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Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?

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By Wendy Binnie

He is in many ways the most gifted demagogue ever bred on these shores.

No bolder seditionist has moved among us — nor anyone with a surer, swifter access to the dark places of the mind. Then he discovered Socialism.

Soon no man was closer than he to the center of American consciousness or more central to the world’s consciousness of America.

He filled, almost to the letter, the classic role of the corsair of democracy, described 2,400 years ago by Aristophanes, who in The Knights had Demosthenes noted the future of an incredulous sausage-seller in whose very coarseness and vulgarity the great connoisseur of both irony and integrity discerned “a promise and an inward consciousness of greatness.”

‘Of the assemblies and tribunals, fleets and armies;

You shall trample down the Senate under foot

Confound and crush the generals and commanders.’

Now mean and unregarded;

But tomorrow

The mightiest of the mighty, Lord of Athens....

The sovereign and ruler of them all.’

He is trying to hold a president captive, or as near captive as any president of the United States can be held in their conduct of the nation’s affairs.

Barack Obama must at times weigh the effect of his plans on this creature and the forces he leads; and in consequence there are times when, because of this man, he may have trouble acting at all over the din.

He has an impact on American foreign policy at a time when this policy bears heavily on the course of world history, and American diplomacy might bear a different aspect today if he had never been born.

He lives in thoroughgoing contempt of Congress, whenever they run contrary to his purposes, of the laws it had enacted for the general welfare. He is known to many as a cheap, vulgar and flamboyant person.

The fatuous fat phony has again made a fool of himself by wailing that the president has not accepted his invitation to debate him on his radio show. Say what? From where did this ego spring? Isn’t it the president who issues invitations? Richard Nixon went on ‘Laugh-In,’ uttered the immortal words “sock it to ME!” and it humanized him.

But Limbaugh pouting about Obama’s lack of interest in him — oh dearie-me.

The president doesn’t need to accept this off-the-wall invitation in order to appear accessible or open to debate — a calm focused president would come out looking rather good in comparison with the hyper-ventilating prophet of failure. So for whom is this really counterproductive? Michael Steele, of course, and, by extension, the Republican Party.

Limbaugh is using them to get to Obama! Then he’s off again claiming that the naughty president who won’t grace his studio is bleeding the wealthy. 

After the huge tax cuts for the wealthy by Reagan, they became much richer while most workers lost income. The so-called filter-down and “voodoo economics” along with huge deficits added more to the national debt than all previous presidents combined.

It created a false economy, which Bush revived, in order to outdo his hero, once again creating more national debt than all previous presidents combined, and enriching the wealthy with even larger tax cuts.

With those tax cuts continuing until 2011, the bailouts and stimulus costs will increase the national debt $trillions more, with devastating effect on the dollar. The wealthy will also be able to make prudent investments in the meantime to safeguard their fortunes, while most people will lose almost everything.

One wonders what Richard H. Rovere would have to say about this bloated blockhead? He’s the gentleman who penned this column’s opening which is a brief excerpt and minor rephrasing of his treatise on Senator Joe McCarthy. Make you think, eh?

The Republican response has been predictable: blame the media, blame the Democrats, and rally their base.

“A War On The Rich,” said the rushman. They’ll do anything except tell Limbaugh he’s wrong. They’re hoping this will all blow over and they can go back to pretending like Rush doesn’t speak for them.

Limbaugh has been at the center of a partisan dispute since telling a conservative group last month that he hoped Obama’s economic policies would fail.

He told the small god in his own mind, Sean Hannity “I want him to fail if his agenda is a far-left collectivism, some people say socialism, as a conservative heartfelt, deeply, why would I want socialism to succeed?” Nice try, Rush, but no cigar.

The story has changed too much. Democrats have accused Republicans of letting Limbaugh be their de facto leader, which GOP officials deny. Limbaugh did not respond immediately to a request for comment that was sent to the e-mail address provided on his Web site.

Apparently he is getting worried about his lack of press coverage. His blatant whoring for media attention is the only explanation for his current dose of bluster. A Democratic official rebuked him last Friday for suggesting a health care proposal will be named in memory of Sen. Edward Kennedy, who is battling brain cancer.

On his radio show, Limbaugh said Obama’s proposed health care revisions will be championed by “the liberal lion Teddy Kennedy.”

Brian Wolff, executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, called the remark outrageous and reprehensible.

“Before it’s all over, it’ll be called the Ted Kennedy Memorial Health Care Bill,” Limbaugh added.

Not only is this comment sick and tasteless, it also shows that Rush is losing his touch. After spending the past week jockeying with Michael Steele for leadership of the Republican Party, the King of the Dittoheads has just outed himself as a follower in his own right. Because everyone knows that predicting the death of a prominent liberal is the proprietary gaffe of Sen. Jim Bunning!

Team Obama is very smart to push the idea that Rush Limbaugh speaks for the Republican Party. It paints republicans as ideological flame throwers. By the way, what do those who believe in conservatism see in Rush?

He is a mean bully, addicted to drugs, three times divorced, fat and sweaty in a mean, not a cuddly way.

He spews hatred, yet a certain segment of our society loves him. The good news, however, is that Independents seem to like Obama and not Rush. Many mainstream Republicans don’t care for him at all but there are the sniveling sycophants who kiss his ring every time he says something.

The first gutsy Republican to come out and say what many feel about him and cut him down to size will be the true leader of the Republican Party and then the Democrats will have worthy opponents, as it should be.

… As I was saying …

Wendy England Binnie a novelist and op/ed columnist lives in Oak Trace Villas.