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Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh mentioned how horrible conditions were for Mandela under apartheid. Oh how things have changed in 20 years...

Yesterday, on his radio show, Rush Limbaugh applauded Nelson Mandela for forgiving his captors and turning the other cheek:

So here's Nelson Mandela, "Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies." Nelson Mandela actually lived through the indignities, the punishment, the discrimination, the horrors of the South African apartheid system. Came out of it -- you realize when he was inaugurated president, he invited as his special guests the white jailers from his Robben Island prison? He literally did forgive everybody. (Media Matters)
It's funny how the passage of time will change how conservatives view historical events. They don't seem to get what's going on while it's going on. That's why George W. Bush was OMG A GREAT PRESIDENT, but now "everybody knows" he was a tax and spender. Romney was going to beat Obama in a landslide, but now "everybody knows" that the nation voted for Obama because he hugged Chris Christie.

And of course, fighting apartheid wasn't a racial struggle: it was an ideological attempt to make South Africa a communist county. Now "everybody knows" it was a system of indignities, discrimination and horrors. Let's roll the tape:

I know that seeing Limbaugh on Crossfire with a full head of hair debating people that are smarter than him is...amazing. I mean, how long has he barricaded himself in a studio with gatekeepers and mic cutters making sure he doesn't get a real challenge? But forget the shock of seeing that and consider what he says:

It had nothing to do with it. Forget apartheid. No, forget it. Of course. This is not racial. This whole South African thing with Mandela in America is not racial. He's here raising money. It is ideological. It is an ideological battle over there. You've got a communist attempt to take over South Africa. Nelson... there you go. It's not fashionable these days to still think there might be some threat.
So Mandela came here after he was released from prison not to garner support for a true democratically elected state, but to impose communism on the country of South Africa. Those who were there disagree.

Bonus: Robert Novak:

And when we return, we're going to discuss in this very thoughtful discussion of whether it's a good idea to have posters on the buses in Chicago of men kissing each other.
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