Bill Eignor, whom I admire as a very articulate blogger, and outstanding human being has a post up on Antemedius.com and at Squarestate.net titled: The Face Of The Republicans, Rush Limbaugh, Racist Douche. In his posting he calls out Limbaugh, and by association the Republican party as racists, and in partial summary says:
Limbaugh is a shame to this nation, but he is a self inflicted shame to the Republican Party. Their continued association with him, their willingness to fete him at major conservative gatherings with no challenge to his awful, despicable and on going bigotry must have President Lincoln rolling over in his grave at what his party has become.
I have to say that I do agree with Bill Eignor, but rather than directing all of my angry energy at either Limbaugh or the Republican party, I have got to say that we all share some responsibility for this state of affairs.
Yes, Rush Limbaugh is a racist douche, but he does have a large audience, and the likes of Boehner, Gingrich, Bachman, Paul et al have all learned that pandering to that audience is what gets them elected. His “agenda” has earned Limbaugh millions of dollars of income, and that is probably what really motivates his sorry ass. What is his agenda? Stirring up his consuming audience based upon their fear and ignorance, for his own personal power (keeping him at the top of the ideologue totem pole) and gain (money).
How do we combat Limbaugh’s agenda? By doing a far, far better job of educating our children. By recognizing that what is seriously lacking in much of the political “discourse” that is hashed out to the consuming public via the media, is a lack truthfulness, a lack of rational, factually correct counter point that is required of a true democracy. The ability to exercise critical thinking is being lost by the public. Our children are being programmed via the corporate/media/marketing forces in our country to become gullible, all consuming idiots, who will swallow anything they hear, see or read, without a moment’s hesitation to consider alternative views.
We need to teach our children to use critical thinking, and maybe that means concentrating on their reading and writing skills in the early years, and not relying on television and video games to supplant our responsibilities as teachers and role models for our children.