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Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh mocked U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen ruling (now corrected) that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution because her opinion incorrectly mentioned that the “all men” are created equal was in the Constitution rather than the Declaration of Independence. What Rush didn’t mention is that he himself has misquoted and mixed up the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

Limbaugh repeatedly denounced the judge: “Now, this judge does not know the Constitution from the Declaration of Independence.…she mixes up the Declaration with the Constitution.  She claims that the Constitution says that all men are created equal, and it doesn't!  The Declaration says that.”

And: “So basically here's a woman who thinks it's the Constitution that says all men are created equal.”

Limbaugh said: “And she's citing the Constitution as the reason for her ruling!  She's citing something that isn't there!  She's a federal judge.  We are so screwed.”

Allen’s ruling merely mentioned the phrase in the introductory paragraph as a core American legal principle (which it is), she didn’t cite it as the basis for her ruling.

But Limbaugh certainly can’t claim to be an expert on the Constitution. During his 2009 speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) upon receiving the “Defender of the Constitution” award, Limbaugh proclaimed: "We believe that the preamble to the Constitution contains an inarguable truth that we are all endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life. Liberty, Freedom. And the pursuit of happiness." The correct phrase is “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” And these words don’t appear anywhere in the Constitution. They're from the Declaration of Independence.

It takes some hubris for a man who misquoted a clause in the Declaration of Independence (and claimed it was in the Constitution) to laugh at anyone else for getting the two mixed up.

Not only did Limbaugh mix up the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution in 2009, but in 2013 he chose to re-play that part of his speech on his show because he thought it was so important, once again not realizing that he was wrong (and apparently not having read my 2011 book about Limbaugh where I mocked him for his mistake).

This isn’t Limbaugh’s only error about the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. For example, he claimed that “when the Founders wrote the Constitution, they put the prescription in the Constitution for ending slavery, in the amendments, and in our founding document, the Declaration of Independence.” The Declaration of Independence says nothing about slavery, and the original Constitution actually defends the institution of slavery and requires the return of escaped slaves.

Crossposted at LimbaughBook.

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  •  Tip Jar (18+ / 0-)

    The Most Dangerous Man in America: Rush Limbaugh's Assault on Reason (

    by JohnKWilson on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 07:49:43 AM PST

  •  HAHAHAHAHA8181818181818181!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (3+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Shippo1776, Matt Z

    What a putz.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 07:57:20 AM PST

  •  Limbaugh is a fool, and his day is coming (6+ / 0-)

    to an end.

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 08:11:59 AM PST

    •  His days of huge paychecks are certainly (2+ / 0-)
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      IndieGuy, Matt Z

      coming to an end. And he is being downgraded in many markets to weaker signals, but he still has the #1 audience on talk radio. Limbaugh will stay on the air, but at a much lower level of compensation, as long as he keeps a significant portion of his audience.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 08:26:53 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Huge is relative (5+ / 0-)

        Limbaugh's days of making $57 million a year on the radio are over once his current contract ends in a couple of years. But he can easily make $20 million or more if he wants to, and by my standard, that's still a huge paycheck.

        The Most Dangerous Man in America: Rush Limbaugh's Assault on Reason (

        by JohnKWilson on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 08:53:03 AM PST

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        •  John - his next contract will be huge by (0+ / 0-)

          the standard of nearly all of us, but I think it could drop by an order of magnitude to $3-5 million a year. The Flush Rush campaign had had a dramatic impact on the revenues for Limbaugh and all of talk radio.

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 04:36:04 PM PST

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  •  John - are you suggesting that the members (2+ / 0-)
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    of the federal judiciary only need to understand the Constitution as well as Rush Limbaugh? That seems like a very low bar. Surely we expect our federal judges, who are ruling on constitutional issues, to understand the difference between the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Who cares if that gasbag Rush Limbaugh knows the difference? He isn't making any judicial rulings.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 08:21:35 AM PST

    •  Not at all (4+ / 0-)
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      ZedMont, wlkx, certainot, Lujane

      Certainly, it's a dumb mistake, and I agree with those people who criticize a judge who does this. But perhaps Rush Limbaugh should not jump on his high (talking) horse about this particular topic. And unlike a judge, who is embarrassed and corrects the mistake immediately, Limbaugh will never admit to being wrong about anything. That's why he's willing to condemn people for making the same mistake he does.

      The Most Dangerous Man in America: Rush Limbaugh's Assault on Reason (

      by JohnKWilson on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 08:49:58 AM PST

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    •  Good point. However, this error in the part of (1+ / 0-)
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      the judge was a Freudian Slip (Op?) or something of the sort, not ignorance of the law.  

      Still, it has to be an embarrassment to a federal judge.  Even I would be mortified.

      Limbaugh's mistakes are simply the result of never fact-checking himself, but they are not an embarrassment.

      Limbaugh wouldn't be embarrassed by his own faux pas, as he is such an embarrassment of a human being to start with that individual embarrassing errors are meaningless to him.

      His audience is so willing to eschew rational thought and facts in favor of partisan blather that they will be high-fiving with one hand, the other hand cradling what's left of a six pack of beer.

      Ted Cruz president? Pardon my Vietnamese, but Ngo Pho King Way.

      by ZedMont on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 08:52:16 AM PST

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    •  he's top US PC cop, siccing the teabaggers on her (1+ / 0-)
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      the real significance is that he's threatening her, adding to the general homophobia.

      other national  radio gods and the local blowhards will follow it with their own local yelling, taking outraged calls from local teabagers.

       a bunch of assholes screaming at her in emails and calls etc, may not make a difference to her now but the nutbags will follow her for a while in the next elections, etc., and it'll probably generate some outraged letters to the editor, etc.

      This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

      by certainot on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 08:58:27 AM PST

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  •  Rush would flunk grade school civics for a (3+ / 0-)
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    elwior, ZedMont, Lujane

    number of different reasons, his knowledge of the US Constitution just one of them. His biggest stumbling block would be his mammoth hubris. Since he knows everything and anything he says is immutable truth, he wouldn't need to actually study. His ability and willingness to study and learn was measurably demonstrated by his flunking out of college just as the tardy bell rang.

    What a pantload.

    I think that Republicanism is revealing itself as a personality disorder, not so much an ideology." -- Naomi Klein

    by AllanTBG on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 08:37:30 AM PST

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