A Plea to Rush Limbaugh

Offense: the best defense.

There is no more prominent voice of conservatism in America today than Rush Limbaugh.  Others may have more direct personal power (e.g. Gov. Bobby Jindahl or Senator Tom Coburn), or more political potential (Sarah Palin); and there are even those with a higher degree of academic erudition (Mark Levin).  Across the board, however, nobody expounds the practical reasons for conservative principles with greater clarity, visibility, and humor than does Maha Rushie from his seat in the prestigious Attila the Hun chair before the golden EIB microphone.

No surprise, then, that there is also no currently-active personality more fervently hated by the opinion-makers of the left.  For twenty years, the Rush Limbaugh Show has gone from strength to strength, accumulating an ever-increasing audience and ever-wider influence, to say nothing of providing an ever-increasing bank balance for Mr. Limbaugh himself.  Rather than subsist on crumbs in obscure corners as the dominant liberal media culture would prefer conservatism to do, he's become a man of wealth and fame entirely on his own merits and terms.

We've seen how the denizens of the left are willing to undermine the entire radio ratings system so as to rob EIB of its rightful advertising revenues; we've followed plans both bureaucratic and legislative to destroy conservative talk radio via oppressive and biased regulations.  The left is happy to use its media dominance as a weapon against all who oppose them; it must be galling indeed to be confronted with a feisty, articulate conservative protected by Greener's Law.  The New York Times may buy ink by the barrel; metaphorically speaking, so does Rush, and he wields his with greater aplomb.

Normally, though, Rush stays in his world of radio flinging stinkbombs and gas-grenades over the ramparts at the never-ending parade of targets passing by.  Rarely does he venture out to do combat into other, less familiar arenas - though when he does, he generally rocks the house.

This past week, all that changed.  The sequence of events was simple:

  1. It became known that Rush Limbaugh was a member of a consortium seeking to buy the St. Louis Rams NFL team.
  2. All hell broke loose, with Rush being assaulted on air by all and sundry as an inveterate racist, including phony racist quotes falsely attributed to him as reasons why he should not be allowed to participate in the business venture.  These sentiments were also echoed by politicians, who you'd think might have better things to do just at the moment.
  3. The other members of the bidding consortium booted Rush out.  Apparently his money was good only so long as his name wasn't on it.
  4. The usual suspects - yes, the Racist Reverends - did a victory dance.

To sum up, a private business venture was torpedoed by a yowling cacophony of lies - yes, known fraudulent accusations - by people who had nothing whatsoever to do with the matter.

Now, we could go on about the stunning hypocrisy of saying that the generally-law-abiding, massive-tax-paying Rush Limbaugh is unfit for participation in a sport that gladly accepts known repeat violent felons - in fact, over one fifth of whose players have been charged with serious crimes - and many of whose existing team owners are little better.  Except that liberal hypocrisy is now so standard as to be utterly immune to surprise.

Or, we could cheerlead for Rush Limbaugh's threatened libel and slander lawsuits.  Certainly, publicly calling a private individual a racist on-air based on unsourced quotations known to be false would seem to provide a very strong case - and all the major networks and many personalities did it.  By the time the suit ended, who knows, Rush might actually own a news network himself!

There is an even more fundamental principle at stake here: the principle of fighting fire with fire.  For too many years, Republicans and conservatives alike have wilted from leftist character assassination.  A major reason John McCain refused to attack Obama for his un-American associations was his fear of being called a racist.  Not to worry: he lost the election, and gets called racist anyway.

Which is precisely the point: Liberals don't call conservatives racists, Neanderthals, or misogynists because they actually are any of these things, or necessarily even because they believe they are.  They make these accusations simply to destroy their opponents' credibility, character, and will to resist, just as radical Saul Alinsky recommended in his infamously evil Rule #13.

There is only one way to respond to attacks of this sort and that is with an all-out, all-guns-blazing counterattack.  Rush is a racist?  Balderdash - Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the rest of the race-baiting bunch are racists many times over.

The airwaves of EIB should resound with damning recordings of their past vulgarities, anti-Semitism, incitements to violence, blackmail, and on down the line.  Likewise with the lies from the media: they should be presented for what they are, unprincipled, shameless, pathological liars without the slightest shred of journalistic integrity, or indeed integrity of any sort.

Now is not the time for half measures.  Conservatives and their principles have been pushed to the wall.  Now is the time for a man unafraid of opposition - indeed, who welcomes an enraged enemy, as long as it's the right (that is, Left) enemy.  Now is the time for Rush to use the full powers of his decades of experience, his vast financial resources, and yes, that full array of "talent on loan from God."

America is already fed up with false accusations of racism.  It's now time to clearly paint, not the individual crimes, but the pattern of fraud and deceit.

There may not be another chance.  There surely won't be another individual so ideally situated to do heavy combat where it's needed.

Rush Limbaugh, don't back down now!  Heaven knows the supposed Republican political leaders all already would have.

Petrarch is a contributing editor for Scragged.  Read other Scragged.com articles by Petrarch or other articles on Partisanship.
Reader Comments
Hear, hear!

Every legal commentator I've seen has said quite clearly that he has an open and shut case against both CNN and NBC News, Al Sharpton and a handful of other sports writers.
October 16, 2009 8:34 AM
Amen! Thank you for this article. You are absolutely correct when you mention liberal hypocracy. I hope Rush fights this for us all and shows both parties what someone with a backbone can do. If he chooses to do so perhaps we'll see the "poverty pimps" Sharpton and Jackson behind bars or at least too scared to open their big mouths which spew only lies and deception.
October 16, 2009 8:54 AM
I do hope Rush fights back, but it's very frightening that he is pretty much the only hope of conservatism. I can't help but think of the campy Flash Gordon movie with the ridiculously over-the-top Queen theme song:

"Flash! Aaah-ahh! Savior... of the World!"

Is that really what the entire right wing wants to be singing?

"Rush! Aaah-ahh! Savior... of the Nation!"

Well, if he's our last hope, so be it, I guess.
October 16, 2009 9:05 AM
A lot of conservatives make sure to add "it's not about the money". I'd like to suggest that it IS about the money. Here's why...

1) The only way to really hurt Sharpton, Jackson, and NBC, such that they're sore enough to remember NEXT time to check their facts, is to take a few million dollars out of their bank accounts. These ass clowns have no problem with a simple apology. Heck, Jackson and Sharpton could publish a book, between the two of them, with all the apologies they've made. Rush needs to actually HURT them into changing their ways.

2) Just because Rush takes a few million out of their bank accounts does not mean that he has to keep it. He could donate the money to conservative charities or even black (conservative) charities. Personally, I think he SHOULD keep it, but he doesn't have to for all those people that say "he has enough already".

3) When businesses get hit in the wallet, someone gets fired. Sharpton and Jackson aren't going to fire themselves, but all the sports writers and anchors (eg. Rick Sanchez) who made these comments COULD in fact end up fired. If the network feels the judgement could be large enough, they might offer up a few firings in an early settlement instead. Simple apologies never yield the same type of firings that cash payoffs do.

Money makes the world go 'round and liberals LOVE money. If you want to hurt them, you have to hit them where it counts.

Philosophically, yes, Rush definitely needs to push forward with legal action. Stopping now lends credit to the charges of racism. Many millions of Americans heard what CNN, NBC and the other sports commentators said, but they never heard Rush's denial or the other conservative analysts who backed him up. If he leaves the matter where it is - even though he claims not to care about the business deal - he leaves the impression in ALLLLL those millions of heads that he really DID say those racist quotes. But if he pushes forward with heavy, prolonged legal action, it will - eventually - come out across the mainstream media how ardently Rush is denying the charges, fighting to clear his name, and ANGRY enough to demand damages in court.
October 16, 2009 9:06 AM
i disagree with rush a solid 30-40% of the time, but he isn't racist. mark steyn said it best: if rush is racist, how come the media can only prove it with bogus quotes? surely, with all the zillions of hours of recorded commentary he's published they could fine something real.
October 16, 2009 9:12 AM
Even dopey Keith Olbermann says Rush should be allowed.


My guess is that a lot of the support Rush is getting from far leftists is because they see themselves in the same potential position.
October 16, 2009 9:40 AM
I don't thnk he's a racist.. he does understand how being a performer, a showman, but intellectually he advocates we are servants of the Republicans, and should follow the leader, no matter who gets jailed without charges, silenced and tortured and who gives a damn about liberty if our liberty is a stake?
The party of more government in our lives is less is morally bankrupt, as it its spokesman..

October 16, 2009 5:58 PM

I don't think you've ever actually listened to him. He's damned the Republican party on more than one occasion for abandoning its principles. Intellectually, he does not advocate Republican servitude but rather our involvement in getting it back to where it needs to be.

More government in our lives? Clearly you've not ever listened to him.
October 17, 2009 4:33 PM
call me superficial, but Mr Limbaugh would go a long way to earn my respect if he lost some weight, spoke in a less strident or screeching manner- I did hear him briefly last week, and it is just too venomous for my personal taste- of course Mr Buckley could send one into somnolence too ~!
So you feel the party has neglected its Libertarian aspects?
I could only hope that Mssrs Bush and Cheney might acknowledge their errors-

October 17, 2009 6:43 PM
Oops... You just proved Fennoman's point.

Rush HAS lost weight. And not just "some" but a whole lot. He's lost over 90 lbs as the result of a diet program he talks about very frequently on the show (and many months of hard work).

To help you on your way:

Some advice: Instead of castigating your own for "civility", how about you realize that conservatism's true voices have all been relegated to the fringe. Man up! Our culture has been destroyed, political correctness has overruled legitimate debate and Islamofacism and illegal immigration ARE serious threats that should be at the top of our nation's hit list. Stand behind Rush instead of trying to garner affection from your centrist/liberal friends.
October 18, 2009 9:08 AM
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