Rush Limbaugh: Conscience of America

Joseph Farah has been a source of great amusement for me for nearly a decade now. I feel like I should send him a nice fruit basket or something, especially when I read things like this in one of his columns and I bust out in laughter. You’re gonna love this one:

This column is inspired by a commentary by Rush Limbaugh last week.

I’ve written columns like this frequently over the last 20 years, but Rush coined a phrase last week, probably without even realizing it, that says it all: “The descent into depravity.”

He didn’t actually string those words together, but he came close. So I’m going to do it for him today.

Now, Rush is hardly known as a moralist in the traditional sense of the word. He’s a gifted entertainer and a brilliant commentator. Whether he knows it or not, he is rapidly becoming the conscience of America, as Americans, more and more, lose theirs.

The mind boggles. I know the first thing I do when struggling with a moral dilemma is ask “What would Rush Limbaugh do?”

26 comments on this post.
  1. Donovan:

    How does one coin a phrase without saying the phrase?

  2. Artor:

    Well, Limbaugh certainly does embody the “descent into depravity.” And maybe he is “the conscience of America,” since America as a country has demonstrated that it has the conscience of a rabid hyena. Unfortunately, this isn’t very funny to me.

  3. Bronze Dog:

    I’m pretty sure that Limbaugh’s moral compass is diamagnetic.

  4. John Pieret:

    I know the first thing I do when struggling with a moral dilemma is ask “What would Rush Limbaugh do?”

    Before or after you smuggle Viagra across the border?

    But WWRD has a nice ring.

  5. Modusoperandi:

    How can a sociopath be the conscience of anything? Oh. My. God. America’s a psycho! This explains so much!

  6. Larry:

    he is rapidly becoming the conscience of America

    So Rush is an over-weight, woman-hating, racist Jiminy Cricket?

  7. matty1:

    Rush is hardly known as a moralist in the traditional sense of the word.

    In much the same way as the Pacific ocean is not noted for it’s dryness.

  8. matty1:

    I know the first thing I do when struggling with a moral dilemma is ask “What would Rush Limbaugh do?”

    Well it does narrow the options since you can instantly rule out as moral anything Rush would even consider.

  9. Modusoperandi:

    John Pieret “But WWRD has a nice ring.”
    Sure, but I fail to see what Reagan has to do with this.

  10. skinnercitycyclist:

    All this about Rush is stupid enough, of course, but there is also the matter of Rush, or Farrah (if you read the sub-hed) having “coined a phrase.” Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t “coining a phrase” denote putting words together in a novel way so as to make a useful term? “Descent into depravity” is a common phrase, just to check I googled it and came up with many unremarkable, unremarked-upon uses of the phrase. Rush didn’t “coin” it, Farrah didn’t coin it. It’s pretty damn close to a cliché, if you ask me.

    But that is the way these people are about words, and language. They are the ones who try to settle an argument by resort to the dictionary, Christianists uses repeatedly babbled phrases like “salt and light” shorn of context as a kind of punctuation to their cultural criticisms, they seem to think that a Heideggerian focus (it always ends up fuzzy, though) on a word or phrase somehow makes them into profound thinkers. I suppose it comes from the practice of preachers picking a word out of text and going on about it for 90 minutes. Here’s the kind of thing I imagine goes on at the right-wing punditocracy:

    And suddenly he’ll grab you, and he’ll throw you in a corner, and he’ll say, “Do you know that ‘if’ is the middle word in life? If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you”… I mean I’m… no, I can’t… I’m a little man, I’m a little man, he’s… he’s a great man! I should have been a pair of ragged claws scuttling across floors of silent seas…

  11. D. C. Sessions:

    It helps to read this in context.

    The RNC has voted unanimously to block any 2016 Presidential debates on CNN or NBC (and very likely the other “lamestream” news media. Which leaves …) At the same meeting, there was a strong movement to preselect the moderators for the Party’s debates. Heading the list was … Rush Limbaugh.

  12. Randomfactor:

    “…what would Rush do?”

    And then do the opposite.

  13. caseloweraz:

    Skinnercitycyclist: You make it sound as if the minds of right-wing pundits have all been taken over by Hipcrime… or Racter.

    The first thing America must do is to educate the cupboard. That would be electrifyingly morose! I predict a monstrosity of dumplings. Rabid lumber will patrol the streets. Freedom will be totally aquamarine!

    Remember this: The policeman’s beard is half constructed.

  14. skinnercitycyclist:

    I am sure such thoughts ran through the mind of Colonel Kurtz – and still do run through the “mind” of Joseph Farrah.

    And is it wise for anyone named “Joseph” to have such a Stalinesque pornstache?

  15. exdrone:

    Rush has coined another phrase without realizing it: “Rush Limbaugh is an idiotic blowhard.” He didn’t actually string those words together, but he always exemplifies it.

  16. Dan J:

    Remember this: The policeman’s beard is half constructed.

    I’m glad not everyone has forgotten Racter. I should fire up my Amiga and let him create some GOP talking points.

  17. cry4turtles:

    @Larry, Rush doesn’t hate all women. Just the ones that won ‘t have sex WITH HIM.

  18. Dave Maier:

    I can see the appeal of exdrone’s “idiotic blowhard,” but as a description of Rush I actually think Racter nails it: “monstrosity of dumplings” seems to get at the essence of the matter.

  19. coragyps:

    What would Rush do?

    OxyContin, I would presume.

  20. DaveL:

    Rush is hardly known as a moralist in the traditional sense of the word.

    If anyone ever asks me for a one-sentence description of Rush Limbaugh, I think I’ll just quote this from Joseph Farah.

  21. dingojack:

    DaveL – ‘Rush is hardly known as a moralist in the traditional [any] sense of the word”.

    Edited it for you for maximal accuracy.
    (No, no need to thank me).

    Dingo

  22. Childermass:

    Ed, send him a fruitcake basket.

    /I know, too easy.

  23. democommie:

    “Descent into depravity” is a common phrase, just to check I googled it and came up with many unremarkable, unremarked-upon uses of the phrase.”

    But Rush does the “descent into depravity” so much BETTER. Anyone else doing the “Descent into depravity” is a rank amateur, a tyro, compared to Rushbloviate; it’s like comparing a drunk doing hopscotch to Nick Wallenda tightrope walking over the “(Not so) Grand Canyon”. And like Nick did on his most recent outing, Rushturd prolly said, “Oh, my GOD, THANK YOU JESUS!!” a lot while he was down there in Dominorca, field testing teh bonerz pillz..

  24. Area Man:

    He’s a gifted entertainer and a brilliant commentator.

    I’ve always been perplexed by this description of Limbaugh as entertainer. I guess the people who listen to him are entertained in some sense of the word, but primarily they’re looking for affirmation of their preexisting beliefs and something new to get angry about. That’s about as entertaining as a dental appointment.

    A better description would be rabble-rouser. With the rabble in question being privileged older white men.

  25. Doug Little:

    I think Dying Fetus got closer with their album titled Descend into Depravity

  26. pocketnerd:

    So the “conscience of America”:

    * Fetishizes military power, but has never served a day in uniform, and is contemptuous of actual service men and women;

    * warbles endlessly about sexual morality and shames women who have sex for pleasure, but goes on sex tours in countries notorious for child sex tourism;

    * is openly bigoted against pretty much every type of minority, while whining that those minorities are actually prejudiced against him;

    * is against militant religious fundamentalism, except when it’s HIS religion, and then he’s totally for militant religious fundamentalism;

    * was born to affluence and comfort and has never worked a hard-labor job in his life, but believes poor people are poor because they’re all just lazy;

    * demands government largesse for himself, while everybody else should just pull themselves up by their bootstraps.

    Sounds dead-on to me.

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