Last night I was about to head off to bed when someone tweeted that Limbaugh had been taken to the hospital with chest pains. As macabre as it may sound, I simply had to stay awake long enough to find out if he departed this world. As I read the tweets, I could not help but notice the celebratory tone. Limbaugh is no saint and I am a firm believer that Karma comes back to us all, but should anyone really wish the death of another human being?
Preying upon the biases that Rush has made public is hardly attacking him but an open wish for his death is something completely different. How does this kind of commentary separate the left from the right? If we actively take on their tactics, how can we possibly claim to have the moral high ground?
The expressions of sadness when it was learned that Rush Limbaugh had indeed lived were equally as disturbing. How can anyone possibly be sad because someone did not die? If we are working from the position that Limbaugh regularly devalues life, then to devalue his, is to support the idea that some bodies are worth more than others.
There is not much that is redeemable about Limbaugh. In fact, the issue really shouldn’t be about whether he lives or dies but what values we choose to uphold. It is hypocrisy to claim that we have respect for life and agency and then wish for the death of another. How is this different from being upset that Limbaugh wished the failure of Obama?
I will continue to advocate to my very last breathe against everything that Rush Limbaugh stands for. He is a vile man but my sense of right and wrong involves honouring all life. Principles only mean something when we stand by them in the difficult times. Something is either wrong all of the time or it is acceptable.