Thursday, October 15, 2009

Rush Limbaugh and discrimination.

A group bidding on owning the St. Louis Rams has dropped Rush Limbaugh from their roster, claiming that his inclusion makes it tougher for them to complete the task. Limbaugh, not surprisingly, has taken this opportunity to bash all the people he hates already, or more accurately, the people his listeners hate. I am not sure if Rush has an actual conviction about anything.

And that is part of the problem. Rush is a drug addict. He either broke or seriously bent multiple laws obtaining mass quantities of the prescription pain-killer Oxycontin, which is described to be more like heroin than aspirin. It was never proven in a court of law whether his infractions were actually criminal, because it never got to trial, largely because he could afford a big scary lawyer that cowed the prosecuting attorneys.

NFL players get the book thrown at them when they are found to be using illegal or unauthorized drugs. They lose their ability to earn a living in their chosen field. Rush has shown himself to have enough money to be above the law. There is no morals clause in his contract and his listeners don't seem to give a rat's rectum about his many sins, including those bordering on illegality. He is the voice of their discontent, the one who best articulates their rage against the modern world. For many of them, the next best articulator is Jim Beam or Pabst Blue Ribbon. They don't expect morality from either of those crutches, they don't expect it from their main crutch either.

I don't know if Rush actually believes what he says or really listens to it. In a recent interview, he said words to the effect that he was not controversial, but Obama is. If he can remember back to earlier this month through all his self-medication, he might now realize he doesn't really understand how people perceive him. In any case, he can cry all the way to the bank if he so desires.*

Language note: "Laughing all the way to the bank" is not clever. Everyone is entitled to laugh on the way to the bank to cash a check. The clever statement was "crying all the way to the bank." Liberace, critically despised but publicly adored, is given credit for coining that phrase.


Paul said...

It seems to me that all the negative vibes this blowhard (Rush Hudson Limbaugh A.KA. Jeff Christie) has been spewing over these many years has come back to blow back on his face (A classic “Blow Back”). He always tries to give off the airs that he can have anything he wants but as we all witness those with more money and influence tossed him aside like sack of potatoes and the ultimate insult was that it was done in public (money don’t buy you everything butterball).

Now of course he blames everyone else (Michael J. Fox, Perez Hilton, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Sotomayor, Hillary Clinton, Olympia Snowe, ESPN, NFL, the media, basically people of color, women and gays) when of course all you have to do is listen to his show and plainly hear his daily prejudices filled sermons. So NFL, I salute you decision, job well done. And to the whaling cry baby perched on his self made pedestal, quit your whining it was your own fault. Don’t we all feel better?

Anonymous said...

Rush is a racist. NFL players weighed in on this matter and said they would refuse to play for a team that Rush owned or had an interest in. Well . . . his racism came back to haunt him just like it will on Republicans who continue to vote NO because we have a black President. What goes around, comes around. Not a Liberace quote.

Margaret Benbow said...

"Laughing all the way to the bank" is still more appropriate (in my opinion) in those cases where the moneybags-guy in question is having the LAST laugh over those who've criticized or mocked him...he may be shallow, talentless, or (like Rush) a junkie racist, but by God he's stinking rich!Chortle, chortle!

Matty Boy said...

No, I think on the inside, Limbaugh is crying. He really wanted that gig on ESPN, but he couldn't help himself from playing the race card. He really wanted to be an owner of an NFL franchise, and his big mouth kept that from happening as well.

He has plenty of money. Nothing short of death or jail time can take that away from him. But this was prestige he really desired, something to bolster his self-worth away from the manufactured outrage industry. It's out of reach and it makes him sad.

Paul said...

It was karma, plain and simple just like his followers.

Karen Zipdrive said...

I was kinda hoping he'd get to buy the team so the players could intentionally lose all the games and cause the franchise to come as closely as possible to failure.
Then some cool liberal could buy the team for a couple thousand bucks and the players would start to play really well and win the Superbowl.
Then when the announcer asked them what they planned to do after the game, they'd say, "We sure as hell ain't going to Disneyworld, because that fat fuck Limbaugh lives in Florida and he can kiss our Superbowl winning asses."