Dishonest Punditry Sickens Me!

CNN “political ticker” blog is reporting that Rush Limbaugh is urging his “ditto-heads” to vote cross party lines, participate in the Democratic Primaries in Texas, Ohio, and elsewhere, and vote for Hillary Clinton:

(CNN) – As Hillary Clinton battles to keep her presidential bid alive, she may be getting help from an unlikely source: conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.

Limbaugh has been actively urging his Texas listeners to cross over and vote for Clinton in that state’s open primary Tuesday, arguing it helps the Republicans if the Democratic race remains unsettled for weeks to come.

“I want Hillary to stay in this…this is too good a soap opera,” Limbaugh told fellow conservative talk-show host Laura Ingraham on Fox News Friday. He reiterated the comments on his Monday show and replayed the exchange with Ingram. (The entire CNN blog entry can be found here.)

A few decades ago when I was in school, we were taught in civics classes that when we got old enough to vote, we should “vote our consciences” and cast our ballots on the basis of our convictions. That’s what I still believe. Democracy works when voters do so. When voters manipulate the system by doing otherwise, by crossing party lines and voting for the other party’s weaker (or perceived to be weaker) candidate … when they do as Limbaugh is urging, democracy does not work. It is perverted.

Rush Limbaugh likes to claim he is some sort of outstanding patriot. In my opinion, he is anything but! In urging the sort of electoral conduct described in the CNN blog, he displays a lack of patriotism, a cynical disrespect of the institutions of our republic, and a contempt for our country and its democratic ideals.  His suggestion is punditry at its worst.  It is dishonest and it is sickening.

If you are voting in a primary today, I hope you will vote your conscience, vote your convictions. Don’t try to manipulate the process. Let the process work, even if it works eventually to a result contrary to your own politics. That’s the nature of a true democracy!



Filed under Personal, Political Comment

2 responses to “Dishonest Punditry Sickens Me!

  1. Leo Rochon

    Putting it blundtly, Rush Limbaugh is an idiot, and anyone who supports his un-American ideals is an even bigger idiot. To call himself the Commander-in-Chief of Operation Chaos which promotes the disruption of a true and fair democratic election process is flat out unpatriotic. He tries to get his “infiltrators” (“infil-traitors”) to register as Democrats and vote for Senator Clinton because he believes she would be McCain’s easiest opponent. He then turns around and say that Senator Obama has zero chance of winning the Presidency. If this is true, then there would be no need for “Operation Chaos” and he should let the election play out as is.

    The fact of the matter is that ANYONE seeking to undermine the integrity of the democratic process is a political terrorist. This is on the same level as TREASON. I am a recently retired U.S. Marine, and Iraq War veteran. It disappoints me to think that I spent all of my adult life in service defending the right of this moron to do the things he does. If you enjoy reducing our democratic election process to one that mirrors elections in third world countries, then I hope you follow your “Commander-in-Chief” straight to jail.

  2. breadandwine

    Leo: I agree with you … and I hope you understood that from the blog entry, and that your last sentence was not directed to this blogger!

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