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Friday, July 16, 2010

Where is THE liberal voice in talk radio?

There’s Beck, Limbaugh and Hannity, the obnoxious three of conservative talk radio. Unfortunately, there are more, probably hundreds, who spew the same regimented far-right prattle that can turn the stomach of even a moderate. You can tell. I am not a conservative, and have very little use for those who think that everything should be done according to their philosophy. If I wanted that, I would join the NRA.

And then there is liberal, or progressive as some prefer, talk radio. You have Rachel Maddow, Thom Hartmann, Bill Press, Ed Schultz, Stephanie Miller and Mike Malloy, a spectacular lineup. But not one of the able spokespeople in this avant-garde group has established the national notoriety as a Limbaugh or Beck. And I think it is due to their listening audience. If you are a part of that crowd, well, then…you aren’t listening.

And if you are, you aren’t walking around and sharing your thoughts on things relating to the new-wave left. On the other hand, your conservative friends are spreading the word daily, even hourly, of how we must isolate ourselves in a world that shuns outsiders who don’t belong, and concentrate on ourselves, especially the upper class. A good example is Arizona’s new anti-immigration law, SB 1070.

Another suggestion is for the talk show hosts to get more verbal, more outspoken, more provocative, and create a monstrous ring of enthusiasm around specific issues like immigration reform. I wouldn’t want to see the typical Limbaugh approach of mouthing off spurious criticisms of President Obama or other prominent Democrats, or general tirades against anything slightly to the left from right. But it could be honest attacks against deserving republicans and conservative issues.

We need to challenge and put in their place Republicans like Senator Mitch McConnell and Representative John Boehner. Both have constantly dragged down the Obama administration with never-ending fault-finding designed only to set up the President for failure. We have yet to see one piece of legislation come from them or their party recently that truly works for all the American people, not just the upper class.

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