Rush Limbaugh has reached a new, all-time low. And that is saying a lot for this depraved, draft dodging, race-baiting, pharmaceutical expert who will distort anything to advance his own agenda. Everything is seen through the prism of politics and no issue is sacrosanct if it can yield some personal gain for Limbaugh or the conservative movement. You would think someone like Limbaugh, himself an addict, would have some empathy and be able to show a modicum of decency on the untimely passing of a husband and father who brought so much joy to so many people around the world. Clearly not: Here is what he said about Robin Williams tragic passing:
“What is the left’s world view in general?” Limbaugh asked his audience the day after Williams’ death was announced. “If you had to attach, not a philosophy, but an attitude to a leftist world view. It’s one of pessimism, and darkness, sadness. They’re never happy, are they?”
“They’re animated in large part by the false promises of America because the promises of America are not for everyone,” he continued, pointing to a Fox News report that suggested Williams had struggled with financial issues, and survivor’s guilt after the deaths of entertainers like Christopher Reeve, Andy Kaufman and John Belushi.
“Robin Williams felt guilty that he was still alive while his three friends had died young, and much earlier than he had.” the conservative talker explained. “He could never get over the guilt that they died and he didn’t.”
“Well, that is a constant measurement that is made by political leftists in judging the country.”
Jason Easley capsulizes my feelings on this sordid incident best:
“I think a person has to be deeply troubled to find politics in the death of Robin Williams. The degree of detachment from reality that it takes to makes such a statement is why Limbaugh’s comments are worth discussing. There is a school of thought on the left that Limbaugh should be ignored. These are folks suffer from ostrich syndrome. They want to stick their heads in the sand and pretend like what they disagree with doesn’t exist. This desire is a manifestation of the fact that a segment of the left is becoming just like the right. There are people who only want their media to stay on the left side of the partisan fence.
The problem with that mentality is that it allows individuals to ignore the threat that is presented by the ideology on overdrive right. Millions of people listen to Limbaugh. They share his beliefs. These are folks who drive the Republican Party. If one wants to understand and defeat the extremism of the right, it is necessary to know what they are talking about, and why.
There is no leftward ideology that pushed Robin Williams to take his own life. Limbaugh was exploiting a man’s personal pain and tragedy to push an ideological agenda. Ignoring Rush Limbaugh, or Fox News, or the Republicans in Congress won’t make that agenda go away. Limbaugh’s attempt to use the death of Robin Williams was a window into right-wing thinking. The politics never stops, and everything is political for many on the right.
Ignoring Rush Limbaugh won’t make him go away. He has hundreds of stations carrying his program around the country, but ignoring his words would allow him to operate in a zero accountability environment. Rush Limbaugh should not be able to make deplorable remarks like those that he made about the death of Robin Williams without being held accountable.
For the individuals and families of those that he demonizes and exploits, we must hold Rush Limbaugh accountable.”