- Paperback: 100 pages
- Publisher: Daniel & Daniel Publishers (February 25, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1564741028
- ISBN-13: 978-1564741028
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,549,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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GREAT LIMBAUGH CON Paperback – February 25, 2015
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Suffice it to say that in all his years of "success" Limbaugh has never subjected himself to having a real fair series of in depth debates with equal time for both sides in an arena in which he is not in total control. Imagine Rush going head to head for, say 20 hours, of truly fair debates with Bill Clinton, or Gary Hart, or Mario Cuomo, or Hillary Clinton etc etc.
Limbaughism only "works" in the hothouse of the studio of right wing hate radio in which he holds all the cards...no wonder his "fans" think he is some kind of god.
All Limbaugh ever does is bloviate in a bubble; the calls that disagree with him are carefully screened for (in)competence and anyone who ever actually seriously challenges the bloviator is potted down as "El Rushbo" pontificates as if the disappeared "opponent" was somehow struck dumb.
Limbaugh and ALL right wing media (FOX et al) is to "Fair and Balanced" as WWF wrestling is to Greco Roman Olympic wrestling.
Unfortunately, it's easier to roll a ball downhill by appealing to the basest elements of human nature.....so the appeal to selfish materialism and bigotry and jingoism that underlies Rush et al will always be a cheap shot that is easy to take and easy to make.
The irony is that Rush and his ilk cloak their venom in terms of religiosity and patriotism and high sounding values.....but at the core; all they do is allow people to actually feel perversely proud of being materialistic, selfish, jingoistic, and bigoted. No wonder he is popular with a large number of people; demagoguery works...for a while.
Eventually, the reality of reality catches up with all of us.Read more ›
Kelly, Charles M., the Great Limbaugh con and other right-wing assaults on common sense. Santa Barbara, CA: Fithian Press, 1994, 216p. ISBN I-56474-102-8 paper $14.95.
This book is not about Rush Limbaugh as much as it is the Limbaugh philosophy. Limbaugh serves as a convenient conduit for the more elite belief systems of Forbes Magazine, the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal, and right-wing (that is to say mainstream) economic think tanks, to the working-class masses... Rush Limbaugh hails from a wealthy political family and was raised on the self-justifying, greed-enforcing values of our American plutocracy, or what author Charles Kelly calls the "educated nonworking" class.
This class received an enormous boost during the 1980s. Reaganomics laid the groundwork for unfair tax "reforms," trade agreements, anti-unionism, hypocritically named "right-to-work" laws, downsizing and deregulation. This book does a remarkably good job at showing how such policies have directly led to a lower standard of living for the average worker and to social problems such as crime, domestic violence, divorce, drug abuse, inadequate schools, and environmental degradation. Kelly examines at length the "success story" of Spartanburg, South Carolina, a mecca for greedy business prospectors, and the short-sighted, paranoid, ostentatiously living, gated-community-types who made a killing there in the eighties.
Despite its superficial facelift, however, conditions actually deteriorated in social and economic terms for the displaced, insecure, stressed-out workers who were desperately competing for jobs...Read more ›
This book, while certainly possible to pidgenhole as being "liberal", uses clear examples and statistics to guide the reader from the obvious assumption (workers making less money, the wealthy having more control over politicians), to a clear reasoning as to how and why the country has headed this way.
While Chomsky may write in broader intellectual terms, and Bartlett and Steel have shown more raw statistics, Kelly's writing is written very well with the average American worker in mind.
This book does a great job in explaining in a non-condecending, patient manner on how this whole country will eventually turn into Spartanburg... anti-worker, anti-community, anti-union and seeping with greed. And we have rush and the right to thank for.
I do listen to rush, just to see if he is intelligent and credible. I didn't see any believable credibility there, but there's a lot of hate and disdain. Hate for anyone who's isn't as sophisticated, who didn't have a formal education, who don't belong to the right, social, ethnic and economical strata and mostly disdain for humans who labor with their hands and backs.That's why it is so important for working people to read this book, because it reiterates something that is so true "Labor creates all wealth for all people to share." Workers are the essential equation in a Democratically successful society. Workers are not to be hated and disdained, after all, Mr. Patrick J. Hurley, isn't that what God and religion is suppose to be about, love, sharing and brotherhood?
Ofcourse this book has much, much details and really delves into a lot of statistics but it doesn't make you feel bogged down. Kelly's writing style is easy to comprehend, even when he gets technical. He can also be sarcastic and funny at times. I really appreciate this book as a working, tax paying person.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't like Rush Limbaugh--at all-- so I was looking forward to reading this book. It wasn't terrible, as he does makes some decent points, but it could have been a lot better. Read morePublished 18 months ago by J. Davis
Kelly does an excellent job of clearly laying out the truth about the massive RightWing propaganda machine that Limbaugh, FoxNews, and other corporate media comprise. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sarah
The author tries to attack Limbaugh's arguments, but provides no data or logical insight to counter them. Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by David Elliott
Rush Limbaugh is an extremely dishonest, extremely rude, racist who flunked out of college, has a history of drug abuse and has three failed marriages under his belt, so how has he... Read morePublished on March 19, 2008 by Stephen C. Coyle
This book is a cut above the usual I hate Rush Limbaugh book. It includes some useful analysis as well as merely pointing out what a jackass Limbaugh is.Published on December 10, 2007 by Bob
I am not a big fan of Rush Limbaugh, I would even admit to somewhat disliking the man. I also tend to fall to more of the moderate side of the political isle. Read morePublished on June 10, 2005 by John G. Hilliard
I'm not surprised that many of the reviewers here gave the books such high marks. Their reviews, much like the book, are littered with misspellings and other inaccuracies. Read morePublished on November 22, 2003 by Greg Gammon
I just read Alterman's book "What Liberal Media", and it reminded me of this book. Right wing fanatics like Limbaugh and Coulter are rarely correct, and often have to... Read morePublished on March 18, 2003
This is a political screed masquerading as thoughtful analysis. Time and again Professor
Kelly asserts, without justification, analysis or explanation of any sort, that the... Read more