Limbaugh’s unhinged characterization of Obama’s speech, approvingly quoted by Powerline
Last night I challenged Scott Johnson of Powerline to back up his statement that Barack Obama in his Berlin speech had “deprecated” America in such a way as to make normal Americans “recoil” from him. Johnson, of course, doesn’t answer me (neocons never reply to or even acknowledge intelligent criticism from their right), but he does provide an indirect answer this morning, by quoting Rush Limbaugh’s commentary on the following passage in Obama’s speech:
People of Berlin, people of the world, this is our moment. This is our time. I know my country has not perfected itself. (cheers) At times we struggle to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people, we’ve made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions.Limbaugh’s characterization of the above is insanely overwrought, imputing all kinds of vicious thoughts to Obama that Obama never stated or implied:
America sucks, America’s deficient, America’s guilty, but America is now willing to pay the price because we have a Messiah who understands the faults, the egregious errors made by the United States and her people. We are racists, sexists, bigots, homophobes. We discriminate against people who worship differently than we do, have skin color different from ours, and we have not always behaved properly in the world. And we torture. And we, of course, are biased against people who want to get into our country illegally. We have a lot to pay for.The truth is that Bush and his secretary of state have innumerable times held America to fault for not living up to its liberal and egalitarian ideals, and have done so in terms far more cutting than anything said by Obama. Condoleezza Rice, Bush’s principal spokeswoman and “Brain” as he has called her, has repeatedly said that America has no right to judge Iraq for its inadequacies, given our historic and still-existing inadequacies. Rice has even said that Iraq is more advanced toward democracy than America is, because it assures women seats in its legislature. Bush went to a black African country and declared that Americans today are driven by same “racial bigotry” as in the days of the slave trade. When Bush and his Brain excoriated America for falling short of liberal perfection, Johnson and Limbaugh never noticed or objected. But when Obama issues a milder version of the same sort of liberal criticism of America, Johnson and Limbaugh start ranting about how Obama has horribly “insulted” and “demeaned” this country.
These Republican conservative commentators are incapable of seeing truth. They are in a frenzied state in which they accept any negative statement about the other side, no matter how absurd, and see only goodness on their own. A “conservative” party that loses its grip on reality to this extent, thus becoming like the left, is going down to defeat.
Do not misunderstand me. I oppose everything about Obama and his Berlin speech. His statement that “we must tear down … the walls between the countries with the most and those with the least, … the walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew,” amounts to a call for the elimination of Western nations and their merger with the Third World. But that’s not the issue here. The issue is that Obama did not engage in the America bashing of which Johnson and Limbaugh accuse him.
However, now that I’ve brought the subject up, why didn’t Scott Johnson attack Obama for his wall-tearing-down One-Worldism? Maybe because Johnson’s guys Bush and McCain are also wall-tearing-down One-Worlders—they support the admission of Muslim Turkey into the borderless EU, they support the proposed expansion of the EU into a borderless “Mediterranean Union” that will include North Africa and the Muslim Mideast, and they support the creation of a North and South American Union that will eliminate U.S. sovereignty, just as the EU has eliminated the sovereignty of the nations of Europe.
Larry G. writes:
The talk radio and blog criticisms of Obama are as without substance as the speeches they criticize. Four years ago Obama said “that” but now he says “this”. So what? They criticize him when he changes his position, and they criticize him when he doesn’t change his position. And compiling a montage of Obama saying “um” and “uh” is just mean spirited and low.David B. writes:
You will remember that El Rushbo would criticize “liberals” who favored amnesty for illegals without mentioning that Bush was not only pushing this policy, but more fanatically than the other liberals. Simply put, Limbaugh would never admit that his President was just about as liberal as the Democrats he was always mocking. Rush defended Rice in the same way.Chris B. writes:
“His statement that “we must tear down … the walls between the countries with the most and those with the least, … the walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew,” amounts to a call for the elimination of Western nations and their merger with the Third World.”LA replies:
Yes. Liberalism, consistently followed, means the destruction of literally every distinct thing, because liberalism demands the end of all inequality and exclusion, and every distinct thing that exists, by the fact of existing, is unequal to and exclusive of everything that is not itself.Donna E. writes:
We seem to want to apologize to everyone and the list is too long to go into. If we would go back to teaching our children the truth about our history instead of made up rewritten history and excluded history we might think differently as a nation. In a Leno interview people didn’t even know who the President of the USA was or where or what ‘Gitmo’ is or who is running for the Republican ticket.E. writes:
Obama was certainly in the right country for his rousing speech—the only thing missing was the shouts of “Sieg heil.”A liberal reader writes:
I enjoy reading your pieces that castigate Bush to a conservative audience. I guess not too many people are aggressively touting and supporting Our Feckless Leader anymore, but it’s amazing to me that conservatives won’t publicly admit that he is not what they claimed he was before he was elected, and not what they have wanted in a president (except perhaps those who were intent, before or after 9/11, to kick the butt of people who don’t look or think like us). I think you and I have thrashed this around before, but Where’s the Outrage?LA replies:
You wrote:Thucydides writes:
Your points about the similarity of Obama’s one world rhetoric to things uttered by Bush administration figures are well taken. The laughable quality of the rhetoric is illustrated by Jim Geraghty at NRO’s Campaign Spot who offers a pop quiz to see if readers can distinguish between excerpts from Obama’s speech and the treacly lyrics of “We Are the World.” Try it: it isn’t easy.Bill in Maryland writes:
Here’s a lighter, satirical treatment of Obama, in the London Times.LA writes:
Ruth King, a stalwart conservative and supporter of Israel who sends out many articles each day to her e-mail subscription list, is also catching on to the overkill against Obama. She writes:
Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 25, 2008 09:06 AM | Send