Friday, October 01, 2010

Of Limbaugh, Angle, Obama, And Country

On Tuesday, returning to a common theme of his, Rush Limbaugh commented

You may be right. I believe Obama thinks that everybody hates America as much he does.... One of the reasons Obama behaves as he does is because he thinks that everybody feels the same way as he does about things....

So Obama is of the belief there are a lot of people that look at the country the way he does, and he's right....

if you thought this country needed a comeuppance, if you thought this country needed to be shown what-for -- if you thought this country was guilty, unjust, immoral and it needed to be put in its place....

If you didn't know it was Rush Limbaugh, you might have thought the speaker was referring to someone else, who asserted in January:

Our Founding Fathers, they put that Second Amendment in there for a good reason, and that was for the people to protect themselves against a tyrannical government. In fact, Thomas Jefferson said it’s good for a country to have a revolution every 20 years.

Yep, this country, with its democratic institutions, is so rotten that it might be good to have a revolution to overthrow it. And while we're at it, perhaps we need to whack one of its political leaders:

I hope that's not where we're going, but, you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around? I'll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out.

Chris Matthews, chatting with conservative P.J. O'Rourke Tuesday, explained

Well, about your friend Sharron Angle out in Nevada, who says she wants Second Amendment remedies -- that`s her phrase -- if you don`t like the way Congress voted last week. Second Amendment -- didn`t Lee Harvey Oswald have a Second Amendment remedy?

Apparently, Rush Limbaugh, who supports Sharron Angle's senatorial candidacy, is far less discomfited by these values than those of Barack Obama. That would be the same Barack Obama who, at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, famously declared "there is not a liberal America and a conservative America -- there is the United States of America"; and less famously remarked

It is that fundamental belief: I am my brother’s keeper. I am my sister’s keeper that makes this country work. It’s what allows us to pursue our individual dreams and yet still come together as one American family.

E pluribus unum: "Out of many, one."

Rush Limbaugh is right. Barack Obama does "believe there are a lot of people that look at the country the way he does." Unfortunately, Limbaugh, and apparently several of the Republicans running for national office this year, do not.

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