Warning: Political viewpoints ahead. Proceed with caution, and please don't argue on my blog.
Today, Rush Limbaugh addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference. He was given several standing ovations, calling for the Republican Party to "take back" the white house in 2012 and again hoping for Obama's failure.
Limbaugh addresses the problems of bipartisanship, and I agree with him. The stimulus bill should have been a bipartisan effort and was not. Okay, you win. However, this sort of rally does NOT help his cause. He essentially garners support AGAINST the president, and talks about "taking back" control of the white house. How are these bipartisan viewpoints?
We're in an era where we need to trust our leaders. For too long, we've seen corruption in Washington, and I think the majority of Americans want an era of recovery. Someone to fix the problems in the government for everyone, not just Democrats or Republicans. I think a majority of Americans don't vote along party lines anyway. If there is a clear cut leader who stands out above his opponent, he should get the vote. I'm not saying this because I voted for Obama. I've been trying to learn as much as I could about every policy, conservative and liberal, that can be applied to this country. I think the best thing for everyone right now is keeping an open mind and selecting the right option. When you have people like Rush Limbaugh spoon-feeding propaganda, this will never get accomplished. This goes for Michael Moore, Ann Coulter, and all the media mudslingers. This country will NOT move forward with these people invoking hatred in people for the opposing viewpoint.
We need to stop arguing and start learning from each other. We need to stop trash talking. We need to open our minds instead of closing them off to others' opinions. This election may have alienated neo-conservatives, but I think it was a turning point for liberals and libertarians. We may have different viewpoints, but I think everyone wants the best for the country. I know there are a lot of conservatives that disagree with Limbaugh, evidenced by "How Radio Wrecks The Right," a pamphlet given out during the speech.
If the Republican party wants to be relevant in the future, they need to relate to the American people. I can't name ten people that voted for McCain. Every conservative friend I have voted for Ron Paul or didn't vote. There is a problem with the current state of the Republican party, and I believe it is arrogance, refusal to cooperate, and stubbornness. I'm angered with the selection of Rush Limbaugh as a keynote speaker at a Republican convention. If this is the current leader of your party, how long is it going to be before you "take back the white house?"