Oh good grief! Had radio
talk show host and political
conservative poster boy,
Rush Limbaugh, only spent
half as much time reading
my blog as he spent smoking
stogies on the golf course lately,
I could have likely spared him,
our team and an innocent
young woman from last
week's painful debacle.
Over the last several months, I have implored my fellow conservatives through my various political posts to take the high road and further warned of the big picture ramifications from merely trying to appeal to our fringe teammates. (See 11/28/11 and 2/14/12)
Simply put, the upcoming election is far too important to jeopardize, and often as our own worst enemies, conservatives can't afford to offer salivating libs any additional ammo. Seemingly oblivious to the potentially damaging long-term effects, GOP Presidential contenders are spending gazillions to tear each other down in the current race for the White House, while acknowledged conservative talking heads continue to spew hate-speak for the sake of short-term TV and radio ratings, speaking engagements and book sales. Heck, even my teenage son realizes that you accomplish far more in life with open arms than with clenched fists. Unfortunately, my team's quarterback, Mr. Limbaugh, failed to get that memo.
While I can certainly appreciate good ol' show biz "shock value," I also understand that our words have power -- power to hurt and power to destroy. Because of the power of Mr. Limbaugh's words, there is now an innocent woman who has been hurt. And although I doubt that this scandal will destroy Mr. Limbaugh's multi-million-dollar empire, an alarming number of his longtime supporters now are taking their advertising dollars elsewhere.
Legendary pop singer/songwriter Nick Lowe conveyed my point quite eloquently when he posed the reasonable and poetic question, "What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding?" in his 1974 song of the same name. "What's So Funny..." was covered by pop icon Elvis Costello in 1979 and it became a rock classic. Today, I'd reason that Mr. Lowe could further include kindness, compassion and forgiveness in the title of this timeless treasure.
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