Rush Limbaugh, "The Show"
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   The guy is an aberration! He is reported to have recently signed a contract that will pay him over four hundred million dollars through the year 2016. Fourteen million people listen to him speak every week. Surveys indicate that 62 percent of those questioned don’t even like him.
          He screeches, yells insults, he’s opinionated and annoying.
          He earns more money than anyone ever has working in any broadcast medium – television or radio.
          He is the proprietor of the most listened to radio show in the United States. He’s a best-selling author.
          He was born July 12, 1951.
          He’s the one, the only, the indefatigable – Rush Limbaugh.
          Personally, I don’t care for him. He’s unpleasant and abrading to me. He’s so far to the right that anyone to his left is not only wrong, but dangerously wrong – practically an enemy of the state. A destroyer of our democracy. His tolerance is measured in centimeters.
          I know that this Republic of ours needs dissent. We need the two party system. We need differences. It’s just that this Rush guy makes Democrats and Independents like me mortal enemies.
          He says outlandish things that are either dumb slips of his well-greased tongue or well-designed provocations that will get the multitudes talking about him and increase his listener base.
          After seeing the stricken Michael J. Fox interviewed on television, Limbaugh stated, “Fox is exaggerating the effects of is disease. He’s moving all around and shaking and it’s purely an act.” Fox is a long time sufferer of Parkinson’s Disease. Anyone but Limbaugh commenting on Fox’s condition would have been verbally strung up. But, “You know, that’s just Rush being Rush!”
          He recently played a song written by Paul Shaklin, “Barack, the Magic Negro,” sung to the tune of “Puff, the Magic Dragon.”
          Limbaugh has firmly established that he is critical of environmentalists and climate science.
          In a scathing announcement he said, “Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society.” In his trenchant style he referred to a class of women as “Feminazis.”
          Referring to radical feminists “To whom the most important thing in life is ensuring that as many abortions as possible occur.”
          Devoid of uncertainty, Limbaugh once said the “Only cruel thing about the death penalty is last minute stays.”
          He also asserts that the African American, in contrast with other minority groups are “left behind” socially because they have been systematically trained from a young age to hate American through a wide spread movement headed by figures such as Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers and Barack Obama.
          I can only imagine what would happen to me if I spouted any of these postulates. Within seconds I would be divorced, abandoned and shunned by those closest to me, and in fact, by anyone within shouting distance.
          Being an ultra conservative is one thing, but being an obnoxious know it all is another.
          There are some Republicans that believe, or want to believe, that Limbaugh is the de facto leader of the Republican Party. Others vehemently deny this proposal.
          When Limbaugh stated, “I hope he fails,” referring to President Obama, he stated, “What’s unfair about me saying I hope liberalism fails. Liberalism is our problem. Liberalism is what’s gotten us dangerously close to the precipice here.”
          I listen to Rush Limbaugh two or three times a year. Mostly to reaffirm my own thoughts of his noisome and noxious ways.
          I remain believing that this country needs opposition parties, scrambling amongst the citizenry for followers. We need critiques and debates and differences offered. We need honest, intelligent, sensitive and varied viewpoints, passionately presented.
          What we don’t need is loud mouth pop-offs, blurting outrageous sermons, designed to enrage, infuriate and incite.
          Years ago, when Milton Berle had his television show, I couldn’t watch it because “Uncle Miltie” irritated me.
          There are a number of frenetic, sweaty comics on the Comedy Channel. I can’t watch them either, they irritate me.
          And that’s what Rush Limbaugh does, he irritates me.
          But before the irritation sets me off I remember one thing – Limbaugh is an entertainer. What he does is show business – and he’s good at show business. Damn good.