Column – Limbaugh should take Bean-oIf anybody doesn’t deserve an apology, it’s radio gas-bag Rush Limbaugh.
By: Dennis Dalman, Alexandria Echo Press
If anybody doesn’t deserve an apology, it’s radio gas-bag Rush Limbaugh.
What a spectacle it was to see Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele grovel with a cringing apology to the schlock-meister, just a day after Steele criticized the clown. No grace under pressure there. Just a cave-in play by Steele, who had been bullied into submission by Limbaugh and his neo-con minions.
Limbaugh, like his hard-core conservative followers, is enraged that a Democrat won the White House, especially a Democrat with “liberal” or “radical” views. Anything Limbaugh doesn’t like, including the weather, he calls “liberal.” That old name-calling game has become tiresome and ineffective, especially after eight years of George W. Bush, who was not minding the store. Limbaugh and his attack dogs now have a new arsenal of words and phrases: “socialist,” “communist,” “dangerously out-of-the-mainstream,” “un-American.” They fire off those words like darts, hoping to hit the bull’s eye.
Most people aren’t listening; they could care less; they’re sick to death of Limbaugh’s smear tactics. When the Clintons were in the White House, Limbaugh was like one of those mean-spirited desperadoes in the Old West, riding the range and poisoning ranchers’ wells. Now he’s using the same tiresome vitriol against Barack Obama.
Limbaugh cannot tolerate the thought that some of Obama’s ideas might actually work. They might bring relief and jobs to millions of Americans. Isn’t it odd that when neo-cons propose their political solutions, it’s the “Way and the Light,” even when their ideas fall flat on their face. When anybody on the left proposes solutions, the neo-cons scream bloody murder. Tight-wad Limbaugh lackeys apparently think welfare for the rich is just fine, but if anybody tries to help the working poor, it’s nothing but “pork,” “earmarks” and treacherous “socialism.”
Limbaugh not only doesn’t deserve an apology, but more people, good Americans, should tell him, “Enough! Shut up already!”
He’s like the bully uncle who has long outworn his welcome. And the trouble with loud-mouth Limbaugh is that every time he spews his lies, distortions and outrages, his words are overlooked or minimized because, as his supporters always claim, “Well, gee, he’s just an entertainer!”
Some entertainer – that pulpit bully, that sack of wind, that loco locomotive huffing and puffing down the wrong track.
If Limbaugh is indeed an “entertainer,” maybe it’s time he changes venues? He could join a three-ring circus and become Hot Head the Clown; he could become an amateur wrestler and throw his weight around, trying to beat up femi-Nazis; he could float high in the air as a bloated blimp during a Mardi Gras parade.
At the very least, if Limbaugh insists on “entertaining” via radio, don’t you wish he would at least take a remedy for all of his excessive hot air? There is one, you know. It’s called Bean-o.