My Impossible Conversation With Rush Limbaugh
Today, I wrote an opinion piece for my website Techcitement after being incensed by something multiple radio show hosts. This is it.
I listen to Rush Limbaugh. Not often, but occasionally. I don’t believe in virtually anything the ultra right-wing pundit has to say, and I think much of what Limbaugh says is built out of hate, ignorance, a ploy for rating/cash, or all of the above. So, why do I listen to this man, and others of his ilk, who I so obviously share no political or cultural similarities with?
To see what the “other side” is saying.
To laugh at the stupid and bizarre things uttered.
To get away from crappy music on the radio and not have silence when I don’t have another option of my own music, podcasts, or an audio book.
To give my brain something to do in arguing back with the radio while I drive.
Mostly, it’s the last reason, because I often find myself having full-fledged conversations with people who aren’t there. I don’t mean that I have imaginary friends, but that I have pre-conversations (the kind you have before you have a real conversation with someone) or impossible conversations (the ones where you give your opinions to politicians, pundits, fictional characters, or annoying reality TV show people you’ll never meet). Today, I had an impossible conversation with Rush Limbaugh inspired by his spouting off nonsense about the economy, jobs, unemployment rate, and welfare. In reference to welfare, Limbaugh was specifically referring to food stamps and unemployment benefits. This is the point when my ire was raised. What follows is what I said, out loud in my car to myself, when I had my impossible conversation with Limbaugh: