I’m in no rush to memorialize a bombastic, egotistical radio personality whose vulgar words and racist, misogynist, and homophobic sentiments helped create the divisive country we find ourselves in now.
Whether Rush Limbaugh single handily created this toxic environment is arguable but he stoked the flames of hate for a quarter of a century on a daily basis bloviating from noon to 3pm every weekday selling bigotry in the form of entertainment.
While legions may mourn the passing of this instigator of hate, I’m in no rush to shed a tear for a man who:
Called 13-year-old Chelsea Clinton “the White House dog.”
Called Obama “Barrack the Magic Negro.”
Said feminism is for unattractive women.
Called NBA the “Thug Basketball Association” and NFL “Bloods vs. Crips.”
Said Michael J. Fox was “shamelessly” milking his Parkinson’s.
Garbage In Garbage Out
It was no surprise that in the discard pile of the thousands of magazines I have collected over the decades that I am now sorting through, this particular issue of Time from 1995 will remain exactly where I left it a few weeks ago.
In the garbage.
The cover story from January 23, 1995, asks: “Is Rush Limbaugh Good For America?” Twenty-six years later I can answer unequivocally NO and I didn’t have to rush to judgment to answer that question.
Propelled by ugly rhetoric and a mean streak he was the very embodiment of divisiveness, laying the groundwork for MAGA, Trumpism, and the hate-filled country we find ourselves in now. When he broke on the scene in 1988 there was no Breitbart, no Fox News. The trends we’ve seen in the GOP all have their roots in Limbaugh’s show where he helped transform the Republican party.
This self-described doctor of democracy should have been brought up on malpractice.
Not only did he poison the minds of a generation, he was a looming threat to democracy that came to fruition on January 6 and ultimately turned the GOP against democracy itself.
No folks, Rush Limbaugh was not good for America!
© Sally Edelstein and Envisioning The American Dream, 2021.