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  • 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)
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Like all bullies...and fan(atics) of bullies the few here who reacted badly to this nifty little book reveal themselves to be highly prejudiced.
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.
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Excerpts from American Library Association's Counterpoise, (July, 1997), Vol. 1, #3, p. 265:
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...
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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. It isn't written very well and a lot of issues he brings up makes don't really relate to the subject (e.g. athlete's salaries). It is more of a attack on right-wing ideology than an attack on Rush per se (he discusses Milton Friedman in detail, not positively).

I read this many years ago, so I apologize for not being more detailed in my review. A better anti-Limbaugh book was done by FAIR some years ago--Reign of Errror, I believe.
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There can be no denying that over the last 15 years the split in classes not between the wealthy and the poor, but also the wealthy and the working class has grown tremendously. Equaly obvious is the growing influence of money in politics. While Mr. Kelly uses Rush Limbaugh as an example for citing conservative reasons, it is really the conservative agenda that he points out, quite incisively, that has been the leading cause of the growing plutocracy (government under control of the wealthy and powerful) and the aformentioned split in the classes.
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.
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