Last month I wrote a column slamming a popular talk radio host here in South Florida. Joyce Kaufman is tough to listen to if you have any common sense and don’t buy into extreme rightwing absurdities. As I’ve said all along, I have no problem with genuine conservatives as I have some conservative beliefs, but like the tea bagger movement taking over the Republican Party, the extreme right, in general, has shouted down any common sense conservatives. Even Ronald Reagan seems moderate compared to this crowd. Everyday on WFTL, (Ft Lauderdale), there is the Joyce Kaufman Show. She’s over the top on most anything she talks about (which is mainly herself). This is what got her booted out from becoming the Chief of Staff to incoming Congressman, Allen West. Too bad because I was hoping the radio station would replace her with someone less cartoonish and moronic. I always thought the Atlantic Coast of Florida was more progressive, but I guess I was wrong.
Kaufman is one of these loudmouth dolts who consistently has to prove how tough she is, and how “bonded” she is with the extreme right: it makes for good job security on the radio…but obviously not in congress. West had to let her go before she was officially on the job. Kaufman appears at tea party rallies and chants the usual garbage about 2nd amendment rights: it’s always about guns with these people. Nobody is going to take your guns away but it’s a cheap shot (pun intended) to get these righties riled up…and it always works (hence, the idiots who were taking guns to political rallies). At some rally in the recent campaign, Kaufman shot her loud mouth off as she usually does by saying something about the founding fathers (it always goes back to them as though inducing their image garners some credibility no matter how absurd their point is…like always bringing up the Constitution). Kaufman’s problems now relate to a specific comment related to her ad nauseam rant but she ended with”…”And if ballots don’t work…bullets will”. Sounds really tough doesn’t it? Except Joyce Kaufman is not going to arm herself now or in the near future to do anything a ballot wouldn’t do. These are just empty words to people with brains. To idiots who lap up every two-bit piece of tough talk by nerdy radio hosts who play it rough (verbally), this is red meat. Joyce Kaufman helps with the dumbing down of America. Morons like her get paid well to spew out nonsense. The fools that listen and buy into this kind of empty rhetoric, really believe it. America always has one crop that will never be destroyed and that is the mass of nuts who believe everything they see and hear in the media. One radio host’s call to arms might just set off one of these twirps into doing something insane. You can’t prove it, but I’d venture to suggest that more than one killer of abortion doctors were set off by such maniacal talk.
Kaufman loves to talk about herself. She goes on and on about her busy schedule and the rallies she needs to attend. I can’t listen very long, but since I write about politics (and I happen to be in Florida) I listen for a few minutes and then just have to turn it off. This woman is just making a living, but the poor slobs who buy into all this is the scary part. I lived in California years ago and learned quickly the mess that was taking place at the border. I was aghast at the fact that illegal aliens could cross the border into America, birth a baby, and that child would be considered a natural born citizen: it’s insane! Do I want that stopped? Yes! Do I want the border controlled? Yes! I always thought (& stated on my former radio show) that George W. Bush should’ve used the 9/11 attack as a reason to secure the border, but that he didn’t get serious on that until his own base started getting angry about illegal immigration. Joyce Kaufman has to show just how gutsy she is by stating illegal aliens, convicted of a crime while in the United States, should be hanged. Do you see what I mean about the cheap use of inflamed rhetoric to get the masses stirred up?
Maybe Allen West decided, as he moves to Washington to become a member of congress, that it would be better, politically, to NOT have a Joyce Kaufman represent his office. Good first move. Kaufman might be a better tool to have in the media woodshed anyway. She can blab on incessently about how good West and all the (rightwing-is there any other anymore?) Republicans are doing in the new Congress: that’s what they do on rightwing radio: cheerlead about their side, no matter how they perform. I don’t consider myself an extremist. I look at each issue, and decide on its merits or its defects which way to go: isn’t that the way decisions should be considered, rather than having some preordained agenda that might make no sense (like continuing on the Bush era tax cuts for the wealthiest 1-2%?…or not revising Medicare or Social Security…or the Defense budget?)
America is in for a rude awakening when it comes to cleaning up our economic mess. We can’t just go along as if major changes don’t need to be engaged, sooner than later. Compromise will surely be a key ingredient with our new, divided government or we’ll fail to progress. I have no problem with divided government because maybe it’s healthier than one party rule. Having the extremists in the media, like Joyce Kaufman, don’t really add to the political discussion when she blabs incessantly about extremist ideas like bullets over ballots. What does that really mean anyway? Are you going to shoot people when you don’t get your way? There doesn’t seem to be much of any logical talk radio hosts locally in South Florida, so I listen to NPR. Now that I’ve relayed that point, most will think I’m a big liberal. Actually I think talk radio and TV is much more interesting when all sides have a chance to debate. That’s what’s lacking in today’s media and it’s too bad. I’m not sure what the future holds, and maybe that’s a good thing because the present is not looking too good. As with so many times in the past, we are coming to another fork in the road: a change in congress, wars to fight, issues to discuss, propose and deal with. Americans are generally hopeful because the opposite is too dreary to live with everyday. All I know is, there’s got to be a better messenger of hope, deliverance and reality than the Joyce Kaufman’s of the world. I think Allen West made the right…or should I say…the correct decision not hiring Kaufman. Next time I move, I think I’ll check the media and political climate before I settle in: after living in Cincinnati, and now South Florida, I think I’ve had all the extremism I can handle for one lifetime.