From Richard Walter, Walled Lake:
Do you stand with this man who claims that the hearts of teachers are no different than the heart of Adolf Hitler?
Rush Limbaugh, on his show yesterday, had a woman from Wisconsin who was, as usual for callers to his show, not prepared to address his disingenuous pomposity. As he berated her as someone wanting to go into her neighbors’ pocket so she could live without contributing to her own “benefits,” she commented that she does what she does because believes it to be something important.
Limbaugh immediately responded that Adolf Hitler thought he was doing something important.
Let me see if I can decipher this: American teachers, who spend years in college and years in continuing education to improve their skills at educating young Americans are at heart no different than Adolf Hitler!?!
At this point, as is my usual character, I would make some pithy and sarcastic remark which would serve to highlight the bombastic nature and sophistry of such a statement.
However, given all the nonsense being viciously spewed from Limbaugh’s ilk to vilify American public employees, people who are your family, neighbors and friends, I can’t just toss out some flippancy hoping that humor would diffuse the absolute hatefulness of such a comment.
We can not stand by when friends and family who, having studied diligently to receive degrees in their respective fields, use their skills benefiting all the people of our states. They occupy and perform jobs that we cannot efficiently acquire as individuals and therefore, as a people need, require and demand of our government to provide.
Employees who may be, nowadays, fortunate to be represented by a union have their compensation negotiated in good faith with employers in good faith with the due diligence to arrive at a mutual agreement.
All employees, whether public or private, who may have a pension program pay into that program with their own money.
Seriously. No sarcasm used or intended.
So why does anyone stand with Limbaugh and his cronies to vilify their brothers, sisters, moms, dads, nephews, nieces, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and friends? Their neighbors and fellow Americans?
Using sneering, denigrating and specious arguments the American value of rooting on and applauding those, who set the goal for and the achievement, of excellence is being reduced to a ridiculous attachment of a childish concept. How have we been allowed to come to a point where we are reduced to starving dogs fighting over the same bone for the enjoyment of heartless well-fed bystanders?
American values of fairness, excellence, compassion, tolerance, truth, justice and the American way are not childish or ridiculous — they are essential to our future.
Claiming that teachers and public employees are marching, in their hearts, lock-step with Adolf Hitler is an assault on all that is good about being Americans and was no mistake from the vile mouth of Limbaugh. Everything he says is calculated and thought out to incite his loyal followers, who, believe it or not, are also Americans. Foot soldiers who are told that marching into the sun is what they want to do.
Let us hope that this calculated statement totally misfires and Americans wake up and realize that the emperor has no clothes. It is time for all Americans to stand up for the Constitution (the written one, not the one that Limbaugh’s ilk claim) and real American values.
To Limbaugh: If you want to use your radio show to respond to this, I would prefer you come and speak to me face to face.