Earlier this week, Rush Limbaugh said on his national radio show that he is ashamed of the United States of America. And why? Because our intelligence is being insulted by the Obama Administration’s arguments against the sequester.
You know, the sequester that will, among other things, cost the economy more than one million jobs over the next two years; cause the lay off 4,000 Federal Aviation Agency employees; lead to 2,100 fewer food safety inspections in food processing plants; deny treatment to 373,000 mentally ill adults and children; take 600,000 poor women and children off the WIC food stamp program; and push 80,000 children out of Head Start programs for early education (facts and figures from the February 17th issue of The New York Times).
Rush Limbaugh is ashamed of our country because, to quote him, “to be treated like this, to have my intelligence — all of us — to have our common sense and intelligence insulted the way it’s being, is — it just makes me ashamed.”
In other words, because we’re listening to an impassioned plea not to cut the budget, he is ashamed of all of us.
Let’s get this straight. Rush was not ashamed when he learned we were torturing prisoners.
He was not ashamed when he learned of the gulag of torture facilities we (meaning the United States under Bush II) developed around the world.
He was not ashamed to learn that we were using drones to kill U.S. citizens who had not been convicted of a crime.
He was not ashamed at how we botched the response to Hurricane Katrina.
He was not ashamed when Congress voted to not support funding of gun violence research.
He was not ashamed when we refused to sign the Law of the Sea treaty which defines the right of countries to use the seas (and which both the ultra-right U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Navy wanted).
He has never been ashamed of the USA PATRIOT Act and its many renewals, which take civil liberties away from all of use and give the government the right to make warrantless wiretaps and searches.
He wasn’t ashamed of the many obnoxious comments Republican candidates made about rape and raped women over the past two years.
And Rush wasn’t even a little bit ashamed of himself when he accused a college student of promiscuity just because she testified before a Congressional committee in favor of healthcare coverage of birth control.
I could go on and on about what doesn’t shame Limbaugh, but I think I have made my point.
The only thing that seems to shame Rush Limbaugh is when the American people listen to a reasoned argument for government spending.
Shame on you, Rush Limbaugh.