Thursday, 5 March 2009

Rush Limbore

Rush Limbaugh is a bore! A mammoth-sized, cigar chewing, ego-maniacal, misogynistic, race-baiting, self-important, narcissistic, pompous gasbag! This man's radio show, which boasts 20 million listeners weekly, (according to Rush himself) has become a dumping ground for the ignorant; a group of people who are either unable or uninterested in forming thoughtful, concise and reasoned conservative thoughts. Rush affectionately calls his audience dittoheads; a term that I associate with a group of automatons that have no personal means of self-expression. Call me crazy, but isn't that an insult?

It is with incredible amusement that I have been watching Rush's recent, but not so meteoric, rise from blowhard to de-facto Republican leader. The mainstream media has been quick to jump all over his speech at CPAC and his recent ridiculousness about wanting the president to fail. Yesterday, in a typical flurry of megalomania, Rush actually challenged the president to a debate. The democrats are eating this stuff up and are pushing the idea of Rush as the leader of the Republican party, because it further banishes the elephants to the political wilderness in which they find themselves. If the right wing-nuts want to appoint this manufacturer of wind to lead them out of the political desert and back into the halls of power, who are we to argue? But, they should at the very least be acutely aware of the asshole to which they have hitched their wagons. Here is Rush in his own words.

“He’s trying to figure out how he can get involved in the deal down there at Duke where the lacrosse team…supposedly, you know, raped, some, uh, hos.” [31/3/06]

LIMBAUGH: "Hey, Barack Obama has picked up another endorsement: Halfrican American actress Halle Berry. "As a Halfrican American, I am honored to have Ms. Berry's support, as well as the support of other Halfrican Americans," Obama said.

He didn't say it, but -- anyway, there are those out there -- greetings."

Discussing Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) speech following her election as the country's first female speaker of the House, Limbaugh stated on January 5, 2007: "[L]ook at Ms. Pelosi. Why, she can multitask. She can breastfeed, she can clip her toenails, she can direct the House, all while the kids are sitting on her lap at the same time."

This is the man who consistently uses the term feminazis to describe feminists. This is a man who said that Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama simply because he is black. This is a man who says that African American contestants on Survivor are at a disadvantage because "blacks can't swim." This is a man who accused acclaimed actor and activist Michael J. Fox of exaggerating his Parkinson's symptoms for political gain. (He then went on to actually demonstrate Mr. Fox's tremors and tics.) The late, great columnist Molly Ivins reported:
On his TV show, early in the Clinton administration, Limbaugh put up a picture of Socks, the White House cat, and asked, "Did you know there's a White House dog?" Then he put up a picture of Chelsea Clinton, who was 13 years old at the time and as far as I know had never done any harm to anyone.

This is a man who thinks sexism, racism, fraternity behaviour, multiple divorces, prescription drug addiction, and conspiracy theories are all just "entertainment". He is just a harmless, lovable scamp who won't play victim for the "female white new castrati" 

Are we having fun yet? 

Rush Limbaugh is an affront to conservatism, and this is coming from a dedicated liberal. A true two party system needs two healthy and viable options from which to intelligently choose. If this is the best that the Republicans can do, then enjoy the boondocks red voters. You will be there for a while yet.

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