With friends like these...

Joe Gimenez
Rush Limbaugh’s second attempt to enter the world of professional football has gone by the wayside and you can’t help but feel sorry for yet another conservative talk show host who is being shut out of mainstream capitalism because of Lilliputians’ efforts to engage in libel and slander. Between the McNabb fiasco and now this, the opponents have outscored Rush by two touch downs. For now.

There’s really no other way to spin it. Limbaugh was dropped Wednesday from the Dave Checkett’s investor group seeking ownership of the St. Louis Rams. Checketts’ statement made clear that even though Limbaugh would not have had any say in the direction of the club or decisions regarding personnel or operations, it became “clear that his involvement in our group has become a complication and a distraction to our intentions; [sic] endangering our bid to keep the team in St. Louis. As such, we have decided to move forward without him and hope it will eventually lead us to a successful conclusion.”

In other words, Checketts et al were perfectly willing to use Limbaugh for his money – without any say in the direction of the club – but weren’t willing to stand by the man when the race-hustling liberal attack machine was at full force, slandering and libeling along the way. With friends like that who needs enemies? Their pursuit of ownership and potential profit trounced their sense of justice or the opportunity to take a stand on principles.

Which leads to a few observations:

First, with friends like that who needs enemies? If people are willing to take your money but won’t stand by you, what kind of business partners would they be? Rush is better off without them. While I’m sure he’ll come on the air Thursday and say some magnanimous things about Checketts and his decision, it’s obvious that Checketts isn’t willing to stand on anything but his opportunity to make money off of Rush. Wouldn’t it be a shame if Checketts’ bid fails? Not…

Second, the liberal race-baiting media machine is making Sen. Joe McCarthy look like a piker in terms of its effectiveness in blacklisting. Keep at it gang. Your day in infamous history is coming, right next to Goebbels, Himmler and the crew. Not that that bothers you.

Third, at what point will American business and businessmen realize that folks like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are its natural allies and stand with them to fight assaults on freedom and truth? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce yesterday indicated that it understands the importance of getting in the game of educating Americans on the “essential role that free enterprise plays in the success of our country.” But when will that translate into powerful business people understanding and confronting the fascists when freedom of speech is under assault?

And finally, no matter what he says, you’ve got to wonder when blows like this will take their toll on Rush, the human. How long can he keep it up? At what point does someone say, “I’ve had enough, I’ve got mine, it’s time for me to relax. Damn the fools.”

Joe Gimenez is a freelance writer in Austin, Texas.
Rush Limbaugh’s second attempt to enter the world of professional football has gone by the wayside and you can’t help but feel sorry for yet another conservative talk show host who is being shut out of mainstream capitalism because of Lilliputians’ efforts to engage in libel and slander. Between the McNabb fiasco and now this, the opponents have outscored Rush by two touch downs. For now.

There’s really no other way to spin it. Limbaugh was dropped Wednesday from the Dave Checkett’s investor group seeking ownership of the St. Louis Rams. Checketts’ statement made clear that even though Limbaugh would not have had any say in the direction of the club or decisions regarding personnel or operations, it became “clear that his involvement in our group has become a complication and a distraction to our intentions; [sic] endangering our bid to keep the team in St. Louis. As such, we have decided to move forward without him and hope it will eventually lead us to a successful conclusion.”

In other words, Checketts et al were perfectly willing to use Limbaugh for his money – without any say in the direction of the club – but weren’t willing to stand by the man when the race-hustling liberal attack machine was at full force, slandering and libeling along the way. With friends like that who needs enemies? Their pursuit of ownership and potential profit trounced their sense of justice or the opportunity to take a stand on principles.

Which leads to a few observations:

First, with friends like that who needs enemies? If people are willing to take your money but won’t stand by you, what kind of business partners would they be? Rush is better off without them. While I’m sure he’ll come on the air Thursday and say some magnanimous things about Checketts and his decision, it’s obvious that Checketts isn’t willing to stand on anything but his opportunity to make money off of Rush. Wouldn’t it be a shame if Checketts’ bid fails? Not…

Second, the liberal race-baiting media machine is making Sen. Joe McCarthy look like a piker in terms of its effectiveness in blacklisting. Keep at it gang. Your day in infamous history is coming, right next to Goebbels, Himmler and the crew. Not that that bothers you.

Third, at what point will American business and businessmen realize that folks like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are its natural allies and stand with them to fight assaults on freedom and truth? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce yesterday indicated that it understands the importance of getting in the game of educating Americans on the “essential role that free enterprise plays in the success of our country.” But when will that translate into powerful business people understanding and confronting the fascists when freedom of speech is under assault?

And finally, no matter what he says, you’ve got to wonder when blows like this will take their toll on Rush, the human. How long can he keep it up? At what point does someone say, “I’ve had enough, I’ve got mine, it’s time for me to relax. Damn the fools.”

Joe Gimenez is a freelance writer in Austin, Texas.