An Open Letter to Rush Limbaugh
I am one of your longest-listening and most devoted fans. It was in 1987 or 1988 that I first heard your program, and I could not believe my ears. For the first time I heard someone articulate with genius my point of view and provide me with factual information and in-depth analysis I was not getting from the mainstream media. Occasionally you provide a monologue on the spirit and promise of America that moves me to tears. As a then college professor with some control over my teaching schedule, I even managed to take your broadcast time into account when setting up my calendar for the next semester; and now, that I am retired, I try to listen to you every day.
The reason for this letter is to tell you that, for the first time in 20 years, you are starting to turn me off by constantly attacking and ridiculing Senator McCain. I have never been a McCain supporter. If you reviewed my weblog, “From Sea to Shining Sea”, you would see many of my posts over the years that attacked him – particularly on McCain-Feingold and on McCain-Kennedy. I am as appalled by RINO Republicans as you are. I supported Fred Thompson financially and on my weblog and then moved to Romney when Fred dropped out.
However, Senator McCain is the Republican candidate, and the alternative is Senator Clinton or Senator Obama, either of whom represents disaster for America. As Bill Kristol wrote recently:
“And don’t treat 2008 as a throwaway election. If a Democrat wins the presidency, he or she will almost certainly have a Democratic Congress to work with. That Congress will not impede a course of dishonorable retreat abroad. It won’t balk at liberal Supreme Court nominees at home. It won’t save the economy from tax hikes.
If, by contrast, McCain wins the presidency — and all the polls suggest he’d be the best G.O.P. bet to do so — he’ll be able to shape a strong American foreign policy, nominate sound justices and fight for parts of the conservative domestic agenda.”
I realize that you also occasionally favorably contrast the policies and statements of Senator McCain with his opponents, but the message that comes through from the anti-McCain comedy songs and the uncomplimentary impersonations leaves the clear impression that you would just as soon have a Democrat win this contest this time around. I wish you would stop these attacks and support the only Republican candidate we have. Your present course is weakening his chances.