Wednesday, October 03, 2007
My Mock Outrage over Rush Limbaugh's "Phony Soldiers" Comments.
The amount of damage Rush Limbaugh has done to legitimate debate over public policy in America over the last 20 years is incalculable, and his latest comments are no different. Rush Limbaugh is a parasite who feeds on the ignorance of the populace. He feeds on their racism, their sexism, their homophobia, their fears, their stupidity. And he's profited from it nicely and is probably laughing all the way to the bank.
His goal is to dehumanize the opposition to his political agenda. He dehumanizes welfare moms, non-whites, homosexuals, illegal immigrants, those who are different. If he can dehumanize them then his pro-corporate pro-war pro-rich agenda can continue to chew up humanity and we won't feel a thing. We don't even notice.
I've said it before but I think there's a reason Rush calls his listener's "ditto heads" and I think he's smart enough to know that he's making fun of them, and they're too dumb to get the joke. (For those of you who don't understand - ditto means to copy or duplicate - so Rush understands that his audience isn't critical thinkers, they're just parrots.)
How else do you think he could get away with cutting two full minutes from his transcript of his "phony soldiers" comments and then tell his audience he was giving them the "entire" transcript? He did it because he knows that his audience doesn't bother to think for themselves.
Fox News understands this about it's audience as well, which is why they can utter Rush's Defense so blithely and uncritically, they know they can sell their audience whatever they spoon feed them. Rush's audience is Fox News Audience. They report and distort in the same manner because, as I've said, their target audience isn't critical thinkers.
My "outrage" over his comments is simply to mock the righteous indignation of the right wing, Rush included, over the MoveOn General Betrayus Ad.
The truth is that the U.S. Senate, by passing a resolution defending General Betrayus from public criticism has set a standard that is going to be impossible to maintain. It was stupid and pointless. My indignation is actually over the Senate condemning free speech. Rush Limbaugh is just the hammer I'm using to bludgeon that point home. As many of you who read our blog regularly know, I'm not trying to be subtle.
In the long line of stupid, racist, sexist, jackass things Rush Limbaugh has said his "phony soldiers" comments are just par for the course. He did it before, he'll do it again. All we can do is hope that someday he's either taken off the air or OD's and his poison will no longer be used to pit one human against another.
Maybe then we can have an intelligent debate that doesn't ignore our collective humanity.
Hugs and Kisses,