Rush controversy: Selective quoting, distorted context, 1-sided outrage

Tue, 02/03/2009 - 4:09pm
By: Letters to the ...

In his letter to the editor Jan. 28, Col. Williams takes Rush Limbaugh’s comments out of context in his effort to demonize Rush and other conservatives who disagree with President Obama’s proposals.

He quotes Limbaugh as saying, “I hope Obama fails,” without explaining the reference.

Limbaugh was asked by a journalist to write a short article discussing his hopes for the Obama presidency.

This is his answer: “I’ve been listening to Barack Obama for a year-and-a-half. I know what his politics are. I know what his plans are, as he has stated them. I don’t want them to succeed.”

He goes on to say: “Look, what he’s talking about is the absorption of as much of the private sector by the U.S. government as possible, from the banking business, to the mortgage industry, the automobile business, to health care. I do not want the government in charge of all of these things. I don’t want this to work.

“So I’m thinking of replying to the guy, ‘Okay, I’ll send you a response, but I don’t need 400 words, I need four: I hope he fails.’”

It is clear Rush was referring to President Obama’s goal of implementing a whole host of items on the Democrat/liberal/socialist agenda, not the one issue that no one wants the new President to fail at — that is keeping America safe from terrorists.

It is also ironic that Col. Williams closes with an inane premise that Limbaugh’s goals and the terrorists are the same when, during the last eight years, liberal Democrats did everything they could to ensure the Bush administration was a failure, opposing nearly every government reform he proposed.

The Democrats certainly hoped President Bush’s policies would fail in Iraq. Because of Bush’s steadfastness, we still have a chance to win in Iraq, even though, with the willing complicity of the mainstream media, Democrats have convinced a majority of the American people that we have already lost.

For eight years, Democrats trashed President Bush. Now their guy is in power, and they want conservatives to set aside their principles and support whatever President Obama proposes.

If I don’t agree with a proposal, I am not going to support it just to make liberals feel good. If Obama does make a proposal I agree with, then I will support him, as I would hope all Americans would.

Robert Brown

U.S. Army Retired

Peachtree City, Ga.

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