Now, Rowan’s theory is that people’s pasts matter. So here you have Dr. Krauthammer, who was a speechwriter for Mondale who obviously at a point in his life thought Ronald Reagan was a total idiot, you know, probably not schooled. So Rowan’s theory is, analyzing the analysts, that Krauthammer sees Reagan in Palin. Wasn’t particularly enamored of Reagan. George Will was not an early Reaganite, for example, became a good friend and associate later on. But this got me to thinking about this whole notion of who earns respect and why. And Mr. Rowan, the American Thinker, said, why is it that everybody stops what they’re doing and when Krauthammer issues an opinion that’s it? He got me to thinking, yeah, why is that, with anybody, not just Krauthammer. I don’t mean to be focused on Krauthammer here; that was just the jumping-off point here for me in the piece by Rowan here at the American Thinker. Everybody wants this kind of respect, by the way, everybody seeks it, everybody would love to have it.
Now, Krauthammer in many ways has acquired this respect because in many of the venues he appears he’s the only conservative. On the local Washington opinion show on Friday night, he’s it. Not so much on the Fox roundtable, but he’s close. They surround him with a number of libs. So he’s unique in that sense. In the old days, Krauthammer used to say things that nobody else thought. He did have unique takes on things. And so the perception was that what you got from Krauthammer was the truth. This guy points out as recently as earlier this week Krauthammer was assuring us in no way would the Republicans hold firm on this debt limit business, that they would cave ’cause the debt limit’s gotta go up anyway, the Republicans would realize it. Well, sorry, not true, the Republicans held firm, and the debt ceiling ain’t gonna go up, and it looks like Democrats are gonna have to be the ones to cave here with spending cuts and a lot of Democrats joined the Republicans in that vote.
So it got me to thinking, pondering this thing about respect as long as I’ve been behind this microphone. And when it comes to Krauthammer, I don’t think he’s earned the respect simply because he’s a truth-teller, it’s because he always managed to position himself on these shows as the lone conservative, like George Will has done, people are drawn to that. And he has the ability to come up with points of view, sides of things, analysis that nobody else has come up with, and he earned the title intelligent, reasoned, smart, and this kind of thing. But when you look at the American political world today, in fact when you look at all of American culture, you can probably count on one hand the number of people who have universal respect who are untouchable. It isn’t very many people. Which is not good, folks, ultimately it is not good. My grandfather used to have the kind of respect I’m talking about, universal admiration.
Now, granted there’s always mythology associated with people’s grand patriarchs in families. Such is the case with mine, too. In the case of my grandfather, however, when you say he never uttered a curse word, it’s true. Never drank an adult beverage, true. All of these cliches about clean living with my grandfather were true, universally respected, loved and adored, very, very true. Everybody in his family was urged to emulate him, be just like him, true. Nobody listening to me who knows or knew my grandfather will disagree with me on any aspect of this. But I don’t think it’s possible anymore to have or earn that kind of respect, certainly not with national figures. Maybe somebody living in a small town about whom little is known outside of that town, and certainly where there is no intense media coverage of people.
But I just don’t think it’s possible anymore to earn universal respect. It’s not a criticism, this is an observation. There’s so much media that is exposing everybody’s flaws. In the old days people who had universal respect had flaws, too. We just never knew. Now everybody’s flaws are there. In fact, it’s gotten so bad that many people’s flaws are purely made up and manufactured. Because we have a political party who cannot win in the arena of ideas, and the only hope they have is to destroy the very character and reputations of their opponents, and that’s what they do. They will lie, they will make up things that people like us have never said, do not believe. They will put it out there as though it is fact, and any evidence to the contrary is studiously, purposely ignored. So with so much media now constantly exposing everybody’s flaws, combined with the left’s mission to personally destroy everybody not in their club, what chance does anybody stand of having respect or earning universal respect?
Again to reiterate, I really didn’t care about this Weiner business. Because I didn’t need this Twitter news to know that I opposed this guy, and I opposed this guy in areas of substance, and I don’t need some juvenile picture. I don’t want to have to require or need some juvenile picture that he sends out on the Internet to get people to understand that I’m right about the guy. I’ll take it, but I’m not crazy about it, and I don’t want to have to sit here and intellectually examine this like has been going on in the media for the last two days, “Did he say it, did he not say it,” Wolf Blitzer. “Would you know if these were your underpants?” We’re talking about people who claim to be a cut above all the rest of us, smarter, brighter, better, totally qualified, capable to be our betters, our rulers. So it’s unavoidable, this thing gets out there, you have to use it. The left, on the other hand, lives to expose this stuff about us, even make it up. We would rather defeat these guys in lasting and permanent ways, the arena of ideas. We get dragged into this cesspool on this stuff.
But my point here, folks, is that nothing and no one can ever really be sacred or respected today, because everybody is flawed, many people deeply so. There aren’t any secrets anymore. So now virtue attaches itself to those least deserving of it. Virtue attaches itself to those who cleanse themselves of their demons, except conservatives who are not allowed to cleanse themselves, their rehab is not permitted. In the process we learn that very few people are worthy of any real respect, and I think this is dragging the country down as well. I really do. Nobody is worthy of any respect.
RUSH: My point is — and, by the way, welcome. It’s the Rush Limbaugh program. Great to have you here. Telephone number, 800-282-2882. What other program can get away with not identifying itself for a half hour and still everybody knows what they’re listening to? Ha-ha-ha-ha.
People still need heroes. We still need people to look up to, still need people that we strive to want to be like and emulate. When nothing is admired, what is there to strive for? And our culture is tearing down everything in a foolish attempt to make everybody and everything the same, make everybody equal. We’re tearing everybody down, tearing them apart. (interruption) I’m not… No, no, no, I’m not excusing Weiner at all. Weiner is a classic illustration of the kind of thing I’m talking about. He’s a guy that did not deserve being built up. Obama doesn’t deserve being built up. Krauthammer said (this was on Meet the Press November 2008), “With him,” Obama, “we get a president with a political intelligence of a Bill Clinton, harnessed to the steely discipline of a Vladimir Putin, and I say this admiringly. With these qualities, Obama will now bestride the political stage as largely as did Reagan.”
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It wasn’t right then, and it isn’t right now.
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