Limbaugh's Soviet America

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Rush Limbaugh Fears Collectivism in America

Jan. 23, 2009
N.J. Lukanovich

President Barack Obama's words and actions during the first days on the job should give hope to the most cynical among us. He has signed executive orders and presidential memorandums that overturn poorly thought-out policies enacted by George W. Bush. He has frozen the salaries of his top aides, initiated a new era of openness and transparency by opening government agencies to public scrutiny, and issued new rules for lobbyists to limit their influence.

Obama has also immediately improved brand America to the rest of the world by signing two critical executives orders: one to shut down Guantanamo Bay within the year and halt the use of interrogation methods that would be defined as torture, and another that prevents the CIA from creating new detention centers on foreign territory and closes down the centers that currently exist.

The inititatives bode well for those who are hoping for the changes that Obama has promised, and even high-level Republicans have spoken out to commend his actions. But there are always those who will whine and complain and some who even wish for him to fail, one of the most vocal being Rush Limbaugh. Good ole' boy Rush did an interview on FOX News that is both amusing and chilling: amusing, because he makes himself a comical figure by airing sentiments that border on the insane; chilling because the fact that he has an enormous following shows that many agree with his ludicrous viewpoints.

When asked by Sean Hannity what his thoughts were on Obama as President, Limbaugh responded that while it was difficult to respond, he "was suspicious," because the media and the establishment have "become all cult-like." I'm not entirely sure how Limbaugh would define cult, but it would appear that positive sentiments about a new president in an era when Americans are desperate for change are dangerous and should be nipped in the bud. FOX News and Sean Hannity will no doubt help Limbaugh along in his aim to crush all hope that Obama will be good for America.

Limbaugh seems affronted by the historic aspect of Obama's presidency, "They care that he's black. They care that he's historic. They care that - they think he's an intellectual because of the way he speaks.[]But I'm a thinker. A lot of people, I guess, aren't."

There are many choice morsels in this interview, but the kicker for me was his response to being asked if he was hoping that Obama would fail:

"If he does not eliminate the Bush tax cuts, I would call that success. So yes, I would hope he would succeed if he acts like Reagan, but if he's going to do FDR, if he's going to do the new, new deal all over which we will call here the raw deal, why would I want him to succeed?

[] If he gets nationalized health care, I mean, it's over, Sean. We're never going to roll that back. That's the end of America as we have known it because that's then going to set the stage for everything being government owned, operated, or provided.

Why would I want that to succeed? I don't believe in that. I know that's not how this country is going to be great in the future, it's not what made this country great.

So I shamelessly say, no, I want him to fail, if his agenda is a far-left collectivism, some people say socialism, as a conservative heartfelt, deeply, why would I want socialism to succeed?"

After a commercial break, the interview, which is beginning to resemble an SNL spoof, continues with Hannity trying to make it sound like Limbaugh is rational:

"You want your country to succeed and you believe that his views implemented represent failure, predictable failure, and conservatism would - represent predictable success."

Limbaugh then reveals the extent of his paranoia:

"Well, I don't know where what he wants to try has worked. It didn't work in the Soviet Union. It hasn't worked in China. They're having to become like us in China in order to survive. It hasn't worked in Cuba. It hasn't worked - it didn't work when the pilgrims arrived. They tried socialism. Remember, they had a plot of ground, they shared what they produced, and the slackers figured out they didn't have to produce anything to get goodies."

More than 20 million people listen to Rush Limbaugh's show. He is aired on 600 radio stations in America. So as comical as he may seem in his assertion that Obama wants to impose socialism on America, Soviet style era, it really is chilling that Limbaugh, the self-proclaimed thinker, has such a following.

To read the entire interview go to FOX News.