Rush Limbaugh: Purveyor of Pessism
With the American people sick to death of the conflict between the Democrats and Republicans who make our laws in Washington, I can’t think of any one person who has done more to widen that gulf of enmity than conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. When he first popped across my radar in 1992, I thought he had a lot of interesting things to say, even though ultimately I cast my vote for Bill Clinton. Over the last 20 years, Limbaugh has consistently shown poor business ethics, earning his bucks by deftly pitching coworkers, brothers, friends and spouses against one another.
He joined the Business Ethics Hall of Shame when he appallingly picked on a little girl. On his (thank-you-Lord) ill-fated television show, he claimed the Clintons were breaking the rules about no dogs allowed in the White House, and then he held up a picture of Chelsea Clinton, 13 years old at the time. What a weasel!
There are a lot of gullible people out there, and Limbaugh speaks to those fearful Republicans who think of Democrats as godless scallywags. In 2009, he deplored Jewish nationals for carrying on about the holocaust—because it was almost 70 years ago, after all, he said—and he belittled Elie Wiesel’s Nobel Peace Prize. He also stated outright in early 2009 that he hopes President Obama will fail. Now, I believe that in this country we have the right to say that the president is a bum, but how can any good citizen hope that a president actually fails? I am also tired of his innuendo that Obama is not American and that Obama wants to subvert this country with his policies.
Earlier this year, according to the Huffington Post, Limbaugh (who is himself no svelte Sven) picked on Michelle Obama for eating ribs—saying that she proposes Americans should follow a healthy diet but she would not make the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. Once again, here is another person—not to sound like Gomer Pyle—just being mean, mean, mean.
At the time of the real estate crash, I personally felt outraged to learn that the men heading up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were each earning upwards of $14 million per year. But that is nothing compared to Limbaugh’s take-home pay. In 2008, he signed an eight-year contract for $400 million. That, folks, comes to $50 million per year, and those are 50 million reasons why Limbaugh keeps the country ripped apart. After all, if Democrats and Republicans learned how to compromise, what would happen to Limbaugh?