Alpine Summit

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Rushing Yards

Rush Limbaugh had a great monologue speaking to the liberals behind Cindy Sheehan on her personal crusade against the president.

But without the sons and daughters of the American people, this country wouldn't amount to anything. It is the people who make this country work, and the ease with which those of you on the left disparage the people in this country while you seek to focus all attention on government, is a sight to behold, and it is why you are losing elections; it is why you are losing favor; it is why you are becoming more fringe and extreme and kooky, because you've lost touch. You've lost contact. You've lost all ability to understand who it is that comprises the heart and soul of this country. You have no clue who the backbone of this country is; but I will tell you this: it's not Cindy Sheehan and it's not one member of her entourage in a ditch in Crawford, Texas. Those people are a bunch of squatters. Those people right now are contributing nothing to the greatness or future of this country. Neither are the members of the media who are down there trying to elevate all those people in the ditch to be superheroes. There's not one of them that comes anywhere near rating the title of hero. They are nothing but a bunch of squatters who are miserable and unhappy for who knows whatever reasons and deciding to take it out on people who they think have control over their lives. In this case, with a bunch of liberals, it's government. You want government to have control over your life, you want government to be able to do this and that for your friends and neighbors and help you, but the simple truth of this country is that it's the people who make this country work. It is the people who comprise the economy.

It is the people who comprise the morality. It is the people of this country who determine the ethics. It is the people of this country, and that's what you're upset about because you're in the minority. The people of this country, the people who make this country work differ from you in tremendous ways. They are religious. They are God-fearing. They respect values and morality. They know what's right and they know what's wrong, and they do their best to abide. You are offended by all that, claiming they don't have the right to make such decisions, while you sit around and make no decisions whatsoever because you're willing to totally put your life in the hands of some liberal politician and that will take you off the hook for having to make any decision about your life or anybody else's. Well, that's not how the country works. This country works on the basis of an educated and informed public seeking excellence in their own lives to whatever degree they wish it. People pursuing life the best they can, using freedom, God-given freedom -- and for you to call here and to come up with something as irrelevant as to say this war is not worth it because the president's kids aren't there or because nobody from Washington's kids are there doesn't say a thing about the war effort, doesn't say one thing about it, doesn't make it noble, doesn't make it ignoble, doesn't make it anything, because the war is taking place. Whether you agree with the fact that it's going on or not, we all have come to the decision that it's best that we win it. You haven't even joined us on that. You hope we lose it. You want to lose it because you want to embarrass the leaders of the country. What must your lives be like?

I've often surmised that liberals are unhappy people. In fact, the more liberal the person, the more angry they are, it seems. Even the "cheerleaders" on the left (personality-wise), when you talk to them, are just unhappy people. The turn to chemicals and vice to feel happy and call it a contented life! I see through that though. I see in their eyes that they are looking for more than that. Rush has a point here- these people are miserable and hate this country for one reason or another.

It's gotten so absurd, now that Howard Dean said on TV that if this new constitution is enacted as written, that the women of Iraq are going to be worse off than they were under Saddam Hussein.

Do you realize how patently absurd and bordering on insane that comment is? No, you don't. Because you think so little of your own country, you think so little of this president, you have such little faith in the ideals that have combined to make this a great country, that you assume it's worse here than anywhere else, and the places that it is bad is because of us, either through environmental pollution, or whatever cockamamie, asinine, stupid, ignoramus idea you can come up with.


Again, these people will always blame America first, will always find ways to make it our fault somehow and never come up with their own solutions- other than capitulating to anyone who flashes us a stern face. Then we're supposed to sit here and be lectured on how we're wrong to think these people are un-patriotic?! Give me a break!

JimK's 2-minute rant on Starkcast 14 (which was late, grr) was absolutely awesome in talking about the paradox liberals make for themselves talking about "supporting the troops" by wanting them to come back.

Today's 2-minute rant is about supporting our troops. You hear the phrase bandied about a lot; "support our troops, you have to support our troops," but not everyone seems to know what that means. The other phrase I hear often in relation to this is: "I support the troops, but not the war." Well, to most of them, there isn't a difference. You can't support the soldier but hope he fails in his objective! You can't say you support the troops but say you're against the very thing it is the troops are doing; otherwise, what are you supporting? Their uniforms? It's like saying you support making omelettes but you don't support the cracking of eggshells. Look, you're not really supporting anything. You're paying lip service so that people don't call you names and accuse you of being un-patriotic. It's my belief that in order to support the troops, you must support what it is they're doing; and right now, that means killing terrorists and trying to bring stability to the middle east. I support that goal and I support the men and women trying to achieve that goal. What led me to all of this is that right now a certain grieving mother is in the news demanding to see the president- which is something she's already done once since losing her son, Casey Sheehan, in Iraq.

It's my contention she's not being supportive of her own son's decisions. He did a tour in Iraq. He volunteered to go back (against her wishes) and stay with his unit and do the job he felt obligated to do. He died for that feeling of obligation and duty and that, to me, makes him a hero. And supporting Casey Sheehan in my mind means honoring the choice that he made. To honor Army specialist Casey Sheehan, I refuse to say or type the name of the woman who's become a political associate of Michael Moore and MoveOn.org. Instead, I will refer to her in the future as Casey Sheehan's mother; because Casey is the real story here, no one else. I urge everyone to stop talking about his mother and start talking about Casey: Casey's choices, and Casey's sacrifice. That is how we honor him; by remembering Army specialist Casey Sheehan and remembering exactly what he did and appreciating him for choosing to do it.


I honestly couldn't say it better myself! The longer this stuff goes on in Texas, the less I feel Cindy Sheehan (a.k.a. Casey Sheehan's mother) is grief-stricken by her son's death and the more I feel she's trying to cash in on that death. She dishonors her son by using the prestige he afforded her through his death by standing up to be counted among the enemy of everything her son stood for.

Let's get back to Rush, though. He goes on to talk about some other things and takes a call. He closes the subject with this:

CALLER: Thank you, sir, I appreciate it. Yeah, I just wanted to say, especially after that one caller, I mean I didn't volunteer because the president's daughters were doing something or some senator's son was joining or anything like that, and I didn't join because I was coming from the ghetto and I wanted to get out. You know, I joined because it was a career choice, and I wanted to do it, and I really feel that if her son was here today -- and I understand her grief. I mean, I'm a father as well, but I served in Iraq. I've served in Afghanistan. I've been over there many times, and, you know, I've had friends lost right next to me in battle, and I can understand the grief, but, you know what? At the same time they're doing what they wanted to do. So many of these people are stuck back in the Vietnam days, and the days of the draft, that I used to get e-mail saying, "Boy, I'm sorry that you're over there." I would e-mail back and say, "What do you mean, you're sorry? I put myself here on purpose. This is what I want to do."

RUSH: It's no more complicated than the fact that the people who are engaged in all this simply don't like this country, and they haven't liked it since the sixties. They haven't liked it their whole lives. Thankfully there aren't that many of them. There are only a hundred people down there with her, but she's gone beyond grief, this is not about grief for her, this is not a woman grieving, this is a woman reveling this attention, this is a woman soaking it all up. This is a woman thinking she matters. Which we all want to do. Everybody wants to matter. Everybody wants their life to have meaning. Unfortunately, hers has taken on this direction that the meaning she thinks she's deriving is actually empty. There's no meaning to what she's doing. She's a pawn, she's a tool of a bunch of fellow crackpots upon whom we couldn't depend if our lives were at stake, and that's why they are so few and far between. Thankfully, they are not anywhere near the majority of people in the country.

You can read (or listen) to Rush's rant here. It's really good and I recommend you "experience" in whatever way is convenient for you. Also, JimK's Starkcast is awesome. It does have explicit parts, so if you're easily offended, don't bother. If you can handle swearing, abortion jokes, adult humor and blasphemy, then click away- you won't regret it.

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