Rush Limbaugh still faces assault on free speech and expression

Rush Limbaugh is still facing attempts to silence his right to free speech and expression. Who will be next? Photo: AP

CHICAGO, May 14, 2013 — “Decent folks who believe in tolerance and equality are no longer powerless against Limbaugh’s efforts to spread intolerance on the radio. StopRush is making a major impact by convincing advertisers on this show to withdraw their ads — and with your help we can do even more. Just a few e-mails, tweets or Facebook messages a week to Limbaugh’s advertisers can go a long way toward making hatred less profitable. It is our collective voice that makes us strong.” (Daily Kos

It is a sad commentary that liberals, progressives, or whatever extremists call themselves, would use their freedom of speech and expression to repress and oppress others rights to free speech and expression. It is pathetic they would abuse their constitutional rights to shut down, shut out, and shut up others. It is a disgrace these people call themselves Americans. 

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If the so-called major news media were doing its job in an effective, critical, and truthful manner, Rush Limbaugh would never have risen to fame and fortune. If the progressives or liberals need to cast blame for Limbaugh’s initial rise and eventual popularity they need to look no further than the news media. The news media created a void. Limbaugh filled it. 

Rush Limbaugh followed the classic path to success: He found a niche in the marketplace and filled it. In his case, he filled an abyss. There was no bold, brash, entertaining political commentary defending conservatism or criticizing the media’s boosterism of liberal and progressive ideology. There was no bold, brash, entertaining political commentary from either side of the political equation before Limbaugh. 

Rush Limbaugh was the innovator of modern political talk radio, as we know it. Limbaugh did not invent political talk radio. There were others before him. Some were even very popular like, Howard Miller in Chicago.

Rush changed talk radio. He made it entertaining. 

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Instead of emulating success, innovating, and competing, the opposition whines and complains. When whining and complaining fail, they loudly demand repression and oppression. They want all free flow of any ideas contrary to theirs silenced.

While the competition was floundering and foundering, Limbaugh prospered, selling millions of dollars in products, services, books, and other wares through advertising on his popular program. For a long period of time if businesses or authors wanted sales to skyrocket they needed to get their wares mentioned or advertised on the Rush Limbaugh or Oprah Winfrey shows. Oprah is gone and forgotten. Rush is still here. 

The difference between Limbaugh and the competition is that Limbaugh treats his show like a business. The competition is a movement. Businesses earn profits. Movements believe in entitlement. 

Extremist lynch mobs started the StopRush and FlushRush campaigns. Cowardly like-minded people jumped on the band wagon. It was the result of Limbaugh’s comments regarding Sandra Fluke, a nobody who nobody heard of until she “testified” before a publicity stunt congressional panel.

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Limbaugh created a superstar out of an unknown. If not for Limbaugh, Fluke would have returned to being nobody, nobody knew. She went on a national victim sympathy tour and spoke at the Democratic National Convention.

Like Kim Kardashian, she is famous for being famous. All thanks to Rush Limbaugh.   

Rush Limbaugh has made distasteful, crude, vile and offensive comments. So what? The competition is just as crude, distasteful, and offensive. Worse, they are sometimes profane, vulgar, and obscene. When Ed Schultz called Laura Ingram a “slut” and Bill Maher called Palin a “c–” progressives were silent. There were no progressive calls for heads to roll. No progressive campaigns to force sponsors to pull ads from their programs or stations. There were no lynch mobs from either side of the political spectrum. 

The left call their intolerant and abusive banter “satire.” They unapologetically get away with it, citing free speech and expression while pointing accusatory fingers at Limbaugh. 

The competition does not believe in free speech and expression. They do not believe in the free flow and discussion of ideas, diversity of thought, critical thinking, or the right to disagree. There is only one ideology, theirs. If any person or group is going to be extremist and absolutist, it will be them and them alone. 

If progressives want to compete with Limbaugh, they have to find someone like him and go head to head in the marketplace. They refuse to do that. All they have are stand-up comedians with their tired shtick. When progressives cannot win the war of ideas they declare war on ideas, free speech and expression. 

If progressives want to beat Limbaugh, they need to do it the right way. They need to do it the American way. They need to find their own Rush Limbaugh who can provide compelling content, entertain the masses, gain popularity, and generate ad dollars. It is a simple formula. The competition is too busy trying to reinvent the hamster wheel they spin on. 

Please hide the kiddies and those of a tender sensitive nature. I am about to say something profane, intolerant, offensive, vulgar, ugly and obscene. If progressives really and truly want to beat Rush Limbaugh they have to WORK (the dreaded “W” word). There is no entitlement in the marketplace of ideas, popularity and profit. You must work hard for it. You must earn it. You must work hard and earn it everyday. That is what Rush Limbaugh does. 

Maybe that is why most of the competition lives in the non-profit entitlement world. There is no entitlement in a free market. You earn your lunch or you starve. It takes bravery and courage to be publicly bold, brash, pompous, and entertaining in the world of issues and ideas. It takes cowardice to openly repress, oppress, and silence thought, speech, and expression if you can’t compete. That is the difference between Limbaugh and the competition. It is the simple difference between courage and cowardice. 

There is one other thing. We should be deathly afraid of progressives, liberals, or whatever and their lynch mobs. We should be loudly and harshly outspoken against their assaults on freedom of speech and expression. Decent folks who believe in the First Amendment should refuse to be powerless against progressive efforts to stifle freedom of speech and expression.   

First they came for Limbaugh…

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Peter Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance photographer, freelance writer, budding videographer, and passionate cook.  He aims to be the sharp stick that pokes and annoys.  The Middle Class Guy is a political column written from a center-right point of view.  While concentrating mainly on politics he will stray into culture, entertainment, sports, cooking, and humor from time to time, along with Memories of things Pabst.  All from a middle class perspective.

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