Another Open Letter To Rush Limbaugh
The Philosopher king of the Untutored Mob
I was sitting here at my table working on a book when I saw your rotund figure on television exclaiming that the President’s response to the unlawful arrest of Skip Gates – my friend and the most distinguished Academic in America – was “a black militant response!” You also said that “agents of Barack Obama and Sonia Sotomayor” had attacked the poor white fireman in New Haven” and now white policeman are under attack from the “East Wing of the White House.” Although I know you are a meglo-maniacal know nothing who will do most anything to boost your ratings and stay in the news, I was still shocked at this rancid incendiary rhetoric.
The more I hear from you the more several things become crystal clear: You are totally without any sense of decency or responsibility; you are not deeply committed to anything beyond gratification of your enormous appetites, which obviously dominate your life; You are embarrassingly ignorant and unread; you will say anything to keep your ratings up; you care nothing for the poor white saps who are so devoid of self esteem or real knowledge about the world that they self-identify as “Ditto Heads.” Which means that they rubber stamp anything you say.
You are their philosopher king Rush. And if there were enough of them, I’d bet my bottom dollar they would put you in charge of the country. Thank goodness they are a small fraction of the American population, and they are obviously the dumbest. It is hard to tell if this is tragedy or farce. After all, Senator Al Franken was right about you: You are a big fat idiot! Hence in you we find the tragic-comic absurdity of the jabbering jester as philosopher king
Yet every time I attempt to dismiss you as an inconsequential fool, I remember what the great American film maker Frank Capra says about how Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini looked like cartoon characters to military film makers at the onset of World War II. Tasked with making ant-Axis propaganda films for the US Army, Capra said their work was complicated by the fact that Hitler looked like the great silent movie comic actor Charlie Chaplin, and Benito looked like he was having a fit, with all of his over the top dramatic gestures. And we know how dangerous these two jokers turned out to be. The problem was how do you get people to recognize the danger of two guys who looked and behaved like cartoon characters.
So I recognize the fact that because you look like W.C.Fields on dope, and talk like a professional fool, does not mean you aren’t dangerous. Talk radio is a powerful medium because it comes right into your ear and you can listen while you are doing something else. So people who drive around all day can listen to you. Although frankly, anyone who would rather listen to you everyday rather than the musical fare radio offers – from Bach to the blues – probably suffers from some sort of intellectual deficit and is emotionally disturbed.
These lost benighted souls turn to you for what amounts to therapy or catharsis alas, and you repay them with the equivalent of intellectual junk food, the kind of stuff that’s devoid of spiritual nutrition, ingredients that can enrich their lives and lift them to a higher plane. Everything you do is designed to bring out the worse in them and cannot possibly lead them to viable solutions to their problems. Another thing we can assume about your audience given the time of day you are on the air: They are not the people who are running this country, and in all probability they don’t hold a job that requires serious attention at all. Hence they are far from the brightest bulbs in the box. Not many Ivy League grads there.
In fact Rush, they are the same kinds of people that Hitler and Mussolini appealed to. But the Nazi experience is most instructive in your case, because interestingly enough the Italian fascist movement was not anti-semitic in the beginning. In fact there is evidence that Mussolini thought Hitler was a nut on the Jewish question, after all, as the Jewish Historian Lenni Brenner has shown, there were Jews among the founding members of the Italian fascist movement. Hence the centrality of racism to the Nazi project makes it resemble the American experience more than the Italian. And for good reason: Most of the Nazi ideas about race came from here, as David Blaine has shown.
It is well know by serious students of the rise of the Third Reich in Germany that the most important vehicle for transporting the German nation from a leader in science, philosophy and art music to a nation of barbarians capable of murdering six million of their countrymen was the way Dr. Goebbles employed talk radio to incite the untutored mob by convincing them that all of their problems were caused by the Jews.
The fact is that Germany’s problems at the time were mostly caused by the Armistice conditions set in the Versailles Treaty of 1919, under which the Germans were punished for starting World War I. Just like the present economic crisis is the result of misbegotten Republican military adventures and economic incompetence. But to listen to you, and your Republican partners in crime like Patty Buchanan, one would think the problems of the white working class are caused by black and Hispanic people!
I confess that I am at a lost to understand what your end game is Rush. Do you want to start a race war in America? Well in spite of many similarities, this is not Weimar Germany. For one thing a black man sits in the White house and there is a black man sitting in the Attorney General’s office who controls the federal police forces. Hence if any of your brown shirt ditto heads attempt a beer hall putch they will be crushed by the strong arm of the state, just as Hitler was. But unlike in Germany they will get no second act in America Today. You came along too late Rush; the best you are going to accomplish with your version of Operation Helter Skelter is to incite some poor dumb rednecks to murder ala Charles Mansion. You appeal to the most backward and unstable elements in white society, the genuine failures who are looking for a scapegoat to explain away the fact that they are white men without wealth or power in a land set up for them to make it.
It’s not surprising that you understand this lunatic fringe of losers, because in your heart you must say: “There but for the grace of God go I.” For no one knows better than you that without the gift of gab and talent for buffoonery you would be one of their number; your history in broadcasting attest to this possibility. You were on your way to failure in the broadcast industry when you stumbled upon the angry white guy routine and things turned around. And I am convinced that it is the desire for money and adulation that motivates you. And the struggles of the poor dumb peckerwoods that you fleece of their emotional energy and affections matter little to you except as a body count for Arbitron ratings. That’s how your bread is buttered, and from the look of things we can surmise that you consume a mighty share of it.
I fully understand that given the fact that you are a big fat idiot this conversation is way above your head – after all, your success with the untutored mob is a function of the fact that you are not much smarter than your listeners. It is a classic case of the blind leading the blind. Yet I feel compelled to pull your coat to a couple of things, and as with much of what I have said here this too is intended to enlighten a wider audience. First off, even if skip Gates had shouted at the cops and told them to “get tha fuck outta here” after he showed them his Harvard I.D. and Drivers License they should have got tha fuck out!
Cops are public servants not our masters. The reason we have constitutional protections against “unreasonable search and seizure” is to protect American citizens against the arbitrary abuse of police powers exercised by the occupying British Redcoats during colonial times. In fact all of our constitutional rights were created in response the tyrannical practices of the British crown! But since you recently confused the Constitution with the Declaration of Independence I don’t expect you to understand any of this. Still, ignorance of the constitution is no excuse.
The second point I must make before ending this letter is: President Obama’s response to the Abuse of the police powers of the state in violating the soverign rights of a citizen was measuered and reasonable in the extreme. A black militant would have said: “This is just another example of how racist peckerwood pigs behave when dealing with black people. These pussies are being driven mad with penis envy – just like that fat dumb ass motherfucker Rush Limbaugh. All of them racist crackers can kiss my ass! As far as I’m concerned They are all a bunch of paleface blue eyed Devils just like the Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us. They are evil by nature so what can we expect. But Allah is going to bring these evil cracker mother fuckers to their knees soon, because we are living in the last days and time and Amerikka is going down just like Babylon! In the mean time I urge my brothers and sister to buy guns just like the whiteys are doing… and if one of those pale ugly no-lip booty-less devils put their hands on you put their ass six feet under!!!” that’s how black militants talk Rush.
In truth Barack Obama’s statement was measured and milquetoast; just like virtually all of the black commentators who are given prominence as spokesman on black issues on the tube. If I didn’t have first hand knowledge of how black commentators are selected in white controlled media I would be scratching my head and wondering where they find these guys. But let me be clear Rush, all though you are far too dumb to dig it: none of the people whom you and other right wing white hysterics call the far left of the Democratic party are what you say they are. I am a life long Democrat – a Yellow Dog Democrat in fact – and I represent the far left of the Democratic party. And I’m not nearly as nice as the people you continuously slander. I hope you die the death of a polecat and stink your way to hell! Now that’s how we roll.