Limbaugh has an extensive history of making racially charged comments, for example:
- On February 1, 2007, Limbaugh responded to a Reuters report about a University of Chicago study that found that “a majority of young blacks feel alienated from today’s government” by asserting, “Why would that be? The government’s been taking care of them their whole lives.”
- On June 4, 2009, Limbaugh said, “This has been the argument the Reverend Jackson has proffered throughout my life — that it’s impossible for minorities to be racist because they don’t have any power. Well, president of the United States. We’re talking now about a Supreme Court justice. The days of them not having any power are over, and they are angry. And they want to use their power as a means of retribution. That’s what Obama’s about, gang. He’s angry; he’s going to cut this country down to size. He’s going to make it pay for all the cultural mistakes that it has made — its mistreatment of minorities. I know exactly what’s going on here.”
- In 2003, Limbaugh resigned from his job as an ESPN commentator after saying that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb hasn’t “been that good from the get-go” and “got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn’t deserve,” because “[t]he media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well.” After the Eagles reached Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, Limbaugh returned to making racial comments about McNabb, saying, “There’s no question McNabb has improved and I’m happy to see it,” but that “when the defense … was propping the Eagles up,” the media “were still giving McNabb credit — because there’s this social hope.”
- On January 19, 2007, Limbaugh stated: “Look it, let me put it to you this way. The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There I said it.”
- After Limbaugh asserted that Colin Powell should leave the Republican Party because of his support for Obama, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe that “[i]t’s not up to Rush Limbaugh to decide who ought to be in the Republican Party.” Limbaugh responded on his May 18, 2009, show that all Democrats “had to do was nominate an African-American and [they’ve] got Colin Powell.”
- On August 21, 2007, Limbaugh claimed that Democrats “want to get us out of Iraq, but they can’t wait to get us into Darfur.” He continued: “There are two reasons. What color is the skin of the people in Darfur? It’s black. And who do the Democrats really need to keep voting for them? If they lose a significant percentage of this voting bloc, they’re in trouble.” A caller responded, “The black population,” to which Limbaugh said, “Right.”
- On May 21, 2008, Limbaugh said that “one of the objectives of the feminazis over the last 20, 25 years has been to dominate the public education system so as to remove the competitive nature of boys. You know, there’s a crisis of young man-boy education in the schools. And they did this on purpose, to eliminate male competition in the work force. This is part of feminazi grand plan.” Limbaugh then said, “They forgot affirmative action for black guys. And because of that, every bit of their plan has gone up in smoke now, because they — if — they had to come out in favor of affirmative action for black guys, and that’s — see, this is one of the things that really irritates the women. And there are women all over this country fit to be tied — trust me on this. … [L]iberals eventually are going to be devoured by their own policies. And it has happened here. Because Barack Obama is an affirmative action candidate.” He concluded, “So, it’s just — they just forgot that one thing: affirmative action for black guys. And if they had remembered to oppose that, then they wouldn’t face the situation they face today.”
Given all of the hate and racially charged comments made by Limbaugh over the years, I was “shocked” to learn that he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in February 2007. The nomination went out under the letterhead of Limbaugh’s lawyer at the Landmark foundation, a rightwing nonprofit where Limbaugh serves as an unpaid adviser. (Landmark’s donors include relatives of Richard Melon Scaife, the Pittsburgh heir and newspaper publisher who funded the Arkansas Project, a smear campaign against the Clintons that served as the prototype for what we now know as Swiftboating.) Mark Levin, Landmark’s President, who signed the nomination, justified it by stating, among other things, “Rush Limbaugh is the foremost advocate for freedom and democracy in the world today,” explained Levin. “Everyday he gives voice to the values of democratic governance, individual opportunity and the just, equal application of the rule of law — and it is fitting that the Nobel Committee recognize the power of these ideals to build a truly peaceful world for future generations.” “We are offering this nomination for Mr. Limbaugh’s nearly two decades of tireless efforts to promote liberty, equality and opportunity for all mankind, regardless of race, creed, economic stratum or national origin.” Makes you want to throw up. Well, needless to say, Rush did not get the award; Al Gore did.
Limbaugh is also critical of feminism, saying that “Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society.” He also popularized the term “feminazi”, referring to about two dozen feminists “to whom the most important thing in life is ensuring that as many abortions as possible occur.”
Limbaugh supports capital punishment, saying “the only thing cruel about the death penalty is last-minute stays.”
On the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse scandal, Limbaugh said, “This is no different than what happens at the Skull and Bones initiation… And we’re going to ruin people’s lives over it and we’re going to hamper our military effort, and then we are going to really hammer them because they had a good time. You know, these people are being fired at every day [referring to the U.S. Military service members]. I’m talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release?”
Limbaugh has asserted that African-Americans, in contrast with other minority groups, are “left behind” socially because they have been systematically trained from a young age to hate America through a widespread movement headed by figures such as Jeremiah Wright, Williams Ayers and Barack and Michelle Obama.
James Rainey of the Los Angeles Times quoted Limbaugh as saying after the 2008 election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States that the Democrats will “take your 401(k) and put it in the Social Security Trust Fund.”
In July 2008, Limbaugh signed an 8-year, $400 million contract extension with Clear Channel Communications, Inc. is an American Media conglomerate company headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. Limbaugh began his career in radio as a teenager in 1967 in his hometown of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, using the name Rusty Sharpe. Limbaugh graduated from Cape Girardeau, Missouri Central High School, in 1969 Because of his parents’ desire to see him attend college, he enrolled in Southeast Missouri State University but left the school after two semesters and one summer. According to his mother, “he flunked everything”, and “he just didn’t seem interested in anything except radio.”
Limbaugh crossed the line again when he claimed that the man who murdered a security guard at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, in June 2009, James Von Brunn, was “a leftist”. Limbaugh alleged that the views Von Brunn had acquired were the direct result of exposure to propaganda “of the left” and people like those “around Obama”.
Von Brunn is an 88year old white supremacist who expressed hate for the president and for “Jews”. He has reportedly professed a belief in the United States being a “white” nation. He appears to be dangerously obsessed with the idea that he is at war with a government intent on taking his guns away. Limbaugh’s “willingness to defame and slander public figures associated with the Democratic Party, his willingness to make statements alleging dangerous affiliations that are close to incitement to violence, his willingness to slander the president as a racist who associates with terrorists, is now comprehensively demonstrated. We know Rush tells despicable lies on a daily basis. The task thinking people or citizens interested in civility have before them now is figuring out why Limbaugh is so full of hate and anger,” according to J. E. Robertson, Editor-in-Chief of Casavaria Publishing. I agree with Mr. Robertson’s assessment.
Limbaugh’s ratings have fallen sharply in recent months according to a recent report by Arbitron. He still has the top-rated radio talk show in the country, but his audience has dropped by 33 percent since October 2011, primarily, I believe, because of his hate-filled and racist rhetoric. He has also lost a number of advertisers, but that doesn’t seem to bother him. Will Rush Limbaugh continue his hate-filled, racially tinged rhetoric during the 2012 election cycle, you can count on it.
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