On Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh ambushed an American soldier from deep within the secure confines of his radio bunker, detonating a verbal roadside bomb whose shockwaves are quickly reverberating across the nation.
In a stunning display of hypocrisy, for which the Republican Party has built its reputation, Limbaugh labeled as "phony" veterans against the Iraq War. The comment came after Limbaugh lashed out madly at a Republican veteran who opposed the war.
The comment drew strong rebuke from Sen. Jim Webb and Reps. Frank Pallone, Jan Schakowsky, Chris Van Hollen, and Patrick Murphy.
Moreover, Limbaugh's comments sharply contrast his Sept. 10th assertions that the MoveOn.org ad "General Petraeus or General Betray Us" was "contemptible" and "indecent."
The hypocrisy reflects the central Republican belief that Republicans are above and beyond the ethical rules to which they hold all others whether it be name-calling, homosexuality, prostitution or drug addiction.
Apparently, however, there are some soldiers who bridle when a tubby, privileged, cigar-smoking, golfer from Florida (who's never worn so much as a McDonald's uniform let alone the US-service-member fatigues) calls them phony for their opposition to the Iraq War.
Meet Iraq War veteran Captain Jon Soltz. Blogging for the Huffington Post, Soltz has thrown down the gauntlet with Limbaugh. After years of enduring the Right's defamation, someone on the Left has decided to stand up for their honor.
Regarding Limbaugh's attack on US veterans, Soltz wrote, " I'd love for you, Rush, to have me on your show and tell that to me to my face."
Damn! It's out there.
I've long maintained that America jumped the tracks back when we abolished the Southern Code of Honor. Under our current laws, a pain killer-addicted, draft-dodging, womanizing, hypocrite from Florida can libel and defame the integrity of a US soldier from the heavily secured insides of a radio station and get away with it.
It's disgusting with what filth Limbaugh pollutes the political discourse in this country. So far, every single Republican and Democrat on Capitol Hill supports Limbaugh in his comments, except for those mentioned above. Surely if they find the MoveOn.org ad offensive, they will defend US soldiers and condemn Limbaugh's defamatory comments.
As for Soltz, Limbaugh has his reputation riding on the line. In the Southern Code of Honor, once the offender is challenged they must either apologize or go face-to-face with the offended party. He who turned down a challenge was forever regarded as a coward.