Yesterday afternoon on the Rush Limbaugh Show, the host explained at one point that he did not believe that the United States would fall during his life time. The mere fact that he felt it necessary to say such a thing is interesting. We must also consider that Limbaugh was born in 1951. If he lives to be eighty years old, that would mean that he does not believe the USA will fall before 2031. That is only 19 years from now. This statement from Mr Limbaugh does not actually demonstrate very much faith in the system. He then went on to say that he refuses to believe the ‘country’ is over. Limbaugh noted that the US has thus far kept chugging along despite all its problems. He then told his audience that they just had to get out the right ideas and this could save the United States.
Rush Limbaugh is in denial, like many others of his generation. This is not America of the 1950s or 60s. Demographically the United States has been radically altered over the course of Limbaugh’s life – in great part by people whom Limbaugh idolises such as Ronald Reagan (who legalised three million illegal immigrants from the Third World) and George W Bush (who was also a big supporter of Third World immigration). Limbaugh’s heroes made the United States a lot less like the place that the talk radio host remembers fondly and wishes to conserve. His heroes re-peopled the United States with folks who do not share his political and social values or care about conserving the USA of the 1950s. Not only are the demographics completely different than they once were (remember back when Limbaugh was born the US was about 90% White – last summer White children became a minority in the US) but the government itself is far larger, more centralised and much more powerful. No aspect of our daily life today is beyond its scope. Millions of laws and codes have been legislated over the course of Limbaugh’s life so that today it would take entire libraries to hold all the different rules the government has enacted. Along with a completely different population and much more powerful and centralised government, the social and moral fabric of the United States is greatly different. This is to be expected, of course, given all the other factors.
And what about Limbaugh’s claim that getting out the Neo-conservative message can save the United States? Will more wars, ‘American leadership,’ tax cuts, more military spending and more Republican politicians who idolise Ronald Reagan be able to save the system? Even asking such a question sounds ridiculous. As well, the new Third World population of the United States is not at all interested in Limbaugh’s Neo-conservative message. Despite a great deal of pandering to them and watering down the message to make it more acceptable, the vast majority of them reject Republicans and Limbaugh’s politics. And it’s not as if there is a lack of information out there promoting his message. Fox News dominates TV news and promotes his world-view. His own show reaches many millions of people each day. Many of the churches, especially the Protestant churches in the South, promote US militarism and Neo-conservative politics. All the major Republican-oriented magazines and newspapers also promote Limbaugh’s ideas. So it’s not a matter of getting the Neo-conservative message out.
The fact of the matter is that the US is in rapid decline on pretty much all fronts. It doesn’t really matter whether or not Rush Limbaugh acknowledges this or not. Just the fact that he brought it up and then (unconvincingly) denied it is interesting. His inability to offer any evidence to support his stated belief is also interesting. So, instead he offers his audience denial and false hope in a dying system.