Six people killed in Tucson Arizona over the weekend and a congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords’ in critical condition from a gunshot wound to her head. This was not enough to convince Rush Limbaugh that even for one broadcast, he should tone down the inciteful political rhetoric in America. No, for Mr. Limbaugh, today was just another day, where blaming Democrats was the only thing on his agenda.
In his reference to the shooting where a victim as young as 9 years old and multiple victims in their 70′s, were murdered, Limbaugh said;
“In continuing this template and narrative that the tea party and Sarah Palin, that talk radio and Fox News, are inspiring violence, they forget that, in the process of so doing, they are attacking what is now a majority of America. They are accusing a majority of Americans of being accomplices to murder.
They will use anyone. They will use any event. They will take what is a genuine tragedy and without any evidence whatsoever attempt to massage it for their own political benefit. And they can’t do it by touting their ideas. They can’t do it by explaining the virtue of their beliefs. So what do they have to do? They have to impugn, destroy get rid of, regulate out of business, their political opponent in media if they have a chance.”
Although no on knows for sure why the Arizona shooter went on his rampage, Limbaugh conveniently turns his eye away from the obvious – regardless of the shooter’s reasons, the political atmosphere in America has divided this country, and this division contributes to these type of actions.
We are no longer “one nation,” we have drawn the line at Democrats, Republicans, Independents or members of the Teaparty.
We are no longer “one people,” but have drawn the line at Blacks, Whites, Jews or Latinos.
And we no longer live in America, but have drawn the line at what part of America we live in. We’re from the South, We’re from the North, we’re from the East, or from the West.
These divisions all played a major role in the 2010 political debate. At any one point last year, we were against Republicans, Democrats, Independents, The Teaparty, Blacks, Whites, Jews, Latinos, people from the South, people from the north. And all of these divisions were base purely on politics.
But politics in America is nothing new. It’s been around since this country’s inception. But something about this cycle of politics is different. Any any member of Congress and they will tell you that they have not seen things this bad in quite a long time. So what made it this bad?
It’s the Sarah Palins, the Rush Limbaughs, the Glenn Becks. Those radio and television personalities who are more concerned about dividing the country to fatten their paychecks, than they are about working together to bring the country together. These personalities are financially invested and vested in keeping this country divided.
It is also the main stream media. These are the networks many Americans look upon to deliver “real news.” These new media types are more concerned with drama than they are with facts. They put two members with opposing views on their network and give them a 5 minute segment to battle things out. Gone are the days when real reporters and real anchor persons presented unbiased facts. What we have now are Reality based media, the only difference is, no one is voted off. The more yelling in these 5 minute segments, the more news networks request their presence.
And when apologies are to be made, as they were with Keith Olbermann, we will like to think that those from the other l side of the political spectrum will realize the necessity for unity.
But their personal paychecks are more important, so today, Rush Limbaugh continued without missing a beat.
- After Arizona tragedy, it’s time to dial down the political rhetoric (chicagonow.com)
- Shooting could tame tough political rhetoric – Reuters (news.google.com)
- Gabrielle Giffords shooting reignites row over rightwing rhetoric in US – The Guardian (news.google.com)