Rush Limbaugh, the famous conservative talk radio commentator, typifies the reaction to many Americans to the accession of Barack Obama to the Presidency. Rush Limbaugh is not impressed and has mocked Barack Obama from day one.
Rush Limbaugh’s attitude toward Barack Obama was expressed in a recent broadcast:
“My hope, and please understand me when I say this. I disagree fervently with the people on our side of the aisle who have caved and who say, ‘Well, I hope he succeeds. We’ve got to give him a chance.’ Why? They didn’t give Bush a chance in 2000. Before he was inaugurated the search-and-destroy mission had begun. I’m not talking about search-and-destroy, but I’ve been listening to Barack Obama for a year-and-a-half. I know what his politics are. I know what his plans are, as he has stated them. I don’t want them to succeed. “
Rush Limbaugh is openly expressing sentiments that many conservative people are thus far afraid to articulate, at least in public. True conservatives, contrary to liberal stereotype, tend to like decorum. They witnessed, with a mixture of horror and disbelief, the Bush Derangement Syndrome that permeated the fever swamps of the left and was even on display during the inauguration ceremony when former President Bush was mocked by some in the assembled crowd. Not wanting to be like them, many conservative people are bending over backwards to accommodate Barack Obama, to give him a chance, to hope he succeeds in fixing the economy.
However hope is not a plan. Anyone with a modicum of economic knowledge knows that huge public spending programs do not address economic malaise. Governments are ill equipped to allocate resources to projects that have the maximum growth benefit. Markets, which are really the mass of people spending and investing money according to their own inclinations, are far better able to reestablish economic growth. That is why the three great tax cuts of the 20th and early 21st Century-the Kennedy tax cuts of the 1960s, the Reagan tax cuts of the 1980s, and the George W. Bush tax cuts of the early 21st Century succeeded where the Roosevelt New Deal and the Lyndon Johnson Great Society failed.
Rush Limbaugh, besides castigating Barack Obama, has hammered elected Republicans who are rolling over to accommodate the new President. Besides wasteful spending programs, Republicans in the Congress are approving ethically challenged cabinet nominees such as Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder. “Were the liberals out there hoping Bush succeeded or were they out there trying to destroy him before he was even inaugurated?” Rush Limbaugh laments. “Why do we have to play the game by their rules?”
Elected Republicans are shell shocked at losing two elections in a row, giving up first the Congress then the White House. Republicans will have to find their courage again if they hope to be a true opposition party, not to mention someday becoming a governing party again. One hint: to be an opposition party, one has to oppose.
Meanwhile Rush Limbaugh calls himself the “last man standing” against Barack Obama. He’s not, of course, but he is the biggest man standing against the new President. Many years ago, when the Clinton administration was new, National Review Magazine called Rush Limbaugh “leader of the Opposition.” Rush Limbaugh fills that role again. And that makes Rush Limbaugh, as he has been for over twenty years, a national treasure without peer.
Source: Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails, Rush Limbaugh, January 16th, 2009