Important But Lesser-Known America Anniversaries

This August marks the 30th anniversary of Rush Limbaugh being the first racist, wingnut gasbag to be syndicated nationwide and beginning his ascent to the position of the semi-official Voice of the Republican Party.

That's right.  Three continuous decades of this carbuncle on the ass of America democracy --

-- sharting his racist drivel into the skulls of millions of Crazy Uncle Liberties one day, and hearing it pour out of their mouths as the gospel truth the next.

But take heart, fellow patriots, because 29 years later some of the Beltway's most elite observers are beginning to sit up and take notice!

This September will mark the 28th anniversary of this unheeded and long-forgotten warning from The New York Times
The Politics of Slash and Burn
The group is Gopac, the G.O.P. Political Action Committee. Its general chairman is Representative Newt Gingrich. With the pamphlet, ''Language: A Key Mechanism of Control,'' comes a letter from Mr. Gingrich himself. Its message to candidates: Step up invective. Use words like these to describe opponents. These words work.

Mr. Gingrich's injunction represents the worst of American political discourse...

The Gopac glossary may herald a descent into even lower levels of discourse. It comes blessed by a politician of some influence - the Republican whip in the House - and it is intended for candidates on the state level, many of them presumably running for the first time. Even though Mr. Gingrich himself may not have seen the list before it was mailed, this is a disturbing document.

The nakedness of the Gopac offering also makes it useful. There must be limits to the negative politics that voters will bear...

We know this warning went unheeded because this November will mark the 24th anniversary of the Republican party officially crediting Rush Limbaugh with their 1994 takeover of the House.

Leaping ahead a couple of decades because it's my blog and I can do that., October 22nd will mark the 3rd anniversary of this 100th public demonstration of the inerrant political wisdom of Bill Kristol:

And for those of you keeping score at home, this May was the 2rd anniversary of all of those Republican thought leaders, columnists, elected officials and pundits who literally owe their careers to the poison crop Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich planted all those decades ago finally noticing that -- holy shit! -- their Republican party is full of Rush Limbaugh Republicans!

Behold, a Tip Jar!