There are fewer or bigger pompous gas bags than Rush Limbaugh. He’s top dog in the pantheon of charlatan hucksters. It’s sometimes difficult to believe he’s telling the truth even when he signs on and identifies himself as, well, Rush Limbaugh.
But, every nimrod has his day. And on this day, Rush was quoted out of context.
Responding to a specific question about where he would go for treatment if health care reform passed, he said, “I’ll just tell you this, if this passes and it’s five years from now and all that stuff gets implemented — I am leaving the country (for treatment). I’ll go to Costa Rica.”
To hear many news and commentary outlets tell it, his original quote only said, “I am leaving the country. I’ll go to Costa Rica.” Rush is pissed, as well he should be…in this specific instance.
I have no doubt that much of what he says is patently untrue or grossly exaggerated. I have no doubt he’s more incendiary than almost anyone else on the air. In fact, he frequently quotes out of context himself, leaving him looking disingenuous at best and a serial quote maker-upper at worst. But when the guy is right, he’s right . When news and commentary sink to Rush’s sub-basement level of truthiness they damage their credibility, and by extension, the credibility of anyone who has ever sighted those outlets as sources or argued for fairness on this behalf.
However, the many outrageous in-context lies he spews are no excuse for the left to pummel him when he’s caught being right.
Based on Limbaugh’s disputed quote, one enterprising group started a collection to Flush Rush down to his Costa Rican capitalist paradise – which, BTW, has honest-to-goodness government health care that is far more “socialist” than Obamacare.
In fairness, he said he would see a private doctor down south of the border too. However, he didn’t explain why he’d need to do that when Obamacare doesn’t outlaw private doctors here. He also forgoes an explanation about his ability to jet down to the Rich Coast when nearly all the people directly affected by Obamacare aren’t members of the Cuban stogie, cheese and wine crowd.
I’m all for attacking the crapulent bastard when he deserves it. I’m even in favor of the good folks over at A Ticket for Rush, if for no other reason than he’s more menace than good-faith dispenser of truth. Besides, the money goes to Planned Parenthood if Rush – not unexpectedly – decides the comforts of home outweigh the pleasures of a trip to the Land of Ecotourism.
So mea culpa Rush. Everyone can go back to ridicule now – provided you have a good, honestly-quoted reason.
- Rush Limbaugh, Costa Rica bound? | Richard Adams (guardian.co.uk)
- Limbaugh: I’m Not Moving To Costa Rica (huffingtonpost.com)
- Rush Limbaugh Should Maybe Read Up On Costa Rican Health Care (huffingtonpost.com)