A Rush to False Judgment

Yes, as the cartoon above indicates, I’m now going to write about the most hated, racist man in America—the evil Rush Limbaugh.

How do I know Rush Limbaugh is an evil racist? That’s easy. All I have to do is listen to MSNBC, CNN, or representatives of the National Football League. After all, they breathlessly announced, Rush has made statements on the air supporting slavery and praising the man who assassinated Martin Luther King. Never mind that no one has ever been able to document those statements; if they are attested to by the mainstream media, they must be true.

Well, it turns out that even the MSM has had to backtrack and admit that there is no evidence for these statements, but they fall short of calling them what they are: outright lies. Neither have they apologized. You see, Rush is still too controversial to be an NFL part-owner. Having him on board would sully the wonderful reputation of the NFL.

Why should he be allowed to consort with such admirable citizens?

I’m especially fascinated by those who have chosen to come to the forefront to declare Rush unfit, and to make the case for his racism. Who else but those paragons of racial virtue, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. As Rush himself reminds us in an article in the Wall Street Journal:

In 1998 Mr. Sharpton was found guilty of defamation and ordered to pay $65,000 for falsely accusing a New York prosecutor of rape in the 1987 Tawana Brawley case. He also played a leading role in the 1991 Crown Heights riot (he called neighborhood Jews “diamond merchants”) and 1995 Freddie’s Fashion Mart riot.

Not to be outdone, Jesse Jackson, whose history includes anti-Semitic speech (in 1984 he referred to Jews as “Hymies” and to New York City as “Hymietown” in a Washington Post interview) chimed in. He found me unfit to be associated with the NFL. I was too divisive and worse.

Our collective memory as a nation is rather short. That’s why it’s important to be reminded what those two have done in the past.

I have listened to Rush for years, and have never heard a racist comment. He will skewer whoever deserves skewering, whether black or white. Race is not the issue; policies are. I’d like to give him the last word because he really sums up nicely where we are right now as a nation:

There is a contempt in the news business, including the sportswriter community, for conservatives that reflects the blind hatred espoused by Messrs. Sharpton and Jackson. “Racism” is too often their sledgehammer. And it is being used to try to keep citizens who don’t share the left’s agenda from participating in the full array of opportunities this nation otherwise affords each of us. It was on display many years ago in an effort to smear Clarence Thomas with racist stereotypes and keep him off the Supreme Court. More recently, it was employed against patriotic citizens who attended town-hall meetings and tea-party protests.

These intimidation tactics are working and spreading, and they are a cancer on our society.

For those with an open mind, you can find Rush’s article here.