And America has many domestic enemies. Most are members of the "Phony Outrage Base" – pundits who pretend to get angry for ratings, politicians to pretend to get angry for votes, voters who pretend to get angry because they hate themselves and need an outlet to spew their hate.
Over the past few weeks, our domestic enemies, in the form of political pundits, have been railing against John McCain, the probable Republican nominee. Normally I'd say, "Hey, they're turning inward. That's a good thing." Unfortunately, our enemies aren't stupid.
Rush Limbaugh recently devoted his entire three-hour program to blasting McCain. Ann Coulter appeared on Hannity and Colmes last week and said she'd campaign for Hillary Clinton if McCain was the nominee. Laura Ingraham says she doesn't trust McCain. Michael Reagan, son of the former president, said McCain speaks down to conservatives. The list goes on, and on.
Now, let's ask the question. What do all of these pundits have in common?
They all make money by giving their conservative opinion. Most of those I mentioned came into their own during the Clinton years. They opportunistically defined themselves as conservatives in the Goldwater-Reagan mold, and Bill Clinton as the devil.
There is no Republican to rally around this year, the way they did George W. Bush. But of the three left (no offense Dr. Paul, but I don't consider you "left" in the Republican race), McCain is the most likely to get things done in office. They would be the wrong things and compromised things, but still, they'd be things.
Should this happen, the talk radio audience would finally wake up because talk radio would have nothing to talk about. It would cease to be what it is. Many would realize, no, Sean Hannity isn't a "great American," he's a brat who hates his audience enough to lie to them daily.
If you think Sean Hannity doesn't hate you, you probably hate yourself.
If McCain is the president, congressional Republicans will join with him, because that's what Republicans do, they get in line. And McCain is a conservative, one of the most conservative members of the Senate. Sure, he was against the Bush tax cuts, but that's because he doesn't hate the middle and working classes of America, and realized we were in a war. He wants to save our environment, and that's because he doesn't hate the earth. He supported immigration reform because he thinks rounding up illegal aliens and dumping them back in Mexico is something Stalin would have done. Doing nothing – which, it seems, the majority of Republicans are now intent on doing – is something Jimmy Carter would have done.
And for the record, it seems at odd with reality that Republicans would be against environmentalism. So I have my own theory on that. The reason Republicans don't believe in global warming is because they have to pander to their base. No, not the "Phony Outrage Base," but close.
This is the base consisting of Evangelicals who home-school their kids because public schools teach evolution. The ones who believe God made the world in seven crazy nights 5,000 years ago, and put dinosaur bones in the ground to test our faith...and the sun revolves around the earth. The ones who believe it would be impossible for humans to kill the earth since we aren't God.
Who would Limbaugh rail against if the Republican president and the Republican congress did things he didn't favor? He would be against everyone. His radio show would be the same as Alex Jones's: Conspiracy theory after conspiracy theory, all to no purpose, with almost no audience to speak of. Rush Limbaugh would have to make a new career out of being a 9/11 Truther.