Originally Posted by Magick Man
Limbaugh... Don't know if I'd call him a "doofus", he's too calculating for that. I've never known exactly what to think of the guy, I agree with many of his opinions WRT fiscal responsibility and taxation, then he'll come off with some ignorant social/moral crap from the 1800s.
Couldn't have said it better myself. He gives fiscal conservatism and the idea of a smaller government a bad name with his moralist tendencies, not to mention his not even thinly veiled narcissism and arrogance.
He's a prime example of a person who probably knows a fair deal about a specific subject or set of subjects who then decides, because of his popularity, that he's an expert on everything, and that his opinions on any given subject are (a) well-informed, and (b) relevant. He also seems to believe that, since he ended up where he is (extraordinarily wealthy and mildly influential), clearly his way of thinking and his views are the correct ones, and that if everybody just thought and did what he does, why, we'd all be just as successful. Evidently, in his case, this includes his sense of morality, which he feels the world would benefit from were it imposed upon us all.
This kind of attitude is not restricted to a single political affiliation or party, much as Limbaugh's opponents would like everyone to believe. Lack of humility is a more general character flaw that I see disturbingly frequently among punditry in general, as well as among academics, news reporters, actors, politicians, and other popular and influential people. When you exist in an insular world for long enough, without some sense of your actual intellect and expertise, you come to believe that you're the greatest and most important person in the history of ever, and you lose touch with the concerns of others and with reality itself.
Understanding when something that is good for you might not be good for others is one of the most important lessons in life to learn. Sadly, a lot of people never seem to learn it.