May 18, 2012

Limbaugh Redefines Patriotism

Credit: Brett Tatman
Rush Limbaugh gives us all the evidence we need in order to conclude that he has re-defined American patriotism.

He was discussing today the recent criticism of Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook, who renounced his American citizenship late last year (from his current residence in Singapore) to escape millions of dollars in American income taxes. According to the Huffington Post, Limbaugh said today during his radio program,

"If it’s a more favorable tax haven that you can find elsewhere and you go there, why is it automatically that you are unpatriotic?”

If it is not unpatriotic to renounce your American citizenship so that you can avoid taxes, then Limbaugh clearly has a different definition of patriotism than I and most Americans have. Based upon this and the bulk of his other opinions, I am left with no conclusion but that Limbaugh has re-defined American patriotism to be loyalty to Conservative principles.

This may indeed be the key to understanding Limbaugh (and perhaps many of those who fundamentally share his philosophy) -- every time he speaks about America, he is really referring to Conservatism. This is why Liberals are enemies and un-American -- because being American means being Conservative. This is how Eduardo Saverin can remain a patriot while renouncing his American citizenship.

Everything seems so much clearer now.