Rush Limbaugh said that he is still embarrassed and ashamed of America, but Rush can’t be nearly as ashamed of America as we are of him.
Here is the audio from Media Matters:
Transcript via Rush Limbaugh:
LIMBAUGH: Anyway, my point with all this is that for 25 years, folks, we’ve been dealing with the same premise: “Unless we spend another dime, the country is going to cease to exist,” and for 25 years I have responded to each premise on what I call an intellectual, point-by-point basis refuting every claim. The purpose of this program has been to create as large a body of informed voting citizens as possible. While we’ve been largely and profoundly successful at that, the left has beaten us.
They have created far more low-information, unaware, uneducated people than we’ve been able to keep up with. We’ve had a profound impact in improving, increasing that universe of people — citizens — who are in the arena of ideas now, who are informed and educated. I’ve always had a Civics 101 view of the country: People get what they want, they vote what they want, and they get the way they vote.
And if a majority of people are educated and informed and know what’s going on, liberalism — and these powerful forces that have ill intent to the country — can be defeated. Yet despite overwhelming success in creating more and more people who are informed and active and involved, the left has control of the education system — control of the pop culture, movies, TVs, books, music. We’ve just been outnumbered.
The way they’ve done it is to create more and more dependency, and then every so often tell those people that they’re about to lose it all because of the Republicans. That’s what we’re going through now with the sequester business, which was an idea of the president of the United States. This guy gets away with not even being seen as governing. He’s seen as a campaigning outsider on the side of the low-information voters.
He’s trying to help them, protect them, save them from the ravages of people like me, supposedly, who want to take everything away from them. I’m just tired of having to defend this. It’s absurd, and it makes me ashamed. It makes me ashamed that we have sunk and descended to this level in our politics. In order for the left to be able to advance, they require ignorance, and as much ignorance as possible. I don’t mean stupidity. Genuine, real ignorance.
People don’t know what’s going on. They require more and more of that in order to be successful. The left does not want an informed, participating bloc of people. They want people that don’t know what’s going on. They want people that can be frightened. They want people that can be scared to death. And they do it. The first time it was ridiculous. To actually have to spend time here and tell people, “No, the Republicans do not want your kids to starve.” It’s insulting.
Back during the budget battle of 1995, that was the battle cry: Republicans want to starve our kids, and the Republicans, like anybody else, said, “Nobody’s gonna believe this,” and they didn’t actively refute it. People believed it. It makes me ashamed that the Democrats can get away with this. It makes me embarrassed and ashamed of this country. Now, normally the left would love this. The left doesn’t like America. They would think, “Oh, wow, Limbaugh’s on our side.” The only problem for them is I’m saying this while one of theirs is president.
Actually, the person that really hates America is Rush Limbaugh. The right wing talker is speaking for millions of Republicans when he claims to be ashamed of his country.
Why are Limbaugh and his fellow Republicans ashamed of America?
They are “ashamed” because the country elected Barack Obama twice. They are “ashamed” because the American people have rejected the agenda of taking from the poor to give to the rich. They are “ashamed” of a country where a majority supports equal rights for gays, protecting the rights of women, and immigration reform. They are “ashamed” of a nation where the majority is becoming younger, female, and not white. They are “ashamed” of progress. They are “ashamed” that the majority still believes in equality of economic opportunity.
What Limbaugh doesn’t seem to understand is that we are ashamed of him. We are ashamed of his bigotry. We are ashamed of his racism. We are ashamed of ignorance. We are ashamed of his lies. We are ashamed of his bitterness. We are ashamed of his attempts to divide us. We are ashamed of his lack of patriotism. We are ashamed that Limbaugh’s warped view of our country is broadcast to our troops around the world via Armed Forces Radio. We are ashamed that one of our two major political parties is terrified of a drugged out fat man broadcasting out of his house in Florida. While we are proud to support Limbaugh’s right to express his opinions, we are ashamed of the millions of people who are deluded into ingesting his daily doses of misinformation, conspiracy theories, and hate.
There is no way that Rush Limbaugh could be more ashamed of America, than a majority of Americans are of him.