According to Wikipedia, Rush Hudson Limbaugh was born on January 12, 1951 in a small town in Missouri. After dropping out of college he moved to Pennsylvania. He got a job as a Top 40 disk jockey with a small AM station in the Pittsburgh area. He eventually worked at a few different stations in that same geographic area until being fired in 1974. The management of that station told him that” he would never make it as an on-air talent and should consider going into sales”. In 1988 Limbaugh began broadcasting his show nationally from radio station WABC in New York City. He currently lives in Palm Beach, Florida,and broadcasts the The Rush Limbaugh Show, from Palm Beach. Limbaugh’s show is the highest-rated talk-radio program in the United States. Talkers Magazine in 2012 lists Limbaugh as the most-listened-to talk show host with a weekly audience of 15 million.
These stats say less about Rush Limbaugh than they do about what’s happening in this country today. Limbaugh has made a career of pandering to angry, mostly under-educated white men, who are feeling more put upon and more squeezed by their life circumstances than ever before. They feel like they are losing ground to women..to minorities…to their own children. Limbaugh stokes the fires by continually pointing out the ways they are “losing” their country…something I find particularly humorous. Losing it to whom? And while we’re on that subject, who said it was “their” country in the first place? This country was built by, and made great through the efforts of immigrants from around the world who gave their blood, sweat and tears to build a life. Are the newest of the newcomers all that different? As the population of Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, young people and women struggle to gain their place in American society, Limbaugh has made fortunes creating a ficticious battle between all that is sacred in American life, and all those newcomers who are making mythical attacks upon same. In many cases, it is more than obvious to me that he has gone out of his way to create racial and class controversy whenever possible. CONTROVERSY. What is the old adage? It sells newspapers? Well it also sells air time. Rush Limbaugh has effectively become the reigning KING OF POLARIZATION. Not so much because he actually believes some of the patently false, insensitive and in many cases the silly things he says, but because there is a huge payday attached to the pollution that comes out of his mouth. Smart man this has been, never was, disk jockey. The more ridiculous and outrageous things he says make for great theatre and great news headlines. And more and more listeners. Do they listen because they accept and believe? Some do…maybe quite a few do. But I’ll bet many of them just want to see a train wreck…many of them just want to hear the crazy guy speak. I remember once I tuned in one afternoon and I heard Limbaugh on a rant about drug users and drug abusers. The one comment that always stuck with me was, “Anyone who uses and abuses drugs should be locked up and throw away the key!”. That was prior to his 2006 arrest for drug possession. He admitted to being addicted to pain killers. Add hypocrite to the long list of adjectives.
The torrential outpouring of absurd nonsense that Limbaugh sprays over the airwaves in many cases truly embarrassing. His attacks on Black americans…including the president…his attacks on women…his attacks on any one who doesn’t subscribe to his narrow view of things gets cut into small pieces. His rants are so idiotic it is a wonder he is allowed to broadcast at all. But this is America after all, and even people who profit from vile venom filled hate speak get to state their visions of life and the world. There have been so many offensive and racist remarks passed that this past year many of the companies that financially supported Limbaugh and his unique brand of entertainment have been pulling their media dollars away from the KING OF POLARIZATION. It is unfortunate, or perhaps quite fortunate, that the only way to deal with him is in the all mighty pocketbook. Even Mr. Limbaugh cannot survive a closed financial spigot. Will this deter or soften the regrettable comments and attacks in the future? Only time will tell. Of course should he do so, he will be selling out his core audience which I can only imagine will further his economic decline. Rather than try to list every moronic thing Limbaugh has said and done over the last several years, I have listed some of the more memorable quotes at the bottom of this post. Check it out for your self. And to those of you who support this sort of thing, SHAME ON YOU. In an era when we need to come together as country, as free people, as a human community, we can use a lot less crude, nasty and polarizing commentary, and a whole lot more understanding and compassion for all people.
Limbaugh has been noted for making controversial race-related statements with regard to African-Americans. He has drawn connections between African-American appearance and criminality on several occasions, once opining that all newspaper composite pictures of wanted criminals resembled Jesse Jackson, and another time that “the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons.
Limbaugh supports capital punishment, saying “the only thing cruel about the death penalty is last-minute stays.”
Limbaugh has used the term “environmentalist wacko” when referring to left-leaning environmental advocates. As a rhetorical device, he has also used the term to refer to more mainstream climate scientists and other environmental scientists and advocates with whom he disagrees.
Limbaugh is critical of feminism, saying that “Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society.
In the beginning of February, Limbaugh said he hoped that the new president would fail in his efforts to deal with economic calamity,
The ocean will take care of this on its own if it was left alone and left out there. It’s natural. It’s as natural as the ocean water is.” –Rush Limbaugh, on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and refuting science, May 3, 2010
Socks is the White House cat. But did you know there is also a White House dog?
~Rush Limbaugh, while holding up a photograph of 13-year-old Chelsea Clinton on his 1993 television show
Exercise freaks … are the ones putting stress on the health care system.~Rush Limbaugh, accusing people who exercise of being the reason why health care costs are so high, June 12, 2009
I’m offering a compromise today: I will buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want. … So Miss Fluke and the rest of you feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”
~Rush Limbaugh, The Rush Limbaugh Show, March 1, 2012
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