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Carl Gibson gives Limbaugh another call. Gibson writes, "Rush Limbaugh, the de facto leader of the GOP, nauseatingly insists that these goons of the 1% are the candidates working Americans should support. I called in and reminded him that those who don't have unlimited funds still deserve to be represented."

Carl Gibson called Rush Limbaugh to remind him that those who don't have unlimited funds still deserve to be represented. (photo: Independent UK)
Carl Gibson called Rush Limbaugh to remind him that those who don't have unlimited funds still deserve to be represented. (photo: Independent UK)

GOP = Goons of the One Percent

By Carl Gibson, Reader Supported News

30 November 11

Reader Supported News | Perspective


f an immortal billionaire sociopath took an interest in politics, what sort of candidates or policies would they support? If there was such a person, their bottomless funds would draw the interest of mainstream national candidates, very likely to the detriment of the rest of us. If the immortal sociopath could donate vastly more money to his candidate's election than the other 99% of us, candidates would logically advocate for policies similar to what the big donor wanted, even if that meant repealing child labor laws, banking regulations, allowing big banks to take more American homes, destroying the environment, or raising taxes on the 99% to cut taxes for the 1%.

Sadly, this has already happened. Thanks to the SCOTUS' Citizens United vs. FEC ruling, multinational corporations can contribute unlimited funds to their candidate of choice. The 2010 decision essentially stated that corporations are people and money is speech, so a corporation donating unlimited funds to a campaign is, according to the John Roberts Supreme Court, a person exercising their right to free speech, despite that "person" lacking internal organs or a pulse.

Today's Republican candidates for president have made no bones in adapting their platforms to pursue corporate donors.

Newt Gingrich has advocated for the repeal of child labor laws. He and Michele Bachmann also want to kill financial reform. Mitt Romney says he would speed up the home foreclosure process. Rick Perry's "jobs plan" gives a green light for the oil and gas industry to pillage the environment for profit. Ron Paul wants to abolish the EPA. And, of course, Herman Cain's "9-9-9" tax plan would cut tax rates for the 1% to a historic low, while raising taxes on working Americans.

Now, the people - the mortal ones - no longer have a voice in government, because we can't come close to matching the billions of dollars corporations effortlessly contribute to the political process. And in this election cycle, the GOP has nakedly shown disdain for the 99% to court corporate cash. Rush Limbaugh, the de facto leader of the GOP, nauseatingly insists that these goons of the 1% are the candidates working Americans should support. I called in and reminded him that those who don't have unlimited funds still deserve to be represented.

RUSH: No, corporations are not drowning out anything. It's a free market out there, and you have to compete for whatever you gain and then you have to compete to hold it.

CALLER: I mean, I'd like to support my candidates, but maybe I'll just scrounge around my couch for a few billion to, you know, make sure that my voice gets heard just as loudly as the corporations' voices get heard every election cycle.

RUSH: Well, you gotta understand now, the people in corporations are just like the people outside the corporation. People make campaign donations.

CALLER: I can't afford a lobbyist, Rush. That's why I'm the 99%. That's why everybody's Occupying nationwide.

Rush's "screw-you-I've-got-mine" mentality, echoed by so many GOP politicians, has been etched into the minds of their supporters, most of whom are in just as dire of a situation as ever thanks to dangerous Republican ideology that celebrates excessive, unrestrained greed. Regardless of party affiliation, most of us are struggling to survive in this economy. Our type of struggle is a foreign concept to Rush and his ilk, and they will never understand the plight of the 99%.

RUSH: Ted, if you could narrow this down - I'm serious - what really upsets you, as a human being? As you get up every day and go about your life, what is it that really has you unhappy or mad or what is it that's got you all wound up?

CALLER: I'm really glad you asked that, Rush. This is what gets me mad, all right? I work two, three, sometimes four part-time jobs to pay rent and get by.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: And the more I work, the harder I work, the more I see my community fall apart, the more I hear our leaders tell us that it's our fault, the more I see that -

RUSH: Okay, wait -

CALLER: - the results of our work go to the hands of a wealthy few.

Click the video below to watch the dittocam footage of the exchange between Rush and I. Click here to read a transcript of the call.

Carl Gibson, 24, of Lexington, Kentucky, is a spokesman and organizer for US Uncut, a nonviolent, creative direct-action movement to stop budget cuts by getting corporations to pay their fair share of taxes. He graduated from Morehead State University in 2009 with a B.A. in Journalism before starting the first US Uncut group in Jackson, Mississippi, in February of 2011. Since then, over 20,000 US Uncut activists have carried out more than 300 actions in over 100 cities nationwide. You may contact Carl at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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+65 # pernsey 2011-11-30 10:38
UGH!! I had to force myself to watch this sociopath spew his blather, just to hear the Carls voice on the video.

Rush is the mouth piece for the 1% GOP=Greedy One Percent, dang that guy is nauseating to listen to...he doesnt care hes making his millions. He can twist it and rationalize all his BS but in the end hes working for the corporations. Hes disgusting and nasty...not to mention irritating to listen to. I cant believe anyone thinks this over bloated gas bag has anything of any intelligence to say. YUCK YUCK YUCK!! Good for you Carl, for calling it as it is, Rush is disgusting!
+22 # X Dane 2011-11-30 21:36
aaaaaaaaaand pernsey, he is living proof of our broken justice system. That fat slob had his HOUSEKEEPER buy drugs for him???? Such courage!

Had he been a poor black guy, his fat but would STILL be in prison. He makes me want to throw up. Disgusting creep
+65 # fredboy 2011-11-30 10:58
What's amazing is so many American numbskulls vote with them--and hurt their friends and families by doing so. Is there any Democrat out there with the vision and the balls to remind the American public of this?
+84 # gentle 2011-11-30 11:18
I still am amazed at how well Rush speaks with a Koch in his mouth. Must have taken years of practice.
+46 # 2011-11-30 11:31
If Rush can't deal with an issue, he changes the subject, or, if he can't deal with the message, he kills the messenger.
Rush believes that corporations are "people". He'll stand by that until someone pays him to believe otherwise.
He gets upset and begins to rant when his message is contradicted.
His empathetic listeners start get upset along with him. Voila! A star is born. Why do I even bother....?
+43 # Buddha 2011-11-30 11:38
What is sad is that idiots like Rush and the lies they peddle are accepted and believed by about 30% of our nation, almost all of them people who are negatively affected by these Fail supply-side policies. How can you effect change when the votes of someone dumber and as gullible as a sheep counts as much as someone who is informed? I wish I felt more positive about this, but the truth is we have 1/3 of our population firmly pushing for policies that cut their own throats, 1/3 of the population trying to change our horrible status quo and make things better for all Americans, and 1/3 who don't pay attention at all to anything but Jersey Shore and vote for candidates based on the simple "if I am not doing better than last election, vote out the incumbent" (which is why the GOP is blocking any Obama/Dem jobs bill or plan to put people back to work).
+7 # mwd870 2011-12-01 06:29
I didn't bother to open the link to hear what Rush had to say. All the comments about him are so true. Enough said.
-35 # Martintfre 2011-11-30 11:51
corporations like unions are legal fictions and have no inherent rights.
+37 # jon 2011-11-30 12:24
When things become oppressive, people band together and fight the oligarchy - through strikes, boycotts, or whatever, legal or not.

If corporations had always treated people like they should be, unions would not have happened.
-29 # BradFromSalem 2011-11-30 12:58
Absolutely correct! I would also put government in the same classification as a legal fiction.
+28 # Billy Bob 2011-11-30 14:49
So let's get rid of the special priveledges corporations have. Let's get rid of ALL corporations and replace them with regular companies, and regulate them like we used to. Let's also take away ALL lobbyists and, in fact, ALL money out of politics that is not PUBLICLY FUNDED.

If you'd be willing to go along with that, I'd be willing to get rid of unions. It wouldn't be much of a loss for me anyway, the last 30 years of conservative government has already stripped almost all unions of any power anyway.
+36 # Capn Canard 2011-11-30 12:06
Carl they're blind to the suffering of anyone but themselves. Nice job...
+27 # Gnome de Pluehm 2011-11-30 12:31
If corporations are people they should pay Social Security and should be liable for imprisonment.

If corporations are just people (incorporated and speaking as one voice) they should register as a political party and be subject to all those rules.
+19 # Billy Bob 2011-11-30 14:51
They should also have to pay taxes for a change. They should also be regulated like people certainly have become. They should also be imprisoned for murder if, in fact, they or their products are killing people.
-37 # Gnome de Pluehm 2011-11-30 12:31
Same thing is true of unions.
+36 # Billy Bob 2011-11-30 14:51
Unions are nothing more than people trying to defend themselves against corporations.
+17 # Ken Hall 2011-11-30 19:47
And, as such, are not legal fictions, as some benighted commenters would have us think.
+1 # mwd870 2011-12-01 06:24
I understand the defense of unions. The ideal of fighting for workers' rights is solid. Unfortunately, the union bosses who control large funds can be just as susceptible to corruption as CEO's, maybe more in the past than today.

My sister, who lives in Milwaukee and works as a social worker with the disabled, is opposed to union rules such as forcing everyone to tow the official line and paying dues without a say in negotiations and how the money is used. She was considering voting Republican for the first time in her life.

When all is said and done, unions are often necessary, but they should have the same status as corporations in terms of the influence of money in politics. Don't know if they pay taxes.
+24 # walt 2011-11-30 12:32
A simple analysis of all the Republican rhetoric for the last few years indicates that the GOP has completely abandoned the ordinary American citizens.

It is truly incredible to watch them in action. One has to conclude that there must be some big money on the move to these folks from the 1%. Their agendas seem desperate and determined to succeed even at the expense of the economy and country! We saw it with health care reform, the Bush tax cut debate, the debt ceiling issue and more.

The GOP is now, more than ever, the party of the BIG MONEY!
+12 # rockieball 2011-12-01 08:20
The GOP is no more. It's now called the COP. The Corporate Owned Party.
+38 # Barbara K 2011-11-30 12:34
They are scum, selfish, greedy scum. I know you are tired of my message, but please


This is only one example why.
+35 # BradFromSalem 2011-11-30 13:30

Never stop posting your tag line!

No matter what else you say, I will always give you a Thumbs up when its there.

+17 # Pickwicky 2011-11-30 16:10
And Barbara K--please allow me to repeat my message:


He has the biggest year-round classroom on the planet. He teaches his followers what to think and how to vote. Can our democracy continue when nearly half of those who vote are uninformed?
+13 # Barbara K 2011-11-30 18:50
Pickwicky, you're preaching to the choir here. I can't stand Limbaugh and I have never watched him. I only see what he said on other shows who show his outrageousness or on stories like this. I have no idea why anyone with a brain would listen to that whale of a blubbermouth.

+15 # Pickwicky 2011-12-01 10:33
Barbara--I have two students who listen to Limbaugh, so when I have time I listen to counter their leanings. This might make you happy: I teach Logic and listening to Rush when I have time gives me many outstanding examples of wrong argumentation.

Further, preaching to the choir can spark ideas for improvement. I certainly don't expect those steeped in Rushism to find their way out; they wouldn't have fallen under his spell if greatly endowed with interlligence.

And I agree with you--no one should vote Republican.

+14 # boudreaux 2011-12-01 10:17
Quoting Barbara K:
They are scum, selfish, greedy scum. I know you are tired of my message, but please


This is only one example why.

I for one will never get tired of your message, say it loud and say it proud...
+2 # Doubter 2011-12-02 20:15
Barbara, we'll never get tired of your message(s).
+17 # Ronv 2011-11-30 12:35
The next time you speak with Rush, would you please ask him: “Why did you support giving rights to Corporations while taking them away from the People?” Mr. Limbaugh supports awarding corporations what use to be the inalienable rights of the People, but also supports stopping freedom of assembly and expression amongst individuals, starting with those of OWS, as well as eliminating the right to a jury trial, just for starters.
+15 # jwb110 2011-11-30 12:35
It is not what the 1% are blind to that is it issue. It is what an electorate that adds deaf and dumb to the process does to promote the 1%.
People like Limbaugh see themselves as "king makers". Fine, but you only have to look at him to see that he is rotting from the inside out based on the hate and several other 7 Deadly Sins that he has come to embody. Take a good look at him. He is physically on his way out.
RSN readers and the opposition in general have to stop focusing on the likes of Limbaugh and the GOP/TP Primary Field. THe more a person knows about them the less you know passed the outrage it causes.
Lets move on people. The 99% who are suffering only have to know that they are suffering. The why is obvious. We need to take our eye off the cause of the suffering and put our sights on the cause of what will end our problems. I a not being Pollyanna here. The bad guys will be the bad guys and shuck and jive to keep their positions safe. The 99% merely has to be present and visible to make the necessary changes.
There is a paralel in the Era of Apartheid. It was a question of numbers. Their 1% saw that the 99% were of such numbers that they couldn't afford to not make a deal.
Start identifying yourselves in daily life. Get a "99% Button." We have been a Silent Majority too long. The least we can be is a Visible Majority.
+6 # Michael_K 2011-11-30 12:44
Rush is an agent provocateur trying to make me iolent (he does deserve a savage beating!)
0 # Billy Bob 2011-11-30 14:53
Maybe rush is a secret liberal trying to expose the stupidity, arrogance and hypocricy of conservative thinking. He's certainly done a lot to mobilize my vote over the years.
+12 # brenbeaz 2011-11-30 12:52 one word.....PA---- THETIC.
+12 # Pickwicky 2011-11-30 16:13
I've heard of a group of people who called Limbaugh's local radio sponsors and told them they would boycott their businesses and products. That's what we all should do.
+6 # Kootenay Coyote 2011-11-30 18:33
How about PA...THOLOGICAL ?
+10 # Hardy 2011-11-30 13:03
If enough Americans would send Rush 1 oxicodone tablet, he might just go away.
+8 # BradFromSalem 2011-11-30 13:06
At least Rush did converse or rather monologue on Carl. Most Right Wing talk show phreaks either hang up on them or as one here in Boston that has since been fired used to do, ask them a question similar to "Answer Yes or NO. Have you stopped beating your spouse?"

Then when the caller refutes the premise, the host hangs up.

Liberal shows engage Righties all the time.(Except for Malloy, but he is afraid he will burst an artery)
+17 # CesareBorgia 2011-11-30 13:08
It is almost impossible for me to "get my hands around" how any average working person can support Rush's shtick. It's like the 1% and their mouthpieces hand these people a rope and say "hang yourself," and they ask, "how high?"
+12 # Okieangels 2011-11-30 13:41
Why do we validate this Limbaugh loon with our attention?
+8 # Pickwicky 2011-11-30 16:21
Because he's teaching nearly half of our nation's voters how to vote. And his lessons eschew human kindness and integrity.
+7 # chuckw38 2011-11-30 15:06
The presenting picture of the bloated face of Rush Limp-baugh is absolutely perfect to depict Rush's blabber-mouthed rhetoric & his 'one-up-on-you' attitude so he can perpetuate his crap!! Thanks for the oh-so-eloquent photo of Mt. Blabber-mouthed - RUSH-MORE !!!!!!!!!!!! :D:D:D
+2 # sandyboy 2011-11-30 15:32
Sorry, Michael K, loathsome as Rush is (the bum's Rush?) I can't support rhetoric saying he deserves a "savage beating". Violence is wrong. You may just be venting, but that kind of talk may inspire some nut. I tried to bring this up on RSN before and my post wasn't used, though to be fair the one I was, er, venting about was dropped too.
+11 # DLT888 2011-11-30 16:44
Rush's voice has such a BAD VIBE that I cannot tolerate the sound of it. Thanks for the transcript. I can tolerate that a bit more.
+13 # Magars 2011-11-30 18:04
CARL GIBSON, you are a perfect representation of the new young blood that this nation need ,with new perspective and renovated strategies for a different future,beyond obsolete ideas and compromised position.
+4 # ABen 2011-11-30 21:27
Rush appeals to the ignorant, 'dumb-like-me' voter. Unfortunately, this group seems to be getting more active. Perhaps now that the NBA season is on again, a significant portion of this group will again sit down in front of their TVs and turn of Rush--at least one can hope.
+12 # Rick Levy 2011-11-30 21:55
Actually, I'm kinda glad that Rush speaks for the Republicans. At least with him what you see is what you get. And his mentality just reflects that of the rest of them.

But as for his fan base of the lower/ middle socioeconomic rank who have bought into the delusion that they too can become members of the 1%, I would change their tag from ditto heads to Stockholm heads.
+3 # MainStreetMentor 2011-12-01 08:16
The one thing that will defeat the "Lush" is: being ignored. He, and the people like him, MUST have a forum and "stage" from which to rant. Without an audience, they wither and fade into oblivion. We should NEVER allow his (or his fellow Democracy destroyers) face, his words, and most certainly NOT his image/video to be aired anywhere.
+3 # Pickwicky 2011-12-01 10:42
MainStreetMento r--censorship is the worst solution.
+7 # MainStreetMentor 2011-12-01 14:55
Not censorship ... just ignore him and his kind. They can still say whatever they want - but if there is no audience, their poisonous diatribes reverberate through empty air - and never fall onto a listen ear. Our downfall is allowing, or providing avenues to, airing of their intentionally mis-directed rhetoric.
+13 # rockieball 2011-12-01 08:19
If corporations are people, then why don't we do away with corporate taxes and tax them under the personal income tax? Who would sign at the bottom? Who would they claim for dependents? The share holders? Since many own stock in more than one corporation under the personal income tax law they cannot be claimed on them all.
I think it would be fun to watch.
+6 # Kayjay 2011-12-01 18:48
Rush is nothing more than a cancerous growth on this nation's soul. We could try chemotherapy or radiation on him or do worse and ignore him. I am so tired of his schtick of "us versus them."
+6 # RMDC 2011-12-02 08:49
Rush Limbaugh escaped the draft because he had boils on his asshole. Now he is the boil on the nation's asshole. This is his role in life. He can't be anything different.
+4 # bobJ 2011-12-02 08:56
Rush speaks for and represents the 1%... This is how he has made his millions. He is one of the 1%.
+5 # cypress72 2011-12-02 13:44
First, I'd like to congratulate Carl for getting past the call screener. I wonder how he did that?? And I'd also like to congratulate him on working up to 4 part-time jobs at a time. I'm having a difficult time getting regular hours on my 1 part-time job, let along 4. I'm also working a small eBay business with a friend of mine. Everyone should try this out. There are plenty of good books out to help you get started.
+1 # wwway 2011-12-05 00:55
Middle class Americans who vote Republican are Chickens for Col. Sanders. Yes, NEVER VOTE REPUBLICAN!

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