Originally Posted by mcbear
The country needs to figure out a way to eliminate the mass polarization that has occured in the past 15 years [ummm, just about the same number of years Rush has been on National Airwaves]. If that could occur and a more moderate faction, or at least "working bipartisian" faction came together at least positive work could be done.
Rush has been on the airwaves far longer than 15 years. I was listening to (and calling into) his national show at least 18 years ago.
Rush was almost immediately very, very popular for two reasons. 1) He is an entertainer first, and a 'conservative' second. I don't think he personally believes most of what he says or does, certainly not to the lengths he goes to on-air.
2) There was a vast untapped market for a conservatively-oriented talk show.
The folly of Limbaugh is that he did such a good job building himself up (e.g. "I'm right 98.5% of the time, as documented by so-and-so", and the book "See, I told you so"), that lots of mental midgets shut off their brains and became slaves to him. (Exhibit "A", Jayhawk.
) In hindsight, it was probably naive to assume that with such a vast national audience and rabid message of "I'm right all the time, ergo it's safe to think what I tell you to think", that you wouldn't serve to polarize the nation.
I would argue that Rush didn't start the fire. He just gave it a lot of fuel and hot air.
Guys like Newt Gingrich were responsible for the overthrow of the Democrats, who in that day held the role of the current Republicans. While there have been relatively few fence hoppers, the ideals seem to have returned to those demonstrated by the Democrats 15-20 years ago...nowadays, those people run as Republicans.
The party political system needs to be abolished. I say again. The political party system needs to be abolished. The RNC and DNC need to be 86'ed. If you give money to them, fucking stop it. You're pouring fuel onto the fire just like Rush.
I see a market for a company that can document and deliver metrics & statistics for one's performance as a congressman at the state & federal levels. Actions speak louder than words and affiliations. You can either believe an athlete when he tells you he'll win you a championship, or you can review his past performance to see if he's demonstrated the ability to do so.
If there's no such company, perhaps we should start one.