Saturday, January 16, 2010

Limbaugh Out of Line

Usually I reserve my Saturday posts for something funny or interesting that has come up in the news, but somehow, that just doesn’t seem right today as the folks in Haiti continue to dig out and try to reclaim some form of normalcy following the devastating earthquake that struck Port-Au-Prince on Tuesday.

It was a disaster, as Hillary Clinton put it, of “biblical” proportion, and the poorest country of the Western Hemisphere took a direct hit. President Obama has been at the forefront of helping our brothers and sisters in need in Haiti, and America has followed him. The President has shown tremendous leadership.

I had been trying to avoid the political side of this fray, but, I can no more. I feel compelled to talk about the big mouth of one particular conservative leader, Rush Limbaugh. Unfortunately, he has an enormous throng of followers that gets its news from his very narrow prism. It’s a prism which is tinted by racism and a very skewed view of society.

Limbaugh has cemented and underlined who he truly is by his comments in the wake of the earthquake. While Haitians struggle for survival and the United States takes the lead in providing aid and comfort to a friendly nation in need, Limbaugh has decided to uncork political criticism and direct it at one of his most hated targets, President Barack Obama.

In very racial terms, Limbaugh accused President Obama of being a political opportunist saying that he was only trying to increase his standing as a humanitarian and thus bolstering his standing in the “light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country.”

The comments have been widely panned with everyone from fellow conservatives Joe Scarborough and even Pat Buchanan saying that Limbaugh went too far. That didn’t stop the self-proclaimed “El Rushbo” from continuing to sharpen his knife against the President. On his show Thursday, Limbaugh said, “Everything this president sees is a political opportunity, including Haiti, and he will use it to burnish his credentials with minorities in this country and around the world, and to accuse Republicans of having no compassion,”

Well, Republicans do have compassion. According to Keith Olbermann, Sean Hannity is even encouraging people to donate and help the tragedy-stricken country with, unbelievably, a now-homeless President. Olbermann reported several other conservative leaning websites had set up links to the Red Cross’ website and were encouraging visitors to donate to Haitian earthquake relief. Yet Limbaugh seemed to encourage people NOT to donate, ““We've already donated to Haiti. It’s called the U.S. income tax.”

Rush, I’m talking to you now. I know you read my blog, so let’s pull in close here and talk.

You ready? Ok? Here goes…

Conservatives DO have compassion, but you, sir, have none. It’s unbelievable that you had a heart scare a few weeks ago because clearly you have no heart. It must have been a hoax. I only hope that your advertisers and your audience are both smarter than you think and that they leave you in droves.

It’s ironic that you are calling Obama the opportunist here. Clearly, you are projecting your own inadequacies onto him. You, sir, are the opportunist. You, sir, are the one trying to score points and make this horrible tragedy into some sort of political football that can be tossed around.

What makes this scary is that, if Al Franken were right, we could write you off as a "big fat idiot." Unfortunately, I think you are just the opposite. You are incredibly intelligent with little to no common sense. I don’t ever, for one minute, think you are doing anything you haven’t premeditated. Thus, it’s only fair to claim that, in this blogger’s opinion, you know exactly what buttons you are pushing. One day...maybe not WILL COST YOU! You give conservatives a worse name.

1 comment:

Marycatherine Barton said...

Thank you for speaking so clearly about the calumny of Rush Limbaugh, Jon. His remarks were very disturbing!