Friday, September 08, 2006

For Once Rush Limbaugh is Right

Media Matters

[Beginning is typical Limbaugh attention-grabbing nonsense] But let there be no doubt about this: America will prevail. We're the same country that survived a bloody civil war, defeated the Nazis and the Soviets. Each generation has a responsibility to the next. Our generation will not disappoint.
As Rush Limbaugh said on last night's CBS Evening News in the FreeSpeech segment, America will prevail, but not over what Mr. Limbaugh assumes to be the problem: Those of us who don't kowtow to this administration. America has learned from it's mistakes.

We learned that slavery was wrong.
We learned that interring Japanese Americans was wrong.
We learned that the paranoia of McCarthyism was wrong.
We learned that the Vietnam conflict was flawed and that staying the course was wrong.
We learned that blaming soldiers for the mistakes of others was wrong.
We learned that blindly trusting those who profess to be trustworthy is wrong.

Hopefully we will all learn that letting fear destroy what terrorist attacks couldn't destroy is wrong. The most dangerous fascism threatening America right now is the fascism of fear.

To see it more clearly, I'm going to take Mr. Limbaugh's argument and make some key subsitutions to see if his logic holds up.

"When the critics are more interested in punishing this country over a few incidents of [rounding up Japanese Americans and putting them in prisons without any evidence of treason] than they are in [letting those responsible do anything they want simply because we're at war], when they seek to destroy [unlimited spying on members of Nixon's enemies list], when they want to grant those [yanked out of their homes in the middle of the night and swept into a secret prison] U.S. constitutional rights, I don't call that patriotic."

"Patriotism is rallying behind the [current administration], regardless of party affiliation, to [get rid of anyone who seems threatening to the current administration]. Patriotism is [passively watching] our troops [die and get maimed] in the battlefield, not [questioning the competence and] undermining the mission and morale [of the current administration]."

Apparently, all those who disagree with the Bush administration are enemies of the state. Rush Limbaugh is against Islamofascism but is he against all fascism?

From Modern History Sourcebook: Benito Mussolini: What is Fascism, 1932:

The Fascist State organizes the nation, but leaves a sufficient margin of liberty to the individual; the latter is deprived of all useless and possibly harmful freedom, but retains what is essential; the deciding power in this question cannot be the individual, but the State alone

Is that what we want America to become? It seems like Rush Limbaugh's answer is yes as long as it's called patriotism.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 8:24 AM   2 comments links to this post


At September 08, 2006 3:55 PM, Blogger Norma said...

For once? Where have you been?

At September 08, 2006 4:18 PM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

Not listening to every word bellowed by a man who seems to believe freedom only belongs to those who nod their heads in time to his bellowing.


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