LESS THAN MEETS THE EYE
The Left has long searched for an answer to talk radio. It is one of the few mediums they do not control. And it’s a powerful medium. Lots of people listen to talk radio. Few of them liberal.
When you hear ‘talk radio’, what do you think of? Rush Limbaugh? Probably. Most people do. When you hear ‘conservative talk radio’, what do you think of? Rush Limbaugh again? Probably so. Now think of Liberal talk radio and what do you think of? Silence? Silence that is so silent that you can hear crickets chirping? Probably. Successful talk radio and conservative talk radio are synonymous. Why? America is a center-right country. Limbaugh’s success isn’t due to any genius on his part. He just says what a vast majority of Americans think. And the Left hates that. Because they’re not in the majority.
They sound big. But that’s because they’ve got big mouths. Sort of a mouse that roared kind of thing. They’ve got the vast majority of the network news and print media. The college professors. The Hollywood elite. And a bunch of rich people who assuage their guilt over their unearned wealth by proclaiming their liberal tendencies. This is not a lot of people. In fact, it’s quite few. However, if we read or watch the news, watch a movie or a program about entertainers, go to college or hear the obscenely rich talk about helping the ‘little people’ they can’t stand and want nothing to do with, they’re there. They’re in our face. Some in positions of credibility. So people see them as…credible. However incredible they are. Which makes it seem like there are a lot more of them than there actually are. So, then, who are they? Really? These liberals?
THE GUILTY RICH
Some people have amassed vast fortunes for doing nothing. Some inherited it. Some married into it. Others have made vast fortunes by pretending to be other people (actors). Some wrote books. Others made it big in pop ‘music’. Others rode a wave of celebrity for silly behavior for which they have no shame. These people don’t live in the real world. The kind of world where you get up with an alarm clock and go to work 5 days a week (or more) for a paycheck that barely pays your bills. No. These people don’t need alarm clocks. And they never want for anything. Except to be loved.
Because there are some in politics (i.e., Liberals/Democrats) that like to make everything into a class struggle, these rich people feel guilty. For in class warfare, the rich are always the bad guys. And they don’t want to be the bad guys. Because people don’t love the bad guys. So they show how much they care for those less fortunate. They call themselves liberals. And we forgive them for all that wealth. The kind of wealth we say CEOs shouldn’t have. But it’s okay for rich liberals. Even though they don’t create jobs. Or make things that make our lives better.
THE YOUNG AND THE STUPID
Kids are stupid. Don’t believe me? Ask a parent. You tell them not to drink, do drugs, have sex, drive recklessly, skip class, lie, cheat, etc., and they still do. Not all of them. But many do. They engage in reckless, stupid, irresponsible behavior all of the time. And parents find drugs in their rooms. Deal with a teen pregnancy. Or an abortion. Comfort a child with an STD. Or help her deal with the trauma she suffers when her ‘private’ nude photos aren’t so private anymore (and seeing her arrested for distributing child pornography). Or hearing from a child’s teachers (or your priest) that they were forwarded a sexting from your child. Seeing a daughter in a Girls Gone Wild commercial (and seeing her lose a job because of it). Go to the emergency room because of a car accident or drug overdose. Enroll a child into rehab. Or go to the morgue to identify a dead child. Or something less traumatic, like babysitting a grandchild while your daughter dances at a topless bar. Or is out turning tricks.
Kids live in the now. And they want to have a good time. All of the time. Sex, drugs, abortion and STDs. That’s what they’re thinking about. And the ‘skankification’ of women. Of girls. Boys want only one thing. Sex. And girls want to be loved. So they’re liberals. They’re all for the liberation and empowerment of women. Of girls. Anything that makes girls ‘easier’. And helps a girl’s self-esteem by making them more ‘popular’. So legalize drugs. And lower the drinking age. Makes it easier to get girls into bed. And keep abortion legal. So a girl doesn’t have to worry about getting pregnant. Makes her less hesitant in putting out. And cure those incurable diseases, damn it. Sometimes you’d like to hook up with a girl without having to get her drunk first. And she’d be a whole lot more cooperative if she didn’t have to worry about an STD or two.
LOOK AT ME
I drive a Prius. Because I care. And I’m better than you. That’s the message. But when a rich celebrity drives a Prius and then flies away in their private plane for some fun in the sun, they give a different message. They’re saying, “I’m a hypocrite.” And, of course, that they’re better than us.
There comes a time in a rich celebrity’s life when they realize they haven’t done anything worthwhile. I mean, sure, they’ve become rich and famous. But they did that by pretending to be someone they’re not. Or by writing some songs that Big Music marketed well. Or simply for being good looking. At some point in that ’empty’ life they need validation. That their life has meaning. So they champion a cause. Warn us about the oceans. Global warming. The hungry. They become politically active. And provide expertise in things they know little about. They’ll testify before Congress not because they have scientific credentials. But because they played someone in a movie who did. And to show their cerebral prowess they’ll call themselves liberals. And warn us not to vote for George W. Bush. For if we do, he’ll legalize rape or send all the gay people to one state. (And, no, I won’t say who said these things. I’m sure they’re embarrassed enough.)
And we love our celebrities. Want to be like them. So we, too, drive a Prius. Because we, too, care. And, of course, because we’re better than you.
THE SELFISHLY NARROW MINDED
The single-issue people care only for single issues. Gays and lesbians who vote based on only gay and lesbian issues are single-issue people. People who vote based only on a person’s abortion stand are single-issue people. People who vote based only on environmental issues are single-issue people. Etc. Social Security. Welfare. Anti-war. Anti-nuclear power. Race. Redistribution of wealth. Animal rights. People can be passionate about any one issue. And if they are only passionate about any one issue, they’ll vote to advance that one, narrow issue. And damn the unintended consequences that result from advancing that one narrow issue. And they’ll call themselves liberals. Because they’re about the enlightened ideal. Not profits. National security. The rest of us. Or common sense.
IT’S JUST A JUMP TO THE LEFT, AND THEN A STEP TO THE RIGHT
Liberals are indeed a minority of the population. And yet our government governs very liberally. How does this happen? Simple. Politicians lie.
During the primary election, they have to appeal to their base. And their base includes all the small little groups of people noted above. And more. To get that liberal vote, they have to show how liberal they are. Once they get the nomination, they have to move to the center and lie to the independents and moderates in the general election. Convince them that they are centrists. If elected, they move back to the left to pay off the far Left that financed their election. When their poll numbers fall, they then move back to the right. It’s a dance. Like the Time Warp. From the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
It’s just a jump to the left
And then a step to the right
Put your hands on your hips
You bring your knees in tight
But it’s the pelvic thrust
That really drives you insane,
Let’s do the Time Warp again!
And there is some pelvic thrusting going on. But it’s not the good kind. If you know what I mean.
IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE?
So why isn’t there a ‘Rush Limbaugh’ in liberal talk radio? Because liberals are a small demographic. And it’s a demographic created from small, narrow, special interests. And a lot of them have things on their minds other than monetary and fiscal policy. Foreign policy. Affordable housing. They’re thinking about sex and drugs. Where to jet off to next. Or checking into rehab. They’ll rock the vote at election time. But after that, they have better things to do. You add it up and there is simply no market for liberal talk radio. At least, not like there is for conservative talk radio.
When Liberal talk radio succeeds, it’s often by shocking the audience. Belittling conservatives. Name calling. Like on SNL. Or John Stewart’s The Daily Show. It’s heavy on the comedy. Light on the issues. Because their audience is there for the entertainment. Not for deep, intellectual thought.