CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Air America is falling silent across the land. Few listeners. It is already gone in SW Ohio. There is a protest brewing to save Franken & Co. in Columbus because of Ohio's importance as a bellwether state in presidential elections. It's a good argument to make.
Rush Limbaugh and his crowd have their place and role in national politics. Whether one agrees or disagrees with the underlying philosophy, Limbaugh adds to the political discourse of American democracy and helps keep it vibrant. Frankly, Limbaugh probably is more successful as an entertainer/talker/bloviator/spinmaster than political master-yakker.
The left should have its spot on the dial as well. Even if one is a conservative zealot, one should believe in free speech, open discourse, and advocacy. Why be afraid of the other side throwing oral punches? Give, take, dodge, weave. That is what makes our system strong and the envy of the world. Besides, it is good to know what politicians are thinking and their radio shills are saying. It keeps everyone informed.
There is a protest rally scheduled and petitions to sign and all who believe in a vigorous democracy probably ought to check it out. Air America may not be your cup of tea -- but it is a political voice -- and those should be preserved.