“The time has come, the walrus said, to speak of many things, of sailing ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings.” This column is going to focus on one particular self-anointed king. No, I am not referring to the self-anointed savior, Ted Cruz, I am referring to Rush Limbaugh.
As anyone who wants to keep abreast with things going on in the world around us, I listen, read, or otherwise research all sides of politics. Yes, that includes stomach turning places like Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and Glen Beck. Remember, you cannot defeat the enemy if you don’t know what he is up to.
I think the difference is that unlike many of my progressive friends, I actually laugh out loud when listening to the bloviated Rush. Somehow I seem to realize that he doesn’t believe a single thing that comes out of his vulgar mouth. He is not interested in the country. He is not even interested in his listeners. He is only interested in two things: ratings and money!
Now, in case you didn’t notice, I did not write anything yesterday. I must admit the reason was because I was calming down from one of Rush’s latest rants. I will explain a little later what that was. But, I didn’t want to write anything when I was in such a state of anger.
In case anyone is wondering how idiots like Rush have been able to spill their vile onto the airwaves, you only need to go back to the wonderful Reagan Years. In 1987 the FCC repealed the “Fairness Doctrine”. The Fairness Doctrine had required that stations provide free air time for responses to any controversial opinions that were broadcast. The repeal meant stations could broadcast editorial commentary without having to present opposing views. Daniel Henninger wrote, in a Wall Street Journal editorial, “Ronald Reagan tore down this wall (the Fairness Doctrine) in 1987 … and Rush Limbaugh was the first man to proclaim himself liberated from the East Germany of liberal media domination.” And the fun started in earnest!
His controversial comments has spanned the years, but his most outrageous ones really started in the 2000’s. One item that is not normally listed as a controversial comment is his continuous ranting about “family values” and how the breakdown of the family is ruining traditional American values. I really find it amusing that someone who has been married four times keeps talking about family values.
In 2006 he said that Michael J Fox had “exaggerated” the effects of his Parkinson’s Disease in a political TV ad advocating for funding for stem cell research. Limbaugh said that Fox in the ad had been “shameless” in “moving all around and shaking”, and Fox had not taken “his medication or he’s acting, one of the two”. Limbaugh later said he would apologize to Fox “bigley and hugely…if I am wrong in characterizing his behavior on this commercial as an act”. Of course, he never did.
In 2007, he accused Iraq War Veterans who opposed the war as being “phony” soldiers. This is really rich coming from someone who never wore the uniform. As a matter of fact, he dropped out of college in the 1970s only after he was “free” from the draft when it was abolished. The only thing phony about the Iraq War was W.’s lies that got us into the war in the first place and Rush’s lies to help keep it going!
Then last year he went after a Georgetown University Law Center Student, Sandra Fluke. She gave a speech to congress advocating for mandating contraceptives in insurance coverage. The great four-time married family value guy called her a “slut” and “prostitute” for her actions. He even went so far as to say she “should tape her sex acts so we could all watch”. Even though several political figures, including surprisingly Republicans, expressed their disapproval, he continued making such statements over the next few days. That actually led to a lot of his local and national sponsors pulling their ads from the show. When that happened, he apologized on his show for some of his comments. Never did specify which comments for which he was apologizing.
One of his many hyprocisies came to light on April 28, 2006 when a warrant was issued for his arrest on the charge of doctor shopping. Prosecutors explained that the charges were brought after they discovered he received about 2,000 painkillers, prescribed by four doctors in six months, at a pharmacy near his Palm Beach mansion. In 2009, after 3 years of prolonged discussion regarding a settlement, prosecutors agreed to drop the charge if Limbaugh paid $30,000 to defray the cost of the investigation, completed an 18-month therapy regimen with his physician, submitted to random drug testing, and gave up his right to own a firearm for eighteen months.
Before his addiction came out, he had condemned illegal drug use saying that “Drug use, some might say, is destroying this country… And so if people are violating the law by doing drugs, they ought to be accused and they ought to be convicted and they ought to be sent up.” Seems he really didn’t believe what he said or he would have “been sent up”.
To add to his hypocrisy, in June 2006, just two months after his arrest, Limbaugh was detained by drug enforcement agents at Palm Beach International Airport. Customs officials confiscated Viagra from Limbaugh’s luggage as he was returning from the Dominican Republic. The prescription was not in Limbaugh’s name. After he was released with no charges filed, Limbaugh joked about the incident on his radio show, claiming that he got the Viagra at the Clinton Library and was told they were blue M&M’s. He also stated that “I had a great time in the Dominican Republic. Wish I could tell you about it.”
I don’t know about you, but I find it disturbing that a major political party uses a drug addict as their primary spokesperson.
Now we come to what angered me. A couple of days ago, my wife and I were watching some news shows and there was the spineless Rush ranting about the NFL and their monthly recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness during October. As you all know, many of the players wear something pink during the games to show their support to finding a cure.
There was Rush bloviating about how disgusting it was to see NFL players wearing pink for a whole month. He even went on to say this was an example of the “chickafication of America”. Really??? Showing support for a deadly disease that has wrecked thousands of lives and families is simply the “chickafication of America”??
This is a disease that often strikes without warning. One day everything is fine, and the next there is a lump in a woman’s breast. Everything changes from that point on. The fear and anxiety are simply unbelievable. We went through this in 1985. We were the fortunate ones because the lump in my wife turned out to be benign. But we experienced what everyone in this situation does. It is no joking matter.
My mother and my sister-in-law are both breast cancer survivors! When I heard those “chickafication of America” words come out of that drug addicted, fat, ignorant asshole’s mouth, I hit the roof. How dare he trivialize such a devastating disease!
That is when I came to the realization that the King must go! I know that the FCC is more or less powerless to pull his license, which in my opinion it should. But we can do something about it. I am asking everyone who has gone through this, knows someone who has gone through this, or simply supports those who have gone through it to start an email and phone campaign to his sponsors. We need to boycott every sponsor of this arrogant defiler in order to get him off the air for good.
It is apparent that he has absolutely no use for anyone except himself. His on-air comments shows that he hates African-Americans, Latino Immigrants, Women, Clean Air, Gays and Lesbians, and of course Drug Addicts (excluding himself). True Americans may disagree, but they do NOT hate simply because you are different. If you wish to join in this cause, there is a website called “stoprush.net” where you can get a list of sponsors, It even gives email addresses to use. I know I’ll be there a lot sending emails to sponsors. Will you join me?