organs in decline, progressives are now unable to depend on a self-censoring liberal media, and so they face the inconvenient truth that most Americans are not with them. So far despite trying time and again with such corrupt measures as the perennial "fairness" bill, they have been unable to criminalize dissent in order to regain control.
Hatred rises from fear. What liberals fear is loss of their ability to cling to power so that they can rule the United States through the federal government, as an ideological minority, which they are. Limbaugh catches the first and harshest slings of their resulting hatred, the existence of which their false front of moral and intellectual superiority requires that they deny in kneejerk fashion, because he was the first successfully to challenge their dominance of the media. He seems to pride himself on that fame, and who with half a conscience would not?
Incredibly well put. Rush puts it out there, uncensored, takes the attacks by the LEFT AND THE RIGHT. But, I bet the man can 'sleep at night' knowing that he wasn't compromised by allegiances and told his truth.
Of course "he sleeps well at night".....Most drug addicts pass right out and sleep for hours.
CJ,," So, what would you think and feel if you found out that Rush has been lying to you all along?" When will u understand; Rush doesn't tell me anything-gives me ideas that I, Annie research to figure out my OWN take. I'm never spoon-fed pablum.
Just speaking as a women no politics involved Limbaugh is a sexist, ignorant creep. He makes my skin crawl and always has. Never have understood how any woman could listen to his blathering and really take him serious. Just looking at that bloated red face in the picture makes me wonder how much booze and drugs do you need to take to start looking like that.
Some preachers say the average person cannot understand the bible unless someone gifted with biblical insight decodes it for them?
I am sure they do, but people with intelligence would call that brainwashing.
Rush; prophet??Heck no.. But he calls 'em as HE sees 'em and is beholden to no one. Women do listen because they are paying more for groceries, bills, gas with NO JOBS.
about his cat... She's smart enough to know she can't feed herself. She's actually a very smart cat. She gets loved. She gets adoration. She gets petted. She gets fed. And she doesn't have to do anything for it, which is why I say this cat's taught
I couldn't agree more women who listen to misogynists like this creep do none of us any favors. He's a disgrace.
He may be misogynistic at times, but I'm much more than my ability to have children. I buy the groceries with less money, I put gas in the car with less $, I have an unemployed husband, the daycare for the children is an expense that is increasing.
teamrn I understand that life is tough for many at the moment, but how does a man who has absolutely no respect for women help us in any way?
He doesn't have to "help us" in order to do his thing. In America, we don't license public speech on the basis of any given party's view of what is a public good. No one is forced to listen to Limbaugh. No one should have his choice of it taken.
Attikos no one wants to take his freedom of speech away, but we don't have to listen to or accept what he spews nor accept him as a credible source of information.
You certainly don't, but who are this "we" who keep coming up here? There's a whole lot o' switchin' among pronominal indefinites goin' on. I'm curious about that.
Justlive, "how does a man who has absolutely no respect for women help us in any way?" Is Rush Limbaugh supposed to HELP US? Whatever happened to helping ourselves and since when do we ask radio talk show hosts for help?
As in we I mean "the people" Attikos. His ilk are into divide and conquer not anything positive. But it may be personal I have an aversion to bullies!
I just reread, "weak at heart who are scared of the power of the MSM." The MSM should have no input info forming our opinions; they should REPORTI the news, period. Journalists should not analyze. When Tim Russert died, journalistic integrity died.
The views you're expressing do not represent "the people," Silvie, though they do demonstrate a point I was making in another post in this thread. I think you for that.
I call him a delusional moron who is anti women and overindulges in drugs. This man is no Prophet. He is a legend in his own mind!
Rush Limbaugh, just as Michael Medved, Michael Savage, Bill O'Reilly, Keith Oberman, Rachel Maddow and a host of others, are little more than talking mouthpieces who have been put in place and paid big bucks to lead the American people, like the Pied Piper, into believing there is a struggle between Democrats and Republicans, when, in fact, there isn't.
Both sides of the political aisle can be found in bed with each other and they all work for the same master. Because of mouthpieces like Limbaugh, many people are led astray.
These political pundits are no more than wooden dummies, who sit on their master's lap and who move their mouths according to his wishes. They have been recruited to keep the average American's eye off the ball and chasing after their own tails. This is important for the establishment because if America ever wakes up from their stupor, they will begin to see who is really pulling the strings in this country and making all the decisions behind closed doors.
Benjamin D'Israeli, prime minister for the British parliament circa 1850's, said to the effect, "People would be surprised to find out that the people running the governments are very different from those who are thought to run them."
Moreover, as FDR pointed out, "There are no coincidences in politics...if it happened, you can be sure it was planned that way."
Think of every election the past 70 years and think "hanging shads" (election year 2,000). The power-brokers behind the scenes have found out that the average American has a short memory, an insatiable appetite for entertainment, and is gullible to a fault.
So, what would you think and feel if you found out that Rush has been lying to you all along? What would you think if you found out all this Democrat/Republican psycho-drama was just a scripted song and dance - an elaborate ruse or choreography, where every "politician" is carefully screened and trained before their appointments to public office and every political pundit you hear on the radio and see on television has also been screened, trained and then unleashed on the American people?
No, my dear, you will not hear this kind of truth from Rush Limbaugh (the false prophet of "conservative" politics) or any other of the Pied Pipers sent to deceive, mislead and misinform.
I'm sure you're including Andrea Mitchell, Chris Matthews, Gwen Ifill, Martha Raddatz, Candy Crowley, G. Stephanopoulos for space reasons.. Rush doesn't lie to me, He gives facts. I research them. He's not the conservative Pied Piper.
where do you research these alleged facts? The "fact" is he's a mouthpiece for an agenda and he's brilliant at leading people astray. CJ has it right on the money about all of these pundits.
Wheree do I research? A little bit of NPPR, Politico, MSNBC (particularly Morning Joe), National Journal, Health Affairs, Fact Check, FOX, Wash Times, Heritage, Chicago Trib.Federal Review, The Hill, Krauthammer, C_SPAN and the Economist:
Yes, teamrn, I refer to them all. Yes, Rush does give you the FACTS, but he does not render the TRUTH. Please understand that people can give factoids that have nothing to do with truth. A fact is a commonly held belief that may or may not be true.
CJ, are you saying that FACT, depending on who says it. IS TRUE or NOT TRUE? What is true for the goose is true for the gander. FACT IS FACT. When you say 'render' do u mean interpret? INTERPRETATIONS of fact, vary, but the facts don't change.
teamrn: A fact may be true or it may be false. It is a fallacy to conclude that all facts are truthful. I believe Rush and Oberman, to name a few, leave little factoids here and there and to those who follow them religiously...trust their findings.
CJ, I just found it interesting that you completely did not answer WHAT ARE THE SPECIFIC LIES that you hear. Not things that you disagree with, but BOLD FACE LIES.
Rush is a smart conservative with a great sense of humor, which is a cause for great pain for many on the left who live in the bubble of their own creation. Rush relentlessly exposes the left for what it is- and its not pretty!
The left in America has enjoyed decades of nearly complete domination of the media until Rush came on the scene and for the first time, their beliefs are being questioned. Because the left has felt that few intelligent and educated person would challenge their worldview, Rush's success is very troubling to them. This explains the bitter attacks and ridicule leveled at Rush on a regular basis.
The liberal bias in the main stream media had bothered many American's before Rush came on the scene, which explains why he has gained a 50 million person viewing audience. Many on the left complain that he's just an entertainer and shouldn't spout of all his right wing propaganda and some even feel that there should be a law to silence Rush or to give liberals equal time on the radio. They say this while they still control of 80% of the media. They say their media propaganda is news when its really just their own opinion.
Sounds like you bought into his political rhetoric, my friend, and are enjoying the "conservative" ear tickle performed by old man Limbaugh. What term does Rush use to describe people with this condition? Sheeple :0)
Whatever Rush's listenership (I'm not sure about the 50 M figure). it far exceeds the anemic sum of all of MSNBC shows combined: there must be a reason for it. Is it possible that he has a message? THink. Numbers don't lie.
There are lies, damn lies, and statistics. :0)
CJ, what are a few examples (SPECIFIC) of those lies?
teamrn, I don't care if Rush were making one hundred billion dollars and half the world listened to him...that doesn't mean he is a truth teller or make him a good man. What he has is a great podium and a big yapper from which to spew his diatribe.
ANYONE who makes a ludicrous statement such as, "numbers don't lie.?" has earned my deaf ear....Utter FOOLISHNESS.! Good Bye. Won't discuss with 4-year olds.
CJ. I NEVER said Rush Limbaugh was a truth teller. I said that he had quite a listenership, so there must be a reason; what is it? As far as my being a bigot-what makes u say that? Typical liberal accusation when someone disagrees" BIGOT" Sad, sad.
CJ Sledgehammer- I think your getting a little too personal, remember nobody knows it all.
CJ, I can't help but notice that any time I've asked for specific examples of lies that have been told Specific 'untruths'.
teamrn: First off, I never called you a bigot. Secondly, Rush's whole position is one of disingenuity. His grand lie is leading millions to believe that Republicans are good and Democrats are bad, but all the while hides who the real scoundrels are.
CJ, " A fact may be true or it may be false. It is a fallacy to conclude that all facts are truthful." CJ, A fact IS BY IT'S VERY NATURE, A FACT AND TRUE. A fact has been fact-checked and is beyond ANY doubt, TRUE.Nothing will change my b-day. FACT.
Prophets are chosen as such by those who believe in their message. I asked the question to find out how many people believe in his brand of political partisanship. While I do not subscribe to his ideology I like the way he spins daily events into a narrative that feeds his eager following. He reminds me of a preacher in many aspects. If society functions on the continuous stimulation of human consciousness then he is playing a huge role in stimulating minds.
My thinking is that Rush is a bit too partisan when he spins. I like him because we share the same ideology, but there's more. He provides an element to his commentary, which is CRITICAL THINKING, an ability that many Americans have lost.
Rush does not critically analyze...he reads from a script. He says exactly what he is supposed to say to a specific demographic. Make no mistake about it...Rush is a Pied Piper along with the rest. He tantalizes and tickles your ears for a profit.
Critical thinking is essential if civilization is to progress instead of simply drifting along. Without critical thinking humanity becomes like a school of fish with conservatism fighting to take control of it's sense of direction.
".... Without critical thinking humanity becomes like a school of fish with conservatism fighting to take control of it's sense of direction." Why conservatism fighting? External forces like money, greed, power, lust, bloodlines, guillotines, Rome..
teamrn: I am a devout Christian "conservative". Having said that, I do not practice "Republicanity", which is my coined-term for those who believe the Republican party is their new savior. Christ would never endorse any political party, nor do I.
CJ Sledgehammer, Thank you for the very nice compliments, but most don't reach my age without knowing that there is usually more than meets the eye, and rare is the slam-dunk!
I call it like I see it, teamrn, and I think you are of noble character. Just please be careful who you follow and who you trust. I tend to believe that anyone who is on the radio, in the papers, and on t.v., cannot be trusted to divulge the truth.
CJ, FACTS by their very nature are indisputable. I can't say that it is FACT that you are liberal in your political beliefts. That is FACTOID. It IS fact that candles are lit in my home this very minute and my dog sleeps and I sit at the computer.
The truth of the matter is that candles are one of the leading causes of house fires this time of year, so please be careful. :0)
Mmmm, I was thinking more like a heart attack waiting to happen. HIs wife should start feeding him fake fats cleverly disguised.
I just saw this, CJ, " A fact may be true or it may be false. It is a fallacy to conclude that all facts are truthful." CJ, A fact IS BY IT'S VERY NATURE, A FACT AND TRUE. A fact has been fact-checked and is beyond ANY doubt, TRUE.
So, in your book, all "facts" are beyond ANY doubt? So, who is checking the facts? How can you be sure? Likely, the only facts you find are factoids that have been left behind for you to find. Some say macro-evolution is a fact...are they right?
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