I’m not a big fan of ESPN (something I’ll probably write more about in a future post) but I sort of like listening to the station’s Colin Cowherd on his morning show ‘The Herd’. Cowherd’s strength is that he’s great at articulating ‘big picture’ concepts that you’re not going to hear about from your typical sports show host. However, this morning he took a rather narrow-picture cheap shot at conservative talk radio and so naturally I had to post about it.
Cowherd was talking about the NFL scandal involving the New Orleans Saints paying bounties to players as incentive to injure opponents. Like usual, Cowherd took a fairly sophisticated approach, delving into the difference between private authoritative bodies (such as the NFL) and governmental ones. He also touched on the concepts of morality (in terms of the level of violence we’re willing to accept for our viewing pleasure). So far so good. Unfortunately, Cowherd suddenly took a sharp left turn and attacked conservative radio, saying that the reason his show does better out West (not just California but in Phoenix, Colorado…etc) than the Midwest is that when you listen to conservative talk radio the hosts are always “pounding the desk” screaming about morality. Cowherd goes on to declare that he’s not a “moralist” and then the wheels spun off when he started rambling about conservatives ‘not liking laws they don’t like’ (or something like that), and well, he pretty much lost me after that.
Without getting into Cowherd’s strange views on the nation’s directional regions, you always know when someone who takes a shot at conservative talk radio never actually listens to conservative talk radio because he or she always makes the same silly charges against it. Of the big three that I listen to: Andrew Wilcow, Hannity, and Mark Levin-I never hear any sort of religious table pounding morality speeches. 90% of the content on their shows revolve around Obama wrecking the economy, Obama wrecking our military, and the nefarious tactics of the liberal media. And yet, if you listen to liberals or independents like Cowherd, you’d think that conservative radio shows were nothing but venom spewing, fire and brimstone morality sermons.
This gets back to an overall theme of this site; people on the Left either have no clue as to what political conservatism is, or are so lacking in any type of intellectual arguments, that they repeatedly run and hide under the dark covers of bogus accusations. Political conservatism is essentially about the freedom and liberty of the individual. Freedom to create wealth for yourself, freedom to defend yourself, and the liberty to keep other people’s stupid life decisions from dragging you down. That’s pretty much it. Liberals are continuously trying to invade our lives through increasingly wide-spreading institutions, but when they do it, the media portrays it as selfless public service. On the other hand, if a conservative talk host mentions that the government shouldn’t be encouraging public schools to pass out contraception to fifteen year olds, he or she is labeled as a bible thumping zealot.
The monster challenge between now and the November election will be to shake up as many Democrats and “Independents” as possible. We need to get them to realize that it is the conservative philosophy which bends over backwards to defend the freedoms they take for granted every day. And as for Cowherd, somebody should tell him that it’s the Left which tries to shut down opinionated radio talk shows, not the conservatives he’s making fun of.
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