Rush to Judgment?

I don’t think I’m surprising anyone when I note that I disagree with Rush Limbaugh on several issues (while perhaps we’re pretty close on some others).  That said, I was fascinated by the backlash he faced from the NFL community after being mentioned as a minority shareholder in a bid to buy John Bishop’s woeful St. Louis Rams, and his response in Friday’s Wall Street Journal.

I get frustrated with political “talking heads”, whether they be on the left or the right, who seem to have convinced large portions of their audiences that those who have political differences with them are either evil, intellectually bankrupt, socialist, racist, or hate America.  There’s hardly any room in this country to have legitimate political disagreement on some of the most complex, evenly-divided issues our country is facing, without being portrayed as an ultra-villain by your opponent, and therefore a target of absolute hatred, thanks to this culture of over-amplification of political difference.  

While I do think Mr. Limbaugh is certainly one of the purveyors of this damaging culture, he’s certainly not the worst, and I’m at least a fan of the fact that from an industry perspective, he certainly knows how to make good radio, as he was a radio guy before he was a ‘famous conservative’.  That’s not the case with the majority of his fellow political rabble-rousers from either side of the spectrum.  But even when he does frustrate me by encouraging the “overamplification culture”, I don’t find him to be a racist.  Put simply, I think he has an unreasonable amount of distaste for those who disagree with him, whether they’re white, black, brown or otherwise.

That said, I think Limbaugh was right in the WSJ article when he asserted that there’s often a rush to demonize he and other conservatives as racists, whether it’s by the news media or people on the ‘left’.    Limbaugh called the racism accusations “the sledgehammer,” used to hinder conservatives and unfairly affect their perception.  I agree.  

But that does remind me of the “sledgehammers” Rush and his allies also tend to use pretty frequently: accusations of socialism and hatred of the United States, to name a couple.  These characterizations make it easy to dismiss disagreeing voices in the most overly-dramatic and polarizing way possible, and it’s making the political dialogue in our country complete crap, not to mention starting to render nearly everyone in this country into two factions, shouting their positions to each other, but never actually making arguments and counter-arguments.

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One Response to Rush to Judgment?

  1. Paul says:

    The NFL decides who becomes an owner not the other way around.

    All this blowhard (Rush Hudson Limbaugh A.KA. Jeff Christie) has to offer is his money and his opinions, (which in my opinion are on the fringes of racism, one mans opinion). There are many more groups biding for the Rams, not just his group. Lets face it there are more men with money (Marshall Faulk) that will gladly fill the slot and the Rams will win or lose depending on how well they work as a team and not on whether or not Rush is an owner.

    As for Vick, well he is a player (he has talent not like you, Rush or I, unless you are a NFL player?) and he served his time and the NFL decided we live in the land of second chances, so why not (I personally don’t like it but, oh well). Life has never been fair (NEWS FLASH!)

    Now as to the “Free Speech” argument, I guess many of you like myself heard Rush on Thursday “Almost in tears”, priceless. But the last couple of days he now is in his normal ranting and will continue until someone surpasses him, “Free Speech” continues, so what is being stifled, it simply is not true, of course, you may not have a radio, so you might want to get one.

    http://www.chasingevil.org/2009/10/rush-limbaugh-in-his-own-words.html

    PS – I am sure someone is working to put the tapes together maybe all you subscribers can help, since you are all about getting to the truth?

    PPS- Beauty Pageant Judge – Now I understand why he lost the weight, to find a new wife, creepy.

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