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Why Do People Listen to Rush Limbaugh?

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posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 12:10 PM
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Rush Limbaugh is the poster child for "my team" politics.

Listen to his program:

If he's not conjuring up some fake-news about what the Obama administration is going to do next (umm...Fairness Doctrine, anyone?) then he's complaining and whining that Obama was elected by "stupid americans"

Limbaugh is going to say whatever it takes to gain the attention of the conservative party. He's resorted to racist comments, demeaning comments, sexist comments, and in my opinion, borderline treasonous comments, all to get ratings.

Hey, thats fine, we do live in a country he can do that, and that's fine...seriously.

But what's funny, if you pay attention, occasionally he'll get called out on some of the things he's said and/or done, and he'll do one of two things:

1.) Completely deny it ever happened at all
2.) Try to change the context of the events surrounding the occurrence.

both of which are total cop-outs.

It's just entertainment.

Where things get pathetic is when people who are listening to him forget that it's nothing more than the WWE of the radio airwaves.
People who take his ideals seriously.

No matter what happens, it's always the democrats fault. No republican has ever been blamed for ANYTHING on his show.

If that doesn't show you how unreliable he really is, then i'm afraid there is zero hope for you.

He does have the right to say and do the things he says and does.
But we, as intelligent, free thinking individuals, have a right to call him out on his utter stupidity.

I especially love that when someone says' they're opposed to Limbaugh, they're automatically a "worshiper of the messiah"

or how Limbaugh claims that democrats are responsible for the GOP loosing the presidential election (by attacking the republican primaries)

give me a break.

"Operation Chaos" was created to achieve that goal - and it failed miserably.

If you can't get your own party rallied behind you - then it's a problem with YOU, not anyone else.

Earlier in this post - someone made the comment that people have the right to be against homosexuality, abortion, etc etc, and those are the types of people who are listening to rush limbaughs show.

This is a very valid point - they have the RIGHT to be against those things. Nobody is disputing that, but homosexuals do NOT have the right to be equal
Women's rights are endangered when these people come around telling her what to do with her own body.

There's a big difference in having the right to be opposed to a way of thinking (homosexuality for example) and then further using that "right" to persecute someone else who disagree's with you. Those are the types of people who listen to his show.

If you don't believe me, listen to some of his callers sometime.







Why do so many people listen to rush limbaugh?

The late, and immensely great George Carlin sums it up better than anyone ever could:


“Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider than that!”
source

[edit on 16-3-2009 by Fremd]




posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 12:34 PM
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But Grover it is your quote that substantiates the "Quotation" applying to Rush...


Rush has never called you any names unless it was on a show I missed and yet you never miss the chance to call him some childish schoolyard name..

Rush has never made fun of your name, again unless I missed the show, yet you are constantly calling him some made up juvenile name...

So, while Rush has never done anything personally to you, you choose to do these things to him, just who is "Small Minded and Petty" ?......to quote you...


not from some over paid windbag.


Jealous Much?

I think your side pretty well summed it up when conservatives were all accused of wanting slaves and other such nonsense.. Just look at the post of your supporter and tell me that was not pure evil hatred...

Small Minded?

Those who live in glass houses......

Semper



[edit on 3/16/2009 by semperfortis]



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 12:42 PM
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As long as there is liberal corruption and fiscal ridiculousness Rush will be on the air "windbagging" about it. Guess he's set for a loooong time.



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 12:46 PM
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I find him contempetous and so I call him... rather consistantly... mush loosebowels to express my contempt.... just as I call junior, bush (always in the lower case) minor... like you guys haven't done the same and worse to us.



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 12:50 PM
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Perhaps some have..

But I have not Grover...

Because some Conservative gets childish and plays juvenile games, do you think that makes it right for you to?

I would simply like to point out that doing so and calling anyone else small minded is fairly hypocritical..

Semper



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 01:29 PM
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Why is it that we never hear any media criticism of:

Keith Olberman
Rosie O'Donnel
Joy Ward
Al Franken
Rhandi Rhodes
Ed Schultz
The hatred spewed at The Huffington Post?
The left leaning of MSNBC?

I personally think Rush is like Colture, doing it to make more $$$.

I think what is missing from the conversation is that most of his listeners are disillusioned by things in their lives and Rush gives them a voice, if only partially.

Where else can they get some of their views made legitimate (by being broadcast).

How many of these posts are we going to have about this subject on this forum anyway? I would be willing to bet that most of the whiners about Rush only listen to sound bites.


I read one poster talk about republicans being "against" everything because of 'gawd'

gawd

He wrote"gawd"

I guess you only have to look that far to see why so many listen to Rush, the constant and I mean CONSTANT insults, demeaning talk, put downs.
How about the constant denegrations, "evil", "stupid", "rich", "hater", "bigot" ?
You think that endears us to your side?
(Ignoring the fact that the majority of us aren't stupid, rich, evil or bigots)

When did the "party of tolerance" lose it's tolerance for other views exactly?

And please, someone tell me when exact did all the democrats become atheists? How is it that gawd only insults the conservative portion of the 85% of the US population that is religious?

Your words and tone with "gawd" insults a lot of people, perhaps there is a correlation to all this?

Rush is entitled to his opinion, so is Keith Olberman and Jon Stewart, to rail against one because he has influence is to rail against all.. isn't it? Being pissed at Rush for his ideas and wanting him to be punished/banned/silenced makes you a hypocrite if you are a fan of anyone at all.

The way I see it.. We know many of our fellow conservatives are hypocritical and we know that some of policies need to change, we know we make mistakes, but the problem isn't us.. its liberals, because I have yet to ever once hear a liberal tell anyone they made a mistake, or they could compromise their ideals, or perhaps just perhaps, they are wrong on something. It's like they are completely blind to any possibility of not always being right.

Let me ask you.. do you like hanging out with people who believe they are never wrong? Do you even entertain the thought of listening to them?

Maybe thats whats going on with Rush? The left is so busy telling everyone how stupid conservatives are that we just can't be bothered to listen to you anymore.. so we go the only place that is left...



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 01:30 PM
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People listen to him because they don't want to live in the fascist socialist society that Obama is trying to bring to the USA. I hope obama fails too. His policies are the worst thing for america and I hope it fails miserably. Its going to take years to undo all the wrong he will do and we are all going to pay for it.



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 02:11 PM
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I'm not a Rush listener although I have listened to a few shows in the past; mostly in the 90's.

I find this information on his demographic from a Washington Post writer interesting.

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They are better educated and much more affluent than most Americans...

More self-identified Limbaugh regulars have college diplomas than the population as a whole, and the survey shows that while 9 percent of all American households take in $75,000 a year or more, 19 percent of the dittoheads make that much...

Limbaugh's regular listeners are among the most likely Americans to view the federal government as a "major threat" to their personal rights, freedoms and financial well-being...


The reason Limbaugh is in the news so much right now is a move by the Far Left of the Democratic Party to reinstate the "Fairness Doctrine". They want to limit Free Speech to those who are not a part of the Left.

The Fairness Doctrine was eliminated by the FCC in 1987 because it did not work first and foremost and also out of concern it violated the First Amendment.

Rush may upset people and listening to him I can understand why, but we need to decide is the loss of Freedom of Speech where Talk Radio is concerned worth it just because people can't figure out how to turn their radio dial or hit the off button?

We all know if you give the Government a proverbial inch they take the whole mile. If they succeed with the Fairness Doctrine, the radio will loose so much money it will likely change venues. Face it, Left Wing shows are boring. Imagine listening to someone like Pelosi or Reid all afternoon
How about we end up with the Howard Dean Show


Freedom of Speech is important enough to me that I can continue to not listen to Rush. I've found it quite easy to not turn him on in fact. Took no effort at all. Once the Government interferes however it will take a monumental effort to reverse the damage they do.

I say, if you don't like Rush, why do you listen to him? If you don't listen to him, why do you care? His listeners have as much right to their opinion as I do. Go ahead and hate the man if it gives you a thrill going up your leg, but respect his right to speak. Don't let the current batch of Confidence People running the Government get you so worked up they can sneak a limitation on Free Speech past you. It would appear to be the Far Lefts number one agenda at the moment. You know, the my way or the highway crowd.



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 03:55 PM
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Originally posted by meteorlima
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds". Albert Einstein


Yes, with Rush having the mediocre mind, and the great spirit being justice.

His sense of humor is deplorable, and his moral compass awash.
Check out these GITMO Tshirts he was selling on his site.

members.premiereinteractive.com...

Club Gitmo? How about club Inustice...!

Not in my America. Rush, can take his torture, his slander, his racsim and bigotry to another country.

Peace


[edit on 16-3-2009 by HIFIGUY]



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 04:34 PM
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well... when he played "Barack the Magic Negro" he actually gained more listeners. Surprising heh?

Truth is, American conservatives are those who has never traveled and lived in other nations to see a different side of the human condition. That's why people still listen to Limbaugh.



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 06:04 PM
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If you bag on Rush you really don't understand American values and morals. I will ask you to leave now. Europe is accepting applications.



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 07:59 PM
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Originally posted by arcnaver

Originally posted by Cool Hand Luke

Yet if you look at the bible, it sounds much more like Marxism and socialism than it does capitalism.



Then you need to reread the bible, you are missing the part about actually being self reliant and serving one another. The part about actually being a productive member of society and not being a slave to the take take take program like Marxism and Socialism.


The bible tells you to serve your fellow man. It tells you all someone else needs as a justification to the things you have earned is need. Now if you follow that doctrine, what right do you have to own the things you do? I mean there are millions of people that need your computer, your car, your clothes, your food, your life and everything you have ever earned and worked for belongs to someone else not because they earned it. Not because they will do any good with what you have given them. But because they "need" it. Tell me what is the difference between that and communism.

Also at the core of Socialism is/was the phrase "the meek shall inherit the earth" as a justification for the class warfare argument that the poor are entitled to the rich's wealth and also entitled to things which other people create like industries, land, etc. "To each according to his need."


Their is a huge difference between what the Bible says for you to do and What Marxism and Socialism want you to be. One will free society from the government tit, the other will demand you latch on and start sucking.


The only difference is that Marx wanted to institute what the bible was saying all along.


Yes, it looks like Marxism and Socialism at first glance, but with a MAJOR difference. You must be productive or your kicked out. The complete opposite is true for Marxism, in fact, you are encouraged not to be productive. Marxism/Socialism is nothing short of Theft.


But the bible advocates "ask and you shall receive" as if wishing for something is enough to acquire it. Here's what the bible and socialists both do not say; think. If you want to buy a house, think about how you might acquire one using your mind, ability, and your effort to be able to afford to build one or buy one.

Both the bible and the socialists seem to be confused about how people get wealthy or successful. They claim it to be some sort of supernatural phenomenom or "luck". There is absolutely nothing supernatural about people using the tools that they have (their mind), to acquire the things that they want whether that be inventing, producing, or trading value.


Fine, you dont like Rush. Dont listen! Is that so hard to do? Is their some magic in his voice that compels you to leave the radio on his station to listen?


No, but I have to listen to his drivel through some of my coworkers, siblings voices. I don't stick my fingers in my ear every time I don't want to hear another person's opinion and I believe this is a forum where people have the freedom to speak their minds.

By the way, can you imagine if there was nobody that disagreed with Mr. Limbaugh that spoke their mind about what they thought of him? Can you imagine his supporters who would then say "Well, since nobody disagrees with him, he must always be right." That would be a very scary world.



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 08:24 PM
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Originally posted by grover


I've always wondered that myself.

A neighbor of mine listens to him nonstop... my brain would turn to jelly and dribble out of my ear if I tried that... perhaps that is what has happened since he seems to be going down hill.

If anything came out of this election is that people are sick and tired of the politics of division and hate yet if the Republicans embrace limbaugh's rhetoric and continue to be the party of no... the party of divison and hate... then they are going to continue losing elections.

Limbaugh... like Coulter and Savage, Beck and Hannity is on the far right and like it or not they have never been a majority and if the Republican party continues to cater and kowtow to them...

They might have to sell their elephant to a glue factory.

www.alternet.org
(visit the link for the full news article)


I know many "progressives" who listen to him regularly for laughs (he is an entertainer) and to challenge their own thinking (he usually checks his facts before shooting off his mouth).

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posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 08:45 PM
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Truth is, American conservatives are those who has never traveled and lived in other nations to see a different side of the human condition. That's why people still listen to Limbaugh.


Strange..

I am a Conservative and have lived and worked in 3 different countries on three different continents..

Semper



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 09:04 PM
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Oh brother! ^ THAT definition of a conservative is just not true. I think we can find both conservatives and Liberals anywhere on the planet.

Anyway, people are entitled. I choose the likes of Alex Jones, who happens to be a conservative Patriot in his own right and i'm a liberal. I guess i have picked him because i see HIS message coming true on a daily basis.

Whatever floats your boat. I also think its reached the point where there is no more Dems or Repubs, its all one thing...a big gigantic mess.



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 10:22 PM
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Originally posted by dgtempe
Oh brother! ^ THAT definition of a conservative is just not true. I think we can find both conservatives and Liberals anywhere on the planet.

Anyway, people are entitled. I choose the likes of Alex Jones, who happens to be a conservative Patriot in his own right and i'm a liberal. I guess i have picked him because i see HIS message coming true on a daily basis.

Whatever floats your boat. I also think its reached the point where there is no more Dems or Repubs, its all one thing...a big gigantic mess.


how can you be a liberal if you see his conservative messages coming true?



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 10:23 PM
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Originally posted by epete22
If you bag on Rush you really don't understand American values and morals.


On the contrary. Club Gitmo? Bigotry? Torture? Thats not any America I understand. Europe you say? They have lived through that which America has not. The battleground of many wars, the site of many horrors.

We should look at the past, and learn not to repeat it. To practice injustice for the sake of expediency is a sad chapter in this nations history.

I dont want do understand torture. I dont want to understand people being held without rights or reason. I dont want to turn a blind eye to injustice.

Lets not to Rush to injustice. Pun intended.

Peace


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posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 10:28 PM
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Really? What countries have you been in?

I have lived abroad and traveled around the world. I am a conservative.

By the way, the more that I travel the more I see my point of view validated. Socialism does not work and you can clearly see the misery that communism and socialism have brought to the countries that practiced those forms of government.



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 11:47 PM
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Originally posted by lunarminer
reply to post by die_another_day
 


Really? What countries have you been in?

I have lived abroad and traveled around the world. I am a conservative.

By the way, the more that I travel the more I see my point of view validated. Socialism does not work and you can clearly see the misery that communism and socialism have brought to the countries that practiced those forms of government.


liberals are the ones living in the gated communities with the guards and town watch protecting them from themselves



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 11:50 PM
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Hold on a second

I lived in a gated community up until a few months ago.

I am not a liberal.



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