This man has no business in the world having access to six hundred radio stations.
Within our lifetimes, a radio station with two transmitters was used to agitate the mass murder and ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands.
In October I wrote:
"We can handle them without violence. So far."
What's wrong with one person having such a Godzilla microphone? Nothing at all, so long as they avoid using it to disturb the public interest. But then, there's the rub. Fomenting violence is an astonishingly obvious way to damage the public interest. And while Rush may not be nearly so guilty in that regard as some others, having the only radio talk show carried on 600 stations makes a weighty issue of what he does say.
There's significant reason to be concerned. A blogger activist who goes by the nick of Spocko has offered the alarming example of three Rwandan radio personalities who were convicted of genocide for inciting the murder of about 800,000 Rwandan citizens. Free speech is fine, but hate speech can have very serious consequences.
Now consider this: the three Rwandans had one radio station with two transmitters. Rush has more than six hundred radio stations.
Does Limbaugh foment violence? Yes, without question — but conditionally, and via dog whistle. Just last week Limbaugh asserted,RUSH: I have to say, though, folks, terrorism is the greatest threat, because we can still defeat liberals without violence. So terrorism still, of course, represents a greater threat than the Democrat Party. We can handle them without violence. So far. [emphasis added]This contemptible language not only dog-whistles the need to be prepared to conduct a civil war against liberals when and if it becomes "necessary", it simultaneously equates liberals with terrorists.
—Rush Limbaugh: Trick Question on Terrorists and Liberals, October 3, 2012
That was October. One month ago. One month before Limbaugh and the other old white rich guys lost an election that Limbaugh lamented signifies "we've lost the country."
And now? Prediction of riots. Dog whistle: attack them first!
I'm not an expert on ObamaCare, and I'm not that familiar with Betsy McCaughey (whom Rush is quoting, below). I'll just note that Gawker has an article about her entitled Betsy McCaughey, Liar. Fodder for a future diary, perhaps.
Extensive Rush quotation today, I don't want anyone to be able to say "that's taken out of context."
RUSH: The mayor of Realville. I want, with the assistance here of Betsy McCaughey, who is an expert, starting way back in the days of Hillarycare, she is a scholar and an expert in all of this. She has a piece in the New York Post today, and it's about Obamacare, and this is now Realville. We're not talking about the abstract any longer. It's the law of the land. This is Realville.Some will ask, why give attention to such drivel? Hell with that, this "drivel" is dangerous when it infects so much of our society. We're flushin' the guy and the more who hear this crap, the more who will join us.
We've talked about this. You know about it in the abstract. You either pay to be covered or pay a fine. And you know, if you've been listening here, the fines in the first couple, three years are much cheaper than the policy. So you pay the fine and you're legal. You don't go to jail. You pay the fine, you're okay, you're in compliance.
"President Obama's re-election and Democratic gains in the US Senate end any possibility of repealing the Obama health law. It will roll out as written, imposing major changes soon on you and your family. If you are uninsured because you canât afford it, help may be on the way. But if you are one of the 250 million Americans with coverage, there are big problems ahead. If you get your health insurance through a job, you might lose it as of Jan. 1, 2014. Thatâs when the new 'employer mandate' kicks in, requiring employers with 50 or more full-time workers to provide the government-designed health plan or pay a fine."
What does that do? It takes more people out of the private insurance market, by design. Because what must happen here is the private insurance market must cease to exist for Obamacare to realize its ultimate dream. So January 1st, 2014, the employer mandate kicks in, and it requires bosses with 50 or more people full time, to provide the government-designed health plan or pay a fine. "The government plan is so expensive, it adds $1.79 per hour to the cost of a full-time employee."
Now, stop and think of this. "Rush, that doesn't sound like much." Well, you pay it. You have the business and $1.79 an hour per employee additional to be in compliance with federal law. That is how expensive the government plan is, $1.79 per hour to the cost of a full time employee. "Thatâs incidental if you're hiring neurosurgeons but a hefty increase for hiring busboys and sales clerks," and the like in small businesses. Currently, employers in retail and fast-food industries pay less than half that to cover their workers."
They're paying less than a buck eighty an hour to cover their people.
"To avoid the costly mandate, some employers will push workers into part-time status. Other employers will opt for the fine. Either way, workers lose their on-the-job coverage." You're either gonna be converted to part-time or you're not gonna be covered and your company will pay the fine because it's cheaper than insuring you. Even worse then that, they risk losing their jobs. Even the fine is 98 cents an hour to the cost of labor. So to insure every employee, a buck seventy nine an hour, to pay the fine, 98 cents an hour, and that's enough to make some employers cut back on their workforce.
In this economy, folks, you have to understand — and a lot of people on the left don't. People on the left actually think there shouldn't be any profit. "Why should somebody make money treating the sick, Mr. Limbaugh? It's not fair. Why should there be profit in selling services that the American people need?" They really ask that. It's how they've been educated. Who needs profit? Why can't you get everything for what it costs? They don't understand that the producers will not get in the game for that. They don't understand the service providers won't get into business for that. They don't understand the business can't stay in business not making money. But education in this country has been so successful at demonizing profit, profit equals screwing people, profit equals taking advantage, profit equals the rich. This is the nature of leftist education for two or three generations, if not more.
So when this happens, you're gonna have all kinds of protests. I mean, you might have riots against these companies. You're already starting to see the beginnings of that with Papa John's and Applebee's, as they are announcing the effect in the changes in the way they do business because of the Obamacare law. Obama supporters, probably organized, are harassing them via e-mail and Twitter and getting everybody all lathered up. It's what's coming. That's Realville. There's no stopping this. There's no rolling this back. [emphasis added]
—Rush Limbaugh: The Obamacare Nightmare Comes True, November 13, 2012
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