Monday, July 1, 2013

Limbaugh Lower Now, How Low Can You Go...


Not just a blowhard promoter, not just a huckster, Rush Limbaugh is not an idiot.  He has single-handily brought millions of zealots and malcontents out in the open, legitimizing their presence by the encouragement of their Leader.

From last year’s New York Times July 6th article titled Late-Period Limbaugh by Zez Chafets at Rush-matters.com:

"Limbaugh can afford to live the way he wants. When we met he was on the verge of signing a new eight-year contract with his syndicator, Premiere Radio Networks. He estimated that it would bring in about $38 million a year. To sweeten the deal, he said he was also getting a nine-figure signing bonus. (A representative from Premiere would not confirm the deal.) 'Do you know what bought me all this?' he asked, waving his hand inthe general direction of his prosperity. 'Not my political ideas. Conservatism didn’t buy this house. First and foremost I’m a businessman. My first goal is to attract the largest possible audience so I can charge confiscatory ad rates. I happen to have great entertainment skills, but that enables me to sell airtime.'”


Through the Rush Limbaugh Radio Show (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rush_Limbaugh_Show AND http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/06/magazine/06Limbaugh-t.html?_r=2&), the face of American politics was changed from a relatively benign debating society between Democrats and Republicans to a screaming War Against The People by one of the most accomplished propagandists since the German mastermind, Joseph Goebbels (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Goebbels).

"Charisma" as a word describing Limbaugh's rhetorical skills would not be an understatement, although his detractors wouldn't like to give him the credit he deserves for what amounts to a well thought-out performance that has brought millions of Conservative Sheeplets and other True Believers (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_True_Believer) out of the closet.  The closet is one filled with the dispossessed,  the "'...chronically bored'; the physically disabled or perpetually ill; the talentless; and criminals or 'sinners'. In all cases, Hoffer argues, these people feel as if their individual lives are meaningless and worthless.[7] 'psychological roots of fanatical groups.'"

The charges of pedophilia for the four-times married Limbaugh notwithstanding, detractors often point out his viciousness as in this paragraph from "The Pig of Propaganda" at Rackjite.com:




"Speaking of Pig Shit

“Have you ever noticed that all newspaper composite drawings of wanted criminals look like Jesse Jackson?” Rush Limbaugh.

"Rush often denies he makes personal attacks, here are a few I picked up recently just to make sure everyone understands what a pathological liar the pig is:

"· Warren Christopher - 'prune face.'
"· Robert Reich - 'little coward.'
"· Ann Richards - 'born needing her face ironed.'
"· Henry Gonzalez - 'playing connect the dots with the liver spots.'”

And from the same post by Rackjite:

"Lords of Propaganda
'Propaganda…must always be essentially simple and repetitious. In the long run, only he will achieve basic results in influencing public opinion who is able to reduce problems to the simplest terms and who has the courage to keep forever repeating them in this simplified form despite the objections of the intellectuals.' Joseph Goebbels.

"In the past we would most often look to Joseph Goebbels as the standard in the use of successful conservative propaganda, but times change and the game must change with them, from formal speeches and overly produced images to day time conservative radio chatter.

"They reach further than Goebbels had ever imagined. Not mere minutes, but hours and hours a day hitting over 1000 regional stations to tens of millions of listeners at any given time. Some markets its all day, some all day and all night of nothing but conservative propaganda.

"The new gimmick is to include the public as callers, giving the impression it’s a forum for the people to speak. Of course the callers are culled extensively and if by mistake an opposing opinion does get through, after a caller’s initial statement they are cut off and then denigrated and giggled about for the rest of the day. The point is to make it seem that everyone, rather than about 29% of Americans are Right-wing conservative yo-yos. It is the most successful ploy in any game of propaganda; the more people one perceives as believing some large pile of pooh, the more believable it becomes. Amen.



"The second new gimmick involves the technology to pass even the most grievous lies along into all forms of medium. Vince Foster for example. When that name comes up one of the first things coming into most everyone’s mind (whether in either defensive or offensive mode) is Hillary Clinton, affair, and murder. Limbaugh did not state that Hillary Clinton had an affair with Vince Foster and then murdered him to keep him quiet; he made up a story that some Washington based think-tank arrived at that conclusion and sent him the information. A non existent think-tank and information he invented which he used for years. Which for its sheer ubiquitous nature passed to the papers, magazines, television, internet, congressional hearings and special prosecutors. A flat out ridiculous lie from a known liar, got so much media saturation that half the people in American believed it. Here is another example of how Limbaugh works this kind of thing which I wrote down as he spoke.



“'So now we have this shooting in a church in Fort Worth! Mighty suspicious that during all this gun legislation that suddenly we have another case of this kind. Mighty suspicious. Liberals will do anything, they have no moral or ethical boundaries, they could easily direct a situation like this to help their political ends. That’s what the DNC is like. I wouldn’t put this past them. This is mighty suspicious.'

"You see how it works, twenty million people have now heard that the Democrats hired a gunman to go into a Church and kill Christians.

"Lastly, a very important aspect of all this conservative propaganda on the radio is that it is not the written word. Limbaugh would not himself write that kind of twaddle down on paper to be used against him. As far as transcripts; he either ignores them, infers they have been doctored, or his most prevalent standby, he is only an entertainer. We often forget what the hundreds of billions of dollars a year spent on Madison Avenue are about. Planting seeds works far better than we on the receiving end like to imagine."



The Pigboy, as long-time detractor Bart at Bartcop.com has been calling him for years, isn't just a sideshow carney - he has changed the American polity in a way no other Conservative propagandist has been able to do, and leaving aside the fact for the moment that his support has been dwindling recently, the net result of his boisterous populism (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Populism) has culminated in a disasterous mess of unintended results: a Civil War in the Republican Party, where even the GOP candidate for the Presidency in 2008, Sarah Palin, is threatening to start her own political party.

While splitting the country apart, the Pigboy has changed the populist "People" vs. the "Elites" into an internal brawl that threatens another party split and redefinition that we have seen since the 1700s.

Again, from Wikipedia:

"There have been several versions of a populist party in the United States, some inspired by the Populist Party of the 1890s. This was the party of the early U.S. populist movement in which millions of farmers and other working people successfully enacted their anti-trust agenda.[citation needed]

"Other early populist political parties in the United States included the Greenback Party, the Progressive Party of 1912 led by Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party of 1924 led by Robert M. La Follette, Sr., and the Share Our Wealth movement of Huey Long in 1933–35[citation needed].



"George Wallace, Four-Term Governor of Alabama, led a populist movement that carried five states and won 13.5% of the popular vote in the 1968 presidential election. Campaigning against intellectuals and liberal reformers, Wallace gained a large share of the white working class vote in Democratic primaries in 1972.[83][84]

"Populism continues to be a force in modern U.S. politics, especially in the 1992 and 1996 third-party presidential campaigns of billionaire Ross Perot[citation needed]. The 1996, 2000, 2004, and the 2008 presidential campaigns of Ralph Nader had a strong populist cast[citation needed]. The 2004 campaigns of Dennis Kucinich[85][86][87] and Al Sharpton also had populist elements. The 2004 and 2008 Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has been described by many[88] (and by himself) as a "one economic community, one commonwealth"[88] populist.

"Comparison between earlier surges of populism and those of today are complicated by shifts in what are thought to be the interests of the common people.

"In 1984, the Populist Party name was revived by Willis Carto, and was used in 1988 as a vehicle for the presidential campaign of former Ku Klux Klan leader, and later member of both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party, David Duke. Right-wing Patriot movement organizer Bo Gritz was briefly Duke's running mate. This incarnation of populism was widely regarded as a vehicle for white supremacist recruitment. In this instance, populism was maligned by the use of a definition of "the people" that was not the prevailing definition.[citation needed]

"Another populist mechanism was the initiative and referendum driven term limits movement of the early 1990s. In every state where term limits were on the ballot, the measure to limit incumbency in Congress passed. The average vote was 67% in favor. However, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down term limits in 1995 in the court case U.S. Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton.[89]

"In 1995, the Reform Party of the United States of America (RPUSA) was organized after the populist presidential campaign of Ross Perot in 1992. In the year 2000, an intense fight for the presidential nomination made Patrick J. Buchanan the RPUSA standard bearer. As result of his nomination as party candidate there were many party splits, not only from Buchanan supporters after he left the party, but also moderates, progressivists and libertarians around Jesse Ventura who refused to collaborate with the Buchanan candidacy. Since then the party's fortunes have markedly declined."



Us against them.  The People vs. the Elites.  That's what you use to be the leader of a mass movement.  With a few rhetorical skills, you can be as rich as the Rushbo.  He may be losing his sponsors, and ultimately his job, but he already has enough money to finance a thousand trips to Haiti.

Next: Do Want To Be A Left-Wing Propagandist?  All About Propaganda.



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