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Rush…..Wide Right!!!!!

October 16, 2009

At this point, I am pretty sure that everyone has heard of Rush Limbaugh’s unsuccessful attempt to be part owner of an NFL team, the St. Louis Rams. I have my own personal feelings about whether objecting to him being an owner was right or not, but let’s apply Rush’s own beliefs and tactics to the situation. He along with other conservatives often proclaim that “life is not fair”; so no problem there, what happened is just life. A few months ago, Rush claimed he wanted President Obama to fail, then he came back and clarified saying that he wanted the President’s PLANS to fail. Well, it seems as if a lot of NFL fans, players and owners wanted Rush’s PLANS of being part owner of an NFL team to fail also. Even more recently, Rush announced on his show, with much pleasure , that Chicago was denied their bid for the Olympics. When you behave like that and seem to find pleasure in other people’s failure or when they come up short, the universe has a way of showing you what that is like. Rush just got a taste of what he wished on the United States, Chicago, and President Obama.

Anyone that has listened to Rush Limbaugh’s radio show knows that he is very opinionated and strives to influence his audience to think in particular ways. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but why wouldn’t he expect others to treat him in the same way? When he does a skit on President Obama or the “Justice Brothers (Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson) is he claiming that he is trying to make them look good or bad? Of course he is trying to make them look bad and discourage his audience from supporting anything these individuals do. How is that any different from what happened to him in the case of people opposing him for being part owner of an NFL team? The only difference I see is that Rush is on the receiving end of the smears and slander this time….if they are actually smears and slander. Any reasonable person that listens to Rush knows that he creates impressions of people or makes up things he wants his audience to believe about people he does not like. He attacks individuals and groups in a very aggressive way often only armed with his personal opinions of them. Also, he takes things that individuals have said or done and holds it against them and uses it to characterize them for eternity, which basically is the same thing that happened to him in this instance. How can he behave in one manner, but expect others to treat him in another manner? There is something very arrogant about that way of thinking. One of two things happened, Rush Limbaugh got exactly what he deserved OR he got a dose of his own medicine. However, Rush surely was not mistreated because people expressed displeasure wth him being part of a group to acquire the St. Louis Rams. Rush would have people believe that the decision was because of President Obama, the “liberal media” or because he is a conservative. The only reason this was a problem is because of Rush himself and his behavior over the years. He fails to admit that he has a right to say whatever he would like, but he does not have a right to everyone rewarding him for it. Just as he as an opinion about just about everyone, people can have an opinion of him as well. Where is that “personal responsibility” conservatives always talk about? Also, what does “Freedom of Speech” have to do with people supporting someone in owning a professional sports team. Let’s flip this thing and imagine what Rush Limbaugh would be saying if Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson or President Obama wanted to own part of the Pittsburgh Steelers. We all know that he would blast the idea and try to get all of his listeners to do the same. And all of the people that claim what happened to Rush was unfair would not have a problem with Rush trying to deny someone else the very thing he wanted. That is a scary element that exist out there today. People create all sorts of different standards for themselves that they have for others.

Lastly, I would ask Rush’s African American friends like “Mr. Snerdley or “Hutch” if they actually know him so well and do not believe that the things that people interpret about him are  accurate, why don’t they ask him to behave differently? Until situations like this, Rush enjoys playing people against one another and he will use this incident to continue doing that. Instead of using this as an opportunity to self evaluate, I can guarantee you that he is going to use this incident to make his audience feel that what happenned is an attack on them. If Rush Limbaugh actually has African American “friends”, they should be friend enough to tell him that in a lot of instances what he says is wrong and divisive.

As this thing plays out, I just ask that people apply Rush’s own standards to it. “Life is not fair”, you are guaranteed free speech, but not guaranteed that people have to agree with or support you, etc. How many times have we heard conservatives say that only access should be guaranteed, not the outcome? Well, Rush got access, it is just that his attempt was …….Wide Right!!!!