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I admit to listening to Rush Limbaugh occasionally. My drive to work coincides with his time slot. Why would I listen to that buffoon? I listen primarily to breakdown his racism and hate, (he hates most of humanity). Rush Limbaugh is a racist, no other word more accurately describes the man. It shows up mainly when he talks of Barack Obama, but any African American will do.

Digby has a great piece up at her site delving deeper into the history of racism in this country, from the "talkers" of today to the founding of the republic, and how it is related to the concept of "American Exceptionalism".

 Digby is a must read for any thinking person. I check in daily.

Digby

Digby links to a Paul Waldman piece.

Waldman

When Limbaugh says Obama's resentment is about race "as you know," his audience certainly does know, because they've heard it hundreds of times. I think most liberals are unaware that this message gets pounded home to white conservatives day after day and has been since 2008. This is how something like health-care reform can be fit so seamlessly into the culture war: It's big government, and that can only mean taking money from hardworking white people and giving it to undeserving, shiftless black people. That's why Limbaugh so often refers to health-care reform as "reparations" -- Obama, angry black man that he is, enacted it to stick it to white people in vengeance for slavery and discrimination.

This is true. Limbaugh literally cannot talk about Obama or blacks for more than a minute, (45 secs ?) without a racist innuendo or phrase being utterred.

Digby:

Sociologist Nathan Glazer of Harvard answers a ... question --- “Why Americans don’t care about income inequality” which may give us some clues. Citing a comprehensive study by economists Alberto Alesina and Edward Glaeser of Harvard and Bruce Sacerdote of Dartmouth called, "Why Doesn't the United States have a European-Style Welfare State?" (Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 2/2001) he shows that the reluctance of Americans to embrace an egalitarian economic philosophy goes back to the beginning of the republic. But what is interesting is that both he and the economists offer some pretty conclusive evidence that the main reason for American “exceptionalism” in this case is, quite simply, racism.
(bold is mine)

White Americans historically have dealt with their guilt over racism and slavery by projecting their unconscious onto the black population.

The angry black man seeking revenge narrative has been out there just as long. (When you treat people like dirt it's natural to worry they're going to turn on you.) I wrote about this during Katrina:

Ever since 1791, there have been white Americans who get very nervous when they see a large number of angry black people in one place. That was the year that Haiti's slaves rebelled and killed almost every Frenchman on the island. The fear of slave revolt --- black revolt --- entered the consciousness of the American lizard brain and has never left

American Exceptionalism has always led with the premise that we are different than Western Europe. That our rugged individualism and desire for freedom sets us apart from any other country. The reality is that AE is a mask, it assuages our collective guilt of the use of violence abroad and at home. It hides our atrocious treatment of the less fortunate in our society and it hides the racism that is, and has been, a fundamental tenet of our history.

The American Lizard Brain is alive and thriving, just turn on your radio from 12-3 ET, don't stay long, it might ruin your day.

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  •  I haven't heard Rush in years, but back in the (6+ / 0-)

    late 80's when I did occasionally listen, he was racist then. And when I try to listen to the local talk radio ass hats, it is the same thing. From their mocking attempts to " speak black" to their overt disparaging racists remarks and reparation lies.

    You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

    by sewaneepat on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 05:44:34 AM PDT

  •  Thank you for the links (6+ / 0-)

    tipped and rec'ed.

    "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

    by Denise Oliver Velez on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 05:53:23 AM PDT

  •  In the 90s (6+ / 0-)

    they would have Rush on the radio in the break/smoke room at work.  That is probably the last time I really listened to him.  He was in the heyday of his Clinton bashing and he was racist then, and sexist.  I used to feel sick to my stomach after listening to him for a few minutes.

    The thing that used to amaze me too, was how he could just go on and on and on, bashing and bashing.  I have no idea, and I mean no idea, how anyone could listen to this man for any length of time.  He is like a poison, IMHO.

    •  I rarely listen to Rush but catching (3+ / 0-)
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      snippets from time to time, it seems to me, to compare his rants of 20 years ago to now, he is displaying more and more clearly a definite pathology, perhaps in part due to his increasing deafness which isolates him even in a crowd and due to his drug abuse history, which even if in the past, still has consequences today.

      Rush is a megalo-millionaire who has amassed so large a fortune that he could not spend it. However, he has been denied social success as seen as in his attempts to crash the NFL gate and he craves the approval of the elites who scorn him as low brow trailer park trash.  He is wealthy but hates those who have "self made" histories. He is a college drop out who scorns those with education.  He is physically unattractive but seems entranced by physical beauty. In short, he is a small man in a large world, completely awed and intimidated by that size, so he remains in his kennel barking, a hysterical junk yard dog.

      Finally and most galling to him, is his lack of an heir apparent since he seems to have no protege, being too jealous for such a relationship, and his loins have failed posterity as   he has no children.

      This Huffington post article on his conspicuous attempt at consumption displays how small a man Rush really is:
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

  •  It's not "guilt".... (3+ / 0-)
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    We white folks simply get off on being as assholish as we possibly can to non-white folks.

    We don't feel guilty about it in the least.

    I'm gonna go eat a steak. And fuck my wife. And pray to GOD - hatemailapalooza, 052210

    by punditician on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 05:55:34 AM PDT

  •  Was there ever a slave revolt in America? (1+ / 0-)
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    I can remember during the early 60's movies that played to the big studly black slave (see: Mandingo, for one) who all the white women secretly and not so secretly lusted after, and with whom their vapid pale white husbands paled in conparison.  Then came ROOTS and Kunta Kinte that 'proved' the movies were indeed real.  

    But is there real evidence, literature, that slave owners actually feared their black slaves?

  •  many of our universities support his racism (4+ / 0-)

    by continuing to broadcast their athletics on the same stations. by doing so those universities make that racism, torture, and anti science global warming denial more acceptable in those communities AND THOSE UNIS NEED TO FIND ALTERNATIVES.

    for any station that has his  show he is the headliner and the rest of the programming on those stations is usually right wing reinforcement of the same GOP think tank written programming they all do.

    many of the stations mix in a little innocuous community programing from their local talkers but during election season especially they are usually tying their topics in to expand on the main talking points-= for which limbaugh is point man.

    within communities across the country, many of the 1000 RW stations broadcast university or other sports. out of the top 16 basketball teams in the NCAA tournament 15 broadcast on limbaugh stations.

    those universities are making the racism, character assassination, lies, global warming denial, and torture ACCEPTABLE with their continuing associations with RW talk radio and they need to be pushed by their faculties and students to look for alternatives- before the next elections.  

    the left could make a huge dent in the RW media machine if that got going.

    Progressives will lose all major messaging battles until they picket the limbaugh/hannity megastations and boycott those stations' local sponsors.

    by certainot on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 06:07:35 AM PDT

    •  Yes, but what is subsidizing what? (1+ / 0-)
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      Don't these stations PAY the universities for the rights to broadcast the games (and presumably they were the highest bidder for these rights?)

      So I don't think it's too far fetched that profits earned from Mr. Limbaugh's show are flowing to universities.  That's not necessarily a bad thing.

      •  the credibility that comes with the association (2+ / 0-)
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        is worth a great deal.

        just as it has been worth every dime the RW spent to subsidize right wing talk radio and fox.

        those stations may do promos for those sports during the day, along with the traffic and weather, while they do the groundwork repetition for everything the GOP does. it is tacit approval of their crap

        that association makes the message more acceptable to the community and the local sponsors who might otherwise shy from the racism and lies and stupidity.

        Progressives will lose all major messaging battles until they picket the limbaugh/hannity megastations and boycott those stations' local sponsors.

        by certainot on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 06:47:18 AM PDT

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        •  Maybe, but I tend to listen to broadcasts (1+ / 0-)
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          of the local MLB team on the radio on the way home - I'm pretty sure the station has wacko RW shows on the rest of  the time - but I simply don't listen.   I guess I just don't subscribe to the idea that credibility is easily transferred from one show to another  . . . . in this day and age everything is sufficiently fragmented that people are good browsers for the content they want and ignorers of everything else.

          •  I Listen To Basketball & Football (0+ / 0-)

            ...on the same station that has the cretin talkers.
            .

            in this day and age everything is sufficiently fragmented that people are good browsers for the content they want and ignorers of everything else.

            Action is the antidote to despair---Joan Baez

            by frandor55 on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 06:59:24 AM PDT

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            •  you both miss the important point (1+ / 0-)
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              these are community stations, usually the big ones, licensed to operate in the public interest and doing sports puts icing on the heaping pile of shit they do the rest of the time, making the racism, etc., more palatable and probably brings in a lot of local sponsors.

              those universities associate themselves with the power centers of the GOP and everything they stand for.

              Progressives will lose all major messaging battles until they picket the limbaugh/hannity megastations and boycott those stations' local sponsors.

              by certainot on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 10:20:04 AM PDT

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    •  I like your sig - vote with your feet (1+ / 0-)
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      those universities are making the racism, character assassination, lies, global warming denial, and torture ACCEPTABLE with their continuing associations with RW talk radio and they need to be pushed by their faculties and students to look for alternatives- before the next elections.  

      I agree, but that will have an incredible challenge: At the U of MN they just stacked the Board of Regents with Republican politicos. One deceptive f*cker had to make the choice btw ideology and money, so he gave up his U teaching job for the larger prize of B of R.

      I have some questions...

      by ocular sinister on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 11:32:00 AM PDT

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      •  regents and admins of unis are probably targeted (0+ / 0-)

        by the rove types as prize catches. regents get local and state elections and those same radio stations do a lot on the local level generally to get the vote out but also to swiftboat local progressives, and they do well in large part because the left ignores them. judges, school boards, as well as passing and stopping local referendum, etc.

        Progressives will lose all major messaging battles until they picket the limbaugh/hannity megastations and boycott those stations' local sponsors.

        by certainot on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 04:11:15 PM PDT

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