Posted by: jackslife | February 26, 2009

Reason overwhelmed by propaganda

The state of conservative thought in America seems to have been decimated by the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.  That these men are the current bearers of the conservative torch is disconcerting in the extreme.  Rod Dreher and Ross Douthat both have posts about Rush’s recent comments on Bobby Jindal’s recent disappointing speach.  Rush is ready to kick anyone out of the movement who isn’t fawning over Jindal’s performance.

Anyone who has engaged in much conversation with me knows that I have a strong dislike for Limbaugh, Hannity, and the Fox News noise makers.  I think that the all represent one big attack on rational discourse.  It’s not the left that has to fear these people, but rather the thinking person.  I think that E.J. Dionne’s quote in John Derbyshire’s piece is spot on when he says,

The cause of Edmund Burke, Leo Strauss, Robert Nisbet and William F. Buckley Jr. is now in the hands of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity. … Reason has been overwhelmed by propaganda, ideas by slogans.


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