As readers of the blog know, I periodically refer to Rush Limbaugh in the context of the DC Opportunity Scholarships. Some of you may like him, some may love, some may say "who cares," and still others may hate him.
However, I recently read an interesting article by Wilfred McClay entitled: How to Understand Rush Limbaugh. As I got to the end of the of the article, I found the last paragraph interesting:
The critics may be correct that the flourishing of talk radio is a sign of something wrong in our culture. But they mistake the effect for the cause. Talk radio is not the cause, but the corrective. In our own time, and in the person of Rush Limbaugh, along with others of his talk-radio brethren, a problem of long-standing in our culture has reached a critical stage: the growing loss of confidence in our elite cultural institutions, including the media, universities, and the agencies of government. The posture and policies of the Obama presidency, using temporary majorities and legislative trickery to shove through massive unread bills that will likely damage the nation and may subvert the Constitution, have brought this distrust to a higher level. The medium of talk radio has played a critical role in giving articulate shape and force to the resistance. If it is at times a crude and bumptious medium, it sometimes has to be, to disarm the false pieties and self-righteous gravitas in which our current elites too often clothe themselves. Genuinely democratic speech tends to be just that way, in case we have forgotten.
It struck me in light of Cardinal Wuerl's article on civil discourse and those who blog (which of course, includes myself).
Think about what has happened in this Archdiocese over the last few years, and I think that it says much as to why I blog.