Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday explained why the left creates movements like Black Lives Matter and #MeToo, and why they attack Supreme Court nominees like Brett Kavanaugh.
It’s because they have failed, and they insist on blaming someone else, he said. In short, they have a mental problem.
“When you become a member of a victim group, you are admitting that you are a failure. But you are admitting it isn’t your fault! It’s society’s at large or the cops or capitalism or religion or something. When you become a victim, you are then signaling that you are owed. People need to give you something for all of the mistreatment that you have suffered,” he Limbaugh told his listeners.
He quoted two other commentaries to support his statement. One was from Jim Geraghty at National Review, who found, “The more time I spend covering politics, the more I’m convinced that a significant chunk of grassroots political activists aren’t really arguing about politics at all. These folks are actually grappling with personal psychological issues and projecting it onto the world of politics. Every problem they had with a parent is projected onto authority figures.”
Geraghty continued: “Every religious person who ever scolded them or made them feel guilty becomes the embodiment of organized religion and demonstrates its menace. Because they’ve had a bad experience with a member of a minority group, that experience reveals something sinister about every member of that minority group. The cop who wrote them a ticket instead of giving them a warning demonstrates the danger and corruption of law enforcement,” and can lead to Black Lives Matter.
Limbaugh opined: “Now, I have said this over and over again a different way. Everybody wants their life to have meaning. Everybody wants to matter. And a lot of people feel overwhelmed, powerless, and like they don’t matter – and one of the faster ways to make yourself feel like you matter is to become a victim, member of an organized victim group.”
He said members of the left join the political system “under the aegis of your psychological problems being legitimate political issues. These people all naturally will gravitate to the left because that’s where psychological disorders primarily reside.”
Limbaugh cited former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer’s description of the attack on Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his wife at a Washington restaurant this week.
He wrote: “You know, I’ve been in Washington a long time. This is a sick town. This is a sick town! Simply because you disagree with somebody, you go into a restaurant and you start hounding them to the point that they have to leave?”
That, Limbaugh said, is “normal” for Democrats.
He explained: “‘These folks are actually grappling with personal psychological issues and projecting it onto the world of politics.’ In other words, politics is to blame – and, of course, when we’re talking about who’s to blame, well, you blame the normal. You blame the happy, you blame the satisfied. Who’s that? Well, in the modern-day, it’s become conservatives or it’s become Republicans. That’s the battle that we’re in the middle of…”
His second source was Shelby Steele, writing for the Hoover Institution.
“Here’s the conclusion,” Limbaugh said. “‘Yet the left is still stalked by obsolescence. There is simply not enough [real] menace to service its demands for power.’ Meaning there isn’t real mean-spirited racism, sexism, bigotry out there. They have to make it up, have to manufacture it, have to lie about it such as Kavanaugh. He’s not a racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe, any of these things. But look what they’re saying about him.
“They’ve run out of real menaces,” he said.
“The voices that speak for the left have never been less convincing,” Shelby Steele says. “It is hard for people to see the menace that drives millionaire football players to kneel before the flag. And then there is the failure of virtually every program the left has ever espoused — welfare, public housing, school busing, affirmative action, diversity programs, and so on.”