Soap Box:  Rush Limbaugh: Hypocrite

December 1, 2003

Okay, I might as well tell you what I think of Rush Limbaugh right up front. I do not like him. I would not like him on a train, I would not like him in the rain, I would not like him on a plane. In fact, I despise him. I use to listen to him many years ago, when he was only on the radio, and he talked about a variety of subjects. But when he turned entirely to "conservative talk", which is better known as "Democrat bashing", I found that I just didn't have the stomach for him any longer. In fact, the more I heard from him, the more I realized that he was one of the biggest hypocrites in the media. Not only would he distort the facts, but he would plain outright lie if that was necessary to spread his message of hatred for members of the Democratic party. Given my passion for astronomy, Limbaugh really disgusted me when he basically listed me as an "environmental whacko" because I'm in favor of better control over light pollution. Limbaugh lied and said there is no such thing. He said it was "a plot fabricated by environmental whackos". I would hope that his worshipers would at least use their brain on this one and realize there's a reason that you can't see as many stars, or even the Milky Way today without traveling many miles out into the country. The simple fact of the matter is that Rush Limbaugh is very mean spirited and just not a very nice person. And if conservatives still worship and support him unconditionally after his latest drug scandal, they are a bunch of pure, unthinking idiots.

Although I don't listen to Rush Limbaugh anymore, a quick search of the Internet or a chat with any of his flock will gain you some insight as to his view on drugs and the people who use drugs. When commenting on the death of musician Jerry Garcia, Limbaugh said he was just "another dead drug addict". On his show he has said "there's nothing good about drug use". He said "drug use destroys societies" and it "destroys families". And when it comes to what should be done with the people that do drugs, Rush Limbaugh said "if people are violating the law by doing drugs, they ought to be accused and they ought to be convicted and they ought to be sent up". So it seems apparent that Limbaugh is very down on drug use and those that do it. In fact, in regards to drug use being a disease, he said that he didn't "buy into the disease part of it". He said people are "making a personal choice" to do drugs and they should be held responsible for it.

So here's the basics on drug usage according to Rush Limbaugh:

1) drug use is bad,

2) drug use destroys families and our society,

3) people use drugs by personal choice, NOT by disease,

4) drug users should be accused, convicted, and sent to prison

But hold onto your hats folks, in the late summer/early fall of 2003, the National Enquirer (I think) newspaper reported that Rush Limbaugh was a drug user. His housekeeper (former?) was apparently out doing his drug shopping for him. Limbaugh countered that these were all lies. But when the evidence was just too great, Limbaugh admitted that he was indeed addicted to drugs and entered himself into a rehabilitation clinic. In other words, Limbaugh was shown to be a liar, a drug addict, and a hypocrite in one fell swoop. The drugs apparently were pain medication he got hooked on, while taking them for back pain. Having a herniated disk myself, I know his pain, but I didn't make the "personal choice" of doing drugs like Limbaugh did.

Believe it or not, Rush Limbaugh being exposed for the lying hypocrite that he is isn't the main point of this article. The main point of this article is to chastise Limbaugh for his current blatant attempt of trying to say he is not a hypocrite because of this revelation of his drug usage! For a man with his brain "on loan from God", he doesn't seem all that intelligent to me. And if people really are still supportive of him today and what he's currently saying, then I question their intellect too.

Okay, let's look at how he is trying to spin doctor the situation of his hypocrisy being exposed. Limbaugh said, "People are saying that I am a hypocrite, as I was using drugs. Yet, I was telling people to lead a moral life and do the right thing. Okay, if what I was saying to do was the right thing about whatever subject, does the fact that I may not have been doing it myself mean that it's not right to do?"   That is correct, he has been telling people to do the right thing, that is, don't do drugs. But telling people to do good, by itself, is irrelevant to whether or not he's a hypocrite. Limbaugh continued, "My behavior doesn't change right and wrong. And just because I may have been doing something that appeared to be contradictory to what I was suggesting others do doesn't mean that what I was suggesting others do is wrong." Again correct, and again irrelevant. Nobody has said he told people to do wrong. This is a spin doctor attempt by him to deflect attention away from what he has actually done, onto what he has told others to do. Being hypocritical means you did something other than what you told others to do.

Let's see what else he had to say on the matter. Limbaugh said, "You know, the critics want to harp on all this hypocrisy. There's no hypocrisy in this, because there is no weakening of right and wrong simply because some people don't choose to live that way in certain areas of their lives."  This is partly true.  There is "no weakening of right and wrong".  And again that's irrelevant.  There was definitely hypocrisy in this.  Limbaugh the spin doctor continued, "No, I was the one wrong, but it didn't change the value of right and wrong simply because I didn't abide by it at a particular time." And once again, true but irrelevant. I'm glad that he at least admitted he was wrong, but this crap about changing "the value of right and wrong" has nothing to do with hypocrisy. It's just a spin doctor attempt to get the focus off the fact that he doesn't do what he tells others to do (i.e. stay away from drugs).

Here's the simple facts of the matter. Limbaugh sat on his high horse, condemning drug users as bad people, said they were making personal choices, and said they should be sent to prison. His message was don't do drugs. The problem with that message, and the reason why Limbaugh is a hypocrite, is that while delivering that message, he was doing the opposite! He was using drugs. He was helping to destroy our society (according to his own views on drug users). In other words, he was being the text book definition of a hypocrite! They should put his picture in the dictionary.  Doing the opposite of what you say others should do is what being a hypocrite is all about. And if you follow Limbaugh's  own suggestion, you should advocate that he be sent to prison.  If you still support (and worship) Rush Limbaugh, you need to be in rehabilitation yourself.

Jeff Polston

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