The biggest reason Rush Limbaugh is considered the “de facto head” of the Republican party is because during a time when every conservative seems consumed with “returning to our core values” he’s the only one who is interested in doing precisely that. Worse, he’s been doing the exact same thing for over two decades now, it’s not like any of his antics is a surprise to anyone.
Unfortunately the other pundits are either licking their ideological wounds or girding for apocalyptic battle against a charlatan who would eradicate American Exceptionalism forever. But if conservatives are to have ANY HOPE fighting the long fight, we need to articulate our principles and appeal to those Americans who still cherish them over the dangled morsels of euro-socialism’s comfortable mediocrity.
For one reason or another every conservative I have met simply assume that everyone is familiar with the core values of American Conservatism. That somehow living in the last couple decades of ascendant Republican rule had somehow communicated the WHY’s of everything we believe in: WHY we believe that free markets are agents of liberation; WHY we believe that government doesn’t belong in the charity business; WHY we believe that self-interest and ambition are forces of unlimited personal emancipation.
I’m not sure how they could conclude that anyone walked away from the last decade knowing any of the correct answers to those why’s, but I know for sure that aside from Rush Limbaugh, noone has yet tried to give the American Polity a refresher course on the core principles of American Conservativism. Which goes a long way to explaining why the left is determined to shut him down.
Conservatives have been lulled into the perception that the American people have come to REJECT those principles, but the fact is that we haven’t had anyone who had the willingness (much less the ability) to effectively share those values with the American people for over two decades: