Rush Limbaugh: Is he serious right now?

The mighty Rush Limbaugh strikes again! One day after the inauguration of President Barack Obama, Mr. Limbaugh was already up to his old tricks. The story goes that a few days before the end of Bush's term, a newspaper publication asked Bush to mark the end of his term with 400 words on his hope for the Obama administration. Mr. Limbaugh took this moment to define his own hope, or lack thereof for President Obama. The following is what he said.

"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. If I wanted Obama to succeed, I'd be happy the Republicans have laid down. And I would be encouraging Republicans to lay down and support him. Look, what he's talking about is the absorption of as much of the private sector by the U.S. government as possible, from the banking business, to the mortgage industry, the automobile business, to health care. I do not want the government in charge of all of these things. I don't want this to work. So I'm thinking of replying to the guy, 'Okay, I'll send you a response, but I don't need 400 words, I need four: I hope he fails.' (interruption) What are you laughing at? See, here's the point. Everybody thinks it's outrageous to say. Look, even my staff, 'Oh, you can't do that.' Why not? Why is it any different, what's new, what is unfair about my saying I hope liberalism fails? Liberalism is our problem. Liberalism is what's gotten us dangerously close to the precipice here. Why do I want more of it? I don't care what the drive-by story is. I would be honored if the drive-by media headlined me all day long: 'Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails.' Somebody's gotta say it."
I am very concerned with Mr. Limbaugh's sentiments. There are many things blatantly wrong with his beliefs about both the Obama administration and the Bush administration that makes his yearning for the failure of Obama even more egregious.

When Bush was elected, the feeling by many in the country was that the election was stolen. What separates Bush from Obama is that they were coming in with very different levels of goodwill from the general American public. Even with that said, I do not remember people hoping for his failure. While people were very hesitant in wanting him to be President, I truly do not believe that Democrats wanted to see him fail.

Wanting to see a President fail is very unpatriotic. The Constitution allows for the peaceful transfer of power every 4 or 8 years. Invariably the nature of an election would guarantee that many people would vote against the winner. Wanting the opposition to fail to me means that you want the country to fail as well. I can not believe that in a time like this, that one of the leading conservative pundits would hope that the president, therefore this country, would fail. The goodwill for President Obama has been exceptionally high. His approval ratings is in the 80's, even more than 60% of Republicans approve of him. Yet here we have Rush Limbaugh hoping for his failure! Are you serious right now??

Comments

Yauhin said…
Does he not realize that if Obama fails, he, along with the rest of the country, also suffers?
Clearly not. But why am I not surprised...
Ted said…
Rush Limbaugh was born in 1951 to an American mom “Millie” and an American dad lawyer & WWII Fighter Pilot in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Since ‘President’ Obama now wants to silence El Rushbo even before BHO has a chance to try to re-establish the “fairness doctrine” to silence all conservative talk radio, I’ve got three questions (but answers to only two of them):

FIRST QUESTION: Who IS the actual and lawful 44th President of the USA?

ANSWER: Joe Biden

Biden was initially the Acting President for at least 5 minutes under either the Constitution’s Article 2 or the Constitution’s 20th Amendment, from 12:00 Noon 1/20/09, having already taken his Oath of Office and before Obama completed his ‘oath’ at approximately 12:05 PM, 1/20/09. Under the 20th Amendment if the President-elect shall have failed to qualify, or alternatively under Article 2 if the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term, being 12:00 Noon 1/20/09, which ability and/or qualification includes that he take the Article 2 oath “before he enter on the execution of his office,” then either the Presidency shall devolve on the Vice President under Article 2 or the Vice President shall act as President under the 20th Amendment. (The importance of the oath in ‘commencing’ an ‘Obama Presidency’ — rather than merely the 1/20/09 Noon time — is confirmed by the re-take of the ‘oath’ by Obama at the White House on 1/21/09 after the first ‘oath’ was NOT administered by Justice Roberts NOR recited by Obama in the words as required under Article 2.)

This is significant because at such time that the Supreme Court finally rules on the merits on Obama’s disqualification as not being an Article 2 “natural born citizen” (clearly he is NOT under either and/or both of two theories — (1) BHO refuses to show Birth Certificate to deny Kenyan birth/res ipsa loquitur “action speaks for itself” or (2) BHO admits dad was Kenyan/British, not American, citizen at Jr’s birth), Biden’s automatic status (without needing to take a separate Presidential Oath) of being President would be predicated upon four different bases: First, having been Vice President under Article 2; second, having been Vice President-elect under the 20th Amendment; third, having been actual President in the hiatus before Obama took the ‘oath(s)’; and fourth, retroactively deemed President during the full period of the Obama usurpation so that the acts of the Federal Government under the usurpation can be deemed authorized and/or ratified by Biden’s legitimacy.

SECOND QUESTION: Who will be the 45th President?

ANSWER: Hillary Clinton

One must assume that Bill and Hillary Clinton have been aware of all of the above. Biden’s wife recently “let the cat out of the bag” on the Oprah Show that both Biden and Hillary had considered alternatively Veep or Secretary of State, in either case, setting up Hillary to be President on a vote of the Democratic Congress if need be.

THIRD QUESTION: Is Obama an unwitting victim of this troika or a knowing participant?

ANSWER: Yet undetermined.
Dan-el said…
nice job peddling absolute nonsense ted. on the oath issue, note that two presidents - arthur and coolidge - retook the oath; there is a sensible precedent for re-administering it. as for the birth certificate, i really thought this idiotic claim had been put to rest, but just in case you need some proof:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/06/obama-birth.html

yes, he actually did provide his birth certificate. res ipsa loquitur
Ted said…
WTF, at least El Rushbo is constitutionally qualified to be President!
Anonymous said…
i would love to see Rush Limbaugh run for President. Though, he is a thin-skinned coward, who would never open himself up (finances, past comments, current views) to the scrutiny of the American people through a true Democratic process. Rather, he will hide like the overgrown child that he is, within the safety of his archaic conservative beliefs. Grow up, Ted. You lost. The days of fear and anxiety have come to a close...
Anonymous said…
Ted, you have nicely elucidated some pointless semantics and created ambiguities where there were none.

Question: Would we impeach a president for being addicted to pain killers.

Answer: Yet to be determined . . . but it is a question I'd be so curious to know the answer to that I would let Limbaugh be the president for 5 minutes (when Biden and Hillary switch, perhaps??) to find out.

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