My right-wing, Limbaugh-loving brother-in-law was over for dinner last night. Sigh. Before he arrived [always late] my wife cautioned me about political discussions with him. So, I played it cool, bit my tongue and asked a general question. “So Jack, what do you think ought to be done about the oil spill?”
Now if I has asked, “So Jack, how’s Obama doing as president?” he would have delivered a monologue lasting several minutes. But the oil spill question stumped him. “It’s a mess!” was the oil spill answer. Which wasn’t an answer, of course, but apparently Limbaugh hadn’t figured it out either.
Marco Rubio, the right-wing candidate for governor of Florida, was asked a similar question on Morning Joe two days ago as MSNBC was visiting Joe Scarborough’s former congressional district in Pensacola. Rather than answering the question, Rubio blathered about the Federal Government and it’s ineptitude in handling almost everything. Rubio, naturally, had no answer, but he sure had opinions about government.
This Gulf oil spill disaster has really tied the tongues of the right-wing noise machine and those on the far-right side of the political spectrum. Because, they have no ‘answers’ to the question of ‘governance’ other than ‘less of it.’ Any moron can hold that position, but it takes a statesman and a set of brains to govern well.
Perhaps this ecological and economic disaster’s only silver lining may be the muting of the rabid, reactionary, and babbling right-wing of this nation.