Rush Limbaugh hyperventilates racism over school bus beat down
In Obama’s America, the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering.
Rush Limbaugh on the Rush Limbaugh Radio Show, Sept. 15, 2009
Setting aside the pure ridiculousness of the statement, more telling is that white children beating up black children seems to be cool with Rush because, apparently, that’s how it was in the good old days before Obama became president.
Limbaugh was commenting on an incident that took place yesterday on a school bus in Belleville, Illinois where a group of black children participated in beating up a white child riding the bus. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Belleville has-
…a long history of racial turmoil, with a past that includes police harassment of black motorists, cross burnings and discrimination in city hiring.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Still, Belleville Police Capt., Don Sax, who orginally indicated that Monday’s attack may have been racially motivated, today said,
The incident appears now to be more about a couple of bullies on a bus dictating where people sit.
Racially motivated or not, there is no excuse for what happened on that school bus yesterday. Certainly, the children at fault require appropriate punishment.
But, in listening to Limbaugh’s comments, can there be any question that the wing nuts have determined to now openly go after the president because of his race?
One wonders how far the line between Limbaugh style entertainment and full-scale, open racism can be pushed? Clearly, Rush has decided that racism is good for ratings. Can promotional photos of Rush dressed in in a bed sheet and hood be far behind? Will he begin making personal appearances at Klan rallies now that he has figured out that there are more ratings to be garnered at cross burnings than CPAC conventions?
I know that conservatives are uncomfortable standing up to Rush. Like it or not, he wields extraordinary influence over the people conservatives must rely upon for support.
But I wonder if we’ve yet reached that moment where responsible conservatives stand up and say the words that ended the career of Senator Joseph McCarthy, “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”
I’m talking about people like Bill Bennett, George Will, Joe Scarborough, John McCain and Lindsey Graham-conservatives whom, while seeing the world differently that I might, are people whom I believe have the best interest of the country at heart.
Is there any chance that we have reached that moment where enough is enough? Will conservatives of good will and positive intent call Limbaugh out on this and begin putting an end to this dangerous exercise in determining how much one can get away with in the name of the First Amendment’s freedom of speech?
Let’s hope so. Because when radio entertainers with large audiences. large cigars and even larger egos are emboldened to the point of attacking the President of the United States for being a black man, we really are in very serious trouble.