An Open Letter to Sean Hannity

Dear Sean,

I’m going to start this letter with the typical “I’m a big fan” comment that so many of the seminar callers on the left use in order to get your guard down.

In my case, it’s not a ploy, but the truth.  Years ago, before I retired and needed to get up early for work, I would, several times a week, stay up to hear your late night radio show.  Back when the beloved Marty and the bawdy Carpet Kitten used to call.

Now, to get down to business and the purpose of this letter.  While I still think you are a superb and entertaining talk show host I have begun to question where your allegiances lie.

I know what you claim and I have heard your spiel, about not being a “Republican” and that you are registered as a Conservative. You’ve said it, we’ve heard it. It rings true no more.  More and more, you should become aware, your listeners are coming to the realization that repetition does not represent certification. It’s a great tool of the left, but for you Sean, it’s not cutting it. Talk is cheap, actions prevail.

As an observer and participant in the flow of information, there appears to be no other person or commentator who represents the GOP talking points, better than you.  Having said that, it is important for you to understand that I too support the Republican ideology, but I have become more and more disenchanted with GOP political operatives and agenda.

They (GOP) continue to espouse support for grass roots organizations and conservative view points while working methodically and maliciously behind the scenes to undermine those they have not anointed.  And you Sean, are their loudest and most ardent mouth piece, despite your claims to the contrary.

The most egregious thing that you continue to do, is put that GOP operative and “muck-slinger” Karl Rove on both your radio and TV shows.  He represents himself, and you attest to it,  as an objective political analyst, when by now, you must know, as most of your audience does, that his viewpoints are carefully manipulated in support of the Republican elite to which he is indeed a full member.

During the Senate races last year, the GOP and Rove wanted their RINO friend to win the US Senate Primary in Delaware and when he lost, Rove and the Republican Party did everything they could do to see that the Democrat won the general election.  There can be no excuse for that and there is no forgiving it.  Rove was the attack dog for the “spiteful” GOP and you Sean, have been and continue to be the conduit for their agenda.

Moving on to this primary season, its clear to anyone that the GOP has promised Mitt Romney the nomination and they are doing everything they can to see that, systematically, each of his rivals are destroyed.

Romney was forced out after that fiasco of primary voter manipulation took place down in Florida in the 2008 Republican primary. It was evident that the GOP had at that time, promised the nomination to McCain. It was his turn.  Romney dropped out of that race, way too soon.  Only a fool would not see that he was promised the “next turn” if he would be a good little Republican and get out of the way.  And he did.  Now, despite the pretense of allowing the Republican voters to select their nominee, Karl Rove and the GOP, with the help of Sean Hannity, clandestinely are in full subversion mode to get the “promised one” the nomination.

Bring Rove on your show, introduce him for what he is, a functioning operative of the National Republican Party, rather than the objective viewer of the process, then at least you will be honest with your viewers and yourself.

In closing, at this point, for me its way too late for Mr. Rove.  Regardless of how he is presented, I will immediately turn off whatever show he is scheduled to appear.

Dwight Kehoe
November 29, 2011

This letter will be posted on several websites and emailed to TPATH readers as an “Open Letter”

Dwight Kehoe is a long-time business owner in the construction industry.  He is a great American who became a leader with the Bayshore Tea Party, and started the Tea Party Advocacy Tracking Hub (TPATH) to help Tea Party groups stay informed and connected. 

11 Responses to “An Open Letter to Sean Hannity”

  1. Bravo!!  I have been saying this for a long time now, and was hoping someone would write what I think.  I have stopped listening to Sean for this reason.

  2. You are upset with Sean because he let’s and/or even likes Karl Rove? What if Sean truly thinks he’s a brilliant strategist? Not to say he is, but what if Sean thinks that? What if Sean (GASP!) actually had friends who were ardently liberal? Would he be less of a conservative for that?

    I don’t me to be condescending, I just don’t understand why Sean is being called out here? He worked his way up, created a show and a brand for himself, has gained success and has been true the to the conservative movement. Why throw him under the buss because of Karl Rove?

    Is Karl Rove an establishment player? Yep! Is Sean? C’mon… really? No way. Whom he chooses to bring on his show is up to him. Let’s not eat our own. 

  3. You have some valid points. However, I think the writer’s overriding point here is that Karl Rove has already been doing what you don’t like: eating our own. Instead of remaining neutral, he’s actually bashing the candidates who best reflect Republican values.

  4. . . .

    Encore ! 

    A core conservative value is freedom, with a free market principle among such values.

    Yet Sean Hannity is a man who works for an oligarch, a man who represents media interests in a worldwide and ever evolving network of oligarchy. Proof ? From the 1980s, media interests in the United States of America went from about 85 different companies, to the current half dozen. 

    Similar story across all economic sectors. In the USA and nearly everywhere else.

    Is that a free market, Sean, matey ?

    . . .

  5. It’s not an attempt to stifle “free expression,” but an appeal that Sean Hannity stop facilitating Karl Rove’s attempts to promote “the self-annihilation” of the GOP.

    Rove is the one who is bashing candidates who reflect GOP values, in favor of those who don’t reflect them very well or actually reflect the values of the opposition.

    It isn’t conservatives who are harming the GOP; the GOP has a conservative ideology and platform. Conservatives just want the party back on track and consistent with its values. It is liberal RINOs like Rove, Romney and the gang who are behaving contrary to the party’s principles and are undermining the GOP.

  6. I’m sorry, but, the “conservative ideology and platform” aren’t the whole of the GOP. Much the same as liberalism and/or socialism are not the whole of the Democratic Party.

    If there is to be any progress at all in the efforts to cure the ales of this Country, there is going to have to be give and take. Yes, that means people like Mr. Rove are going to say and do things not in complete alignment to the “platform” of the GOP. However, I fear this constant ‘my way or the highway’ approach by the very vocal social conservative element within the GOP is really only going to further factionalize this party; driving many more of the independents within it to abandon ship altogether. I think we’re already beginning to see this occur with recent reports that some of the more moderate, lower ranking Republican Presidential candidates are not so shyly, or ‘slyly’ ruling out a third party effort; depending on whom the GOP ultimately nominates.

    In any case, because Mr. Rove has an opinion on certain things is reason enough for everyone to have an ear to what he is saying. Just because one does not agree with his brand of politics and tactics is not reason enough to leave his thinking from the unwary. He’s a masterful manipulator and a very intelligent person. Learning from what the says is much more beneficial (i’m not saying you must agree with him) than not hearing him at all. Especially because of the status he holds. 

  7. It would be nice if Sean and the other talkers in mainline media would say something about S.1867!

  8. No, I’m sorry, but conservative ideology is the whole of the GOP.

    Have you ever bothered reading what the Republican Party believes, or its platform? I don’t think you have, because if you had, you would know that the GOP platform is a conservative platform.

    The Republican principles that every serious Republican should be familiar with are also very clearly conservative principles:

    I Believe… The proper function of government is to do for the people those things that have to be done but cannot be done, or cannot be done as well, by individuals, and that the most effective government is government closest to the people.

    I Believe… Good government is based upon the individual and that each person’s ability, dignity, freedom, and responsibility must be honored and recognized.

    I Believe… The free enterprise and the encouragement of individual initiative and incentive have given this nation an economic system second to none.

    I Believe… Sound money management should be our goal.

    I Believe… In equal right, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, age, sex or national origin.

    I Believe… We must retain those principles of the past worth retaining, yet always be receptive to new ideas with an outlook broad enough to accommodate thoughtful change and varying points of view.

    I Believe… That Americans value and should preserve their feeling of national strength and pride, and at the same time share with people everywhere a desire for peace and freedom and the extension of human rights throughout the world.

    I Believe… The Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.

    You should read the Democrat platform as well: While there is more than enough there to illustrate that it is overwhelmingly liberal, I will admit that there are some pure BS statements that give the appearance of conservative leanings in some areas–these are easily revealed as total and complete bunk every time a Democrat figure speaks on these topics, because we only hear Leftist bilge then.

    You’re right that there will have to be some giving and taking to cure the ills of our country. Conservatives have been giving way to the Left for several decades, and the current mess is the result. So now it’s time for the Left (inside and outside the GOP) to give way to conservatives so we can fix this great nation and get it firmly back on the founding principles that made us the greatest nation on earth.

    The Right has compromised with evil for far too long. When you compromise with evil you don’t get part good, you just get more evil. And the liberal agenda is evil and corrosive to our country from start to finish.

    Rove is about power and very little else. Had he been about advancing the Republican agenda, we would have seen tremendous strides in getting our country back on track from 2001-2006 when Republicans had the White House, Senate and House. Instead, we got almost entirely more liberalism (massive spending, bigger government, etc), albeit at a slower pace than the Democrats would have done it (as Obama and the Dem congress proved 2009-2010). And because Republicans did not behave in a principled manner–even after we gave Bush another 4 years in 2004), Republican voters said “Enough” and left the GOP hanging out to dry in 2006.

    We need Republicans of principle, Republicans who are committed to the conservative principles that form the heart of our party, who will not compromise with evil.

    When you’re headed for a cliff, the smart thing isn’t to just slow down a little, but to change direction entirely.

  9. You’re right, Steve. S 1867 is passing in the Senate. You know that they passed the indefinite detention of American citizens the other day, and today they passed the abolishing of sodomy and bestiality–today! We’re in BIG trouble. That’s all.

  10. I agree that Rove is undermining conservative candidates (read: Constitution supporting candidates) for years.  I do NOT agree that Sean is doing the same.  This is the PRE-pre-Primary Season afterall and I believe he is simply giving time to any and all who are willing to come on the show.

    I believe it is true, however, that he is not being genuine in simply advertising Rove the way he bills himself (a political observer) as opposed to still being an operative for the Elites in the Republican party.

    In other words, my beef lies far less with Sean than with Rove.

  11. I agree.