Yesterday I talked about Pat Robertson who seems to know God’s mind, by explaining to his sheep why horrible natural disasters, like the Haitian earthquake happen to the innocent: The sins of the fathers are visited on the sons. in other words he knows that his god is a vengeful god. Well sane believers do not buy into that. Shit just happens and it is no one’s fault.
Then there is that huge narcissist, Rush Limbaugh. From recent comments on his radio show, it makes sense why he has had 3 failed marriages, demonstrated by how he treats women who disagree with the “Big-Giant-Head.” On his radio program he responded to criticism from a female caller, calling her “close-minded.” This was after she criticized him on his comments about the Haitian tragedy.
“What I’m illustrating here is that you’re a blockhead,” Limbaugh shot back. “What I’m illustrating here is that you’re a close-minded bigot who is ill-informed.”
“If you had listened to this program for a modicum of time, you would know it,” he said. “But instead, you’re a blockhead. Your mind is totally closed. You have tampons in your ears. Nothing is getting through other than the biased crap that you read.”(From the January 14 broadcast of Premiere Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show)
Wow, what a great example of the image Rush sees in the mirror!
I’m sure he gets off on humiliating callers who don’t agree with him, after all he is the poster boy (a rather large poster to accommodate his bulk) for cynicism and possibly a pathological self-loather. So the best way to feel good is to direct anger outward towards anything and everybody who disagrees with him or calls him on his crap. This is more than simple school-yard bullism. His most recent diatribe about Haiti and specifically the woman caller, is more than ample evidence of a deep-seeded injury of some sort. No one, but his sad jello-brained “ditto-heads” will agree with him. These are the little sycophants who gain their importance from being around “important people.” Rush becomes their shield, quite an ample shield to the real world.
I suppose we could be analyzing Rush’s motives until all of the cows make it home, but I think it is a losing battle. I wonder if he really is a racist and a misogynist or uses these masks to cover over something deep within his being that has never been addressed. His defense mechanisms have been fine honed to perfection. This is demonstrated by every interview he grants.
But what now? I believe there needs to be a platform for opposition which leads to true dialogue. Rush’s approach to meaningful dialogue does not exist. He is on attack mode. To me, he is no longer entertainment and his approach is quite crippling to this republic we hold near and dear. Sure he has a right to say what he wants, but is this what real thinking Americans want? He’s not helping to push the discussion forward, he is stopping it dead in it’s tracks. I know I am giving him more ink than he deserves and putting him out there even more. Like mom used to say when we were bullied the best way to deal with him is to ignore him. I guess the wisdom is that ignoring the bully shows more strength than the stand-up-and-fight approach of the previous paragraphs. I am guilty of getting sucked in…yet again.
With the health care debate and compromise on the table right now, perhaps we should look into the practical use of euthanasia again, not for him, but for us.