Rush Goes Too Far…Again

When Bill Clinton and Harry Reid let slip a couple of maybe-sorta-kinda racist remarks I can pretty easily give them the benefit of the doubt.  A comment has to be pretty blatant before I will judge a man’s character based on it.  In many of the so-called racist comments that have been scrutinized over the past year or so, a perfectly reasonable alternative interpretation can be derived from them with relative ease.  I’m willing to bet that Mr. Clinton was speaking to Barack Obama’s experience in Washington when he said he would be “getting them coffee.”  I think Reid’s comments were actually quite intelligent (oh Goddess, there’s that icky feeling again) when speaking about Barack Obama’s dialect.  He DOES have an amazing ability to speak to multiple cultures and sound like a part of the fabric of that community.  Though ill-worded, I see nothing blatantly racist or insensitive in these remarks.

HOWEVER…I cannot say that for the recent comments about the earthquake in Haiti made my Rush Limbaugh.  Limbaugh’s comments, which can be found in this article, were nothing more than disrespectful dribble and that’s all there is to it.  Now, I’m a big fan of talk radio.  I love having it on in my car on the way to and from work every day.  However, I usually have to turn to another station when it’s time for Limbaugh’s show because there isn’t enough room in my Toyota Corolla for me and Rush’s ego to all fit.  I knew the man was full of himself but there are some things that you just SHOULDN’T use as a political attack point.

What happened in Haiti is beyond tragic.  Close to 50,000 people died and life for those who survived will never be the same again.  Aid is slow coming due to backups at the airport and people are wondering the streets amongst the rubble that was once their homes and the rotting corpses that were once their loved ones.  I can’t imagine a worse hell than that.

So what were Mr. Limbaugh’s comments about the ordeal?  Well, let’s quote the news article:

Speaking on his radio show Wednesday, Limbaugh said the earthquake has played into Obama’s hands, allowing the president to look “compassionate” and “humanitarian” while at the same time bolstering his standing in both the “light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country.”  He added: “We’ve already donated to Haiti. It’s called the U.S. income tax.”

I don’t even care if any of that is true, that’s a despicable thing to say, period.  Is that really all you can think about when you think about the suffering these people are enduring?  When have you had to go through anything even as remotely difficult as this in your entire life?  It makes me physically ill to see such comments in the wake of such a tragedy.

This is like the people right after 9/11 who were talking about the event being a government conspiracy and trying to get people riled up to your cause.  I don’t care if you thought that or not, that is NOT THE TIME TO DISCUSS IT!

Now, I’m not saying that Rush should have any kind of legal penalty for his actions.  There is still free speech in this country and he has the right to say whatever he wants on his show.  However, I think the people should react by turning their radios off.  I always try to push people to be more active capitalists (as I do in this post) and this is how you do it.  Don’t support businesses or organizations that do things you don’t approve of.  It’s as simple as turning the dial on the radio; no need for the government to get involved and pass that awful fairness doctrine again.

To the people of Haiti, words cannot express how deeply sorry I am for all that you are going through.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all in this terrible time.

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