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Wanda Sykes Takes Aim and Pierces Limbaugh's Treasonous Heart

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It was a moment, I gather, that some nonswimmers experience when a child falls into the deep water and nobody else makes a move. As time slowed, they invariably recall, they waited to see who else was going to dive in. Upon realizing nobody was, the thought formed, not of heroism or of urgency but of resignation....

This does not always turn out well. Some drown, some don't, some prevail and everyone lives. But in the moment, you understand that if you're going to go down, at least you're going to go down for something worthwhile.

I started scribbling the first 'Comment' by hand, on the back of my trip itinerary. We were somewhere over the Rockies by the time I finished."

-Keith Olbermann, Truth and Consequences, (c) 2007

Twenty-five years beyond Orwell's 1984, and nearly two years and five months into the life of his MSNBC Countdown broadcasts, history repeated the Murrow-against-false-patriotism era with Keith Olbermann: a man steeped professionally in sports, privately in the love of history and of the simple values of his country. His "Special Comments" punctured the facades of the false patriots, the rule-by-fear mongers; the traitors pointing fingers at us. Olbermann's nightly rants against the liars and the war mongers drove up his viewership and, likely, were critical to the, eventual, resistance to and near-universal repudiation of the most criminally corrupt Presidency in American history. Olbermann groomed Rachel Maddow for the timeslot after him and, perhaps, to guarantee truth will survive should he not.


Rachel Maddow

Yet, justice still evades. In spite of a warehouse of evidence of Bush Administration law breaking-from illegal spying, lying to Congress and to the American People to make war, from renditions to torture and other war crimes that likely include murder-no prosecutions, no prison sentences; only duo-party political posturings and sham Congressional hearings.

And the 21st century McCarthy still reigns, puking his poisonous bile into the public airwaves: dangerous not because millions of people listen to him, but because too many politicians fear his audience may be swayed not to vote for them. Limbaugh, the "Face in the Crowd" who cares only for his enormous wealth, maintained by the powerful instrument of talk radio, as with all historical demagogues when the walls of change closed in on them, has, now, so inflated his demands on the Republicans, manufactured false causes to attack everything Barack Obama, and stripped naked, from indifference to outright contempt, his views of all who are suffering under the weight of the greed-driven recession-many of which are or were his own audience. Driven to utter madness under the weight of preserving his own wealth and influence, Limbaugh has finally reached the point of McCarthy overreach, awaiting the new Joseph Welch with a sharp enough pin to burst his media balloon.

In spite of the media's attempt to sweep Wanda Sykes's blistering comments about Rush Limbaugh off their news desks the day after, tomorrow is another day. Olbermann and Maddow will surely give Wanda's branding of Limbaugh as a traitor to his country new life. I can hear the whistle of air leaking evermore rapidly from out of the "dittohead" universe.

For, in fact, all of history's demagogues were traitors-loyal only to themselves. Rush Limbaugh is a traitor to both his audience and his country. Very soon his audience will desert him just as surely as they did McCarthy and that Andy Griffith character in the movie "A Face in the Crowd".

Wanda knows. She knows we know the truth, too.

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Retired, Robert Arend was president of an AFSCME local from 1997-2007.

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Why did you accept Ms. Sykes' comment as fact ... by roy lutz on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 11:22:55 AM
"I disagree fervently with the people on our ... by Jennifer Hathaway on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 12:22:10 PM
That I would waste my time listening to a paid pro... by Paula Sayles on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 12:46:51 PM
Roy, Even in the worst days of the Bush Administra... by Robert Arend on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 1:01:53 PM
I get that you guys don't like Limbaugh (to pu... by roy lutz on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 4:52:15 PM
is that his interest lie in making $'s for himself... by Stanimal on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 3:49:17 PM
...as a "comedian." I don't think he's funny. Wh... by Lisa Middeke on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 6:00:33 PM
...as a "comedian." I don't think he's funny. Wh... by Lisa Middeke on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 6:10:08 PM
...as a "comedian." I don't think he's funny. Wh... by Lisa Middeke on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 6:33:24 PM
Foolishly, the US public gave the Republicans an a... by Jason Paz on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 5:26:06 PM
Mr. Lutz did a concise job of presenting the Obama... by Tom Murphy on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 6:16:47 PM
Tom, I have little concern about Limbaugh's in... by Robert Arend on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 6:39:14 PM
"I have little concern about Limbaugh's i... by Tom Murphy on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 9:39:33 AM
For the last decade or so, I have been labeled &qu... by Doc "Old Codger" McCoy on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 9:10:08 PM
He has opinions, and he has a microphone. That's a... by Scott on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 10:11:58 PM
Under the Constitution:... Section 3. Treason agai... by Jennifer Hathaway on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 11:46:42 AM
"Olbermann and Maddow will surely give Wanda&... by Robert Arend on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 3:25:23 PM
that when the statue of limitations run out on the... by Stanimal on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 10:12:14 PM
to Limbaugh would be to call him a pompous ass who... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 6:11:27 AM
"...Limbaugh...[is]...a pompous ass who does ... by Tom Murphy on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 8:27:45 AM
...got those documents from Roger Stone, according... by Jennifer Hathaway on Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 9:15:01 PM
Our founding fathers established a free press so t... by Pulladigm on Friday, May 15, 2009 at 4:38:16 PM