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So much talk about Limbaugh these days. And rightly so: he's a most important piece of the American political landscape for us to look at closely. He is an abomination, and the sooner America can recognize Limbaugh for what he is the sooner America can return more to the better angels of our nature.


Just as putting Barack Obama into the presidency was a vital step in saving the soul of America --lately possessed by the evil force of the Bushites-- so also would be the disgracing and repudiation of Rush Limbaugh.


That's what we should be trying to do with this disgraceful, shameless, narcissistic, vicious, dishonest man.


Limbaugh is part and parcel of the forces of the Bushites. He's part of the same pattern that came together on the right since the 1980s or so, and took over the Republican Party, the destructive and divisive pattern that gave us that bogus impeachment process against Clinton and then gave us that darkness of the George W. Bush presidency.


Limbaugh spent more than a decade teaching millions of Americans how to be their worst selves in the political arena. He taught them how not to think, how to seal themselves off from any genuine learning. He taught them to hate the people on the other side, to absolutely despise them. He taught them to misperceive their narrowest prejudices as the dictates of moral righteousness. He taught them how to pound their chests, spoiling for a fight-- indeed taught them to know no other way of relating to people different from themselves except to wage war against them fueled by the energies of contempt and the love of grinding opponents into the earth.


And perhaps above all, he taught them hypocrisy.



It is because of the lies of Limbaugh, taught for years on the radio waves, that so many people were prepared to call bullies like Bush and CHeney righteous men, when in fact they are precisely the opposite.  (So Bush goes throwing around the word "freedom" all over the place, where he actually was destroying our freedoms like no president in our history.)

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