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Joel S. Hirschhorn
NationofChange / Op-Ed
Published: Thursday 3 October 2013
Individual responsibility in other words is not some socialist belief as much as it is a true conservative one.

How Stupid are Limbaugh Listeners?

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While driving on my usual errands run the other day I listened a little to Limbaugh’s radio show.  As usual I was completely amazed at the incredible misinformation vomited by the champion of stupidity.

Limbaugh strongly condemned Obamacare because he was convinced that the government has no constitutional right to require citizens to purchase anything, certainly not health insurance.  Interestingly, he did not condemn the conservative controlled Supreme Court for allowing this to happen.  Apparently, superrich Limbaugh forgets that car owners are required to buy automobile insurance.  And there are now jurisdictions where home owners are required to buy flood insurance.  There are also places where people must pay for an ambulance if they do not have insurance coverage.  And let us not forget that government mandates parents to send their children to schools, which requires various kinds of spending (as does even home schooling).  To get from one place to another by car often requires paying a bridge or tunnel toll, as yet another example.  When I travel by air my ticket includes several government mandated costs.

You might think that a genuine conservative would strongly support public policy that prevented people from shifting costs that they should be responsible for to the general public.  Individual responsibility in other words is not some socialist belief as much as it is a true conservative one.

The other ludicrous point he kept making was that Obamacare was a devious plot to ruin private health insurance companies.  Again and again he was misinforming his loyal listeners to the incorrect notion that by forcing people to use health exchanges the hidden goal was to put private health insurance companies out of business.  Just one very big problem.  Health exchanges offer insurance provided by private health insurers, not some government provider.

Indeed, a major reason why many people on the left and independents were and still are unhappy with Obamacare is that they wanted a government single payer system, essentially Medicare for everyone, rather than a system that maintains the grip of private health insurance companies on the health system, because so much money is siphoned out by the insurance companies.

The next day offered another example of Rush slush:  He repeated endlessly that the government entities that created the websites for the new Obamacare health exchanges had "limitless" money for the task.  Limitless? You really mean all the money they could possibly want?  Give me a break.  Shut the fruck up Rush.

I doubt that Limbaugh himself does not know the true facts.  He is criminally guilty of using the public airwaves to promote and expand the stupidity of Americans.  His lying has reached such high levels that I hope some entity would go to the courts and attempt to get him off the public airwaves, and force him to spread his dung propaganda on media that must be purchased.  What Limbaugh is getting away with is akin to shouting fire ina public place when there is no fire.  In other words, there are limits to constitutionally protected free speech.  Constantly telling lies that are designed to screw up our political system should not be been as allowable free speech.  And his sponsors should also take umbrage at his irresponsible pattern of behavior and stop supporting him.

How stupid are Limbaugh listeners?  Very, if they get their information from him.



ABOUT Joel S. Hirschhorn

 

Joel S. Hirschhorn has been widely published; his previous book is Sprawl Kills - How Blandburbs Steal Your Time, Health and Money.  He has published many articles and oped pieces in major newspapers (Washington Post, New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune) and on progressive web sites such as CommonDreams, The Progress Report, SmirkingChimp and Opednews; Google Joel S. Hirschhorn to see his writings and achievements and see link below.  Before becoming a writer and consultant, he was a senior staffer for the U.S. Congress (Office of Technology Assessment), Director of Environment, Energy and Natural Resources at the National Governors Association, a full professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and head of an environmental consulting company.  He is the Chair of the Independent Party of Maryland and co-founder of Friends of the Article V Convention.

Limbaugh is an ugly piece of

Limbaugh is an ugly piece of work, along with his pathetic pinhead fans. The first, and only, time I listened to him he was equating seedling trees with full grown trees saying that the timber companies plant more than they 'harvest.'. However, I would point out that no one is required to buy car insurance (st least in CA). One is required to show"financial responsibility" such as by having a certain amount of cash on deposit.

Rush Blimpbag, as I call him,

Rush Blimpbag, as I call him, keeps shoveling the caca because he gets well paid to do so. I have to wonder if he's stupid enough to believe what he rants. Is it possible? He's giving the yahoos what they want, and that about says it. It doesn't matter whether he believes it, in the final analysis. He encourages the dittoheads to let him do their thinking for them, which is why we see the yokels electing the Tea Party obstructionists to downgrade the United States in every respect. He, and media whores like Coulter, that skinny bottle blonde, are able to goad the Red State voters into voting against themselves in every election. But they love it, which is why the demagogues sell their books and get foot-stomping appreciation for their mean-mouthed rants.

But let's remember this: he railed against the "druggies" in our society, while getting addicted to pain-killers himself. And he loves to damn "Nanny Government," but he himself took Unemployment checks from this "nanny." I, on the other hand, have never received a penny in Unemployment money, though I approve of the program. I applied for it twice in my life, but I found jobs before I could even get a check.

So, consistency and honesty are not the strong suits of the Blimpbag. I still remember how he unkindly compared young Chelsea Clinton to a dog on his TV show. The daughter of the First Lady, no less. This kind of cruelty and incivility was a new experience for me. I had hated the politics of Reagan, for example, but wouldn't think of attacking his family like that. And I was glad that Reagan wasn't gunned down by that young shooter who tried to make it permanent...most of all, I think, because he was the president. Anyway, when I saw Rush's sneering taunt of a young girl, I thought to myself, "so this is what passes for political dialogue these days?"

And yet this big-mouth can bring some Republicans to their knees. Why then, do we wonder that the GOP is due to just fade away because of increasing irrelevance?

Limbaugh dittoheads make mud

Limbaugh dittoheads make mud puddles seem like Rhodes scholars.

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