In the first half hour of his syndicated talk radio show today, Republican media personality Rush Limbaugh praised Mitt Romney’s performance in last night’s US presidential debate with Barack Obama and framed the upcoming Federal election as a choice between ‘central planning’ and ‘Yankee ingenuity.’Of course, in reality Obama and Romney support similar tax plans and both support heavy regulation of the economy. Neither has voiced support for eliminating or even curtailing the influence of the US central bank (the Federal Reserve) or numerous other regularly bodies which plan and intervene in the US economy. Their similarities do not end there. For those concerned about the rapid demographic transformation of the US into a Third World land, it’s also worth remembering that both Romney and Obama have expressed their commitment to more Third World immigration as well as amnesty for existing illegal immigrants.
The ‘Yankee ingenuity’ comment from Limbaugh was perhaps more telling than he intended it to be. Southern listeners might remember that Limbaugh has repeatedly expressed pride in past episodes of his show in his family’s opposotion to Southern self-determination in the 1860s, culturally identification with the North and strong support for the US war against the South which claimed half a million lives.
In this election Southern voters are faced with one candidate from Massachusetts and another from Chicago (by way of Hawaii and Malaysia). Both politicians have opposed traditional Southern values throughout their careers and favoured global liberal hegemony in slightly varying forms.