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Rush: At the Tip of Liberty's Spear


If you'll indulge me, I need to express this beyond my Twitter posts: I am proud of my brother, Rush, for his multiple sincere apologies to Sandra Fluke. I am not even slightly surprised that so many on the left refuse to accept his apology.

I think this entire incident is instructive. Rush is heartsick over the direction this country is going and that we arrived at a place where many people don't even bat an eye over the alarming development that our government is mandating insurance coverage — and forcing employers to pay for it even when they object on moral grounds.

But Rush issued written and verbal apologies, and those apologies were unequivocal. They were not phrased in the passive voice. They were not indirect, e.g., "I am sorry for the pain I've caused my family." They did not seek to blame others. They did not seek to avoid personal responsibility through use of the conditional, e.g., "I am sorry if I hurt your feelings." They were not phony; they were coupled with a discrete reaffirmation of his belief in the underlying principles that led to this sad episode in the first place.

That is, he did not say he is sorry for being a conservative and for standing up for the values he believes in. He had the courage to reaffirm those beliefs in a way that did not detract from his sincere apologies for the unfortunate words he used.

What is a much bigger story is that the left's primary interest here is not in protecting Fluke — in my humble opinion. Liberals are attempting to exploit this as another opportunity to destroy Rush through a calculated, organized Saul Alinsky-type community organizing campaign to pressure and intimidate his advertisers into discontinuing their sponsorship of his show.

I am watching them operate on Twitter and other social networks, and their viciousness is palpable. They didn't want Rush's apology, which they absolutely refuse to accept. They want his scalp. And they've wanted his scalp for years because he is the most effective and influential spokesman for the conservative cause.

What I am observing is the most radical display of hate and intolerance that I've witnessed in years. It does not surprise me, but it is ironic that the very people who masquerade as exemplars of tolerance, civility and compassion have no room in their hearts for forgiveness.

We are facing an existential threat to our nation today in discretionary and entitlement spending.

We are experiencing an unprecedented assault on our Constitution and the God-given liberties it seeks to guarantee.

We were already spending unconscionable amounts of money, but President Obama has pressed his foot on the accelerator and taken us into crisis territory in three years. He has wasted trillions of dollars, resulting in a net loss of jobs. He has spent hundreds of millions on failed green projects that can't work, and instead of apologizing and changing course, he simply shrugs and demands money for more such projects.

In his most recent budget, he has projected for the fourth straight year a deficit in excess of $1 trillion, and more outrageously reckless deficits as far as the eye can see. His budgets don't even pretend to rein in spending. And he makes no apologies for it.

Obama knows — neither he nor the people with whom he surrounds himself are stupid — that we must restructure entitlements in order to have a chance for national financial survival, yet he hasn't even addressed the issue. Did you hear me? He hasn't even presented a plan to address the issue.

And please don't get me started about his horrifying gutting of the military and our defense capabilities, from our jet aircraft to our naval fleet to our missile defenses to our nuclear arms, at a time when our biggest potential rivals are all ramping up, from China to Russia to Iran — not to mention terrorists throughout the world.

We are in a war for the survival of the nation as we know it — as the greatest, freest, strongest, most prosperous nation in history. This is why we fight. When we step over the line, we apologize for having done so. But we do not apologize for the causes we are fighting for, and we must redouble our efforts to stay in this battle with all that is in us.

I repeat: I am proud of Rush for apologizing. I am equally proud of him for sticking to his guns on the underlying principles, because in this war, he has been at the tip of liberty's spear for years — and he remains so today. We march on.

David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His latest book, "Crimes Against Liberty," was No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction for its first two weeks. Follow him on Twitter @davidlimbaugh and his website at To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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Here is why Ms. Fluke did not accept his apology, it ws not sincere, here is what he really said:

I am sorry I lost my sponsors and a lot of listeners, I am afraid of being another Don Imus, I am sorry I got caught, I am certain that the next time I am inappropriate and vulgar and attack an innocent person that I will get away with it. The fact that I didn't get away with it, makes me very sorry.

That is like any other insincere apology for the wrong reason, he is not sorry he hurt an innocent person, he is sorry he got caught.

David said:

"We are in a war for the survival of the nation as we know it ó as the greatest, freest, strongest, most prosperous nation in history. This is why we fight".

You are right we are fighting, fighting like hell to keep your extremist religious whack jobs, and the GOP from destroying everything this country stands for, if you want a Theocracy David, move to Afghanistan.
Comment: #1
Posted by: Bloom Hilda
Mon Mar 5, 2012 8:27 PM
The Tip of Liberty's Spear:

Such an elegant saying for such an unevolved, vulgar, mysoginist, bigoted, homophobic blowhole like Rush, if he is on the tip of Liberty's Spear, I recommend some spear polish....WD40 works on Rush, errr, I mean Rust
Comment: #2
Posted by: Bloom Hilda
Mon Mar 5, 2012 8:34 PM
@ Bloom Hilda, DITTO! Couldn't have said it any better.
Comment: #3
Posted by: demecra zydeem
Tue Mar 6, 2012 8:07 AM
Rush was wrong for making the comments he did - he stooped to the level of the typical Maher- type commentator. He should know better. Fortunatly, the point he was trying to make still stands, regardless of the attempt to distract the public. If only the fair and balanced media and the "open minded" treated their "heros" the same way they treat someone like Rush when a mistake is made. The double standard lives on....
Now, lets get back to the real news issue - saving this country.

By the way, I am already laughing at the garbage-spewing and name calling my comment will generate.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Truth never fails
Tue Mar 6, 2012 9:27 AM
The issue is: should insurance companies be forced to pay for women's contraception? The extreme right as represented by Rush Limbaugh stooped to calling the young woman who testified a "prostitute." He even suggested she should post pornography of herself having sex so that we, the taxpayers, might get something for our money. The extreme left seems to be delighted to have the conversation turn to Limbaugh and away from the fundamental question - should women get their contraception free, compliments of the insurance companies forced to provide it by Obama. I am in the camp that says "no." Contraception is not expensive and if you can't afford it, don't be having irresponsible sex.

I was never a regular Limbaugh listener but heard enough over the years to realize that when he once may have had a point, his gasbagging finally turned everyone off except listeners as extreme - or nearly so - as he is. He doesn't allow contrary opinions on his show, he shouts them down. I've heard it. There's no doubt in my mind that he apologized because the threat of losing sponsers was the only thing that could shame him. What he said was incredibly stupid, but worse, took the attention away from the actual question: should insurance companies be forced to pay for women's contraception?" And I still say "no." Too bad Limbaugh ruined the argument.
Comment: #5
Posted by: Maggie Lawrence
Tue Mar 6, 2012 9:53 AM

Re: Maggie Lawrence

Hi Maggie, glad you posted, I agree with everything you said about Rush. In regards to your objection about insurance covering birth control. Insurance should cover birth control the same way it covers Viagra, vasectomies, and all other procedures and drugs to control an out of control population. Reproduction is as much a part of our biology and health as kidney health or heart health. Birth is highly dangerous and teenage birth even more so, I would rather see birth control covered than Viagra, which has no purpose whatsoever except for guys to have sex. No more a necessity than it is for women to get pregnant. Both are a luxury, not a necessity. It is certain we will have another billion people on the earth within 20 years, with limited resources and major famine worldwide the last thing we need is Catholic breeders. They lost their moral imperative when they protected pedophiles, which they are still doing. That's the part that the flat earth Christians don't get, there is nothing virtuous or holy about breeding. God gave us the gift to solve our problems, one of those gifts is science, through science we have developed birth control. A defintive mechanism to solve world hunger. Christians slap God in the face when they disavow the intelligence and tools he has given us to solve our problems. Unbridled we will breed like cockroaches until there is nothing left. We should use every gift we have to bring the world population down to 3 billion, the amount of people that the earth can support.
Comment: #6
Posted by: Bloom Hilda
Tue Mar 6, 2012 11:00 AM
@ Bloom Hilda, again, well said! You make the argument for thinking, responsible men & women everywhere. Another great post!
Comment: #7
Posted by: demecra zydeem
Tue Mar 6, 2012 12:31 PM
Bloom. Where have you been all my life? You've even got me agreeing yet again with demecra. There is hope. After we get every advertiser on the planet to reject that slob drug addict Rush and turn him out into the street, that is. Maybe he can tell us then how it is to be supported by all those public dollars he wants to cut.

Bad, bad business decision Rush, and it WAS all about business. So was the apology, as Bloom points out, but you've got media cooties now, and they're not so easy to banish with a few obligatory "I'm sorries." Hope you rot, buddy.

No one deserves that more than you. And no, we don't need the Democrats or the "liberal establishment" to lift a finger to make that happen. Just good old market forces.
Comment: #8
Posted by: Masako
Tue Mar 6, 2012 5:32 PM
"...the last thing we need is Catholic breeders." - Bloomy

"We shall see to it that the churches cannot spread abroad teachings in conflict with the interests of the State. We shall continue to preach the doctrine of National Socialism, and the young will no longer be taught anything but the truth." - Adolph Hitler

Comment: #9
Posted by: Tom
Tue Mar 6, 2012 7:09 PM
Re: Masako

Thanks, Masako, I am hearing from some rumblers that Rush has pulled a publicity stunt, that the redneck, neandrathal, wife beaters, who listen to his station are foaming at the mouth about his vulgar attacks on Ms. Fluke. They love it, they're humping stuffed animals, and they're clamoring for more. I also hear that new advertisers are lining up to join the fun. The dittoheads love the cage fight and are screaming "what's next"? Rush's crowd are a debased group that would cheer at a dog fight. Don't forget, his crowd are the idiots that hunt and trap animals, The Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin crew. I hope that what I am hearing is wrong, if it is right the only reasonable recourse is to get him off the air. There is always a following on Rush that will cheer taking it to the lowest level, and we know from reality TV, that there is always a lower level, the lowest level being Rush's fans. They'll scream for more as long as they are allowed to.
Where are the Million Moms Now? Why aren't they marching on Rush's studio....Did you know that Clear Channel is owned by Bain (ie Romney's buddies) and Clear Channel owns Rush's station, is this confirmed, I heard it today? Would love to know if it's true.
God save the Republic. Pray that he is thrown off the air... And I'm not even religious !!!
Comment: #10
Posted by: Bloom Hilda
Tue Mar 6, 2012 7:18 PM
Re: Tom
Adolph Hitler

Tom, I am sorry, you broke the Golden Rule of debate, you used the H word..........Hitler, ..according to International rules of debate if you have to use the H word...

You lose

Sorry, please join us tomorrow and feel free to play again.
Comment: #11
Posted by: Bloom Hilda
Tue Mar 6, 2012 7:22 PM
"...the last thing we need is Catholic breeders." - Bloomy

The Nativist movement, 1820-1850, claimed that the Irish and Roman Catholic immigrants were a threat to American life.

After World War I, the Ku Klux Klan, which had been mostly a racist anti-black organization, revised its agenda to include Jews and Catholics,

You are the company you keep. What do you plan to do with all the catholic breeders?
Comment: #12
Posted by: Tom
Tue Mar 6, 2012 7:39 PM
Re: Tom
Adolph Hitler

Sorry Tom, you broke the first rule of International Debating, you used the H word, as all members of blogs and newsgroups know, invoking the H an automatic loss.

Thank you for trying, please feel free to play again


Comment: #13
Posted by: Bloom Hilda
Tue Mar 6, 2012 7:47 PM

"...the last thing we need is Catholic breeders." - Bloomy

What do you plan to do with all the catholic breeders?
Comment: #14
Posted by: Tom
Wed Mar 7, 2012 4:34 AM

"...the last thing we need is Catholic breeders." - Bloomy

What do you plan to do with all the catholic breeders?

It's a day later, this is old news and no one will be looking in. What do you plan to do with the "catholic breeders"?

Is there a final solution yet, or just a simple outline?

What do you plan to do with the "catholic breeders"?

Comment: #15
Posted by: Tom
Wed Mar 7, 2012 4:57 AM
My dear Tom. Okay, that remark about Catholics was a little insensitive. You and I can both relate to being a little insensitive when we are in the heat of putting fingertip to keyboard trying to pronounce the essential truth of the moment.

You know me. I don't like "breeding" either. Not human breeding or dog breeding for that matter. (I have a house full of fosters--want one?)

Wish she'd left out the Catholic part, because that wasn't the essential ingredient. Remember the issue is birth control, and nobody deserves to be trashed for advocating it. And least of all that by vile hypocrite Limbaugh.

Bloom, new light of my life, you should apologize for that, despite Tom's violation of the rules by invoking the H word. And I don't mean a phony apology like we heard from the ever revenue-sensitive Rush.

I mean the real thing like we heard from our president, for which he was roundly trashed by Rush, fellow Rushenoids, and similar spiritually and morally bankrupt opportunity scavengers.

I was raised in Japan in the Buddhist tradition, and one gem of wisdom I got early on is that apologizing builds strength and character, even when he who offers the apology can easily assert he has nothing to apologize for. It also helps one to asses the moral strength of the person apologized to, by the reaction that follows...
Comment: #16
Posted by: Masako
Wed Mar 7, 2012 5:18 PM
Re: Masako
Masako, you are a wonderful person and because you are asking me to take the high rode, I will. I apologize if I offended or dissed any Catholics,
Comment: #17
Posted by: Bloom Hilda
Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:38 PM
Bloom. I find it amusing that someone who accuses Rush of making an unsincere apology offers up their own to the Catholics. I would also like to address your comment about Viagra and Vasectomy. I'm not familiar with every insurance policy out there but I would venture to guess that Viagra is covered because it addresses a medical condition or disease that prevents normal sexual activity. Just like penile inmplants and the like. I also guess that most insurance would not provide fee Viagra in any case but would require co-pays and deductibles. Vasectomy is a elected surgery and is generally not covered but if the insurance does cover it I'm certain that there would be co-pay and deductible. Since vasectomy also does not fit the Catholic belief my guess is that it is also not covered under the insurance provided by those institutions. Since your argument is that women should get contraceptives free without copay or deductible it seems you are debating different things. I believe the original argument was should the Government be able to force religious organizations to go against their core beliefs and faith. Lets stick with that.
Comment: #18
Posted by: david
Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:49 AM
Re: david
David, first of all you are talking to a licensed health and life insurance agent, so be careful when you give information, under any policy, co-payments and deductibles, if required for any drug will also include birth control. If there is no charge for drugs then there is no charge. Benefits are part of an employees wage package, that includes insurance, holidays, vacations, etc. when you are employed these benefits are the same as wages, and they are in lieu of wages. Viagra is not a medical necessity, sex is not a necessity, if someone has ED, it is no more a requirement than birth control is for the women. Both are in the interest of having sex, if you WANT sex then a women should no more have to pay for it than a man. Both meds are in the interest of sex, both are the same. Most insurance policies do cover vasectomys, co payments and deductibles are not part of the argument. It is in everyones best interest, especially insurance sompanies, to pay for birth control, and vasectomies, babies cost insurance companies big bucks, and the prevention of same saves money. Interesting that the Catholic church wants members to breed, regardless of a families financial condition, but doesn't want to pay for the results. When the Catholic church pays for my kids, they can decide that I should get pregnant. The Catholic church lost it's moral imperative when it allowed priests to have oral sex with nine year old boys, and castracted Dutch boys that they molested then decided the kids were homoesexuals. Read THIS WEEKS news. The Catholic church should be out of business. It should be taxed for being political and taking money in it's hospitals for sponging federal programs like Medicare and Medicaid. I have nothing against the Catholic church or any other church or religion, I have tons against hipocarasy and avarice. If Jesus were on earth today and saw what these shysters are doing in his name, he would wipe out the earth and start over.
Comment: #19
Posted by: Bloom Hilda
Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:22 AM
David Limbaugh, I'm glad you're supporting your brother. But what the "unextreme left" i e the middle ground sees is someone whose conduct was personally disrespectful, in a way that had nothing to do with the ostensible topic of debate. Conservatives would do themselves a favor by enforcing standards of decency on their own kind. Rush's attack on Fluke's character went on for days, and was both intentional and deliberate. It's cowardly to sit back and pretend that the existence of "the extreme left" somehow makes this sort of behavior acceptable.
Comment: #20
Posted by: Red Ree
Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:30 AM
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