It’s never good when opportunists, the unprincipled, and outright ingrates seek to advance themselves at the expense of past friendships, past favors, or the truth. It’s especially troubling when those who act in such a contrived and disloyal manner once held national office or still operate from a platform of national stature.
Former Republican Governor Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania and former General Colin Powell have both recently gone out of their way to criticize conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. Why? Other than to curry favor with the Obama White House, the liberal mainstream media and those on the cocktail/Hollywood circuit, there seems to be no legitimate reason for them to go after someone who is simply and strongly expressing the opinion of tens of millions of his fellow Americans.
When recently discussing these two gentlemen on his radio program, Mr. Limbaugh rightfully asked and said, “Who’s really changed? I’ve been who I am for 20 years. When it comes to core beliefs and principles, I haven’t changed…and during these 20 years these same type of Republicans sought me out. They wanted my help in the ’94 Congressional races. They wanted my help in 2000 and 2004. They wanted my help in 2006. Many members of Congress called this program and wanted to get on this program. Now all of a sudden, I am the primary problem with the Republican Party.”
To Mr. Limbaugh’s question and points, I would ask these questions of those Republicans and ingrates who now shamefully attack him to advance their own self-interests: Do you ever actually listen to his program? Do you understand that he honestly believes and espouses conservative values? Do you understand that he is truly fearful of a leftist ideology that now controls our government, our media, and our colleges and universities? Do you understand that he is worried that if you water down or change sacred principles to pander or morph into the party in power, that it’s extremely unhealthy for the Republic? Do you understand that some on the left are trying to snuff out the voices of dissention and freedom of speech and you have become the useful idiots of their censorship campaign?
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