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  • 365 Faces / Day 119

    A couple of days ago a friend asked me for a Rush Limbaugh portrait. I was hesitant to give Limbaugh any more of my valuable time and attention, but was convinced by another friend to do it, anyway.

    Reaching deep into my emotions about Rush, I found pity and ridiculousness instead of hate. Reading the heated yelling matches on facebook I also saw how all of us create and feed the distorted and twisted people like Rush. By giving him our time, attention, and airtime, and continuing the yelling matches in our homes, offices and communities - we nurture him on our hate and in return he stokes our discontent and splits us all apart.

    Spewing discontent on either side is easier than doing hard work of solving our shared problems, especially with our differences of opinions and constitutional love of individual rights. We can't all have all we want, so instead we let Rush provoke us into pissing at each other, while our health system, education, environment, food supply, and economy falls apart.

    He is the Bad Guy, the Batman's Joker, the crude mysogynist. But let's be honest: we all put him and his outspoken, racist, bigoted brethren up there on our screen and gave them top ratings. The advertisers are dropping out now? New ones will come Rush-ing in as soon as there is more money to be made. Our skirmish-seeking eyeballs will make sure of it.

    And so we are getting what we deserve. Can we change it? Yes. It is up to each of us.

    Turn the hatred-filled screen and radio station off and decimate his ratings. Don't Rush and get to know both your Liberal and Republican neighbors.

    We all have a choice. Let's not let the Joker have the last word.
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