Limbaugh's 'Operation Chaos': Mission Accomplished
Being openly mocked is not something leftists can tolerate for very long because what they want more than anything else is to be admired and esteemed. They are, after all, on a mission to save the world and it is paramount that others acknowledge the sanctity of his goal.
Many acquire the views and affiliations they have for therapeutic reasons, as membership in the Democratic Party makes them feel good about themselves. It announces to society that "they care" while those on the right do not. Such a configuration is discernible in their approach to diverse issues like poverty, the environment, the schools, taxes, social security, and health care. They care; we don't. They help; we harm. They love; we love our wallets.
Theirs is an emotional truth or, more cogently, emotion posing as truth. Reducing and traducing politics into a Manichean affair -- they are light; we are dark -- swells their souls and gives them a sense of purpose. Conservatives pointing out that their method of self-affirmation may ruin the country is merely proof of our own divisiveness and pessimism.
An excellent example of such thinking is evident in a series of videos at youtube.com in which a Republican and a Democrat appear side by side. So many straw men are constructed that one wonders if the writer had ever met a conservative before in his life. Predictably, the good guy is relaxed and cool while the Republican is an overweight, dressed up, geeky schlep whose argumentation consists of "what do you mean by better?"
As with much left-wing strategy, the clips are all about race. In one segment a black man appears and the bad guy becomes noticeably uncomfortable, claiming to not speak his language. In another the scarecrow is vehemently opposed to Barack Obama's candidacy due to his own racism: "No, not him. Anybody but him."
Despite evidencing cowardice and intellectual sloth, the filmmaker's perspective is unfortunately quite common. Republicans are seen as slovenly, mean-spirited, and selfish. The perception then allows the pseudo-liberal the luxury of never having to take his opponents seriously -- a state of affairs that produces yet more cowardice and mental sloth. When your opponents are beyond the pale, one never has to critically analyze their beliefs or contemplate the law of unintended consequences.
Given the holiness with which most on the left regard their political orientation, what role is assigned to Rush Limbaugh in their fabricated morality play? He is cast as the cluster bomb that destroys actors, the stage, the auditorium, the building, and the city housing their utopian dreams. His brand of diversity is not the kind of diversity that can be tolerated.
While those on the left do occasionally acknowledge that some conservatives are not evil -- think David Brooks or Tucker Carlson -- Limbaugh is satanic in their eyes. Rush Limbaugh refuses to treat them with the respect they feel they deserve. When the views of the sanctimonious are met with sarcasm, their outrage reaches the level of DEFCON 1, which is precisely what happens after Limbaugh lampoons them. His parodies feature the work of comedian Paul Shanklin, and the host torches sacred cows on a regular basis. Just as Ann Coulter does, he mounts assault after assault and never apologizes.
Judging a man by his friends is best practice, but a man can also be judged by his enemies. Rush Limbaugh's foes are a testament to his success.
He discombobulates the entire left side of the political spectrum, and has managed to become a protagonist in their daily affairs. That's reason enough for conservatives to cherish him.