Sunday, February 8, 2009

Ranting about Rush

Rush LimbaughUntil recently I didn’t know who Rush Limbaugh was, but the name always sounded familiar. After doing some research (Googling), I wish the truth stayed a mystery.

Here are a few genius quotes/reasons why:

"Feminism was established to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream."

"He is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He's moving all around and shaking and it's purely an act." (on Michael J. Fox)

"You ever heard of the need to blow some steam off?" (on Abu Ghraib)

"The only way to reduce the number of nuclear weapons is to use them."

"The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it."

"There are more acres of forestland in America today than when Columbus discovered the continent in 1492."

But he can’t be a complete moron right? After all, he’s the highest paid syndicated radio host ($33 million in 2007) and "the number one voice of conservativatism".

Rush Limbaugh audience chart
Wait – does that mean ALL conservatives defend torture, promote sexism, encourage homophobia, uphold racism, abuse drugs, mock other people’s illnesses, and possess the inability to fact-check? I just can't believe that, but with the powerful influence Limbaugh has, I really hope no one starts to.

Not surprisingly, and in addition to Limbaugh’s “magic negro” and “I hope he fails” comments, Barack Obama has urged Republicans to stop listening to Limbaugh’s show because he believes it will only separate the two parties – and Americans – further.

Of course, this caused Limbaugh to retaliate: “Now this is the great unifier. This is the man who’s going to unify everybody and usher in a new era of bi-partisanship and love.”

Granted, Obama may be considered a hypocrite for promoting unity while asking people to separate themselves from this brand of thinking, but how can a country be unified (change) when there’s hate for all those non-male, non-white, and non-American spewing out through the airwaves?

Obama cartoon
If there’s one more reason not to admire Limbaugh (there are several, but I’m just naming one), it’s his “clever” attempts at rewriting the dictionary. For example: “Bigot: someone who wins an argument with a liberal.”

Being a fan of the old-fashioned dictionary myself, I feel I should point out that if Limbaugh labels himself as a "bigot," his picture would also appear beside the word "maniac."

And bigots don’t win arguments. They start them.

(Chart: Pew Research Center)

1 comment:

  1. Rush is truly a terrible character. I can't help but think that he was actively aware of his ridiculousness at some point, but just went off the deep-end. No one is quite as hypocritical as Rush, as evidenced during the "I hope he fails" era in comparison to the blind-patriotism era under Bush.

    I know he is trying to keep his ultra-conservative base going, but he seems to take his act too far.