Rush! First Time E-Mailer!
April 15, 2002
By Brian Harwell
I've listened to you on occasion over the years, when I'm
in the mood - that same mood that allows me to laugh at the
Jon Lovitz character in Saturday Night Live who is constantly
making up lies on the fly to cover for his original, outrageous
position: i.e. "Yeah, THAT'S the ticket! Respected international
scientists are all Communists who would take away your HARD-EARNED
capital just for fun while FOOLISHLY claiming that the Ford
Excursion is a gas-guzzling, environment-threatening vehicle
that soccer-moms from the red states could do without."
How absurd is that? Everyone knows that 5' 2" blond
wives of people like Sean Hannity would be in perilous danger
if they actually drove a station wagon to shuttle the neighborhood
kids down the paved streets to Cardinal Law's sermons. Boy,
those Liberals sure are a tough lot to figure out; where in
the world are they getting their premises?
You frustrate me on several levels, but the greatest level
of angst comes from your solipsistic sense of righteousness.
You are the greatest spinner I have ever heard (I guess at
one point there was an opportunity to "see" you on TV, but
that went away - must've been one of those horrible Liberal
conspiracies - sort of like you encounter in all the news
Your hypocrisy is so voluminous that I don't know where to
start. And, as a back-handed compliment, I must admit that
there's no way to keep up. By the time I've finished choking
down one of your lies (spoken with the utmost sincerity as
a "public service announcement" of sorts - in your mind, at
least), you've either: 1) moved onto another lie, or 2) expounded
upon it with your talented imagination ("Expounded" - isn't
that an ironic, onomatopoetic characterization of a man of
your voraciously consumptive habits?)
As you surely know (or perhaps not, given your penchant for
sequestering yourself from honest feedback), there are entire
web sites and news sources dedicated to rebutting your outrageous
and harmful "opinions" (I don't know what else to call your
callow rants). Al Franken's book was particularly entertaining,
and if nothing else, proved that you are aware of your
critics, since you dropped a few pounds (for a while, anyway)
in a shamed response to the book's allegations.
is another entertaining site - though I'm curious: Do you
feel slighted that he's moved onto bigger and more dangerous
Republican hypocrites like George W. Bush? It would seem to
me that only a hypocrite of your ego would feel slighted that
an attack site no longer deemed you the most dangerous gasbag
Getting to the point (finally - yes, I know, we Liberals
are so deliberate in our thinking; such a violation of the
vaunted "sound byte" that seduced all the red state voters),
the issue I have with you is your absolute dismissal of all
things "true". Okay, maybe that's an overstatement, but my
point is that you sit there in your studio - with no scientific
or professional background to speak of - and pontificate in
that avuncular tone (Dick Cheney has adopted the same approach
- have you noticed? You should feel proud for your pioneering
spirit of obfuscation) about matters way beyond your ability
to understand. T
he unfortunate result is that you end up assuring a naive
and angry audience (a dangerous combination) that scientists
not on the employee rolls of large corporations are nefarious
quacks who "have their own political agenda". Not to be confused,
of course, with scientists making six or seven figures testifying
on behalf of, say, GE. No, those scientists observe
the highest quality of ethical behavior.
Sheesh. Give me a break.
Mr. Limbaugh, I hope that someday - perhaps on your deathbed
- you'll have an epiphany that all you've pursued and championed
in your life has been in the very specific interest of a very
few (yourself included, in your current tax bracket). You
claim to be on the side of the "people" (see: Bill O'Reilly),
but everything you espouse absolutely screws most of the myopic
dittoheads who call your show and rip every Liberal policy
that would actually help them - simply because of your pedantic
I'm not one to take cheap shots, but I think your recent
hearing problems were the true "on loan from God" gift
to the world. I say "on loan", because the timing was so exquisite;
you've apparently been the beneficiary of a "miraculous recovery"
of sorts - perhaps due to the efforts of Jerry Falwell (when
he wasn't busy in Republican White House Administrations ripping
Jews and minorities?).
It appears that you crave approval - clearly supported by
your show's practice of screening all callers so as to avoid
any dissent that you can't defend, which would be most dissent
- so I just wanted to alert you to the energetic level of
joy that the majority of the world felt when you first reported
your hearing loss. Not because anyone actually wished ill-will
on another individual human being, but specifically because
nobody wished any more ill-will towards humans and this earth.
And you, sir, have been the epicenter of ill-will and distraction
from progress for over a decade now.
Yours in Disgust,
Santa Barbara, CA
P.S. Your claim of Liberal Media? In my decidedly Liberal
town of Santa Barbara, we get Imus, you, Dr. Laura, and Mike
Reagan through the day. Uh-huh. Liberal Media. What a myth.
Brian Harwell is a concerned citizen who has embraced politics
the way a panicked mother clutches her child during an emergency
situation on a crowded bus. The grasping for normalcy has
grown more desperate since November of 2000.