I wanted to wait for a while before saying anything about the passing of one of the most vapidly toxic figures to influence our national discourse.
I speak of Rush Limbaugh, the insidious bigot who passed away days ago at 70 after a battle with lung cancer. But the hypocrisy of the media in not describing Limbaugh in the way he deserves, prompted me to break my silence.
Despite the hate, misogyny, and xenophobia that Limbaugh represented, the mainstream media gushes over him as if he was someone who left a legacy of good.
God is still working on me, so I still pray that he continues to lead me onto the path he wants me to trod, like the new testament teachings, which ask me to be of pious supplicancy. One who turns the other cheek when my enemy spitefully assaults me, love them, and be good to them?
Or follow the Old Testament teachings, honoring warriors like David who asked God to deliver his enemies into his hands, slew them, and progressed.
Rush Limbaugh must be remembered for what he truly was, a cancer. But we must also take note of those who enabled him, The media houses that gave him the platform to spew the garbage he did, so that they could rake in the profits from his decades of preaching hate.
Criticize me all you want, but since he is not finished with me yet, I will shed not one drop of tear for an insufferable bigot whose passing left the world a better place today, than it was before he died.
I refuse to play nice to a glorified clown who used the public airwaves to sow hatred and division, turning neighbors against neighbors, making Americans see their fellow Americans not as people who disagree on principle, but as enemies to be reviled and hated. If refusing to be deferential to that kind of insidious trash is a vice, color me the new viceroy.
Rush Limbaugh built an empire on hatred and division; at the very best, Rush Limbaugh was nothing more than a demagogue with a microphone, a wannabe comedian who was everything but funny. It was no surprise that Donald Trump rose to the presidency on the hatred and division that Limbaugh perpetuated and promulgated.
It was no surprise that Trump, another racial demagogue saw fit to bestow the presidential medal of freedom on Limbaugh. So much for the value of those going forward.
Limbaugh died, leaving a massive fortune, reportedly to the tune of $600 million, derived from spreading hatred for everyone who wasn’t white and male. He couldn’t take a penny with him, neither could it save him, which brings to mind, Matthew 16-26, Yeshua asked, what good it is for a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul?
Limbaugh is gone, never to be heard from again, but the seeds of hatred and division he left behind will be hard to erase, if ever at all. His seeds of hatred all but splintered the country, pitting brothers against brothers, sister against sister, parents against children, children against their parents, and neighbor against neighbor. Again here we see the word of God manifesting right in front of our eyes, in plain sight, yet we ignore it.
Mark 13 ‑12, “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.
Rush Limbaugh’s life was about stirring up hatred and division, sowing lies and discord; it resulted in the rise of the king of lies and disinformation to the highest executive office, and we have seen how that turned out.
Limbaugh’s campaign of deceit included spreading lies that Barack Obama was not an American. He told his listeners that the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) would result in death panels; they gobbled it up. He argued with a black caller to his show, telling him quote; “take that bone out of your nose and call me back.”
He asked his listeners if they ever noticed that all composite sketches of wanted criminals looked like the Reverend Jesse Jackson. He invited a guest on-air who sang “Barack, the Magic Negro” to the tune of “Puff, the Magic Dragon.” In 2016, he read an essay on air that a well-known white supremacist had penned.
He labeled Feminist women ‘Feminazis’. While speaking about the genocide of America’s indigenous peoples, Limbaugh said, “Holocaust 90 million Indians? Only 4 million left? They all have casinos; what’s to complain about?”(salon)
Limbaugh frequently mirrored white nationalist talking points when discussing Latino immigrants, whom he described as lazy and dependent on the government. He called migrants at America’s southern border an “invasion.” He denigrated Gays and Lesbians,’ the best way to stop the spread of the virus was to “not ask another man to bend over and make love at the exit point,” he asserted.
This guy was nothing but a blight, a poison, cancer to the body politic, one that metastasized and inexorable resulted in Donald Trump and, worse, the storming of the nation’s citadel of legislative power.
The death of this guy is a blessing; no one should pretend to show deference to such a vile creature, knowing without a shadow of a doubt that the world is a better place today, than it was with him here.
We were all victims of his hate; those who disagreed with his vile doctrine, and those who agreed with him are equal victims who now need redemption.
May God save their souls before it becomes too late for them too.?
Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.