Ignorant Speech Inciting Violence Hardly “Free”

4 06 2009

. . .much less godly or patriotic. More like “punished by rewards.”

Continuing from ongoing discussion of Nance’s post, A Sad Day, here’s the latest of doughy white male conservatives (Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh e.g.) who barely finished high school and did not serve in the military or government, yet made their fortunes with withering and relentless incitement against extraordinarily well-educated and high-achieving American leaders (the Obamas, Powell, Sotomayor) who are of color and/or female.

Editorial cartoon from the Oklahoman, June 3, 2009

Editorial cartoon from the Oklahoman, June 3, 2009

From HuffPost’s story on Hannity interviewing Limbaugh:

Limbaugh claimed that Obama was doing such a good job of destroying the country that: “If al-Qaeda wants to demolish the America we know and love, they better hurry, because Obama is beating them to it.”

Limbaugh prefaced those remarks by saying that he had thought carefully about that statement in anticipation of his interview with Hannity.

He also bashed Colin Powell, who bucked the GOP to endorse Obama and criticize Limbaugh, by asking rhetorically: “What has Colin Powell ever done for the Republican Party that makes him so valuable?”

Limbaugh repeated his claim that Sotomayor is a racist over her 2001 comments about the unique perspective of a Latina woman – “It’s a racist thing to say and it’s bigoted,” he said. Limbaugh added that if she comes down on the “right side” of the abortion issue, “he might look past this racism” and support her nomination.

Whoever said free speech isn’t free, had it right. This speech is coming at the cost of everything it claims to value.