During a serious discussion about the state of politics in today’s America, Rush Limbaugh made a startling statement that is already being taken out of context by Democrats and the media.
Democrats and the media thoroughly enjoy pulling bits and pieces out of conservative content and freaking out over it, often quoting parts of a sentence or removing all context from a quote. Now, they are running with headlines saying that Rush Limbaugh called for red states to secede from the Union.
During a discussion on his radio show, Rush stated that the country may be “trending toward secession” because the political climate has become so divided.
The Democrat party of the past is no longer around, and political arguments are no longer about substantive issues like flat tax versus progressive tax. The two parties disagree on virtually every issue, and there seems to be no way to compromise without losing serious ground.
Rather than talking about what Rush said, it may be better just to read it for yourself.
In the discussion on his December 9th show, the prominent talk-show host was asked by Bo Snerdley, his “Official Program Observer,” whether conservatives will ever be able to win. Here is his full response, including the clarifying questions he asked Mr. Snerdley:
“Mr. Snerdley is asking if we’re ever going to be able to win. And he’s talking about elections. Votes.
Are we ever gonna be able to win without taking back some of these cities? He’s talking about blue cities like New York, Philadelphia. I assume you mean Detroit? (interruption) Do you include Milwaukee in this? (Interruption) Definitely. All right. What about Oakland, California? (interruption) Too far gone. San Francisco? (interruption) You think we can get San Francisco? Look, we won election after election after election without winning these cities or the states they’re in. (interruption)
I thought you were asking me something else when you said, “Can we win?” I thought you meant can we win the culture, can we dominate the culture. I actually think — and I’ve referenced this, I’ve alluded to this a couple of times cause I’ve seen others allude to this. I actually think that we’re trending toward secession. I see more and more people asking what in the world do we have in common with the people who live in, say, New York? What is there that makes us believe that there is enough of us there to even have a chance at winning New York, especially if you’re talking about votes.
I see a lot of bloggers — I can’t think of names right now — a lot of bloggers have written extensively about how distant and separated and how much more separated our culture is becoming politically and that it can’t go on this way. There cannot be a peaceful coexistence of two completely different theories of life, theories of government, theories of how we manage our affairs. We can’t be in this dire a conflict without something giving somewhere along the way.
I know that there’s a sizable and growing sentiment for people who believe that that is where we’re headed whether we want to or not. Whether we want to go there or not. I myself haven’t made up my mind. I still haven’t given up the idea that we are the majority and that all we have to do is find a way to unite and win. And our problem is the fact that there are just so many RINOs, so many Republicans in the Washington establishment who will do anything to maintain their membership in the establishment because of the perks and the opportunities that are presented for their kids and so forth.”
Leaving nothing out of his answer is important. The left-wing media likes to pick and choose how to portray conservatives like Rush, but a real news source would give their audience the full context.
After reading or listening to Rush’s remarks, it is obvious that he is not advocating for secession.
To an honest person, he is analyzing the current situation in U.S. politics, and giving his honest opinion about the effects that the political climate is having on the country.
Rush doesn’t want a civil war, or secession, he wants his side to win because he believes they have the right solutions for the country: “I still haven’t given up the idea that we are the majority and that all we have to do is find a way to unite and win.”