“Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been put up to a critic.”
— Jean Sibelius
The new epitome for turning lemons into lemonade goes to talk show giant Rush Limbaugh.
In the frothy wake of the perpetual acrimonious partisan spitting match between left and right, Limbaugh has eviscerated his petty mean spirited critics and gifted a worthy charity with a financial windfall.
The New Jersey based, Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, a charity that gives scholarship money to the children of service members killed in war or in public duty, will receive $4.2-Million (half of it from Limbaugh himself). And that is a good thing.
The record-setting e-Bay sale of a two-page letter (plus two additional pages of autographs) from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to Clear Channel Communications CEO Mark Mays ripping Limbaugh, was bought by D.C. philanthropist, Betty Brown Casey, for $2.1-million and was matched in kind by Limbaugh. No good deed goes unpunished.
Forty-one myopic partisan Democratic senators signed the letter (which they knew was a lie), demonstrating both their picayune pettiness and massive mob myopia.
Rush said, "It got this kind of money because it represents one of the most outrageous abuses of federal power in modern American history, and that is what makes it a collector's item. This letter that Senator Reid wrote will forever memorialize him as a demagogue."
It is interesting that Camille Paglia recently said, “I listen to conservative talk radio because the callers really do give one a sense of where popular sentiment is at the moment.” That is an empirical reality that seems elusive to those who reside in the antonym of progress.
The duplicity of the Democrats is sufficient to gag a maggot. These are the same congress critters that will scream about the abysmal 32 percent approval rating of President Bush, and somehow conveniently ignore the same poll revealing Congress does even worse with an 11 percent approval rating. Duh!?!
If ever there was an entity that personified not wanting to be confused with facts that contradict their preconceived opinions and prejudices, it has to be this Democrat led unreasoning gaggle of sycophants.
James Kallstrom, chairman and co-founder of the 12-year-old charity benefiting from this dust up said, "We've gotten donations in the million-dollar range before, but this is by far the biggest." The charity has awarded more than $27 million in scholarships to children of slain troops and law enforcement officers, as well as support money for disabled veterans and their families.
The Democrats licentious letter said, “Rush Limbaugh’s recent characterization of troops who oppose the war as ‘phony soldiers’ is such an outrage.” However, Limbaugh says he was referring only to one soldier, who was critical of the war and had served only 44 days in the Army, never seeing combat. Sadly, the "phony soldier" Rush alluded to is not the Lone Ranger.
Reid and his partisan lemmings signed an inaccurate, mean spirited and petty rebuke of a media critic not based on facts in evidence but rather as a chronic bad habit of partisan rancor. Rush’s "phony soldiers" comment was directed at for-real frauds. B.G. Burkett’s "Stolen Valor" http://www.stolenvalor.com/ devotes an entire book to phony soldiers.
Phony soldiers are a plague fought by not only Limbaugh, but numerous "real soldier" organizations.
The SEAL database http://www.cyberseals.org/authentiseal/realitycheck.htm was created by a private, non-governmental organization (the Naval Special Warfare Archives). It is held in private hands, and has never been subject to any manipulations by the Department of Defense . . . or anyone else.
Special Forces maintains their own data base of phonies http://www.sfahq.com/Special_Forces/Wannabe_Wall/index.html. Often called by the derogatory term "wannabe" these are men and women who may or may not have served in the armed forces, but who fraudulently misrepresent themselves as having served; often in a theatre of war by their words and actions, and by wearing of medals and other accoutrements to military service to which they have no entitlement.
Sen. John Kerry (who really did serve in Vietnam in case you didn’t know) attracted wannabe hyperbolic phony soldiers to his anti-war efforts like flies to cow pies.
Marilyn Monroe once said, “Hollywood’s a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss, and 50 cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the 50 cents.” Congress, on the other hand, will pay millions of dollars of other peoples money for a smile, and a wooden nickel for your soul.
Contrast Congress with Betty Brown Casey and Rush Limbaugh and the variance is significant.
Rush gets an attaboy . . . Dingy Harry and his mean-spirited minions get a wilted raspberry. More importantly, The Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation gets $4.2-Million.
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