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Rush Limbaugh Confidential: Rush being Rush.

December 26, 2014 by  
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( Full disclosure: I’m no dittohead. I’ve listened to “The Rush Limbaugh Show” on the Excellence in Broadcasting Network (EIB) since the early 1990’s. I disagree with 99.997% of what Mr. Limbaugh says at any given time. His utter disgust of all things related to the Democratic Party is legendary. I didn’t think it was possible for Mr. Limbaugh to loathe any human beings more than Bill and Hillary Clinton – that is, until Barack and Michelle Obama came along. What I’m about to say next may baffle some people, but hear me out. I don’t believe that Rush is a racist. I really don’t. In fact, I don’t think he believes half of what he himself says. Rush Limbaugh, you see, is a character. To me, he’s no different from Stephen Colbert or any WWE Wrestler you care to name. Like them, Rush is a very well-compensated actor. He’s a real person portraying a fictional character who pretends to be a rabble-rouser, a borderline racist, the de facto/ex officio voice of the Republican Party, and relentless defender of the us-against-them status quo in America. Rush is the latter-day Archie Bunker. Rush is P.T. Barnum’s intellectual re-incarnation. The latest example of Rush’s foot-in-mouth disease should surprise no one. This is merely what he does. It’s another case of Rush being Rush.

In case you missed it, Rush Limbaugh recently spoke on the topic of actors who he felt could reasonably portray the iconic, fictional character James Bond.

Here are his words on the matter: “James Bond is a total concept put together by Ian Fleming. He was white and Scottish. Period. That is who James Bond is, (and) was… But now [they are] suggesting that the next James Bond should be Idris Elba, a black Briton, rather than a white from Scotland. But that’s not who James Bond is – and I know it’s racist to probably point this out.”

The phrases “rush to judgment”, “bum’s rush”, and fools rush in” all come to mind. Rush, Rush, Rush – how you make me laugh. Although I have seen all 23 previously produced James Bondrushlimbaugh2014 movies, it’s all too easy to expose Rush’s supposition for the babble that it is. Though originally written in the Ian Fleming novels as British, the character of James Bond has been portrayed by an Australian (George Lazenby), three Brits (Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig), an Irishman (Pierce Brosnan), and a Scotsman (Sean Connery, the original Bond actor). And before Mr. Brosnan assumed the mantle in the early 1990s, MGM Studios contemplated a radical recasting of Bond. Believe it or not, Sharon Stone (American), Mel Gibson (Australian), and even Arnold Schwarzenegger (Austrian) were all seriously considered to be 007. Mr. Brosnan beat them out for the coveted role. Don’t believe me? Look it up.

It is well-known that Mr. Fleming added Scottish aspects to James Bond’s backstory after the blockbuster success of Sean Connery’s Bond in 1962’s “Dr. No” – the first movie adaptation of Fleming’s 007 books.

I think Rush Limbaugh was aware of at least some of these things before he made his comments. He isn’t nearly as boorish and bullying as he seems. He’s very smart and quite forward-thinking. Rush knew his opinion would make global news. He knew that conservatives would cheer and progressives would howl. He knew. Which is precisely why he said what he said. Rush Limbaugh concluded with this statement: “We had 50 years of white Bonds because Bond is white. Bond was never black. Ian Fleming never created a black Brit to play James Bond. The character was always white. He was always Scottish. He always drank vodka shaken not stirred and all that.” Okey-dokey.

P.T. Barnum – the late entrepreneur and circus magnate – once famously said: “There’s a sucker born every minute.” For Rush, those are words to live by. He’s P.T. Barnum with over 10 million radio listeners weekly, commercial endorsements, an annual salary north of $50 million, and a political party (the GOP) which must dance to his tune. When Rush Limbaugh sneezes, every member of his “mega-ditto” following – including a significant number of conservative Congressmen and Senators – catches his cold.

Here’s the irony! Rush Limbaugh doesn’t care. He isn’t the least bit concerned about the ebola virus, immigration reform, Obamacare, Mr. or Mrs. Obama, Idris Elba, or James Bond. Those things are all a means to his end. Firewood for his furnace.

Rush Limbaugh the man can’t be Rush the character 24 hours a day. Secretly, he’s thrilled that Mr. Obama is President. It’s best for Rush’s business. He’ll never admit that, though.

Mr. Elba is a great actor who could be a great Bond someday. 

I see what you’re doing, Mr. Limbaugh. I smell what the Rush is cooking. Your food is burnt, sir. Rush being Rush? Sometimes, I wish Rush would just hush.

Staff Writer; Arthur L. Jones, III

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4 Responses to “Rush Limbaugh Confidential: Rush being Rush.”
  1. toomanygrandkids says:

    A racist is someone who feels as though their race is superior over other races. It could also define a person who uses racial slurs towards others of a different race. Blacks can definitely be racist.

  2. jDean says:

    Bond was a fictional character who is Scottish assuming that all Scots are white then he should be white. But not all Scot’s are white so a black man could be considered. My personal choice he would be white. I can imagine Idris Elba being Bond but it would not be consistent with who Bond was. However, whites never make a stink when whites play non-fictional characters who were black like Noah and Exodus: God and Kings. Its a very hypocritical view that should be asked to Rush and Megyn Kelly who suggested Santa Claus should be strictly white. Why is it so bad for a black man to play a fictional white man , but ok for a white man to play a real, historical black man like pharoah, interesting, huh?

  3. hassan_aziz says:

    i see it happen alot especially when black people don’t have facts on their side and end up dealing with a white person that one- knows what they are talking about, and two- disagrees with a black person.

    for a long time it was “an ace up the sleeve” but not so much anymore, because most of the time its disingenuous, and the accuser never takes a minute to reflect on themselves and never take a moment to realize it may had been nothing to do with their skin, but more of how they act in general and carry themselves.

    truth be told, we are the ones that constantly seek to be offended or victims of racism. its sad and pathetic and like i mentioned earlier, today its more or less used as a crutch or weapon against those that dont agree with you.

  4. CD Smith says:

    This society has lost the definition of racist. I thought that I knew what a racist was but not anymore. The best that I can figure out, no one black can be a racist…

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