Let’s jump right on in, shall we?
I’m a Missourian so trust that I am all over the decision by the Speaker of the Missouri House to honor Rush Limbaugh with a bust in the Hall of Famous Missourians.
Some have questioned the outrage claiming that Limbaugh is famous and a Missourian thus qualifying him for honor in the Hall.
Limbaugh is infamous and there is a difference.
The thought of honoring Limbaugh in my House with my hard earned tax dollars turns my stomach, but my outrage is sourced in more than that.
Yep, that’s right – Missouri is set to honor a bigot known for segregation nostalgia, public displays of ignorance, and race-baiting for profit at the same time the state intends to finally honor a man who is a national symbol of justice corrupted by bigotry, liberty blocked by ignorance, and freedom denied for…wait for it…profit.
I know that everyone is up in arms over Limbaugh’s recent attacks on Sandra Fluke.
I am too.
But my disgust over his treatment of Ms. Fluke has been added to a list that includes his asking a black female caller on his show to “take that bone out of your nose and call me back” and his statement that “the NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.”
And then there is this Limbaugh classic, so “appropriate” given that he’ll be honored next to Dred Scott - “Some people are born victims. Some people are just born to be slaves. Some people are born to put up with somebody else making every decision for them.” (source – Media Matters)
If Missouri ends up adding Limbaugh to the Hall of Famous Missourians…and we might because Speaker Tilley has a history of not getting why people get outraged by outrageous things…then those pushing this honor are lifting up Limbaugh’s history of sexism and race-baiting as a shining example of what being from Missouri is about.
And we can look forward to tour guides under the dome of the Missouri Capitol pausing groups of students in front of Limbaugh’s bust to explain “This famous Missourian gave us the Barack the Magic Negro song and recently demanded sex tapes from women in exchange for access to birth control without co-payments!”