Don’t take the bait. Why is this so hard for people like Tom Ridge, Michael Steele, and Colin Powell to understand? Members of the media want to put forward the idea, at the behest of Democratic operatives, that Rush Limbaugh is the leader of the Republican Party. They do this in order to pressure Republicans into criticizing and distancing themselves from Rush. The left knows this will lead to internal conflict, within the Republican Party, and that is their chief design. Sadly, many would-be Republican leaders have taken the bait. They’ve responded to questions about Limbaugh by attacking what he says and how he delivers his opinions. This in turn provokes Rush and he responds with his own attacks. The resulting back and forth divides the Republican Party upon ideological lines. So who benefits from this manufactured discord?
Rush, and cable news stations, benefit with an increase in ratings. The print media also likely benefits, though nothing can stop their steady decline. The would-be leaders, who criticize Rush, benefit with glowing media portrayals of their leadership. Most of all the Democratic Party benefits by having the opposition, and the media, distracted while they push through their agenda. So who loses in this fight started by Democrats?
Those who support free markets and balanced budgets lose. Voters who are opposed to pork barrel politics and massive tax increases, that will result from Cap & Trade legislation, are the victims of this manufactured conflict. Those who are tired of people in Washington D.C. dictating every aspect of their lives lose. And millions of unemployed Americans certainly aren’t benefiting. So what is the answer?
Stop taking the bait. When individuals in the media attempt to create division, deny them the chance. If you are asked about Rush Limbaugh, respond by discussing policies that you would champion if you were elected. If they persist, ask them why, when this nation is facing record deficits and conducting two wars, are they asking you about Rush Limbaugh. Ask them why they aren’t talking about issues that impact the American people. Ask them why they aren’t talking about the failure of Barack Obama’s stimulus bill and the unprecedented expansion of the Federal Government’s power. Ask them why they aren’t talking about serious issues during such serious times. Ask them if they got into the field of journalism so that they could be no better than “reporters” at gossip magazines.
The Republican Party has to decide its future, but sniping at one another through dying newspapers is not the place for that debate. Stop taking the bait and attacking members of your own party. Stop using the Republican Party as an excuse to attack people you have a grudge against. Stop hurting the people that make up the Republican Party and start listening to them. There are issues that unite Republicans and Independents. There are issues that unite Republicans and Libertarians. Start listening to the American people at the grassroots. They will tell you exactly how to regain their trust and support. All a would-be leader has to do is shut up and listen.