Wednesday, March 7, 2012

RUSH LIMBAUGH: Dude, I Tried to Warn You!

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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 smok-
ing stogies on the golf course
lately, I could have likely
spared him, our team and 
an innocent young woman 
from last week's debacle.
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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.

The sensationalized story has captured headlines for the last several days. In short, Mr. Limbaugh got caught up in another one of his infamous on-air "moments" during his popular nationally syndicated radio talk show a few days ago. During this particular rant, he referred to Sandra Fluke, a 30-year-old Georgetown law student who spoke before Congress regarding the recent contraception / health insurance debate as a "slut" and a "prostitute."

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. Although I doubt that this scandal will destroy Limbaugh's  multi-million-dollar empire, an alarming number of his longtime supporters now are taking their advertising dollars elsewhere.

Mr. Limbaugh has since offered a somewhat sincere apology to Ms. Fluke. But while you libs gleefully insist on rounding up the posse and fastening a rope to the closest oak tree, be sure that you guys are no better. This is not a partisan issue. This is a human decency issue. And society as a whole has just become so gosh-darn angry lately.

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.

-Christopher Long
(March 2012)



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4 comments:

  1. I just really want to know,what gives ANYONE the right to tell anyone else what they can or can't do, (within the law of course)in their private life,in the bedroom, who they can love, or marry, or have sex with, or drink or smoke???

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  2. You get no argument from me, "Anonymous." I'm with ya!

    Thanks for sharing.

    -Chris

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  3. I wish Ms. Fluke would have simply said, "Limbaugh's a jerk" and moved on. But instead, we now have a diversion to the important political issues, and the hate-mongers doing the very things they chastize Rush for doing. Rush has no power unless we give it to him. This whole thing is astronomically out of proportion. Rush does not speak for anyone but himself. I am so numbed by the tragic political arena we are in. Regardless of which party produces the next president, America will be lead by an incompetent.

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  4. Welcome, "Anonymous #2." You make some great points here... "Numbed by the tragic political arena we are in." -- WELL PUT!

    Drop by again anytime!

    -Chris

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