People have been asking me my thoughts on the Rush Limbaugh situation. For those of you who don’t know, Rush had the number one radio talk show and he was well known for his “I don’t care what anyone else thinks” attitude on air. Just recently a college student by the name of Sandra Fluke was to give her views on contraception. Mr. Limbaugh took the opportunity to talk negatively about her and brand her names like “prostitute” and “slut.” He also alluded that she should provide us with a sex video. This has brought about a “tsunami” of backlash from the public and advertisers are now pulling ads from his program. Mr. Limbaugh has since publicly apologized for his “inappropriate choice” of words, but it may be “too little, too late.” The sea of negativity is flowing against him and as powerful as he has been he now looks extremely “vulnerable.” How SHOULD we look at him? Should his apology be accepted? Should he still be supported? I always believe in going “beneath the surface” when analyzing anything. I realize that this man became incredibly popular by using controversial statements such as this to build his empire. He “pushed” the limits of “free speech” as far as they could go for the sake of ratings, and for him it “worked.” Given his formula, I feel it was only a matter of time before he said something that would eventually pull him “overboard.” I have never been a personal supporter of him, but I found it astonishing that given his views he had the number one rated program. He was actually quoted saying, “The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.” He also told an African American female to “Take that bone out of your nose and call me back.” For some reason, I find it difficult to support anyone who can conjure up this type of propaganda. However, we cannot refute that his program was in fact “on top,” and as much as that says about him it says even more about “us.” Now it is to the point where even his fellow Republicans have no choice but to denounce him. When sharks are in the water and one of them is bleeding, the others will prey on him, and now Mr. Limbaugh does in fact appear to be that “bleeding shark.” For the Republicans to have validity in the upcoming elections it seems as though they now have to cut off their “right arm” and strongest voice of support. It should be interesting to note how this move could possibly affect them. I do respect Mr. Limbaugh for what he managed to accomplish even if I don’t approve of how he did so. He became a mighty sounding board for others who think “just like him.” Considering his past views, it is difficult to believe that his apology is sincere, but that judgement is up to a source “much higher than you or me.” Whether you love him or hate him, he never backed down from any of his statements… until “now.” Charlie Sheen was a great actor who let his own ideologies cost him his program. Should Mr. Limbaugh fare any better? There is an age old adage that seems so appropriate right now, and that is “Live by the sword, Die by the sword.” This sword has already been thrust and it found it’s “mark.” Now we have to see just how well the “wound” can heal… Have a great day.
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