On Wednesday, embattled conservative Rush Limbaugh (pictured) got on his radio show to complain with the touched Donald Trump about President Barack Obama‘s presidential re-election win. Not surprisingly, Limbaugh delivered a “sky-is-falling” monologue that bemoaned America’s changing paradigm of what a “traditional vision” of America looks and feels like. What was quite profound — and I never thought I’d put “profound” and “Limbaugh” in the same sentence — was Limbaugh’s realization that the America he so wistfully reminisces about is no more.
Sounding clearly agitated and seemingly defeated, Limbaugh struggled on-air with his confusion over how the American people did not pick what he considered to be the proper family to represent the country, “Mitt Romney and his family would have been the essence of exactly what this country needs.”
To Limbaugh, America’s rejection of Romney symbolized the rejection of the so-called apple pie values of this nation:
“But what was Romney’s recipe? Romney’s recipe was the old standby American route to success. Hard work. That gets sneered at. I’m sorry.”
Limbaugh then went on to explain the “vision” Romney had, which was definitively rejected by America:
“In a country of children, where the option is Santa Claus or work. What wins? Now say what you want, but Romney did offer a vision of traditional America in his way, he put forth a great vision of traditional America, and it was rejected. It was rejected in favor of a guy who thinks that those who are working aren’t doing enough to help those who aren’t — and that resonated.”
Swiping back at critics who say that the GOP has become too White and hasn’t worked to embrace minorities enough, Limbaugh liked to remind his listeners that during the Republican National Convention, Republicans had “a parade of minorities” who actually worked — unlike the rest of us who enjoy mooching off of the government:
“Let me take you back to the Republican Convention. We had Susan Martinez, female Hispanic governor of New Mexico. We had Condoleeza Rice, African American, former secretary of state. Both of those people, eminently qualified, terrifically achieved; they have reached the pinnacles of their profession.
“We had Marco Rubio. We had a parade of minorities who have become successful Americans, and they all had a common story: hard work. Their parents sacrificed for them…. They worked hard…their stories evoked pride.”
Ending his exasperated rant, Limbaugh ended:
“I went to bed last night thinking we are outnumbered. I went to bed last night thinking we’ve lost the country. I don’t know how else you look at this.”
And I think Limbaugh is actually right. (Gasp!)
The America where White families are the “norm” — or as Limbaugh calls it the “essence” of this country — and everyone else is seen as “other” is fading away. The idea that the President is some sort of dictator or alien who has stashed the nation away on another planet, as the Tea Partiers infamously proclaimed, is a broken and racist way of thinking that is dying out.
The tokens Limbaugh “celebrates” in Rice, Rubio, and Martinez aren’t fooling anyone. These types of Republican representatives vote against their communities’ interests, and while that may have been hot in decades past, most see right through their polarizing shenanigans.
So yes, I venture to say that this may be one of the most lucid brain farts Limbaugh has ever had. And now that we can finally agree on what America is increasingly not, I think it is safe to say that we can all move on to more intellectual and progressive endeavors.
Watch Limbaugh’s whining here