The brochure promises "the grand company of luminaries," and calls for all like-minded souls to congregate on a luxury cruise around the Mediterranean. For 14,000 dollars you and your significant other can sail the high seas with conservative royalty Karl Rove and Co.
When passengers aren’t busy partaking of the endless buffets and sunning themselves on their own private veranda they can cruise into the inner recesses of Karl Rove’s mind during "an exclusive cocktail reception."
All this aboard the beautiful Holland America’s Noordam or as the GOP could call it, the "S.S. We-Might-As-Well-Go-Down-With-Drink-In-Hand"
When you think about it, a cruise ship could be the perfect place for underscoring a Rove/ Limbaugh philosophy. In fact, these gentlemen might say a cruise ship makes for a perfect microcosm of conservative society.
Consider life on a cruise ship and compare:
Society needs hierarchy:
Father knows best and so does the Captain. Information from the bridge comes on a need to know basis. Complaints, criticism are insubordinate.
Beautiful women make the best messengers:
Think Sarah Palin, the women of Fox News and the recent conservative hero "Miss California." When these women say that corporations need more tax benefits not less, that civil rights should be limited, and healthcare is a privilege not a right, it just sounds better, softens the message if you will sort of like "Limbo on the Lido!"
Do not go down below:
Working conditions on a cruise ship are very hush hush. Many crewmembers work 12-14 hours a day seven days a week for about four hundred dollars a month, and yet I can almost hear Rush now " If crewmembers were meant to be lounging on the deck enjoying the drink of the day Peachaliscious, they would have worked harder. And don’t they have flat screen televisions and cell phones anyway? "
Who cares about the environment, we are having a good time!
According to a recent NY Times article, cruise ships emit twice as much carbon dioxide as airplanes and a one week voyage produces about 250,000 gallons of sewage, all of which gets dumped into the seas. Concentrations of bacteria, chlorine, metals and other pollutants are affecting marine life. But there’s limbo on the Lido.
It should be noted that liberals have had many cruises with their "luminaries," and that conditions aboard these luxury liners are rapidly improving regarding their employees and the environment, but that said, we still wouldn’t want to fashion a society after one.
Fun may be had up on the Lido Deck but without extreme authoritarianism any trouble down below will eventually find it’s way up and vice versa. Although some conservatives choose to ignore it, the fact remains that we as a nation, and as a planet, are all very much in the same boat.
Bon voyage Karl Rove, bon voyage.