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Republican Ideology: Let’s Have Less Rush Limbaugh, More Cato Institute

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Short post — no need for a long one.

The papers are presenting Rush Limbaugh as the new ideological spokesman for the Republican Party.

Get a clue.

Rush is a comedian and an entertainer. Part of his schtik is to act like a serious ideologue. But he really isn’t, and its ridiculous to think otherwise.

Yes, Rush is correct in asserting traditional American values of personal freedom, limited government, free enterprise, and low taxes. But he’s completely wrong in contributing to a climate of confrontation and disharmony.

Democrats and social liberals are not fools, and they’re not demons. They see things differently than conservatives, and place a higher priority on social welfare. That’s not because they are ignorant, or are trying to destroy the country. They have had different personal experiences, and so have a different perspective and value system.

To be fully consistent with his own position, a conservative like Limbaugh should aim to educate liberals. But by stirring up continual ill-will, that’s the last thing he’ll accomplish. He’s working against his own stated agenda, by pressing liberals into a defensive attitude.

True intellectual leadership in American politics would consist of seeking to get beyond the ideological differences of the Republican and Democratic parties, and to see how the false Conservative–Liberal bipolarity has held back progress in the country.

But if you want to see where leadership in conservative political thinking is, turn off the Rush Limbaugh show, visit the website of The Cato Institute, and maybe listen to some of their free podcasts.

Whether you agree with their views or not, at least you will see an intelligent and mature approach taken to American political thought.

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Written by John Uebersax

March 13, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Posted in Politics

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