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I'm listening to Rush Limbaugh right now (like I do on many mornings), and he's playing bits from the media about how these children at the Greenbay Elementary School (I think – I know it's Greenbay) were SO OFFENDED AND UPSET by his commentary during the inauguration, which was piped in over the school's intercom during the actual event.

The principal of the school even said that Limbaugh's comments were "inappropriate". They're all up-in-arms, because they think he shouldn't have been sullying such a momentous occasion.

Here's a clue, people who can't grow up or do their own homework (school officials and media loudmouths BE ASHAMED):

Rush mentioned the day before – as a reminder to his listeners and affiliates – that he would be playing the inauguration without commercial breaks, and providing commentary at the same time. I heard him when he made the announcement. He was very clear. He is saying right now that he was even asked by his affiliates to provide commentary.

So those people who are having conniptions about Rush's commentary being piped over a school's sound system should probably write to the school and ask them who thought it was a good idea to use a radio affiliate without checking out whose show would be taking place at the same time?

It was Rush's show. It was his time slot. He was getting paid for it. It was the radio affiliate's prerogative to allow it, and it was Rush's right to free speech to make comments as he felt he should make them (by the way, they weren't hateful, they were critical. Last I checked, Bush couldn't turn his head without some member of the mainstream media freaking out over his actions, so they have NO ROOM to talk). I don't think the radio station would a) pay for Rush's vacation time to sit out the inauguration, or b) shut someone up who has so much clout.

Get a grip, people. Do your freakin' homework. People are allowed to be unhappy with Obama's election, and they're allowed to be critical of him and of the government.

I will be critical of the government till the day I die. It's the only way to stay free in a free nation. That's Limbaugh's job, and that of those who share his beliefs. Don't disparage him his freedom to speak what he believes.

Just FYI: He has repeatedly said, especially in the last few days, that he doesn't want Obama to be a failed president. He wants his socialist policies to fail.

I agree with him. I don't want government health care. I don't want my tax dollars to pay for other people's useless lives – and I don't want anybody else's tax dollars to fund my life! I don't want to try to be friends with terrorists and I don't want them in our jails, or set free to terrorize some more. I don't like Obama's policies. I have never made a secret of this, and neither has Rush Limbaugh or any other conservative talk show host I respect.

It makes me crazy that now that Obama has taken office, I am expected to put all my objections aside and adore this new president. I'm supposed to think of him as a blank slate – as if all his campaign promises just vaporized after he took the oath of office.

Sorry. No can do. I don't have warm, fuzzy feelings – I'm filled with a passion to keep our country free from the things Obama has promised he will try to do. Will I respect the presidential office? Sure! He's my husband's boss. I will never, EVER boo him off a stage (like so many lowlifes did as Bush left the stage Tuesday – jerks). I might even clap considerately when he leaves office. But he will not receive the disgusting, childish treatment Bush received while he was in office – not from me.

Obama is a man, and he should be expected to be treated like a man. A fully-human man. One wrapped in who-cares-what-color skin. His blood is as red as mine, and his heart beats just like mine does (except probably slower, because he works out regularly). He is not the embodiment of peace. He is not the embodiment of United States' hopes and ideals. He is most certainly not some kind of messiah to be worshipped. He is a rock star. He is pretty to look at and a decent speaker. But so was Jim Jones. And Hitler. (WHOAH – hang on there! I ONLY mention Hitler because he falls under the last few categories – not because I think Obama is Hitler and going to commit genocide and take over the known world by force. Sheesh.)

Maturity calls for a different kind of criticism – an adult criticism. Judgment based on the Golden Rule, and the measures by which I have been given to judge people by God's word (with love and diplomacy, but also righteousness, lawfulness, and respect).

I reserve the right to speak freely about what I believe – last I checked, that amendment was still mostly intact. I'm glad others can do it, too. But let's get our facts straight, okay?

To secure peace is to prepare for war – not disarm our own country and make friends with people who do not value human life, especially the lives of those upon whom they have declared eternal religious war. We have a civic duty to be critical of our government and keep it out of the public coffers for its own gain. We have a duty to our country to protect that which has made this country great – and it wasn't the president or the government. It was passion and industry and liberty. We have a duty to hold our government and our people accountable! We need to challenge them to uphold the law and the Constitution, despite popular opinion!

Okay, I'm stepping off my soapbox, but I still have a lot to say. I felt like I was in a holding pattern between the election and the inauguration – like I was holding my breath. Now I feel like I'm free to say what I need to say to move on, and defend my country from its own degradation.

I'll be posting some quotes from Atlas Shrugged later. Very scary, very eye-opening quotes. I think I'm on the verge of finding out who John Galt is, and I can't wait to read about Galt's Gulch and what it entails. Right now, though, I'm only on page 216 of 1075, but I'm seeing "future echoes" of how public opinion outweighs facts, and how great industrial groundbreakers are being torn down in the name of social equality.

It's frightening, friends. And I'm afraid it truly is in our future, especially if Obama gets what he and his fellow Democrats and Liberals want.
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Woo hoo!

(Anonymous)
Three cheers for Atlas Shrugged.
It is so fun to know that you're reading it...and that it is just going to keep getting better for you.

Sarah Grok

I haven't really sat down to tear into it (have to pay attention to the baby once in a while, do chores, sleep . . . so overrated! ;) Sleep and chores, that is – watching the baby is kinda fun), but it is an easy read. I was hoping it would be enjoyable, and not stuffy like much of the literature from that era. I'm loving it so far!

I can't wait to read The Fountainhead right after it. I'm buying both the books for my dad, whose birthday is at the end of this month. I know he'll love them, too.

If we don't stand for something, then we will fall for anything. Sadly enough many people fall into the latter category.

BHO is in office now. God gave us the president we deserved, not the one we wanted (not saying we had much of a choice, but...). We are to respect the office. I will not resort to the tactics the liberals used while GWB was in office. I will respect the leader God gave us. Will I support his policies, NO...I don't have to.

BTW, I was the anonymous poster on you last post...I failed to leave my sig.

El Gee

Heh, I thought that was you. :) You are good proof that someone can grow up surrounded by racist beliefs and then grow above them when you became an adult.

I just wish those who are so quick to throw the racist card could do the same . . .

I thought you might be interested in this, whether you see it as the beginning of a downward spiral or a pleasant surprise: The Obameter: Tracking Obama's Campaign Promises.

I'm less passionate about politics than I used to be, so I will just say this about the new guys in DC: I am looking forward to being disappointed in new and different ways!

Oh and definitely post more about Atlas Shrugged as you read it. I'm interested in what you think about it! It's quite a book.

Hey, You guys ran out without eating any chocolate pie! and the headphones... :(

Was nice to see you guys again :)

I was wondering if we left the headphones!

I asked about the chocolate pie, but Mike wanted to wait till you got home – but we just couldn't wait that long. Both boys were pretty beered up, so I didn't bother to ask again.

I guess we'll need a redo soon! :)

You should have just helped yourself!
Mike is a dork ;)

Haha! I'll feel free to do that in the future, then. :) After all – they got all the good beer, and I got to drive home! My husband will have to remember to bribe me with chocolate next time. ;)

Rush Limbaugh

(Anonymous)
I am ashamed for you that you listen to Rush Limbaugh. You seem like a nice person, but obviously misled. Mr. Limbaugh publicly stated he wished President Obama to fail. So how does that help the US? How does that help anyone?

Remember the nazi genius propagandist Joseph Goebbels said "good propaganda consists of 10% truth". Rush Limbaugh has taken that to heart.

Whee! My very own comment troll! :D Since you didn't bother to name yourself, I shall name you . . . Johnny. As in "Johnny Can't Read". (At least you can spell – that's kind of refreshing in a troll.)

I'm going to quote myself. It's a whole paragraph from the middle, which you didn't get to before you decided to comment:

Just FYI: He has repeatedly said, especially in the last few days, that he doesn't want Obama to be a failed president. He wants his socialist policies to fail.

I agree with him. I don't want government health care. I don't want my tax dollars to pay for other people's useless lives – and I don't want anybody else's tax dollars to fund my life! I don't want to try to be friends with terrorists and I don't want them in our jails, or set free to terrorize some more. I don't like Obama's policies. I have never made a secret of this, and neither has Rush Limbaugh or any other conservative talk show host I respect.

(Similarly, I have address this issue here, and to a different extent, here. Please take a moment to read those.)

Does that clear things up? Do you need more explanation?

Okay: Obama is dead-set on getting whatever campaign promises he wasn't flat-out lying about passed in the next year, at least. Those promises are all socialist in nature, and are going to bankrupt this nation and open us up to foreign attack – whether financial or physical, we have yet to see. For Obama to succeed, our country – our Constitution – must fail. Therefore, in order for our country and Constitution to survive, Obama must fail. Not "the president" – just Obama. He must see that what he is planning for this country will destroy us, that his plans must fail.

For instance: Obama has just passed a massive MASSIVE spending bill (not a stimulus bill, a SPENDING bill), telling us if he doesn't spend this money, we will be sorry. Do you know where this money is coming from? Do you know whose money he is spending? Not his. Not the government's. It's yours and mine. Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Medved, Shawn Hannity, and David Boze – all men whose opinions I respect and agree with – have exposed this bill for what it truly is. Congress hasn't done that for us. The president hasn't done that for us. The latter has merely told us that we neeeeeed it.

So, which is the 10% truth? Which source is worthy of the Nazi quote?

Now you know what I mean. You don't have to be ashamed for me. You can now feel free to be ashamed for yourself. Isn't freedom great? :) Glad I could help!

Troll?

(Anonymous)
Well I retract my observation that you are a nice person. Nice people don't use pejorative labels, such as "troll" for people who disagree with them. But I am sure you learned that behavior from your hero Limbaugh.

Yes I can read, and I can also hear and see very well.

Limbaugh told his listeners that he was asked by “a major American print publication” to offer a 400-word statement explaining his “hope for the Obama presidency.” He responded:

So I’m thinking of replying to the guy, “Okay, I’ll send you a response, but I don’t need 400 words, I need four: I hope he fails.” (interruption) What are you laughing at? See, here’s the point. Everybody thinks it’s outrageous to say. Look, even my staff, “Oh, you can’t do that.” Why not? Why is it any different, what’s new, what is unfair about my saying I hope liberalism fails? Liberalism is our problem. Liberalism is what’s gotten us dangerously close to the precipice here. Why do I want more of it? I don’t care what the Drive-By story is. I would be honored if the Drive-By Media headlined me all day long: “Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails.” Somebody’s gotta say it.

I am so sad to see you and your ilk so ruled by fear. Its a new day in America, get on board or get out of the way.

Tom

Well I retract my observation that you are a nice person. Nice people don't use pejorative labels, such as "troll" for people who disagree with them. But I am sure you learned that behavior from your hero Limbaugh.

You never said I was a nice person – only that I seemed like a nice person – but you sandwiched it between two negatives. It certainly doesn't hurt me now that you've retracted something that didn't mean anything in the first place. Besides that, you quoted a Nazi (in a positive light) to make a point about a free-speaking American (who disagrees with you). I'm not sure your powers of observation are entirely credible.

I use "troll" for someone who comes to my blog and belittles me for standing up for my beliefs, quotes Nazis to somehow make their argument look more sound, and doesn't sign their name to their dissention. You've signed your name now – good job – but you don't get the title of "nice person" either, because you finished your comment with your own pejorative covering not just me, but a general audience who is innocent in this discussion. Condescension, sweeping negative generalizations, ultimatums, and name-calling are hallmarks of trolldom.

Here's your sign.

Now, since you signed your name, I won't call you Johnny anymore – you are Tom. Tom the Troll Dissenting Commenter. You can keep commenting, but I'll delete you if you get out of hand. And I get to decide what "out of hand" looks like. I wrote some guidelines a while back, which you might want to read thoroughly (don't be a "Johnny"!).

As for the topic at hand: I heard what Limbaugh said. I've heard it nearly every day. And in my last comment, I told you why I think he's right. I don't feel like quoting myself again.

I also think he's perfectly within his right to say those things. Why? Because – at least as of today – it's a free country, and he isn't being derogatory – he's being critical. If those who spouted such vitriol over Bush – derogatory, hateful, unspeakable curses and insults – claim their right to wish he would fail (/be harmed/be killed/etc.), then Rush Limbaugh has a right to merely wish that Obama fail [to execute his plans for this country].

Or do you disagree?

You don't need to be sad for me, or my "ilk". We're happy to get out of the way and let the Obama train fly off the cliff with everyone who hopped on board. I'd just rather not see our country go with it.

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