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Rush Limbaugh worked himself up into such a feverish level of phony outrage over the new Priorities USA attacking Romney's position on healthcare that he let slip something he probably should have kept to himself.

RUSH: So now, now Romney wants steelworkers' wives to get cancer and die. You've got Democrats out there hearing this, and their tongues hit the floor. "Oh, yeah, yeah! Man, really great ad! Really, really great ad." And the guys call here and they want to talk about it? You have to engage people in conversation about this? Try to imagine being in a group of people and some lunatic accuses you, as a Republican, of wanting to starve kids.
Of course Rush wants his listeners to think an attack on Romney's plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a band-aid solution of Free Market nostrums, is actually an offensive vicious personal attack on the character of all Republicans everywhere. Rush wants them to think they personally, are being falsely tarnished as "murders" by this ad attacking their standard bearer's "Let Them Eat Cake" approach to reforming a dysfunctional health care system. Rush wants them to see this ad as more liberal effrontery that imputes their personal honor.

Rush moves on to demonizing Democrats in the most scathing terms he can think of.

RUSH: You actually get into a discussion about that and try to convince him he's wrong. You have no prayer. You don't have a chance. Now, how upside down is that? How upside down is that? You don't have a prayer. If somebody's gonna believe that, you don't have a prayer of changing their mind. If some glittering jewel of colossal ignorance believes this stuff and you end up in a conversation with him, there's no way you're gonna change his mind.
Then Rush blurts out this offensive characterization Democrats and supporters of Health Care Reform.
RUSH: You're dealing with something barely human in the first place in terms of intelligence. So you take this further and you say, "Okay, as a political party, how should the Republicans react?" Look, it's real. There's an ad out there saying Mitt Romney killed this guy's wife!

Obama Ad: Romney is a Murderer

Wanting to reform a dysfunctional health care system makes you "barely human in the first place in terms of intelligence."!! Wanting a Health Care System to work for more Americans shows you're a "glittering jewel of colossal ignorance"!!

Its time to call out Rush for demeaning his political adversaries as being "barely human terms of intelligence."

This slanderous bully needs to be taken down a notch for his attack dehumanizing his political opponents.  

Stop Rush

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  •  Sounds like the target being hit (15+ / 0-)

    Music to my ears.

    Limbaugh squealing like a stuck pig.  He loses it completely and is basically left sputtering.  

    This guy has been getting less and less clever and witty and more and more boorish for some time now.  I would imagine that he is still popular with people like the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooter, but I would also imagine that he is wearing thin with more normal people who aren't skinheads.

    The longer he stays on the radio, squealing away like this, the better.  In the end he will just be a crazy guy that they have to haul out of there and put into a straitjacket.

    For a while, he will just embarrass the heck out of people who are conservative in the old fashioned sense of modesty, probity and rational thinking.  Those people have to be really worried that they have no representation in the GOP these days.

    Limbaugh only puts salt in that wound.  

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 01:13:25 PM PDT

  •  Breaking: Rush believes in evolution (2+ / 0-)
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    outraging millions of brain damaged evolutionary stunted mutants.

    Hey, admitting things can be "barely human" is progress, right?

  •  Didn't this asshole drop out of college?... (8+ / 0-)

    he wouldn't know intelligence if it bit him in his fat ass.

    “For the first time in two decades, Osama bin Laden is not a threat to this country.” President Obama 1/24/12

    by BarackStarObama on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 01:17:24 PM PDT

    •  I had to take my car in for a tuneup today.... (5+ / 0-)

      and accidentally hit the "Rush" flush on the way back and heard exactly this sequence.  I heard that line about Dems as "barely human," and just began laughing.

      The whole tone of Rush's rant was that he just had no way to respond to Democratic charges about Republicans...that they were going so over the top that you couldn't talk to them or reason with them.

      And where have we heard THAT before?  

      Rush speechless?  Not totally, but I have rarely heard him so close to admitting that the GOP is totally meme-f..ked and has no way to get out of this mess that Mitt has created for them.

      Free markets would be a great idea, if markets were actually free.

      by dweb8231 on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 01:22:43 PM PDT

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    •  Flunked out of Southwest Missouri State (5+ / 0-)

      Couldn't handle the rigorous academic curriculum.  Of course, Rush has more credit hours than that other Republican Academic:  Sean Hannity.

      It's incredible to me that the Republican Party has waged war on education and intelligence, facts, history, knowledge.  And, they have found a following in the USA in the 21st Century!

      Dick Cheney said, "Pi$$ on 'em!" And, Ronald Reagan replied, "That's a Great Idea. Let's Call it 'Trickle Down Economics!"

      by NM Ray on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 01:26:24 PM PDT

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    •  Rush's Mom said he "Flunked out" of college (6+ / 0-)

      by his own admission.

      "We don't need someone who can think. We need someone with enough digits to hold a pen." ~ Grover Norquist

      by Lefty Coaster on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 01:28:58 PM PDT

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  •  When I posted that youtube to facebook (2+ / 0-)

    my accompanying comment was, "Romney killed his wife."

    "That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the State ..."- Vermont Constitution Chapter 1, Article 16

    by kestrel9000 on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 01:20:16 PM PDT

  •  I agree with him on two points... (3+ / 0-)
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    You're dealing with something barely human in the first place in terms of intelligence.
    How nice of him to notice that Liberals are so superior, in terms of intelligence, that we are "barely human" - we're better than humans, maybe some kind of highly evolved human that is not recognizable to the sub-humans (or idiotic Republicans as their commonly known).


    You actually get into a discussion about that and try to convince him he's wrong. You have no prayer. You don't have a chance.
    I find this to be a true statements, just the context and subject matter is wrong.  I have often had this exact thought, but only when I'm trying to have a rational conversation with a hardcore right-wing bagger type.

    Facts are liberally bias

    by SuzieQ4624 on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 01:29:33 PM PDT

    •  Conservatives tend to be incurious (1+ / 0-)
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      and intellectually lazy, but they aren't stupid.

      "We don't need someone who can think. We need someone with enough digits to hold a pen." ~ Grover Norquist

      by Lefty Coaster on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 01:36:36 PM PDT

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      •  I don't know, I've met a lot of... (3+ / 0-)
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        really ignorant, unintelligent, reality-denying, moronic Republicans.  I might be biased on this topic, but in general, I've found some of the stupid people I've ever met in my life to be exclusively Republican.  

        I'm not saying there aren't really idiotic Liberals, but it's a different breed.  Republicans reject knowledge and education, so they are striving to be as stupid as possible.

        Facts are liberally bias

        by SuzieQ4624 on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 01:49:15 PM PDT

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  •  If there's one thing stupid people love to hear... (4+ / 0-)

    It's how much 'smarter' they are than actual smart people. You always have to remember who his audience is.

    Romney 2012 - Sic Semper Fidelis Tyrannosaurus!

    by Fordmandalay on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 01:32:17 PM PDT

  •  To be fair, I have seen comments in a (2+ / 0-)
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    similar vein on this website.

    Not saying its the majority opinion.  But it happens none the less.    

    Republicans: if they only had a heart.

    by leu2500 on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 01:32:38 PM PDT

  •  Limbaugh Radio Rwanda. It is disturbing. (11+ / 0-)

    As a progressive-who lives in Wisconsin, the results of the radio hate mongering are evident.

    The effects of Stochastic terrorism (ht g2 geek) are being seen everywhere in this country. Over the years, the subtle wearing down of basic politeness when discussing political differences are apparent. Sadly, many people are too intimidated to speak out, or don't get involved at all because of the fear of confrontation w/these people. That is the scary part.

  •  One question Rush, think hard before answering... (2+ / 0-)
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    Do you care more about money... or human beings?

    "We see things not as they are, but as we are." - John Milton

    by Jasonhouse on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 01:40:01 PM PDT

  •  you haven't arrived until rush refers to you as (5+ / 0-)
    something barely human in the first place in terms of intelligence.
    I feel good.
  •  Rush is really starting to sound insane. (2+ / 0-)
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    We should be seriously wondering just when he'd going to go all Jared Loughner on some unsuspecting crowd he thinks are liberals.  Might be a good idea if he went back on his pain meds.

    The road to Hell is paved with pragmatism.

    by TheOrchid on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 01:54:13 PM PDT

    •  I see a Peglerian future for him.... (1+ / 0-)
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      ....sinking from the mainstream into the WorldNetDaily/RedState/Free Republic sinkhole, just like Westbrook Pegler went from Scripps Howard down to the John Birch Society house organ as the world changed around him.

      9-11 changed everything? Well, Katrina changed it back.

      by varro on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 07:47:01 PM PDT

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  •  if I had designed my home like Saddam Hussein (0+ / 0-)

    I don't think I would consider dems lacking in intelligence, guts or patriotism.  Money does not buy class or intelligence.  He is a big mouth drug addict who needs his golden michrophone shoved up his ass.  He is a chickenshit piece of blubber ..enough said.

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    by Vetwife on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 01:58:07 PM PDT

  •  Um, some posters on this website (0+ / 0-)

    have said similar things, and worse, about Republicans and conservatives.   Are they also guilty of "dehumanizing" the opposition?

    Frankly, I don't think Limbaugh's use of that kind of rhetoric is appropriate in a political debate.  But then I don't think it's appropriate for anyone in a political debate.  I don't use it myself to talk about people who disagree with me, and I don't applaud those on this site who use that kind of rhetoric about the political opposition, either.  

    •  I don't get your point (0+ / 0-)

      The leader of the Republican party, the guy that every Republican leader must kow-tow to, made the comments cited. What some random bozo on an open-mike website has posted in the past has no bearing whatsoever on that.

  •  Romney doesn't 'want to starve kids.' (1+ / 0-)
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    Lefty Coaster

    He just thinks that the money that puts food in those kids' mouths would be put to better use if it were in his pockets instead of in their parents'. Same as the money that could have gone to that poor woman's care.

  •  Ok, one person can't dehumanize another. (1+ / 0-)
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    People can only do that to themselves by behaving like instinct-driven creatures lacking the ability to self-direct--i.e. consider their own behavior and decide whether it is acceptable and appropriate to a particular situation.
    The instinct-driven seem incapable of that.  They either respond to their hormonal input, habit or imitate the behavior of someone else.
    Rush's audience appreciates him because he tells them their modus operandi is just fine.  Also, he speaks to them and listening takes less energy than looking and the infusion of information is more direct. Whether or not his audience does anything is anybody's guess. If they feel discouraged about "winning" they probably won't bother.

    Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage". He's not into "catch and release."

    by hannah on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 02:31:03 PM PDT

  •  That's what we say about them. (0+ / 0-)

    But we are correct.

  •  Rush who? (0+ / 0-)

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 02:38:29 PM PDT

  •  Rush's words illustrate a comman element embraced (3+ / 0-)
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    by Far-Right minions: Dehumanization. It is a VERY dangerous trend in a democratic society.

    Comments like Rush's help develop in his listeners a lack of empathy for others who differ from "self."    Rush might as well use Untermensch (German for under man, sub-man, sub-human or "inferior" people).  When individuals or a group lack empathy, it is much easier to engage in political "combat"; unfortunately, as history shows, it is also easier to torture, abuse, and murder.  

    Dehumanization and the defense mechanism of scapegoating can lead to atrocities, both large-scale and those impacting individual lives.  Additionally, when individuals or groups scapegoat, it means that there is no accounting, no sense of responsibility, or even acknowledgement of "inner pain."  By refusing to deal with the hurt "within," it becomes so much easier to direct that inner vitriol at others.  There is a reason that "Divide and Conquer" is a time-worn ReTHUGlican tactic.

    As Eric Huebeck, a Paul Weyrich protege, wrote in The Integration of Theory and Practice:A Program for the New Traditionalist Movement:

    The Movement Must Understand What Motivates Human Beings...We must understand what makes them tick, whether that motivation is attractive or not. We must channel undesirable impulses to serve good purposes....It is a basic fact that an us-versus-them, insider-versus-outsider mentality is a very strong motivation in human life. For better or for worse, this has to be recognized and taken advantage of for the good of the movement...New Traditionalists must be interested in learning about sociology, social psychology, and the dynamics of social change. We must study examples of dissident and counter-cultural groups that succeeded in ascending to dominance--we must learn from them.

    Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

    by ranton on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 03:19:51 PM PDT

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