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Rush to Judgement May 12, 2009

Posted by Kate Ryan in Economy, National Politics, Racism, Rush Limbaugh.
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rush_limbaugh_350_31Count me as one person who took a sharp intake of breath and uttered an “uh-oh” when Wanda Sykes skewered Rush Limbaugh at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner on Saturday.   I absolutely knew what a shitstorm of controversy would rain down over her comments – even though I personally share them.  Not only Republican moderates give Rush a wide berth – so do may of us liberals.  The man is a menace – and dangerous.

Limbaugh is dangerous because the audience he panders to is simmering with rage these days.  Under-educated and under-employed white males with guns.  These are scary people, even in the best of times.  In uncertain times like we’re in now, they have become terrifying.  The Department of Homeland Security took a lot of heat for saying that individuals like that bear scrutiny, but remember, until 9-11, the greatest terrorist attack committed on American soil was perpetrated by an under-educated and under-employed white guy with guns and a grudge.

Limbaugh is very successful at what he does.  He throws red meat to this reactionary and religious base and whips them into a frenzy that will consume everything in its path.  So far this year, he has publicly humiliated and disgraced several moderate Republicans, including Michael Steele, Chairman of his own party.  The latest to be thrown under the Limbaugh bus is former Secretary of State General Colin Powell.  No matter how badly Powell was used by the Bush administration, he is an honorable person; a person who spent 30 years of his life wearing the uniform of the United States and sworn to protect us.  The only stain on his otherwise stellar career is the Bush Administration orchestrated speech before the U.N. with manufactured intelligence.  Rush has rather forcefully demanded that Powell leave the Republican party – a position supported by the Prince of Darkness himself, former V.P. Dick Cheney.  Both Limbaugh and Cheney have used thinly-veiled racist propaganda to prove their points; Powell endorsed Obama for President because they are both black and Democrats.

Limbaugh is no stranger to racism.  His career as a football commentator was cut short for saying that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was held to a different (read – lower) performance standard because he was black.  He dismissed General Powell’s endorsement of Obama because he is black.  He gleefully played a recording of “Barack the Magic Negro” over and over on his radio show.  The latest nugget of Rush racism came yesterday on his radio show.

According to Limbaugh, President Obama wants unemployment.  According to Rush, more unemployment means more welfare benefits, and food stamps, and the expansion of the welfare state.  Then, in a stunningly racist comment says, “And the objective is to take the nation’s wealth and return to it to the nation’s quote, “rightful owners.” Think reparations. Think forced reparations here if you want to understand what actually is going on.”

My inclination as a liberal is to just ignore this crazy, right-wing gas-bag, but I just can’t anymore.  Limbaugh is creating a festering climate for those “American History X” skinheads that make up his listening public.  I am joining the boycott against Limbaugh’s advertisers.  We must all take a stand and finally neutralize this threat if we hope to see our country succeed.

Please see Blog Me No Blogs for a good listing of Limbaugh’s advertisers.



1. Federal Farmer - October 12, 2009

Very interesting! In case you are interested, here is a link to my posting today on the incident and free speech http://soozah.wordpress.com/2009/10/12/rush-limbough-on-the-banking-queen-and-the-magic-negro/

2. cosanostradamus - May 19, 2009

Thanks for the link. There’s also a link now for complaints to the FCC & the FEC. Let’s get rid of this creep.


3. Rush to Judgement - May 12, 2009

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