Most mornings while driving into work, I listen to the local AM talk-radio station. Around the same time every day, right after the financial report, there is a scathing and incredibly misleading editorial by Rush Limbaugh. Normally, I merely listen to what he has to say and shake my head that he can be so venomous and so outrageously disrespectful, not to mention incredibly biased. However, the other day, his comments put me over the top, and I felt compelled to express my views here.
The editorial was concerning the ongoing debate over global warming. Limbaugh has been very vocal about the fact that he doesn't believe in global warming, that it's a hoax that has been made up to scare people, and that he refuses to acknowledge anyone who disagrees with him on this. Now, the editorial started with a brief, biased overview of the debate as of late, from Copenhagen to the email hack. This I had come to expect, but his next point was what drove me up the wall.
Limbaugh claimed that, in a recent video posted by Osama Bin Laden, that Bin Laden had advocated for global warming and said that he was in favor of the United States approach to this. Limbaugh went on to say that Bin Laden added how he was an admirer of Barack Obama, and that he feared the ramifications of the latest Mass. elections during which Scott Brown was elected. Limbaugh claims that all of these points were made in a section of the tape that was not released, so there is no official source for this information. Limbaugh closed by saying that those who were looking for a new voice for global warming had found it, and were going to be backing him up.
Now, I don't know what your views on global warming are, and I'm not going to be spouting my opinions here, but this is just outrageous no matter who you are. If you are an American, you should be outraged that another "American" is pointing his finger at your neighbors and saying that they are supporting Bin Laden. You should be outraged that an "American" has the arrogance to claim that he is right and others are wrong, and not only wrong, but in league with TERRORISTS because of their views.
Who does this guy think he is? How can he justify these beliefs. If he wants to trash liberals and democrats (as he does regularly and without remorse), then fine. If he wants to demonize and belittle his opponents (which he does on a regular basis from his self-centered throne), then fine. But to equate those he disagrees with to terrorists, to say that there are Americans out there who are going to agree with Osama bin Laden is so far beyond the pale that it should be considered a smear on the face of our nation. This man, who has spewed hate for his fellow countrymen, who has dismissed open negotiation and understanding, who has sown the seeds of intolerance and partisanship for years, has stepped far beyond the realm of simple debate and politics, and demeaned a large number of Americans. It makes me sick to think that people agree with him and support his ideas. It angers me to no end that he can say these things and no one lifts a finger in protest. He has freedom of speech, this is true, but so do those who disagree with him. We can associate him with terrorists, because he is spreading fear, hatred, immorality, and closed-mindedness. He is the father of thoughts that border on blatant discrimination. He has soiled the hearts and minds of countless Americans so that they hate their brothers, they dismiss their fellows, and they spit in the faces of those who dare to respectfully oppose their views.
I am beyond contempt for this man who places himself above the squabblings of the American people. A man who calls the lower class "under-achievers" is not worthy of my respect or my time. I listen to his words only so that they may sharpen mine. He is a symbol of everything that is wrong with this country, and I am proud to say that I disagree with him.
I'll stop now since I am getting way to heated about this.