Dan Lungren (R, CA-3)
I’m just going to go ahead and apologize right now. For many of you, this blog will get to be repetitious and, perhaps, boring.
But here’s the thing: the Republican Party is in a really crazy place right now. Virtually every member is beholden to the lunatic fringe of the right-wing. The real leaders of American conservativism are Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. There may have been a time when the Buckley’s and Hayek’s added something of value to the political conversation, at least to the extent that they challenged liberal orthodoxies and forced us to sharpen our policy arguments. But now, the country’s most powerful elected Republicans are led by vacuous entertainers, bereft of any serious intellectual heft. Limbaugh, Beck and the second and third tiers (Savage, Levin, Ingraham, Hewitt, O’Reilly, Hannity, etc.) of Republican leadership are meticulous when it comes to ignoring realities they don’t like and creating false realities that serve their agenda: building their audiences.
it is all so transparent. These folks are peddling lies and making a mint. Elected Republicans, sensing electoral peril, look more and more to the Idiocracy that is right-wing talk radio for policy direction.
There are only two viable political parties in this country. And one of them is nuts.
It may get boring, but I’m determined to memorialize the era in the most unproduced and unfiltered means possible. When the history of our time is written, I don’t want to allow future revisionists room for varnish or apologies. The plain fact is that – at the very highest levels of American government – elected Republicans are irresponsible, loony, and dangerous.
Our kids are going to want to know why we couldn’t address global warming, chronic disease, environmental catastrophe and gross inequality. Hopefully this blog will be useful to those looking for explanations.
So yeah, you’re gonna see several videos where the content is the same, only the faces change. Sorry if it gets boring for you.
Without further ado, here is Dan Lungren, (R, CA-3)