Ah, how refreshing to listen to the nifty natter of the holy High Priest of conservative thought, that clever chappy of bluster and blowhard who gives out his weekday gems of god-inspired guff to the ever eager ears of the eternally gullible. Yes, Mr. Rush Limbaugh, the Talk Radio raconteur broadcasting his puffed up pontifications on political and social matters, professing his wisdom to the conservative masses who cling to each and every word as if these sassy syllables were priceless pearls of acumen and sagacity.
Limbaugh’s latest breathtaking analysis proffers his feeble attempt to explain away the social success of the gay marriage marathon, a cultural phenomenon that has been running non-stop across America’s social scene for many years now. Mr. Limbaugh dismisses this drawn-out decades-long shift in the American psyche with a quick flick of his wilted wit. Here is Limbaugh’s take on gay marriage:
The language game, the left really excels at changing the language to benefit them politically, and they do it in such a way that a lot of people on our side have no idea what’s happened until it’s too late and the issue is already lost, which this issue is. This issue is lost. I don’t care what the Supreme Court does, this is now inevitable — and it’s inevitable because we lost the language on this. I mentioned the other day that I’ve heard people talk about “opposite-sex marriage,” or you might have had heard people say “traditional marriage.”
I maintain to you that we lost the issue when we started allowing the word “marriage” to be bastardized and redefined by simply adding words to it, because marriage is one thing, and it was not established on the basis of discrimination. It wasn’t established on the basis of denying people anything. “Marriage” is not a tradition that a bunch of people concocted to be mean to other people with. But we allowed the left to have people believe that it was structured that way.
I would go so far as to say that there are some people who think marriage is an evil Republican idea, simply because they’re the ones that want to hold on to it. Right Scoop
Dear Mr. Limbaugh, hate to break in on your fast-food approach to American politics, but you’re clearly suffering from an old myopic condition cleverly summed up by that ancient adage—You can’t see the forest for the trees. Or to put it another way, you are stupidly mistaking a symptom for the actual disease.
The use of language to shape perceptions, opinions, and mindsets is nothing new. It’s just one of many useful weapons in the political arsenal of any faction fighting for societal dominance. What was a fringe, radical and anti-American viewpoint in the 1960s and early 1970s is now a cynical mainstream attitude strutting its stuff across college campuses, TV screens, newspapers, K-12 classrooms, corporate boardrooms, and across almost every public venue in our culture today—all neatly packaged as tolerance, empathy, and superior sophistication. Just how that societal transformation came about should be the key question pondered by every conservative who still has a few remaining little grey cells to contemplate the magic manipulation of Western culture.
But Lord of the Manor Limbaugh sure gets one thing right when he states that “a lot of people on our side have no idea what’s happened until it’s too late and the issue is already lost”. Oh yes, that statement says it all. Conservatives are consumers of culture, not movers and shakers. And they’re also outrageously naive, living out their lives semi-detached from the culture at large, randomly bitching and moaning only when an unsavory issue disturbs their glorious isolationism. What!? The world changed??? How did that happen??? Huh??? Huh???
Sweet mother of god, what morons we have turned out to be.
The Left controls basically every public communication outlet there is across the board, from entertainment to news to education. And it’s from these cultural bastions that the Left wages war on America. They are free to shape and reshape language at will. They are free to provide a public stage for any issue or group they so choose. They can create entertainment programming that cleverly pushes any political or social issue into people’s faces. And such an ability to reach the masses means they can virtually dictate the correct way to think, the correct way to behave, the correct way to vote. Conservatives on the other hand, play a losing game of endless defense, ineffectually huffing and puffing and basically getting nowhere.
How, pray tell, could conservatives allow or disallow the redefining of any cultural term? Conservatives are close to powerless—we don’t set the societal agenda, we don’t define the terms, we don’t directly shape our culture. Why? Because we don’t have consistent access to mainstream America.
For Limbaugh, the cultural culprit is simply language and his response to this assault against a traditional definition is typical of all reactive conservative responses today—he blames the Left. The Left did this, the Left did that, the Left co-opted our language. And us poor sad-sack conservatives just never stood a chance—we were too deaf, dumb, and blind to sense the obvious.
Dear ones, it ain’t the Lefties who are responsible for the devolution of America, it is us. We vacated the cultural playing field long long ago and we continue to view culture as either akin to some bewildering miracle or as a personal possession solely owned and operated by the Left.
When you’re getting machine-gunned on the battlefield of culture, you have basically three strategic options at hand:
You capitulate the field of battle to the enemy and simply go with the cultural flow. This strategy sees defeat as a foregone conclusion, so why not look hip and savvy and simply join the in-crowd. And of course, surrender affords many Republican politicians the perks of Quisling status: power, money, and recognition.
You hunker down and try to keep from being annihilated, occasionally firing a few rounds of your own at the enemy which occasionally find their mark. This is the strategy of many if not most of the conservative battalions of counter-culture warriors, of whom Limbaugh serves as Chief of Staff. The plus with this strategy is that you get to pretend you’re actually taking on the enemy, when in reality you’re just reacting, out of fear and frustration, to the enemy’s tactical maneuvers.
You develop a long-term strategy to take out the enemy’s cultural machine gun nests which have kept you pinned down and on the defensive. Such a strategy takes years of effort and risk, but it’s the only way to win. If you don’t know what those nests of gunners look like or where they’re located, then please fall back to Strategy #1 because you’re simply too stupid to put on the uniform.
The Left doesn’t own the culture. They simply control the means to manipulate it. And until we learn from their successes and begin to apply those lessons learned, we will continue to be nothing more than fringe movements on the periphery of American life.
No matter what your take on gay marriage, when it comes to culture, those who control the deal of the deck ultimately control the game.