Yesterday, much to my surprise, I found myself quoting the National Rifle Association favorably.
Today, another surprise.
It was October 11th, 2001 — one month after the attack — and someone said:
“We cannot let the terrorists achieve the objective of frightening our nation to the point where we don’t — where we don’t conduct business, where people don’t shop. That’s their intention. Their intention was not only to kill and maim and destroy. Their intention was to frighten to the point where our nation would not act. Their intention was to so frighten our government that we wouldn’t seek justice; that somehow we would cower in the face of their threats and not respond, abroad or at home.”
Yep, W. Not my usual go-to person when I want to make a point.
But here’s the thing — and please understand I am not about to compare Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson to the murderers of September 11th. Well, I’m not in anyway going to say Limbaugh and Robertson are murderers.
But when it comes to President Bush’s statement about “their intention” being “to frighten our government that we wouldn’t seek justice, that somehow we would cower in the face of their threats and not respond…”
Yep. That’s definitely Limbaugh.
Yesterday — and I almost regret sending people to his site because I really don’t want to drive traffic there — he said:
“This will play right into Obama’s hands. He’s humanitarian, compassionate. They’ll use this to burnish their, shall we say, “credibility” with the black community — in the both light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country. It’s made-to-order for them. That’s why he couldn’t wait to get out there, could not wait to get out there.”
He was talking about Haiti and how President Obama waited three days to talk about the underwear bomber but was immediately out there on Haiti.
Now, I’m sure Limbaugh was equally critical of President Bush’s decision to wait for even longer to speak about Richard Reid, so let’s let that part of his comments go for now.
But, when it comes to the part about frightening people so they won’t act, that is exactly what Limbaugh is trying to do, He wants to rile people up, foment hatred, try to force the government into a position of fear where they won’t be able to act.
It’s absolutely hateful.
There are tens of thousands of people dead and he’s trying to score political points and drive up his ratings?
And Limbaugh’s just getting started. He wants to demonize the Haitians, portray them as the architects of their own destruction and unworthy of aid.
“The Haitian economy is entirely dependent on foreign aid,” he aid. “They produce nothing. Zilch, zero, nada. And it’s been that way for the longest time.”
Well, as the State Department points out in a backgrounder, that just isn’t the case.
Yes, they import three times what they export, but they do export things like mangoes, leather and raw hides and seafood.
But, in Haiti’s defense. There could be a country with an even greater trade deficit, one that imports four times of what they export. I just can’t imagine what country could be in that bad shape? Oh, wait.
Listen, I have no problem with Limbaugh wanting to criticize the President. He wants to disagree with everything he says, no problem. Have at it.
But don’t make the stuff up. Don’t try to scare people to drive up your ratings. People want to disagree, that’s great. This country has a great history of debate. But let it be honest debate. Let’s not demonize people to score political points.
Limbaugh has a very powerful platform from which to speak. If he wants to use it to to try and get Obama and his ideas defeated, he should feel free to proceed. He should just do it with facts instead of by trying to scare people into submission.
Admittedly, he’s not saying Haiti can trace their problems to a pact with Satan.
But if Limbaugh and others are able to foment hatred and scare this country into not being able to act, well — to paraphrase President George W. Bush — then the terrorists have won,