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Rush Limbaugh Is Not a Zaddik!

11/10/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Norman Horowitz Senior executive with almost 50 years of diverse media experience

To all of you young people out there who want to succeed in talk radio or on Fox News, here are some things that will get in your way if you do them. They are: Stay in school until you finish college, avoid drugs, work hard in a real job, defend your country, fall in love and marry your "one and only", and be willing to vilify others who do have a better education and more work experience then you.

I would speculate that at a very early age Rush wanted to avoid any hard physical work so he became a radio disc jockey and started in the "business of talking on the radio."

He worked at several radio stations before settling in Kansas City, Missouri. Then in 1979 he took a position as director of promotions with the Kansas City Royals baseball team.

Limbaugh returned to radio in 1984 as a talk show host at KFBK in Sacramento, California. Having achieved a "ratings success" in California, Rush began his national radio show in 1988 in New York City. As a result of his national show, Rush Limbaugh became "famous for being famous on the radio." Wow!

He encountered a few well publicized trivial personal difficulties in the 2000s. He faced criminal probes from a highly publicized illegal abuse of prescriptions and the prescription drug OxyContin.

In 2006, kind and gentle soul that he is, he imitated the physical symptoms of actor Michael J. Fox, who has Parkinson's disease. He said "[Fox] is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He's moving all around and shaking and it's purely an act ... This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn't take his medication or he's acting."

Limbaugh referred to a Los Angeles Times editorial which claimed that Barack Obama was filling the role of the "magic negro", and that this explained his appeal to voters. Then he played a song "Barack the Magic Negro" sung to the tune of "Puff the Magic Dragon".

Commenting on the Obama Presidency he said "... I hope he fails." He explained that he didn't want "absorption of as much of the private sector by the US government as possible, from the banking business to the mortgage industry, the automobile business to health care. I do not want the government in charge of all of these things. I don't want this to work." He continued, "What is unfair about my saying I hope

Liberalism fails? Liberalism is our problem. Liberalism is what's gotten us dangerously close to the precipice here."

Now I ask you, how responsible is that?

This year, Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele referred to Limbaugh as "an entertainer" and his rhetoric as "incendiary" and "ugly". Despite Limbaugh's assertion that African-Americans, in contrast with other minority groups, are left behind socially because they have been systematically trained from a young age to hate America through a widespread movement headed by figures such as Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers, and Barack Obama, inconceivably, Steele later telephoned Limbaugh and apologized.

Rush is not qualified in any way to take issue with the President of the United States about anything!

In the last Presidential election, almost seventy million people voted for President Obama and no one voted for Rush.

No one elected him for anything!

No one voted for him to do anything!

So a short explanation about why Rush could be Rush on the radio.

The Fairness Doctrine, which had required that stations provide free air time for responses to any controversial opinions that were broadcast was rescinded by the FCC in 1987. This meant that stations could broadcast editorial commentary without having to present opposing views.

I personally abhor the fairness doctrine for reasons I have often expressed in the past, but if it were still the law of the land, Rush "never would have happened."

Talk about a wide open opportunity to take irresponsible shots at whomever he wished. Wow!

Rush, was in a manner of speaking created by the fairness doctrine.

Talk radio has given this entertainer a platform to attack and vilify whomever he chooses to attack and vilify.

Boy, is this not a great nation wherein an uneducated drug addicted, military avoider, divorced three times who never participated in the political process can challenge the President of the United States about anything?

Everyone in America is an expert in at least three things. They are:

  • The Weather
  • Politics
  • Movies and Television.

Rush Limbaugh is an American, and is at least expert in two out of the three and possibly all three.

However!

Would he argue and take issue with a doctor about diseases?

Would he argue and take issue with a geologist about the earth?

Would he argue and take issue with a physicist about nuclear energy?

Would he argue and take issue with a pilot about flying an airplane?

Would he argue and take issue with an economist about the details of the economy?

There is after all something to be said about education, training, and experience.

Would Rush be in a position to tell Wall Mart, Exxon Mobil, Chevron, General Motors, Conoco Phillips, General Electric, Ford, Citigroup, and AT&T how to run their businesses?

How in heavens name can he tell our President, Congress, and Courts how to run theirs?

When I hear Rush rant about anything, I truly wonder why, in that as a rule, he does not have a scintilla of experience, training, or education that would allow him to take issue with what others are actually saying or doing?

He has never been an operating executive in anything nor has he to the best of my knowledge been in charge of anything substantial other than possibly his three wives.

So how come I have never heard him be critical about how AT&T is being run? How about Chevron?

But of course he knows about everything he can take issue with when it comes to President Obama, his presidency, and anyone and anything else when he so chooses.

Now please tell me what might be wrong about that?

The "Wizard of Oz" anyone? His followers have looked "behind the curtain" and do not care about what they have seen.

In the real world, had it not been for Toto, we might never have known what went on behind the Wizards curtain.

Rush is "the Wizard" and I only wish that Toto were here to pull back the curtain on him.

As I conclude I shall define a word which is most certainly not in common use and that is: Zaddik. In Judaism it means a righteous and just man.

I just decided to throw that in.

Rush for sure is not a Zaddik.



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