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Lost in the Dithos

I like to imagine an alternative universe where the mouthpiece for movement conservatism possesses a keen intellect and a mordant wit, instead of being a cretin like Rush Limbaugh (and I’m pulling my punches here for H [1]‘s benefit).

My alt-universe Limbaugh would have eschewed schoolyard taunts [2] and instead of relied on the Sage [3] of Bogue Falaya whose Lost in the Cosmos [4] anticipated Sandra Fluke [5]‘s testimony. Walker Percy wrote,

Western Man is promiscuous because something unprecedented has happened. As a consequence of the scientific and technological revolution, there has occurred a displacement of the real as a consequence of which genital sexuality has come to be seen as the substratum of all human relationships, of friendship, love, and the rest. This displacement has come to pass as a consequence of  a lay misperception of the physicist’s quest for establishing a molecular or energic basis for all interactions and of what is perceived as Freud’s identification of genital sexuality as the ground of all human relationships.

A letter to Dear Abby:
I am a twenty-three-year-old liberated woman who has been on the pill for two years. It’s getting pretty expensive and I think my boyfriend should share half the cost, but I don’t know him well enough to discuss money with him. (emphasis added)

If  Limbaugh had cited Percy instead of channeling any random, dull-witted high school sophomore; then rightwingers like Dana Loesch [6] and William Jacobson [7] wouldn’t have had to waste their energy on lame attempts at damage control.

Update: I edited out an extraneous word that I put in the Percy quote.

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#1 Comment By tz On March 3, 2012 @ 10:17 am

Perhaps he should have used the term “Nymphomaniac”.

It is said that the first amendment does not require government to pay for my printing press, paper, and ink. But apparently the right to be a slut is and has been a right higher than life (roe) or liberty(hhs), or even the rule of law (easy divorce).

Obama said her parents ought to be proud?

No, this is exactly the right language of the culture of life v.s. the culture of death.

Either one should be proud of being a slut – that slut, nymphomaniac, someone without any self-control who demands I subsidize the lifestyle – is something to be celebrated, lauded, and cheered as much as we might honor and laud soldiers and veterans and such, or she is EXACTLY a person of corruption, evil, and for her it has become banal to use and be used as an object. Slut is too weak for such a term.

The prosaic work to Percy’s is Lewis “The Abolition of Man”. She is the abolished man. The un-man. She could easily be Weston in Paralandra.

#2 Comment By Jack Tracey On March 3, 2012 @ 10:38 am

I don’t know who Dana Loesch and William Jacobson are, but I do know who Rush Limbaugh is. I can’t name more than a few of the contributors to The American Conservative (sorry, folks), but I can name the top 5 “conservative” talk radio hosts.

Is anyone else bewildered by those hosts railing against the “Republican Establishment”? Could someone at TAC refer me to a good piece that one of you has written about this great irony and brilliant brand management? If you haven’t written it yet, would you please?

#3 Comment By Mr. Patrick On March 3, 2012 @ 11:45 am

Well it’s true that in the good ol’ days, no lady would sit in front of Congress and discuss the finance of medication, hers, her friend’s, or anyone else’s. But it’s also true that no man could say in public what Rush did, without finding a gauntlet sharp across his cheek.

#4 Comment By Nergol On March 3, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

The feigned outrage on the left, who’ve never met a “schoolyard taunt” they didn’t like when it comes to attacking the right, is unimpressive. I tend to agree with John Derbyshire from a column he wrote just a couple weeks ago:


Conservatism *does* need to grow a pair. Backing down, begging for forgiveness, and promising that from now on we will fight only by the Marquis of Queensbury rules, gains us nothing.

#5 Comment By MattSwartz On March 3, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

I sometimes think that Stookesbury expects too much out of the right, and too easily draws false equivalencies between it’s corruption and that of the left, but he couldn’t be more right on this. Rush’s repertoire contains nothing but sneers, and they have very little in common with the conservative anthropology of a Percy.

I wish the talk show hosts were more like Ross Douthat, and the NYT house conservatives were a little more like Rush. We truly have the worst of both worlds; the people who understand are too mild to fight, and the people who fight are too glib to understand.

#6 Comment By Nergol On March 4, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

Look, this all only proves two things:

1) Liberals have a glass jaw. They love dishing out personal abuse, but they sure can’t take it. Sorry, but have there been any lack of fat jokes about Limbaugh in the last twenty years? What is that if not personal invective? How about all the contumely that’s been hurled at Sarah Palin, or worse, at her family? Seen an episode of Family Guy lately, when they portray anyone to the right of Gore Vidal? Pot, meet kettle.

2) Modern liberalism is inherently fascistic, and will use any excuse to get a dissenting voice removed from the civic conversation rather than responding to it. This is just one of numerous attempts over the years on their part to get Limbaugh thrown off the air or effectively neutered (e.g. their attempts to restore the “Fairness Doctrine”). SOSDD.

Again, I’m hardly Limbaugh’s greatest fan, but let’s keep some perspective here.

#7 Comment By Lester the Nightfly On March 6, 2012 @ 4:09 am

Dear Patrick in Michigan: Not sure where you have been for the last several years (trolling elsewhere?) but we don’t goosestep here. Best you stumble back to Hot Air or Power Line or Town Hall where they do. Thank You.

Dear tz: Please take a chill pill. I will certainly subsidize that.