Last year, Rush Limbaugh beat back a media blitz that claimed he is racist. The blitz was centered around two racist comments that were being falsely attributed to him. No one has ever been able to provide the sources for those two quotes, so Mr. Limbaugh was quite justified in setting the record straight. The problem with that was that those two quotes were among a list of ten. He only proved two out of the ten to be incorrect. That's only a 20% success rate in his "I don't ever say anything racist" argument. That's an F in my book.
I'm not going to rehash those quotes, as they're old news. I'm more concerned with a new statement made just yesterday. Comments like these from Rush, seem to be becoming more and more common. I believe that he has just raised the bar, significantly with this latest blatantly bigoted statement. He is discussing the current budget legislation, implying that President Obama would be turning troops into slaves with his liberal, read Communist, capitalist-hating proposals. He said,
If the troops still engage in battle, if they go to war and they execute the orders issued by their commanders, if the troops are thus not paid by their commander-in-chief, are they his slaves? What would you call it? Can those serving in the military just walk off the job? I don't think so.
So if Obama does not sign the bill to pay his troops, then it sounds sort of like forced labor to me. I mean, it's one thing, folks — we can all agree on this: It's one thing to have to pick cotton, but to be forced to risk your life overseas without being paid, that's the worst kind of forced labor to me.
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Jesse Jackson says the government shutdown would be a return to the Civil War? If the president refuses to fund the troops, if the commander-in-chief refuses to pay the troops, and congressman Jim Moran in Virginia tells a voter who wants to know why the troops aren't being paid to shut up and sit down, and if these guys expect these troops to stay on the job, it sure sounds like Obama has more in common with President Jefferson Davis than he does with President Lincoln.
Five minutes after Limbaugh said it, the media was all over the Jefferson Davis analogy. Personally, I think it's one of the goofiest analogies that I've heard Rush Limbaugh attempt. It's so goofy, it fails on multiple levels, including it fails to be precisely racist. Here's the thing, though, there was a seriously racist statement, made in that monologue. Rush's call screener, Mr. Snerdley, caught it. Listen,
"The government has not been affected at all. The government has done nothing but continue to leech and grow. (interruption)