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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Personal Foul: Unnecessary "Rushness" - A Post by Conservative Girl with a Voice

As a die-hard NFL fan, I am outraged by the actions taken against Conservative Talk Radio Show Host Rush Limbaugh. Like many of you, I have been raised with a love for God, family, country and sports. As someone who participated in various sports while growing up, I have learned so much about hard work and teamwork. When football season rolls around, I can't wait to pull out one of my San Diego Chargers' jerseys and root for the home team. I love football so much that a little depression sets in when my team is done for the season. When I was in college, I always played the sports' anchor role in my journalism classes. Sports is just about who I am as an individual. There is just something about football that brings people together. When you invite people over to root for their team, it's just a special thing. Not only are you gathering together to enjoy good food and beverages, but you are bonding with your fellow man and woman. I've cried over football, laughed over football, and cheered over football. I know there are so many of you out there who share this love for football like I do.

That is what makes this post so difficult to write. I sit here, looking out the window of the cabin at the beautiful lake, and I my heart is heavy regarding the events that have taken place over the last few days. What Rush has gone through, no one should have to endure. Not only am I outraged, but I fully agree with Rush when he said:

"This is not about the NFL, it's not about the St. Louis Rams, it's not about me.... This is about the ongoing effort by the left in this country, wherever you find them, in the media, the Democrat Party, or wherever, to destroy conservatism, to prevent the mainstreaming of anyone who is prominent as a conservative."

We are seeing this assault on conservatism coming from many angles. We see it with the vicious all-out attack on prominent conservatives like Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Michele Bachmann. Now, we are seeing that this cancerous assault is targeting sports fans. This attack has nothing to do with Rush Limbaugh the man, but instead with Rush Limbaugh the conservative. Had he been a member of the liberal left, he would be praised and encouraged for his attempt to purchase an NFL team. One of my great friends, Camille Friend, whom I have gotten to know on Twitter is an avid football fan. As a conservative African-American woman, she is disgusted by the way in which Rush is being treated:

"The fact that Rush Limbaugh has, essentially, been banned from ownership in the NFL is disheartening. Not only is it a blatant display of the hypocrisy of our current political environment, but, on a deeper level, I think it also demonstrates how a person's aspirations can be stunted by those who may not agree with his politics. Limbaugh is a devoted fan of the game of football Maybe it was his dream to one day own a team? And now he has been shut out. All because of political mob rule. Rush is correct when he says this episode is not simply about him. It's really about any one of us who dares to speak our minds when 'society' disagree."

My friend, Camille, is so right in her assessment. I encourage you to follow her on Twitter @twittonande, and visit her non-political blog at http://friendfiles.wordpress.com. You can also catch her over at the http://palintwibe.blogspot.com where she is a political contributor.

It is absurd to call Rush a racist when he is nothing of the sort. One of Rush's long-term friends, former NFL player Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson, called into the show today to defend Rush against these outrageous attacks by the left. As an African-American man, "Hutch" is not only mad about what is happening to his friend, but he also is worried about what this means to America as a whole:

"If Americans don't wake up, it's going to happen to them."

"Hutch" is right. It doesn't matter who you are, or what you hope to accomplish. If you are a conservative, you better watch out, for the liberal left, who supposedly is supposed to be oh-so-accepting and tolerant, is going to target you. You don't have to be rich, and you don't have to have a prominent name. These cronies are out to get anyone who dares to speak out against their president and his radical agenda.

As Rush stated on his show this morning, all that is happening to him is the Saul Alinsky Rules for Radicals at work. Not only does Obama know of these rules, but he and the members of his administration use the rules. One of the rules at work here is the rule of targeting an opponent and destroying him/her. In attempting to destroy the likes of Rush, Sarah, Glenn and Michele, we see this rule in full force. Many members of the extreme liberal left are not only the most intolerant people I have ever come across, but the most bitter and cruel when they do not get their way. Talk about a bunch of crybabies. As I have stayed in other posts, if you agree with the liberal left, you are treated fairly, but as soon as you speak up and use your First Amendment right, you are mocked and harassed. Where is the justification for doing such a thing? It's simple, there's no justification for treating anyone this way just because the individual doesn't agree. As a young conservative, I am not afraid to speak out, but I can understand why so many are. During the 2008 campaign, I remember hearing the evil, outrageous false stories that were reported about Sarah. I also remember hearing commentators speak of the need for more young, conservative female candidates. While I agree that we need more strong, intelligent, classy, articulate, conservative women like Sarah and Michele, I also see why so many women are weary of running for political office because of the all-out assault from the extreme liberal left. It makes me extremely saddened to see the treatment good conservatives receive. Yet, it is so important that individuals not give into the liberal left. They want you to back down, they want you to give up. Don't fall for the Chicago-style attacks, and don't fall prey to Alinsky's rules. I will continue to reinforce the need for the conservative party to remain strong and vigilant because unlike the liberal left, we know how to fight the good fight. Ignore the attacks, and remember, if you are attacked, take it as a compliment because the attacks mean you are seen as a threat. With every attack I receive, I actually feel good because I know I am making a difference. Just as Sarah, Michele, Glenn, Rush and other conservatives continue to speak out, I will continue too, so you speak out too.

I'm sorry, but I'm not afraid to call NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a hypocrite. Not only is he a hypocrite, but he's a corrupt hypocrite at that. The following quote from Goodell sums up why I feel this way. In speaking about Rush, he said:

"...divisive comments are not what the NFL is all about.... I've said many times before, we're all held to a high standard here. I would not want to see those comments coming from people who are in a responsible position in the NFL -- absolutely not."

Okay, Roger, let me get this straight. It's okay for you to speak out against Rush Limbaugh, but men like Keith Olbermann, who called George W. Bush a liar, and repeatedly personally attacks Sarah with the most vile comments is allowed into the living rooms of NFL fans every Sunday night? Where is the outrage of that, Mr. Goodell? It is pretty clear where your alliances lie. I encourage you all to contact the NFL, and voice your outrage. I encourage those of you who attend the NFL games this weekend to make a sign in support of Rush. Put some pressure on the NFL. If the NFL is refusing to allow a good man like Rush, but allow a vindictive lunatic like Keith Olbermann, what does that say to conservative people like you and me? That it's okay to speak out against and be critical of America and be an employee of the NFL-America's game? Rush has not said nearly the amount of hateful things Olbermann has. If this isn't a prime example of the vicious attack of conservatism, I don't know what else would be.

Rush made another great point when he recently said,

"Therefore, this is about the future of the United States of America and what kind of country we're going to have."

Exactly. What kind of America are we turning into? Seems to me that we are turning into a nation of hypocrites and whiners. Instead of the First Amendment, it seems to have become the anti-First Amendment right. The intolerant left is not going to stop their assault on conservatism, so we will not stop our fight for freedom and liberty. It is OUR RIGHT to speak up, and last I checked, speaking out was not a crime. If Goodell is so worried about allowing an out-spoken conservative to purchase a football team, why, then, is he standing by and allowing felons and drug addicts to play the game? Why, again, is he allowing an out-spoken liberal to a weekly commentator? The answer remains the same. It is no longer okay to be a conservative in this country in the eyes of the left, and it is no longer okay to speak out against our leaders. But, quite honestly, I don't care about what the left thinks, and I don't care about what people like Roger Goodell think. I know who I am, and you know who you are. Like Rush, Sarah, Glenn and Michele, we are God- fearing, American-loving patriots, and we will NOT going to give up, and we will NOT back down. We are in this fight for he long haul. The liberal left better watch out because their greatest fears will be realized, for conservatism WILL win out in the end.

(I'm a Conservative Girl with a Voice!!!Visit my blog and become a follower: http://www.conservativegirlwithavoice.com. I'm on Twitter too @rachellefriberg.)

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