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Rush Limbaugh and the Grandmother Test
NewsMax ^ | Oct. 14, 2003 | Jim Quinn

Posted on 10/13/2003 10:36:31 PM PDT by Diddley

Rush Limbaugh and the Grandmother Test

Jim Quinn Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003

Ed Asner is out there bloviatiing about how "we got Limbaugh, and Hannity's next" and how he wants to play the life of the "misunderstood" Joe Stalin. OK, so Uncle Joe did starve 100,000 people to death, but he was a good dancer.

One wonders if we have a Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy going on or just the ravings of a delusional old Commie who longs for a return to the days when we could all sit around at the Free Store in Berkley listening to Paul Robeson sing the Soviet International. Time to bring back the black list.

Since all you lefties out there are having such a gosh darn good time reveling in the "misfortune" of Rush Limbaugh, it pains me to tinkle in your punch bowl, but I will none the less. From Newsweek to Michael Moore, the underlying criticism of Limbaugh is that he is a hypocrite. But that charge is intellectually dishonest and here's why.

From the moment a recreational drug user puts the first straw to his nose, the first joint to his lips or the first needle in his arm he KNOWS that what he is doing is illegal.

For whatever reason, he has made a moral choice that his "normal" state is insufficient and needs to be augmented – so much so that he is willing to assume the risk of arrest and/or incarceration. And his resulting addiction should come as no surprise. He knowingly operates outside the law from the get-go. This is vastly different from Limbaugh's scenario.

In Rush's case the drugs were legal and prescribed for the management of pain. He had no reason to question his doctor about the propriety of their use. There was no need for him to wrestle with any moral question in the beginning. By the time morality became an issue, the drugs had pinned him to the mat.

Still, he managed twice at least to try to break the hold. What happened to Limbaugh could happen to your grandmother. It HAS happened to grandmothers – and grandfathers and aunts and uncles.

Limbaugh took a dim view of recreational drug use. He preached against the importers and the dealers and the users. Because of this he is now gleefully proclaimed to be a hypocrite by his perennial detractors and by some fans acting like jilted lovers.

So, let me ask you a question: How do you think Rush's view of the importation, distribution and use of recreational drugs differs from the view held by your grandmother? You know, the one who broke her hip and got strung out on her pain meds. I'd dare say not very much. So, is your grandmother a hypocrite too? Well, is she? If the truth be known, more than a few of those who are pointing fingers at Rush are indulging in the forbidden themselves. They love it when they can point their fingers and say, "See, he does it too." But he really doesn't, and deep down inside you people know it.

So do an extra line for me. Maybe it will help you cope with the uncomfortable truth that your charge of "hypocrite" just doesn't pass the Granny Test.

Jim Quinn hosts the morning drive-time program "Quinn in the Morning with Radio Rose" at Pittsburgh's WRRK-FM.


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KEYWORDS: drugaddiction; edasner; lovablefuzzball; rushlimbaugh
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Notice how the Lib's strategy is "we got Limbaugh, and Hannity's next", rather than "We beat him with our reasoning and the powerful logic of our arguments."
1 posted on 10/13/2003 10:36:31 PM PDT by Diddley
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2 posted on 10/13/2003 10:37:51 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Diddley
Good post. bttt
3 posted on 10/13/2003 10:39:55 PM PDT by jammer
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To: Diddley
OK, so Uncle Joe did starve 100,000 people to death, but he was a good dancer.

Well really about 100 times that many, but as Uncle Joe said, "A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths are a statistic".

4 posted on 10/13/2003 10:41:48 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: Diddley
In Rush's case the drugs were legal and prescribed for the management of pain

Gotta wonder why the Rats are pissin in the wind then .....??? Never mind they always piss upwind.

Stay Safe....Good read !

5 posted on 10/13/2003 10:43:25 PM PDT by Squantos ("Ubi non accusator, ibi non judex.")
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To: Diddley
"What happened to Limbaugh could happen to your grandmother. It HAS happened to grandmothers – and grandfathers and aunts and uncles."

Its also happened to well over 50%% of the Liberal entertainment indusry!

Stupid Ed Anser- Whatver happened to Mary Richards er I mean Mary Tyler Moores son?

6 posted on 10/13/2003 10:45:15 PM PDT by Kay Soze (Post 9-11 We canít allow ourselves to be endangered by doubters (Dems) of our right to be safe.)
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To: Diddley
I support RUSH BUMP!
7 posted on 10/13/2003 10:48:34 PM PDT by Libertina (Steadfast loyalty - The sign of a true friend and leader.)
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To: Diddley
Another way to fight their "hypocrite" argument is to really think about how Rush feels about himself about now. Come on. I'd bet big money that he feels as negatively about himself having gotten messed up like this as he did about Kurt Cobain or anyone else. I am not saying that he SHOULD feel so badly about himself for getting hooked on painkillers. I am just saying that I bet he DOES feel that badly. Therefore, he is not a hypocrite. He would lump himself in with other addicts for whom he hasn't much sympathy.
8 posted on 10/13/2003 10:50:44 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Diddley
Quinn is right on and this one, and just terrific on a whole lot of things. I get to listen to him every day here in Pittsburgh, but Freepers everywhere can partake via his website, by listening online.
9 posted on 10/13/2003 10:51:37 PM PDT by John Robertson
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To: jammer; Hugin; Squantos; Kay Soze
Thanks for your comments and observations.

Diddley
10 posted on 10/13/2003 10:52:11 PM PDT by Diddley
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To: Diddley
Oops. And you can listen to Quinn at www.warroom.com, from 6-9 AM weekdays.
11 posted on 10/13/2003 10:53:04 PM PDT by John Robertson
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To: Diddley
Oops. And you can listen to Quinn at www.warroom.com, from 6-9 AM weekdays.
12 posted on 10/13/2003 10:53:05 PM PDT by John Robertson
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To: Born Conservative
ping
13 posted on 10/13/2003 10:53:55 PM PDT by nutmeg (Rush Limbaugh: The Voice of Sanity during 8 years of the Clinton Reign of Terror)
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To: Libertina
I support RUSH BUMP!

Ditto that! Hi, Libertina.

14 posted on 10/13/2003 10:54:43 PM PDT by Diddley
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To: Yaelle
I agree with you.

Diddley
15 posted on 10/13/2003 10:55:44 PM PDT by Diddley
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To: Yaelle
I agree about the hypocrite argument, but there is a large proportion of substance abusers (I hate that term, but use it to include alcoholics) who hate themselves for it. I know that won't be believed by many on here, but it is heartbreaking to watch people try to recapture their lives from the horrible addictions. And every failure adds to the self-revulsion, no matter how they started, recreationally or not.
16 posted on 10/13/2003 10:57:04 PM PDT by jammer
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To: John Robertson
[9, 11, 12]

I hadn't heard of him before, but I like what I've read today.

Diddley
17 posted on 10/13/2003 10:58:22 PM PDT by Diddley
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To: Yaelle
Oops, shouldn't have said "but there is a large proportion". Should have said "and there is a large proportion". Sorry. We agree.
18 posted on 10/13/2003 10:58:51 PM PDT by jammer
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To: jammer
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I accept that.

Diddley
19 posted on 10/13/2003 10:59:43 PM PDT by Diddley
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To: ohioWfan
ping to you. This article says it very well, IMO.
20 posted on 10/13/2003 11:02:40 PM PDT by jammer
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