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Rush Limbaugh’s Tea Party ‘Call to Arms’ Falls on Deaf Ears

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(Two if by Tea)


Did Rush Limbaugh just launch a Tea Party revival effort?

That is the headline of a Washington Examiner story today about Rush Limbaugh’s rant about how he was ashamed of his country. A sentiment that many of us share with my ‘Big Buddy’ on the right, El Rushbo.

The story states that “Limbaugh explained that both political parties in Washington refused to stop spending and used alarmist scare tactics every time anyone proposed cuts to government programs.”

“I’ve said the same things over and over for 25 years,” Limbaugh said, adding that it didn’t matter who was in power. “It’s the same stuff, it’s the same threats, it’s the same arguments, over and over nothing ever changes.”
“We just keep spending more money, we create more dependency, we get more and more irresponsible one crisis to the next, all of them manufactured,” Limbaugh added. “Except for the real crisis that nobody ever addresses and that is we can’t afford it.”-Rush Limbaugh, Washington Examiner

I agree that Rush’s frustration reflects the Tea Party movement’s ongoing frustration over government overreach and irresponsible spending. But today’s Tea Party movement is not what it was in 2010. Since then, many of these self-proclaimed “Tea Party Patriots” have let their influence inflate their egos. These egomaniacal activist have co-opted the movement so much, that the Tea Party has splintered into a slew of factions, some teetering on the fringe of insanity. The Tea Party has lost its ‘Mojo’.

So while Rush would be the ideal personality to kick-start a once fresh and influential movement, the “Tea Party leaders” need to put their egos aside and focus on the principles that first animated the movement.

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  • John G Henke

    I don’t think the ears are deaf. It’s just that nobody listens to Rush anymore. He’s always impressed me a Republican Party shill. He’s a great entertainer and he runs a good show, but that’s about it.

    So he complains that nothing ever changes from one party to another? Duh, it’s because the same banksters and corporations keep owning and operating the “government” and has been for the last 100 years.

    Until this criminal cabal has been broken somehow, and I don’t know how, but until then nothing is going to improve. They will keep stealing from us by printing more counterfeit “money”, keep raising taxes to feed the ever expanding “government”, and keep screwing over every American who is left who produces anything of value.

    I don’t know exactly how to stop them but by God they have got to be stopped.

  • Don Hoffman

    I started listening to Rush back in the late 80s. Now maybe twice a week for 30 minutes. All that success would affect any normal human being, so no he’s not the same guy….no crime no foul..but the same thing has happened to the so called “leaders” of the Tea Party. There’s no more Washington and Lincoln type folks around to take up the baton for honest public service. We need to get closer to our Savior Jesus Christ and prepare for the days ahead. Unbelievers will laugh and scoff at such a suggestion….but were will they go for peace that the world cannot offer?

  • A Maurer

    I heard Rush’s rant “live” the other day. It did not sound to me like a call to arms but rather–as he said–frustration at the inability to make any headway against the ruling class over the long term.

    It sounded more like the libertarian “welfare-warfare” state argument which I thought was pretty interesting.

    Tea Party movement splintered and Tea Party “leaders” with inflated egos? Duh. It has been that way almost from the beginning.

  • westie

    IMO, Rush could resurrect his Political ID by moving away from GOPe towards more of an “American Liberty” party. He could do good work w/o being inthrall to the crony Repubs and Dims!

  • Mark

    Rush is saying the same things he said twenty-five years ago. He reinvigorated one of the only methods we have today, to hear factual information and he doesn’t care if the Republicans like what he’s saying, or not. Rush is the same with money as he was without it. Taking turns controlling the purse strings and redesigning our documents of freedom is not American and it doesn’t matter which party of control freaks is in power. The left has control in State department and in all of the hundreds of programs squirreled away in Washington etc., no matter who gets elected. The Dem’s can clean them out, but woe be it to the Republicans, if they try to do the same, after election. But I digress…….It’s amazing that Rush can stomach saying these things for so many years, when the Republican Party Is mainly deaf and runs to kick the ball, year after year.

  • Attila

    There are and there always have been factions. The answer is leadership. Reagan was a great example of leadership for his time; he stood against the RINOs in his own party as well as the Democrat Socialists.

    Today we need a leader who will stand proud on principle, which should focus on his oath of office. Social conservatives are welcome, but the clear and present danger of tyranny should receive top billing. With tyranny there will be no moral freedom for social conservatives. Fiscal conservatives are welcome, but should be aware that every cry of “cut spending” will be met with all too effective demagoguery.

    This leader would practice a simple but elegant strategy: Respect the Constitution!

    Problem: Tyranny of vote buying with extorted taxation
    Answer: The federal government has virtually no legal authority beyond defense, diplomacy, and regulation of duties between the states (original intent of the Commerce Clause). Campaign your House Republican rep to go for hearings affirming original intent of the Commerce Clause, followed by defunding of illegal agencies (about 80% of existing federal government). This is entirely within their authority and will not require Senate or Presidential approval.

    Problem: Thuggish and unaccountable IRS robs the citizens to support the tyranny.
    Answer: With the federal government scheduled to downsize 80%, agitate to eliminate the now unnecessary robbery.

    Problem: In giving the Federal Reserve authority to “create” money, the tyranny is enabled in robbing its citizens by inflating the currency. Agitate to establish a gold backed currency.

    A federal government that is once again bound with such limitations will leave maximum freedom to its citizens,who will once again prosper.