03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

What Rush Limbaugh's Bid for the Rams Tells Us About Hate Speech

I think I've got it -- the hate in America and where it's coming from.

Rush Limbaugh's effort -- aborted by his fellow investors, it seems -- to buy the St. Louis Rams has given me the insight. Other people, when they don't get something they want -- and rich guys really want football teams; for them this is true love -- get sulky, or shrill, or litigious.  (Well, Rush does threaten, of course: "We are in the process of working to get apologies and retractions with the force of legal action against every journalist who has published these entirely fabricated quotes about me.") Rush immediately got out there and gave a speech which dismissed reality: "I'm not even thinking of exiting. I'm not even thinking of caving. I am not a caver. None of us are. We have been betrayed by too many who have caved. Pioneers take the arrows. We are pioneers. It's a sad thing but our country, over 200 years old now, needs pioneers all over again, but we do."

So the hate: I think people have a natural instinct to want to declaim, to inveigh, denounce, opine, and show-off to great rhetorical effect. It's as natural as dreaming of playing major league baseball (it is, speech for speech's sake, like baseball, a man's thing). People (men) just want to hear themselves talk.

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