Rush Limbaugh And The News

Why are people less informed? Limbaugh Mania! That is what has changed. The first generation following Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and Glenn Beck have come of voting age. They look at these entertainers as bonafide newsman.

A few days ago Piers Morgan was interviewing Rick Santorum and Mr. Santorum was complaining about the unfair advantage the Democrats had last election because the debate moderators were liberally biased news anchors. He went on to say that would be the same for Republicans if the moderators were Limbaugh or Beck. He was comparing these entertainers to the likes of Jim Lehrer and Bob Schrieffer.

People tend to get their “news” from sources that are biased in the direction of their own beliefs. The problem is many on the right get their information from entertainers and not newsmen. Not only has many people accepted these entertainers as news anchors many have adopted their style of debate and discussion.

A case in point is an individual that I use to interact with on Facebook. He is a young, recent graduate from law school who has conservative political leanings as I do. Whenever we entered into a discussion/debate he would immediately go into his Mark Levin attack mode. Issues and facts would be pushed aside for name calling and irrational comments. I finally blocked him and this bothered me because it is the first time for me taking such action. I appreciate hearing varying opinions about topics.

This gave me pause to think about what was occurring and that is how I realized he probably grew up listening to Mark Levin and Glenn Beck just as I grew up listening to William F. Buckley.

My hat is off to Rush Limbaugh for pulling one of the biggest scams of the last quarter century. It would be nice if he spoke up and corrected his followers. Now I am dreaming like Santorum!

If Ralph and I were still Friends on Facebook I would encourage him to watch this debate between William F. Buckley and Ron Paul in 1988.

Common Core And Local Control

Tea Party like individuals and others are against Common Core because they see it as the federal government stepping in and taking away control of education at the local level. They keep going back to a document written in the late 1700’s, the Constitution, and say there is no provision for Federal involvement in education.

They are wrong. The Constitution is a living document and it does give the government the responsibility of looking out for the general welfare of the country. In 1800 a formal education was not a necessity to get by in the world. Today, the education of our children is not only necessary for the child’s well being; it is also a necessity for the well being of our nation.

In the 21st century it is more likely the United States will lose its stature in the world because of our citizens lacking a sufficient education than the country lacking two or three aircraft carriers.

Common Core gives the local school district a measuring stick to ascertain how well they are doing versus other districts in the country. Once again, China is moving forward as we squabble….

Tea Party and Bloodletting

I ascribe to much of what the Tea Party states are their goals; free markets, reasonable deficits and a government of the people and for the people. It is some of their actions that I object to and the movement was taken over by unscrupulous people for their own self-interest and this includes the Koch Brothers and Rupert Murdoch  Further, a part of this group are bigots who cannot stand having a black man as President.

“Millions of dollars have flowed in from corporations and rich donors, all of whom have their own ideas about what the tea party should be. This struggle for the soul of the movement has left many of its original activists facing agonizing decisions: Do they, should they, still belong?” Washington Post 12/31/10

From 1968 until 2008 I voted Republican in every presidential election. In 2008 I was ready to vote for John McCain until he nominated Sarah Pail as his running mate. I did not want her so close to the nuke button. In 2012 Obama did not win the election. The Republican party, including the Tea Party, gave him the election. Just look at their primary candidates; Bachmann  Gingrich, Romney, Cain, Santorum, Perry, Paul and Huntsman. Huntsman was the only candidate worthy of consideration and he was shunned.

We have a debt problem that was created over a thirty year period and if it is going to be solved in a manner that does not destroy the country it will take fifteen to twenty years. The Tea Party’s clamoring for a quick fix is similar to the beliefs of the medical profession until the 19th century when it promoted bloodletting, the withdrawal of often small quantities of blood from a patient to cure or prevent illness and disease. Most often the cure was worse than the decease or illness.

Here is what we must do and Obama, as our President, must implement. If he does not he has failed. China is breathing down our economic necks….

Republicans: Choose Tea Party or Victory

The Republican Party will be back. A major reason Obama won so handily is the GOP became focused on capturing the Tea Party vote without thinking how moderate republicans would bolt the party and vote for Obama.

Once the Republicans rebuke the Tea Party, the moderates will come back and the party can start competing again. I am one of those moderates. I started voting in 1968 and backed Richard Nixon. I voted Republican in every Presidential election until 2008 when McCain selected Palin as his running mate. McCain should retire, he is a bitter man and it is disgraceful.

In this recent election all you have to do is look at the primary candidates on the Republican side. Gingrich, Bachmann, Santorum, Cain, Romney and Huntsman. Huntsman was the only moderate conservative of the bunch. Paul Ryan has possibilities  but he better give up tea. Cruz would be a one term senator if he were anywhere else but Texas. Canter lacks candor.

Where was the pre-Fox Huckabee or the Indiana Governor? Jeb Bush has promise, but he has a weight around his neck.