OPINION: The GOP Must Denounce Limbaugh

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With the recent scandal involving Chip Saltsman, a candidate to run the RNC,  and his distribution of Rush Limbaugh’s CD, which contained Barack the Magic Negro, it is high time for the Republican Party  and the USA as a whole to reject and denounce Rush Limbaugh.

Barack the Magic Negro is hardly the most offensive  thing that Rush Limbaugh has said and is hardly the strongest tie that Limbaugh has had to the Republican party.

Limbaugh is a bigot, a sexist, a hypocrite and a xenophobe. He stirs up fear and hate in his listeners. He preys on the disenfranchised and uneducated and turns their resentment against blacks, feminists, immigrants, and liberals. If you are interested in Limbaugh’s most racist quotes against blacks click here. Limbaugh has also managed to offend Latinos, saying LA’s Mayor reminded him of a shoe shine boy and also saying in reference to Hugo Chavez “A Chavez is a Chavez. We’ve always had problems with them.”

Limbaugh’s prejudice does not only extend to minorities. He also has discriminated against women, who happen to be the majority of this country. He said  “Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society” and also “We’re not sexists, we’re chauvinists — we’re male chauvinist pigs, and we’re happy to be because we think that’s what men were destined to be. We think that’s what women want.”

Rush Limbaugh has acted as de facto spokesman for the Republican party, the self appointed voice of conservative broadcast, saying what they mean to say butt won’t say for fear of being deemed politically incorrect. Still the GOP has given him their approval. George Bush has appeared on Limbaugh’s show several times as has his brother Jeb. GOP Uncle Toms, Condoleezza Rice and Clarence Thomas have also appeared on his show as have Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.  Former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow has not only appeared on Limbaugh’s show, but has been a replacement host for Limbaugh as has Matt Drudge.

Its amazing how few Republicans have come forth to criticize Limbaugh. When rapper, Ludacris, referred to Hillary Clinton as a bitch, Fox News criticized him for a whole news cycle, yet when Limbaugh repeatedly referred to Clinton as a B I itch, Fox News kept quiet. It is amazing that John McCain asked Obama to publicly condemn John Lewis for rightfully comparing the McCain/Palin hate rallies to those of  George Wallace, but never condemned Rush Limbaugh for comparing Obama to Bin Laden and Sadam Hussein, democrats to Al Qaeda and feminists to Nazi’s.

In 2000 John McCain bravely stood up to the ‘agents of intolerance’ on the Right in Pat Robertson and Gerry Fallwell. However by 2008 he had turned into a yellow bellied coward. Despite the fact that Limbaugh criticized him heavily through out the primaries, John McCain has never openly criticized Limbaugh. When Limbaugh, who avoided the Vietnam draf,t because he “did not want to go” called soldiers who volunteered to fight for their country and came back to criticize the war when they saw the death and carnage, “phony soldiers,” Harry Reid called on his fellow Senators to condemn the remarks. McCain said “I did issue a statement saying that I thought it was inappropriate, and perhaps Mr. Limbaugh didn’t mean it but he should not have said it,” hardly a condemnation.

McCain had another chance to condemn Limbaugh’s statements when the Obama campaign ran an ad using Limbaugh’s quote  “Mexicans are stupid and unqualified” and “Shut your mouth or get out,” referring to Limbaugh as one of  McCain’s  Republican friends. McCain could’ve issued a statement saying that Limbaugh was not one of his friends and that his views did not represent the McCain camp or the Republican party, but instead stayed quiet for fear of pissing off the dittoheads.

McCain had one last chance to distance himself from Limbaugh on Meet The Press, when Tom Brokaw played a clip of Limbaugh saying the Powell’s endorsement of Obama was all about race and asked him if he agreed. McCain could’ve said, ‘I know Colin Powell and have been friends with him for many years, while I disagree with his endorsement, it is ludicrous to insinuate that a man who has given so much service to his country would endorse a Presidential candidate based on his skin color.’ By refusing to criticize Limbaugh McCain has shown that he either shares Limbaugh’s bigoted views or is to cowardly to criticize them.

One of the most disturbing things to know about Rush Limbaugh is that he is featured on Armed Services Radio. Given the fact that the army is 24% Latino and 12% black, Limbaugh is offending more than a third of the enlisted soldiers. Is Limbaugh really the voice of America we want represented to our military? Do we really want someone who said Abu Ghraib was just a fraternity prank talking to our enlisted soldiers?

Many of Limbaugh’s supporters have defended him by saying his statements were made in a humorous context. When someone like Borat makes a racist, sexist or anti-semetic comments it falls in the category of humor because we know that Sasha Baron Cohen doesn’t mean it and is using the character to show how stupid racism, sexism and are. However with Limbaugh, it is quite clear that he stands by his statements and it is the minorities and women who are the butt of his jokes, not his racism and sexism

If the GOP is to truly move on into the 21st century they must cut all ties to bigots like Limbaugh and Coulter. When the President, Vice President, Vice Presidential candidates, Governors, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense Senators and Supreme court justices appear on the show of a hate spewing racist, sexist pig, it does not reflect well on their political party or country.

While Limbaugh might have a large base, it is not as large as the base he offends. By attacking blacks, Hispanics, feminists and liberals he is pissing off more than half of the country. Not only blacks and Hispanics but every white person who has an African American or Latino relative, loved one, hero or friend.

Do we really want our soldiers listening to someone who called the Abu Grhaib scandal a fraternity prank talking to our soldiers every day? Do they need to hear a draft dodger who compares our brave soldiers who use their freedom of speech to criticize the war to suicide bombers?

Through out the campaign, Obama was repeatedly asked to denounce people he associated with for their statements. Whether it was Ludacris, Reverend Wright, Louis Farrakhan or John Lewis. Obama denounced all but Lewis. Now it is the Republicans turn to denounce.

Pleases write to you Senators, Congressman and Governors and ask them to publicly denounce Limbaugh for his, racism, sexism, xenophobia and disrespect and cancel his contract with Armed Services Radio. It is ridiculous that our tax money goes to this rich, mean spirited bigot.. and ridiculous that our brave soldiers are forced to listen to him.

Is there any Republican brave enough who to criticize or acknowledge the racism and bigotry of Limbaugh or has the party traded in fiscal conservatism and family values for hatred and bigotry?

I also urge all leaders in the African American, Latino Community as well as leaders of the women’s movement to protest Limbaugh. When we went after Imus, we went after the wrong bigot, Limbaugh makes Imus look like he works for Air America.

I’m also calling for a boycott of all Clear Channel stations. Clear Channel is the parent company of Limbaugh’s show. Their president, Mark P. Mays, recently defended Limbaugh for his phony soldiers comment. Please email him with you questions and concerns about Limbaugh at MarkPMays@clearchannel.com. You can also call Clear Channel with your concerns at 1-210-822-2828.  Also please call the local stations in your area that carry Limbaugh’s show.

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