I happened to listen to Rush Limbaugh yesterday as he railed against the Republican party and specifically the leadership’s incomprehensible (to him) rush to the left. His rhetorical flourishes aside, he describes the situation accurately, but as I listened, I kept saying to myself (well, yelling it) “Where the fuck have you been?” Limbaugh is first and foremost an entertainer, and he must draw the audience to his show. So his careful criticism of the heavy hitters in the Republican party over the years has been moderated by his rational desire to maintain his brand. Antagonizing the Republican leadership (or the U.S. Chamber of Commerce..same thing) by calling them what they are — whores…and anti-American whores at that — will do him no good at all. He must dance on the line, but never cross it. So this monologue was gratifying to hear, but a bit late in the game…..
The spending caps that they negotiated with Obama? They’ve blown those up. The one thing that they won, spending caps, they got rid of them themselves in this deal. I’m trying to understand, are they totally in debt to K Street? Do they all have jobs waiting for them on K Street? It doesn’t compute here. Who are these people in the House Republican leadership? What are they? I’ll tell you what I’ve concluded, and it’s something that I have forecast before, mentioned before. We’ve even discussed it on this program.
I think what’s going on in Washington right now — and it isn’t new, it’s just more visible than it’s ever been. I think there’s all kinds of bipartisanship going on in Washington. I think there’s all kinds of cooperation going on in Washington. I think that it’s kumbaya time. I think they are linked arm in arm. I think the bipartisan project is to destroy conservatism. I think they would be happy. They would prefer… I’m talking about the Republican leadership. Not the whole membership, but the Republican leadership.
To answer his rhetorical question: Yes, they do have lucrative jobs lined up on K Street and on corporate boards and the legal departments of major corporations and in think tanks and on and on…..
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
They have sacrificed their country and violated their oaths of office on the altar of personal gain. The truism, “There is no honor among thieves” may have been intended specifically for the United States Congress!
Perhaps some of our readers can explain how another part of our government, The United States Armed Forces, would respond to one of their members if he were to behave in a similar manner.
“I, having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above….do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.”
I find it interesting that the oaths are essentially identical, yet we hold one branch to such high standards and the other to no standard whatsoever.
Well, the dead girl/live boy restriction still stands for those with an (R) next to their name….