Limbaugh, unhappiest, most miserable person alive? Perhaps

According to a recent U.S. News & World Report story, conservative talk show commentator and Christian Broadcasting Network founder Pat Robertson criticized Rush Limbaugh’s comments, heard here:

in which Limbaugh said he wished, not only for the stimulus plan to fail, but also for Obama himself to fail in the presidency. We know Limbaugh to be obnoxious and so irrationally conservative that he can’t see straight — and often, downright mean — but he said during this interview with Sean Hannity that he hoped Barack Obama failed in his presidency IF he threw out Bush’s tax cuts and signed on to many traditional “liberal” policies.

Here, in a clipping from the U.S. News & World Report article, Robertson, when asked,

So you dont subscribe to Rush Limbaugh‘s I hope he fails school of thought?


That was a terrible thing to say. I mean, he’s the president of all the country. If he succeeds, the country succeeds. And if he doesn’t, it hurts us all. Anybody who would pull against our president is not exactly thinking rationally.

Some, like a fellow who named himself “Pure Constitution from Indiana” on the U.S. News & World Report Web site, have claimed the criticism of Limbaugh was ill-conceived:


Once again Rush’s statement was taken out of context. He was specifically referring to President Obama’s social agenda. He does not want him to fail personally but Rush is concerned that the country will be placed on the path of a socialist nation in direct conflict with the constitution. Our government is already huge and out of control. the Constitution does not give congress or the president the right to spend freely. President bush was also guilty of his by overspending and starting unnecessary and costly new government programs. We can argue the issues when we don’t take things out of context and discuss the true intent of the statements. To be fair, both the right AND the left have been guilty of this.

But in the radio sound clip above, Limbaugh clearly and in his signature bombastic style said, “I want everything he’s doing to fail.”

In the interview with Hannity, of course, he said the same thing, with the caveat that he supported Obama IF he enacted or maintained good conservative principles, but if Obama enacted and sought to maintain liberal principles, like supporting women’s rights, reversing Bush’s tax cuts, etc, he hoped Obama failed. He outright said he hoped the stimulus package failed. The rub is that Limbaugh knows Obama (though he claims the contrary), and he knows Obama’s not going to go against his own principles. He’s going to run the country as he thinks it needs to be run, that is, in the liberal framework. Thus, Limbaugh literally was saying he hoped Obama would fail, both generally and specifically. It wasn’t taken out of context, and the word “everything” wasn’t supposed to just mean Obama’s “social agenda,” but all of his policies.

Though I certainly don’t agree with Robertson on most points, I do agree with him that Limbaugh was off base saying he hoped Obama failed. If Obama fails, we are in a world of trouble. If the stimulus package fails, we are in a world of trouble. Limbaugh’s multiple repetitions, “He is my president,” mean nothing. If he was your president, Rush, you would get behind him, at least until your party gets another attempt at the White House because if he fails, what does that mean? More chaos in the Middle East? Another attack on the country? A second Great Depression? If he fails, you may not have the ability to keep your radio show. You might end up in a soup kitchen with the rest of us.

Two interesting notes from the Hannity interview:

  • Limbaugh said he didn’t think Obama would close down Gitmo. Oops.

“These executive orders represent a giant step forward. Putting an end to Guantanamo, torture and secret prisons is a civil liberties trifecta, and President Obama should be highly commended for this bold and decisive action so early in his administration on an issue so critical to restoring an America we can be proud of again. — Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU

  • On health care, Limbaugh said, “If he gets nationalized health care, I mean, it’s over Sean, we’re never gonna roll that back. That’s the end of America as we have known it because that then’s going to set the stage for everything to be 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 gonna 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, heart-felt, why would I want socialism to succeed?'” Really?? First, he’s making some giant leaps, equating universal health care with all-out socialism. Second, is it truly over for countries like England, Singapore, China, and Germany? Singapore, it’s important to note, has the lowest infant mortality rate and one of the highest life expectancies in the world, according to the World Health Organization.

Limbaugh has to be the most miserable person on the planet. The policies he would like to see enacted are anachronistic and inadequate, and he probably knows it. That’s likely why he sounds so mad all the time. Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathon is probably overkill, but we need big plans, not small ones. We need big thoughts and big ideas, not more of the same. More of the same has run this economy downward. Tax cuts for the rich have gotten us nowhere because the rich care about one thing, and believe me, it’s not about helping those below them on the economic social ladder. They care about getting richer and holding on to their precious treasures. The bank debacle proves as much. The automaker execs flying into Washington on private jets proves it again. We hear Limbaugh’s passion. Heck, he should come down to earth and use some of that passion to help get things done for folks who are hurting, but he would be unwilling. He’s not hurting, and he’s got two decades of broadcasting vested and wrapped up in the alternate view.

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Jeremy Styron
Jeremy Styron
I am a newspaper editor, op-ed columnist and reporter working in the greater Knoxville area. This is a personal blog. Views expressed here are mine and mine alone.

2 Comments on "Limbaugh, unhappiest, most miserable person alive? Perhaps"

  1. Rush Limbaugh just repeats the Republican Cyborg party line.
    Republicans can’t think for them selves. If you talk to one on the street they sound like a catholic preist discussing the bible. They repeat what they hear on TV or Radio. Republicans are a Cyborg nation with one mindset, get rich, keep the money, and steal as much taxmoney as they can on the way to the bank. Stealing tax money started with Nixon when he outsourced gov. jobs to private industries at more cost than what it cost for gov. employees to do the work.
    The last big grab of tax money was the 700 billion that the Bush admin. got away with last year.

    Richard Swad

  2. Thanks for reading and the comments. Agreed on most counts. It’s largely the same notions and the same ideas with little, if any, innovation.

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