I don’t get to listen to Rush Limbaugh too often, but I like him a lot.
The conservative commentator known as El Rushbo always has a way of looking at current events that informs his audience of details the “drive-by media” overlook or keep hidden, yet he manages to keep things funny and positive, even in some of the darkest times.
For his many years in broadcasting, and in the face of the angry Left that would love to see him brought low, the great Maha Rushie has been the premier national cheerleader, ready with a pep talk and a joke to keep up conservatives’ spirits.
Which is what makes it disheartening to hear him call America a “dying country.” The remarks came in light of the jobless numbers for March, released this week.
In case you missed it, the unemployment rate went down 0.1 percent, but not because of any improvement in the economy or wave of new hiring. Actual new jobs were only 88,000, far below population increase and even farther below expectations.
The only way unemployment went down in the final formula is because well over half a million people, 663,000, in March simply gave up looking for a job, dropping out of the labor force entirely.
“We are living in a dying country,” Limbaugh said. “I don’t know how else to categorize what’s happening. … 88,000 new jobs. The unemployment rate because of a terrible statistic is down to 7.6 percent. The number of people in this country who are not working is shameful — 90 million Americans are no longer in the workforce.”
He also pointed out that more than 8.8 million Americans are on disability, with 81,000 added in March — almost as many as the number of jobs added.
“I think it’s official. We have a dying country,” Limbaugh repeated.
It’s hard to argue with the recognition of the fact that President Obama’s policies have deeply wounded America and that enough voters were ignorant enough and gullible enough to give him four more years to dig a deeper hole. The collusion of the media in destroying this country is something for which many so-called journalists will someday be held accountable.
But it’s probably inevitable that things will get worse before they get better. The liberal model will eventually collapse under its own weight, but it might not be as soon as hoped, so it’s more important than ever that conservatives hold their heads up, square their shoulders and keep marching forward.
During the Revolutionary War, just a few months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Gen. George Washington’s army and the cause of independence were similarly on the ropes, facing a harsh winter.
Back then, it was Thomas Paine who gave the nation a pep talk. Although the enemy then was the British King, much of what Paine said applies to today, when we are faced with a monarchical president who does not feel constrained by the Constitution:
“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. …
“I have as little superstition in me as any man living, but my secret opinion has ever been, and still is, that God Almighty will not give up a people to military destruction, or leave them unsupportedly to perish, who have so earnestly and so repeatedly sought to avoid the calamities of war, by every decent method which wisdom could invent. Neither have I so much of the infidel in me, as to suppose that He has relinquished the government of the world, and given us up to the care of devils; and as I do not, I cannot see on what grounds the king of Britain can look up to heaven for help against us: a common murderer, a highwayman, or a house-breaker, has as good a pretence as he.
“‘Tis surprising to see how rapidly a panic will sometimes run through a country. All nations and ages have been subject to them. Britain has trembled like an ague at the report of a French fleet of flat-bottomed boats; and in the fourteenth century the whole English army, after ravaging the kingdom of France, was driven back like men petrified with fear; and this brave exploit was performed by a few broken forces collected and headed by a woman, Joan of Arc. Would that heaven might inspire some Jersey maid to spirit up her countrymen, and save her fair fellow sufferers from ravage and ravishment! Yet panics, in some cases, have their uses; they produce as much good as hurt. Their duration is always short; the mind soon grows through them, and acquires a firmer habit than before. …
“If we believe the power of hell to be limited, we must likewise believe that their agents are under some providential control. … And what is a Tory? Good God! What is he? I should not be afraid to go with a hundred Whigs against a thousand Tories, were they to attempt to get into arms. Every Tory is a coward; for servile, slavish, self-interested fear is the foundation of Toryism; and a man under such influence, though he may be cruel, never can be brave. …
“Not a place upon earth might be so happy as America. Her situation is remote from all the wrangling world, and she has nothing to do but to trade with them. A man can distinguish himself between temper and principle, and I am as confident, as I am that God governs the world, that America will never be happy till she gets clear of foreign dominion. Wars, without ceasing, will break out till that period arrives, and the continent must in the end be conqueror; for though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire. …
“There are cases which cannot be overdone by language, and this is one. There are persons, too, who see not the full extent of the evil which threatens them; they solace themselves with hopes that the enemy, if he succeed, will be merciful. It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf, and we ought to guard equally against both. … (General) Howe is mercifully inviting you to barbarous destruction, and men must be either rogues or fools that will not see it. I dwell not upon the vapors of imagination; I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as A, B, C, hold up truth to your eyes. …
“By perseverance and fortitude we have the prospect of a glorious issue; by cowardice and submission, the sad choice of a variety of evils — a ravaged country — a depopulated city — habitations without safety, and slavery without hope — our homes turned into barracks and bawdy-houses for Hessians, and a future race to provide for, whose fathers we shall doubt of. Look on this picture and weep over it! and if there yet remains one thoughtless wretch who believes it not, let him suffer it unlamented.”