The vicious smearing of football aficionado Rush Limbaugh.
The Left has opened up a new front in its ongoing efforts to censor conservative voices and to ban conservative political thought from polite society. Their latest target: Rush Limbaugh, who is now being viciously smeared as a black-hating racist.
Of course, the Left has viciously smeared Rush and other conservatives for some time now. That’s their modus operandi; it’s how they operate. But their use of the racist smear has gained new currency of late because Rush and Dave Checketts, managing partner of the St. Louis Blues, are now bidding to buy the National Football League’s St. Louis Rams.
This has caused racial hucksters Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to formally lobby against Rush’s bid to buy the Rams. Sharpton, in fact, sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in which he urges the league to reject Limbaugh’s ownership bid because, he wrote, Rush is “divisive and anti-NFL.”
Sharpton’s letter references Rush’s past “comments about NFL players, including Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb, and [Limbaugh’s] recent statement that the NFL was beginning to look like a fight between the Crips and the Bloods without the weapons…”
Jackson, meanwhile, told the Associated Press that Rush has made his career by “‘appealing to the fears of whites’ with an unending line of insults against blacks and other minorities.”
This is rich insofar as Jackson and Sharpton have made their careers by incessantly and shamelessly playing the race card, and doing so from the bottom of the deck. Indeed, throughout his career, Jackson has used the false charge of white racism to intimidate corporations into adopting racial preferences in the name of “affirmative action” (read: “reverse discrimination”).
Sharpton also is an incessant racial ambulance chaser. Sharpton began his career in the early 1980s when he smeared a white district attorney, Steven A. Pagones, with the false charge of racism.
Sharpton charged Pagones with abducting and raping a black teenager, Tawana Brawley, in Wappingers Falls, New York. Pagones was exonerated by a grand jury, but not before his name and his reputation had been dragged through the mud by Sharpton.
Brawley later was ordered to pay Pagones $185,000, while Sharpton and her other “advisers” were forced to pay Pagones $345,000. “Tawana Brawley appears caught up in her own fiction,” said New York State Supreme Court Justice S. Barrett Hickman.
Then as now, Sharpton had absolutely no evidence upon which to cry “white racism,” and he seemed not to care about ruining an innocent man’s career and reputation. In fact, to this day Sharpton has not apologized for his reprehensible behavior in the Tawana Brawley affair.
But that’s not surprising: Apologizing now would call into question Sharpton’s entire career and professional reason for being. It would undermine any new charges of white racism, which he propounds regularly, as he has now against Rush Limbaugh.
In a certain respect, this is not surprising. Sharpton’s racist racket is financially and culturally lucrative; it results in high-paying gigs and television appearances. Sharpton, of course, doesn’t want to mess with success; never mind a little thing like honor and integrity.
In reality, Rush doesn’t have a racist bone in his body, and nothing he has said is in any way racist. What Rush has done is to honestly, courageously and forthrightly address matters of race in America, and he has sometimes done so in ways that are amusing and satirical.
The Left purports to want this. They insist they want to openly and candidly discuss racial matters; hence Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech last February, during Black History Month: “In things racial,” Holder said, “we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.”
“We average Americans simply do not talk enough with each other about race,” Holder continued. “It is an issue we have never been at ease with; and, given our nation’s history, this is in some ways understandable. And yet, if we are to make progress in this area we must feel comfortable enough with one another, and tolerant enough of each other, to have frank conversations about the racial matters that continue to divide us.”
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