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Thoughts on Rush Limbaugh’s recent comments: Who cares?

At the time that I write this, two of the top three stories in the “politics” section of the popular social networking site Reddit (which by the way, has banned submissions from this site) are about Rush Limbaugh.  By now, many Americans have heard of the statements made by Rush Limbaugh.  For those that haven’t heard, the radio host called her a radical feminist law student a “slut” on the air, prompting a firestorm of comments against Limbaugh for supposedly being insensitive.  As a result, many advertisers have refused to advertise on his show, due to the pressure put on them by special interest groups.  Apparently, there are plenty of people who think that Rush’s comments were uncalled for and over the top, and who want nothing more than for Rush Limbaugh to pay a heavy penalty for his indiscretion.

The outrage is ironic considering that for some time now, radical feminists have actually taken pride in being “sluts,” as last year’s “Slut Walks” have shown, with women parading down the streets proclaiming this very pride.  The people who organized those demonstrations admitted that their goal was to “redeem” the term, and that they were “tired of being judged by our sexuality”.  Clearly, for some radical feminists, being called a slut is a mark of pride.  Moreover, other media personalities have insulted women with abandon, and have received little condemnation by anyone else.  In 2009, David Letterman said that Sarah Palin looked like a “slutty flight attendant”.  In the same year, Perez Hilton called that year’s Miss California a “dumb bitch” because she didn’t agree with his views on gay marriage.

In other words, we might well ask,  “Who cares?”

Obviously, the liberals are hypocritical when it comes to such issues, but that is really a non-issue.  As much as one could argue that what Rush Limbaugh said was slanderous, immature, and inappropriate, there are bigger issues with the media.  What was merely an off-the-cuff remark, which has been readily rejected by the majority of Americans, pales in comparison to the lies produced MSNBC, FOX, CNN, and the like on a daily basis about issues like the economy, the election, and foreign policy, which are readily and willingly believed by a majority of Americans.

When it comes to the economy, the syncophantic media has consistently and persistently lied about Obama’s so-called economic recovery.  For instance, in the first quarter of 2007, unemployment was around 4.6%.  Under the Obama regime, 6.2 million Americans lost their jobs and the unemployment rate shot up to an official estimate of 8.5%, yet they continued to trumpet Obama’s so-called “economic recovery” as a success.  The media also refuses to condemn the Federal Reserve as having a role in the crisis, and more often than not, they wish to fool the average person into thinking that there is nothing wrong with the economy at all.

In the area of foreign policy, the propaganda machine is far more pervasive.  On March 5, Netanyahu came to visit Obama in the White House, together they voiced their opposition to Iranian so-called “nuclear program”. Obama has pledged his support to maintaining “Israel’s security”. What do the Israeli’s and the Americans have to fear? The holocaust denier who has promised to “wipe Israel off the map” getting his hands on nuclear weapons.

Never mind that the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has stated time and again that Iran seeks regional stability, and hence does not want nuclear weapons or that Khamenei has also stated that he believes that it would be immoral to pursue weapons of mass destruction.  Never mind that Ahmadinejad has neither threatened to wipe Iran off the map, nor denied the Holocaust: the media, the ADL, and ‘good’ mainstream politicians, say so, so that must be good enough.

The truth is that these intertwined accusations are completely false.  There is a thriving Jewish community in Iran, that is guaranteed a seat in the Iranian parliament.  International Jewish organizations like Neturei Karta and Satmar have visited Iran and met with Ahmadinejad.  One such visit from Ultra-Orthodox, Anti-Zionist Jews was the infamous “International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust,” held in 2006, which was not a “holocaust denial” conference, as the media claimed.  It was merely an attempt to give voice to critics of the European “court historians,” and to protest the hypocrisy of western “freedom of speech” that promotes blasphemy and condemnation of all things “un-modern,” yet sends people to jail for “denying” the holocaust.

Ahmadinejad If one ever actually watches any speech or interview of Dr. Ahmandinejad, one will not find any evidence of holocaust denial or anti-Semitism.  In an interview, he said:

In the second World War, over 60 million people lost their lives…Why is it that only a select group of those who were killed have become so prominent and important? Do you think that the 60 million who lost their lives were all at the result of warfare alone? There were two million that were part of the military at the time, perhaps altogether, 50 million civilians with no roles in the war…They were all killed. The second and more important question that I raised was, if this event happened, and if it is a historical event, then we should allow everyone to research it and study it…Why is it that researchers are jailed? Why is researching this issue prohibitited?

As it can be seen, Ahmadinejad is merely criticizing the idea that the holocaust is “unique.”  During the 2nd world war, 60 million people died on all sides of the conflict, yet for some reason, people are routinely told about the 6 million Jews who perished.  There is comparatively little attention given to the genocide of 8 million Ukrainians shortly before World War II, the deaths of 30 million people in East Asia, the expulsion of millions of Germans in its aftermath, or the civilians killed in the allied bombings of Munich, Berlin, Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, all of which can be denied or trivialized. He is also critical of the way that the holocaust is used as a shield for current crimes of the IDF against the Palestinian people.

While Rush Limbaugh’s brash rhetoric may have hurt the feelings of this 30 year old law student, I am sure that she will get over it. We should be paying much more attention and be much more in an uproar over Tucker Carlson’s call for Iran to be annihilated, or the media’s lies about economic recovery. as the consequences of such actions will likely have much more dire consequences than the reputation of an American college student.

The fact is, that if people are more “concerned” with Rush Limbaugh’s rant being “offensive” to an uppity feminist college student, Americans have no credibility.  The threat of impending war (championed by both American conservatives and liberals alike), and the looming specter of an imminent economic collapse should be far more worrisome.