A Letter to Rush Limbaugh (Even Though I Know He Won’t Read It)

“Our purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” Dalai Lama

Monday, March 5, 2012

Mr. Limbaugh

Like many Americans (and I hope most Americans), I was appalled when you turned a national debate on religious-affiliated institutions and contraception coverage into a personal attack on Sandra Fluke. Not only did you call the Georgetown law student a slut, but you went so far as to request sex tapes and claim that she was basically asking the government to pay for her to have sex.

Umm, no, Mr. Limbaugh, government coverage of birth control was not being discussed. The topic was actually about what can, or should, be required health-care coverage by religious institutions… not the government.

But that didn’t matter to you, did it?

And why should it?

Your job isn’t to provide accurate information or to engage the public in genuine debate about how to make life better for most Americans.

Instead, your job is to do the exact opposite. You don’t care about helping anyone but yourself. Your primary concern is about getting higher ratings and more money. And every time you say something controversial, you get more attention, which is all you really want.

You figured out the formula years ago and have been perfecting it ever since. You divide people by ridiculing others, tearing down anyone who thinks differently than your audience and twisting what liberals believe, think and do.

The problem is, your attitude and behavior are contagious, and other news media and internet sites have followed your lead. Attacking people has now become more common than engaging in real, intellectual debate about tough issues that have no easy, and sometimes no right, answer.

Because of this, a lot of people now find it acceptable to demonize others because of religious beliefs. Those who have fallen on hard times and need financial assistance are defined as lazy and undeserving. And lately, our country seems to be going backwards when it comes to women’s issues.

The American public now views politics as a matter of us-versus-them and is more interested in which side can score the most points than what will benefit our country. Attacking others is more important than considering possible solutions and compromise.

Worst of all, we’ve become a country where many think only of their own personal gain rather than about the greater good.

But like I said before, that’s not your concern. Your concern is about getting ratings, and you’ve accomplished that by making every political issue about personal behaviors and beliefs.

But I’m not going to call you out on your own personal behaviors, because that would be stooping to your level.

Instead, I simply want you to think about the real purpose of life. Is it to make as much money as possible while hurting a lot of people in the process?  Or is it to make the lives of others better while building people up in the process.

I believe in the latter. I hope someday, you do too.

Sincerely,

Trina Bartlett

About Trina Bartlett

I live in the Eastern Panhandle of WV, with one dog, two cats, a theater kid in high school, a band kid at West Virginia University and a husband who works strange hours. When I'm not working as a director at a nonprofit social service organization or being a mom, I can generally be found riding my bike, walking my dog and stirring things up.

Posted on March 5, 2012, in News, Politics and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I couldn’t have written with the amount of restraint that you did Trina. Hate to admit it but I would have stooped to his level and called him out on every single lousy thing he has done. Good job!

  2. Trina – you take what is in my wild and crazy mind and make it very tame and you are still able to get the point across. You do such a good job!!! I hope those who idolize someone like Rush Limbaugh take a second look at what he is actually doing with his so called “funny” off the wall statements. I hope more folks pull away from him and advertisers as well. Love your writing skills!!!

  3. Well as before Trina, I can’t just leave a quick comment! Rush Limbaugh described his commentary as absurd and so did Rick Santorum when asked about the comments Rush made. Hmmm…absurd like Monty Python? I think I could tolerate most of Rush’s radio show if everyone considered it absurd. What concerns me is those who can’t discern the absurdity and who get fired up by his nonsense. I’m glad he got a lot of flak and I had hoped that there would be outrage just as there was with the SGK Foundation pulling funding for Planned Parenthood. I hope he fails, heh heh.

    Rush’s comments are an attack on women in general and I want to know if these Catholic-affiliated employers have any problem paying for male erectile dysfunction medication, cosmetic surgery and other non-essential medical treatments. If they pay for male erectile dysfunction medication, then a man who wants the male erectile dysfunction medication is also a prostitute and a slut, according to Rush’s comments, right? Rush’s comments fed into every uptight notion Americans have about sex. Sex is not essential to maintaining life, but it can be important to quality of life, and most everyone knows that – so let’s just get that out of the way! Birth control is essential for a woman of child-bearing years and can make the difference between living in poverty or not, getting an education or not, being stuck in an unhealthy relationship or not. If she has birth control available, then the children that she does have also have better outcomes in their lives as well! Would Rush Limbaugh have verbally attacked a single male Georgetown law student who testified that he needed his health insurance to pay for a vasectomy or a male birth control pill (when it becomes available)?

  4. Well said Michele!!!! Bravo!!!!

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