I remember the date, November 7, 2016 because it was the day before the presidential election. I was driving down into Denver, and turned on the radio. When the other channels are nothing but ads, and it is between 10 A.M. and 1 P.M., I often tune into Rush Limbaugh.
On this particular day, Rush was going on about oddities in the election campaigns. He said the Trump rallies were always full and enthusiastic, while Hillary Clinton’s were not. He went on and on about that and other signs, and I did not know what he was doing or why. Like most people, I assumed Clinton was the anointed one. After all, we had a black president, so it was time for a woman.
I didn’t realize until later that Rush had been tipped. He knew the election was to be handed to Donald Trump. That’s why he was doing that bit on that day. He was supposed to be prescient. He is not – he was just in on the game.
Back when I was still invested in politics, I found Rush hard to take. Now that I know it is all a scam, I find him easy listening, but I have wondered about his real purpose.
First, set one thing aside. Rush Limbaugh is and always has been Rush Limbaugh. He is not a Zombie, a dead rock singer or actor who reemerged. There is an internet hoax going about, probably promoted by that Goldbug character, that Jim Morrison became Rush Limbaugh. He did not. Morrison is still alive, no doubt. Very few deaths of rock stars are real. There is the guy in Oregon they talk about who fits the bill, who looks an awful lot like Jim. However, as far as I can tell, Rush is Rush. I did find, months and months ago, that he does have a body double. That is normal for famous people, and is done for security purposes.
As I listen to Rush, one theme is constant: There is, he says ad nauseum, a thing in this country called “the left,” and it is embodied in the Democratic Party. Obama was a leftist. Hillary Clinton was a leftist. While none of this is true, it is an important illusion. To keep the game of politics alive, we need two parties. Even as anyone with critical thinking ability can see that there are no real differences in the leadership of either party, the rank and file must believe that there are.
That is Rush Limbaugh’s job, to reinforce the idea that we have two parties and a left-wing. He’s very good at that job. I remember when he came on the air in 1987. I used to listen to him in my office in those days. I ate it up.
I was raised to be Republican and Catholic, and am now neither. I was once a Democrat, even ran for office as one, but soon moved on. My impression of the two parties is this: While leadership of both is very cynical, Democratic leaders are far more so than Republicans. This is because they have to lie to their followers about their beliefs, constantly, day in and out. They are always wearing masks. That has to wear them down.
Republicans leaders, while hardly being upright, at least have the luxury of pushing their silly right-wing causes out in the open, no masks needed. So most Republicans have the luxury of getting what they vote for in their leaders. Democrats do not, and this leads me to another thing about party politics: Democrats are extremely gullible. They totally bought into the “Obama” character, never able to separate his actions and deeds. They have to be the easiest people on the planet to fool. And in this country, that is saying something.
Anyway, I don’t believe a word he says, but I enjoy Limbaugh. He’s a good actor. His counterpart, another radio host whose job it is to reinforce the two-party illusion, is Thom Hartmann, who once was an actor for real named Brandon DeWilde. I find him barely tolerable. What a cynical man!