Thursday, October 22, 2009

The comment by Limbaugh clearly shows the man's crudeness, lack of depth and simplistic approach to anything that requires intelligent thought

“The sure foundations of the state are laid in knowledge, not in ignorance; and every sneer at education, at culture, at book learning, which is the recorded wisdom of the experience of mankind, is the demagogue's sneer at intelligent liberty, inviting national degeneracy and ruin.

-George William Curtis, writer and public speaker

No one can accuse Rush Limbaugh of having an intelligent idea, he keeps his message simple and stupid. There is a danger here because he is not preaching to the thoughtful but to that element of American society that fears for their perceived extremist white christian society views and are threatened by Obama, and intellectuals on the left.
Limbaugh calls on New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin to kill himself. "This guy from The New York Times, if he really thinks that humanity is destroying the planet, humanity is destroying the climate, that human beings in their natural existence are going to cause the extinction of life on Earth — Andrew Revkin. Mr. Revkin, why don’t you just go kill yourself and help the planet by dying?" Mr.Revkin the New York Times reporter on the environment and climate responds to the statement by Rush, the buffoon, Limbaugh that he kill himself at Dot Earth-New York Times.
Of course the buffoon Limbaugh took what he thought Revkin was talking about all out of context. It doesn't matter anyway because if he had listened to the discussion he wouldn't have understood it. They were using big words and buffoon Limbaugh would be out of his depth, any word longer than two syllables and he's lost. The discussion Revkin took part in was at an academic symposium at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Limbaugh clearly wouldn't have had a clue.
The comment the Revkin kill himself as a result of a discussion clearly shows Limbaugh's crudeness, lack of depth and simplistic approach to anything that requires intelligent thought and an intellectual examination of the issues. Limbaugh is the pied piper to that simple minded part of American society that lives by sound bites and thinks that intellectuals are dangerous because they think and state opinions that they can't understand and wouldn't believe if they could.
Revkin's response was thoughtful and addressed a deeper concern for the lives of those who don't have the means to control their own existence, something that Limbaugh could not understand. It points out the differences between Revkin and a man like Limbaugh, class verses crass. While Mr. Revkin contributes to the dialogue and the examination of ways in which we can solve problems, Limbaugh contributes nothing but ignorance and bombastic drivel. While he is seen as a buffoon and fool to most thinking intelligent people, Limbaugh is a dangerous man. Dangerous in the way people like Mussolini and Hitler were and any two bit demagogue is dangerous when given a platform, in this case a microphone to preach his kind of hate. His appeal is to the basest of emotion, fear, jealousy, envy, greed, racism and the most dangerous emotion of all nationalistic ethnocentrism.
For more on what Mr. Revkin was discussing; go to Worldwatch Institute blog.


The violence of militants in Pakistan has to have political leaders around the world concerned. Pakistan is an unstable nation at best, with the various factions that sharply disagree and who are armed to the teeth. From radical islamist to a semi autonomous Pashtun Tribal Areas and a large secular society. It is the fact that Pakistan is a nuclear power that has the world worried. Pakistan is arguably seen as unstable and the most dangerous country in the world. If the government were overthrown, the question becomes who would control their nuclear weapons? The image of terrorists getting their hands on these weapons of mass destruction has world leaders concerned. Recent statements from Pakistan to assure the governments of the west that their nuclear arsenal is secure, in light of recent events, have not eased any doubts. Pakistan needs to be watched carefully, and maybe all necessary assistance must be given to their government to insure it's survival.


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