Cal Thomas on Rush LimbaughBeing something of a...


July 30, 1994

Cal Thomas on Rush Limbaugh

Being something of a freethinker, I was briefly anxious that the Rush Limbaugh phenomenon might possibly represent some conservative counterweight to tolerant, skeptical, liberal thought, as Cal Thomas (July 20, Opinion * Commentary) seems to believe it effectively does.

Not to worry. That Mr. Limbaugh has an effect is not disputed; that he has any capacity to articulate or persuade is doubtful.

The service of Mr. Limbaugh's broadcasts is not that they offer any direction in rational discourse, only that they irritate the complaisant.

One has listened to Mr. Limbaugh in vain for any coherent train of thought beyond preconception, for any non-circular path of logic, for anything other than the bangs of a partisan entertainer.

Proof of Mr. Limbaugh's intellectual vacuity is in his irreproducible results: coming out of the radio, he sounds like something, causes comment and becomes a celebrity.

But if one were to dictate his text to the man in an adjacent airline seat, likely he would rush to the nearest exit. A good performance can establish a bad idea; but good ideas make sense, regardless of the performer.

Thoughtful conservatives, God bless 'em, are a hazard to us all, and the intelligent ones among them can be downright dangerous. This one is a vain clown.

William O. Miles


Cal Thomas quoted Rush Limbaugh's mother and brother as saying that "they fear government wants to replace God as the most powerful force in their lives." I couldn't agree more.

Sure, government has its place in our lives. The trouble is government wants a supreme place in our lives, and for the millions of us who still believe in God this is totally unacceptable.

I personally believe that God, not government, has the right answers to America's problems, and if we, as a nation, would turn back to almighty God, he would heal our nation and make us great and prosperous once again like we used to be, and after reviewing God's track record versus President Clinton's track record, I think even an agnostic would have to agree that God is a much better choice.

If government control in our personal lives is not limited, you can be sure that at some point our freedoms we enjoy in America surely will be.

Our present government very clearly does not stand for many of the beliefs and principles that made America great, and I think we need to wake up to that fact now.

Bert Hartka


In response to Cal Thomas' column, I would like to point out one of the reasons people have a problem with Rush Limbaugh, and why this is a problem that we all will have to deal with eventually.

Mr. Thomas's assertion that Mr. Limbaugh uses the term "femi-Nazi" to describe only, ". . . the tiny core of the most radical among [women]" overlooks the fact that by using such defamatory language to describe a group shows very little tolerance toward that group, no matter what the political allegiances might be.

The very word "Nazi" can only be construed as a term of hate, because that is what that particular form of fascism fed on. Whether this word was used to describe one person or one million is irrelevant; the message conveyed is one of bigotry, with obvious references to one of the cruelest dictators this world has ever seen. This is the problem people such as I have with Mr. Limbaugh. If a professional journalist such as Mr. Thomas used similar phrases to describe a group of people, I question how long newspapers such as The Sun would continue to run his column.

But as Mr. Thomas pointed out, Mr. Limbaugh is not a journalist, he is a satirist -- a humorist. To compare Mr. Limbaugh to Will ("I never met a man I didn't like") Rogers is a bit far-fetched, but I do agree with the job description.

As a humorist, I can see why Mr. Limbaugh does not want to debate topics with liberal minds, although perhaps he and Al Franken could host "Crossfire" one night.

The real problem, however, lies ahead for Mr. Thomas and Mr. Limbaugh. I hope Mr. Thomas will heed his own advice, because in a few years, a Republican will be in the White House.

Count on it. See, we liberals have a sense of humor, too. Let's just see how funny the Republicans think it is when the shoe is on the other foot.

Thomas L. Warren


Smokefree Air

Congratulations to the state of Maryland for pushing regulations to protect innocent bystanders from the unhealthy consequences of second-hand smoke.

The Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Surgeon General, the National Academy of Sciences and dozens of health and scientific organizations conclude that second-hand smoke causes cancer. No one should have to breathe smoke while on the job.

The EPA has identified eight Group A carcinogens; second-hand smoke is one of them. The other seven are illegal in the workplace. Second-hand smoke is estimated to kill more people than the other seven combined.

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