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The Meaning of Compassion

Rush Limbaugh has friends. Plus: Stupidity rules. So does Arrogance. And more.

10.15.03

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NICE GUYS FINISH FIRST
Re: Lawrence Henry's My Name Is Rush L.:

WOW!!!

Thx, Lawrence. Great read! Looking forward to the day that Rush can join you in no longer having half his brain tied behind his back.

God Bless,
-- J.L. Souka

Thank Lawrence Henry for a truly remarkable piece.
-- Noemie Emery

This is the best observation I've read on Rush's plight.
-- Anthony Bonanza

Lawrence Henry's piece on Rush was a comfort to read. Please pass on to him my profound gratitude for sharing his struggle. And he is so right...when Rush is sober, he will kick butt!
-- Susan Lewis

Thanks to Lawrence Henry for this gesture of genuine, heart-felt compassion. The word "compassion," if I remember my high school Latin (yes, I'm that old), means to feel with or feel together. It is nice to see the word raised to its exalted meaning -- a far cry from current political usage, where it functions as slimy coating for political handouts. God bless you and Rush.
-- Mike Novak
Ellicott City, MD

Why is it when you read the truth, you feel it and know that the person telling the truth is someone who has been in the belly of the beast and was victorious? It is in the spirit of the words when it is true, and the courage is apparent in the fact of the telling.

It is something that some would not understand, but if you really listen the need to tell the truth is apparent in people who have made the struggle and now want to let others know the struggle is worth the pain.

I believe the people who have been there and are still recovering, as there is no day the recovery is said to be complete, are the people who go out and make a difference in the world. I have known many people who are in recovery and their desire to give usually leads them into service positions of some type.

They are powerful helpers, they understand the vulnerability of the human spirit, and how difficult each day can be when trying to create a new life. They understand we all need one another for support, love and care, all humans, not just the ones who slipped and are recovering, but they seem to understand on a different level.

Yes, like you I believe Rush will be back and may the Dems tremble as he will, as always, be the spokesperson for the Republicans, and they need him back to work when he feels ready.

There is no rush (pun intended), we will wait patiently for him to return when it is the right time. In the meantime, articles like yours are needed for people to understand how easily something like this can happen and how courageous he is being in telling the truth and vowing to return. It is better for people to understand it is never over, and each day will be a new day of struggle to get through the day clean. He can do it!

Bless you,
-- Carole

Has anyone noticed in the article from Newsweek trumpeting the "fall" of Rush Limbaugh that one of the biggest gloaters is alleged comedian Al Franken? I find it interesting, considering that at least two of the "tell-all" books on the history of the TV show Saturday Night Live list Franken and his partner Tom Davis as being the main drug suppliers of illegal drugs to the original cast. Since those drugs essentially wiped out the careers of Larraine Newman and Garrett Morris for many years, this smacks of, ummm, should we say "hypocrisy"?

As for Franken being an "alleged" comedian, four words: "Stuart Saves the Family." I rest my case.
-- Cookie Sewell
Aberdeen, MD

Please pass along to Mr. L. Henry that his commentary on Rush says a lot in a short essay. His point about a soon-to-be-"sober" Rush most especially says it all.
-- Dick Sheppard
Jersey City, NJ

KIPP IT UP
Re: R.H. Sager's School Reform's 38th Parallel:

"Teachers, students, and parents sign a contract called the "KIPP Commitment to Excellence Form." For teachers, this means: "We will do whatever it takes for our students to learn.... We will always make ourselves available to students, parents, and any concerns they might have."

Imagine that, a school devoted to the students rather than the teachers, custodians and administration. What a concept.
-- Bruce Peek

CONSERVATIVELY CHALLENGED IN CALIFORNIA
Re: David Hogberg's The Dean of Arrogance:

Howard Dean would like to ask George Bush who his favorite philosopher is. George should ask Howard who his favorite economist is.

David's piece on the arrogance of the left really captures the mood here in Los Angeles. Apparently, I'm a moron. I'm a Bush supporter, I voted for Arnold, and I worked in his campaign. Howard Dean surely holds me in contempt. I know the media think I'm stupid. My beloved Los Angeles Times kept telling me all the reasons the California recall was anti-democratic, and that the evil Republicans wanted to take my State away from me. They told me that California really didn't have the kind of problems those bad people said we did, and that they weren't our nice governor's fault anyway. They went to a lot of trouble to tell me bad things about Arnold, and made sure I'd remember by telling me right before the election. I didn't listen. When the liberals in my life found out about my campaign activities, most of them promoted me from "stupid" to "evil," which I prefer. At my Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Meetings, I was warned to expect this.

As tiresome as the combination of liberal arrogance and contempt is, it works with the media, most of whom are in on the little joke. I'm betting that most Americans are smarter than that. We'll know in a year or so.
-- David Sheridan
Los Angeles, CA

DIM BULBS
Re: James Bowman's Stooping to Stupidity:

James Bowman correctly identifies the current notion, not universal but growing at a fearsome rate, that stupidity is not only an excuse but also an entitlement -- an entitlement to special treatment by the rest of the world to protect the stupid from themselves. One and one-half centuries ago a person who was unable to manage his property or himself could find himself made a ward of the state and supervised by a guardian. Now, however, the stupid are federally protected so they not only have all the rights of citizens but also able (with the help of lawyers) to obtain benefits from other citizens that the latter do not have.

No wonder that many people having little pride or self-esteem seek to enjoy the favored treatment the stupid receive. Learning to be stupid is a pathetically small achievement, yet so doing is not practiced by the mentally retarded. Being stupid is behavior of the normal person, not the mentally ill or retarded one.

When jurors reward stupidity, they encourage others who seek easy economic successes to use stupidity to achieve their goal. Some labor arbitrators and a sadly large number of adjudicators in the administrative bureaucracies of the federal and state governments do the same thing. "There, but for God's grace, go I" thinks the soft-hearted citizen who gladly gives away other peoples' money --treasure that otherwise could be put to improving the world.
Self-government by the stupid is oxymoronic.
-- Nathan S. Lord

There's one error in the entire brilliant article: It isn't true that Senator Kennedy pretends to be stupid enough to believe that President Bush went to war in Iraq over oil.
-- unsigned

TEACHING SHORTAGE
Re: Lawrence Henry's "No Excuses" for Great Teachers, Great Schools:

Interesting thoughts. As a person with an education degree as well as an engineering degree, and with many friends in the profession, I'd like to share some thoughts of my own. Many people become school teachers because of its inherent situation, that is, no summers and short days. The pay is crap, but many make up for it through the benefits, which are excellent (including the pension plan), and a second job. Very many teachers of my generation have pensions from two jobs by the time they truly retire. (It's from their teaching job and the job they take after they max-out their pension.) And some use their time off for a third job.

In my mind, one cannot separate quality of education from the quality of teachers. And most don't have a lot of candlepower, regardless of what the Praxis exams (the competency exams) say. The pay is awful.. A friend of mine my age got his Master's only to be unable to find a job because they want someone younger and cheaper. This is not an isolated incident. Now we're talking the real world.

Another thing that discourages teachers is that they are supposed to do more for the kids than the parents do. Which is, in a way, understandable since both parents work in modern families. But it doesn't work for the education system. The root of the problem is unveiled by any teaching 101 course, which I have taken. Public schools are for socialization of various cultural groups, not for education. The entire system must be changed to modify this mindset. I like the British system, because, for example, those not cut out for education become apprentices at an early age. Tracking is not a bad idea in an age where a liberal arts education is discouraged in favor of early specialization. (And why not? The dumber a population is politically, the easier it is to control!) Why not encourage excellence in all spheres?
-- Ken Fink

VICTORY IS AT HAND
As I was reading Judd Magilnick's "A Tale of Three Crowds," the local National Propaganda Radio station was playing "Victory At Sea." It is as though the music was written for Mr. Magilnick's words -- confirming something I have believed in for a number of years -- that as people come to know the facts, and gain control of their government, they will take responsibility and action for the good of themselves and their communities.

The totalitarian left is taking its, last hateful gasps; in denial that its last days of deceit, deception, destruction are coming to a wretched end.

True America, in all its splendorous liberty, unity, health, and prosperity is, in fact, emerging from the fog and confusion of our long, costly, and horrendous war against the most perverse of evils.

"What God Has Wrought" ... upon the faith and obedience of The Few and True Americans, indeed! Victory and life is birthing at our hands!
-- Carl Gordon Pyper
Monett, MO

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