Thursday, August 4, 2011


My letter to Rush Limbaugh: Would you consider toning down the name-calling? On Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, you aired the audio of President Obama's speech hailing the debt ceiling deal. As the president spoke, you interjected the word "Jackass". That took even me, a Rush listener since the early 90s, by surprise. Does this kind of language really help promote conservatism? We conservatives will never convince black voters or liberals of the superiority of our ideas when we so recklessly reinforce the stereotype that we're mean-spirited, bigoted, racist, and so cavalier in our disdain for the nation's first (self-described) black president. The black voters who hear you and others use these kind of unnecessary and cruel invectives simply become more entrenched in their anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-white positions and suspicions. It only intensifies their resolve to support the man -- even defend the man -- when that perception is reinforced by insulting comments from leading conservative commentators like yourself.

Rush, c'mon..."Jackass"? Crude, pointless, condescending and...yes, mean. Let's focus on the man's policies, and not his person. It would be awfully big of you to apologize on air for using that word to describe the President of the United States.

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