Sunday, March 31, 2013

Cue the Tiny Violins

Rush Limbaugh wants our sympathy, folks.

The Rush has a sad because a fellow named Dr. Ben Carson has decided that he might not become the commencement speaker at Johns Hopkins.  Dr. Carson is a neurosurgeon who has lately become the darling of the Right by making statements to the effect that The Gays getting married might lead to pedophilia and bestiality.

So some of the medical students at Johns Hopkins have circulated a petition asking that Dr. Carson reconsider his decision to speak at their commencement.

Now, why does this give Rush a sad?

Rush has already conceded that same-gender marriage is "inevitable" in this country, which is an astounding acknowledgement of reality coming from him.  He expressed astonishment that medical students - medical students - were circulating the petition, and not riffraff like social workers.

Quoth the Rush, "To me that's evidence that... I don't know what it is. We're losing the country or what have you."

Well, Rushie my zeppelin-shaped lad, that just goes to show you that values shift in this country over time.  Let's face it:  If they hadn't, the estimable Dr. Carson wouldn't be a neurosurgeon, and certainly wouldn't be delivering the commencement address at Johns Hopkins.  In fact, he'd be legally equal to only 3/5 of a white person (yes, Doc Carson's African-American).

Rush goes on to say something like "Blahblahblah First Amendment blah blah blah . . . "


Well, Rush, let me lay a bit of wisdom on you about the First Amendment.  The First Amendment gives Americans carte blanche to say whatever they like within certain defined boundaries (like not yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater).  Which means, of course, that a vast amount of nonsense can also be said.

For some strange reason I haven't been able to fathom in all my years upon this weary planet, most ordinary people tend to accept the opinions of celebrities as somehow more important than their own.  In a sense, this makes sense - it saves them the effort of actually thinking about issues, doesn't it?  So any loudmouth with a microphone and a smooth line of patter can get a huge number of people to accept everything said loudmouth might say.

Like Kim Kardashian.

Like  Dr. Ben Carson.

Like  . . . well, you, Rush my lad.


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