May 10, 2007

On Vandalism and Rush Limbaugh Billboards

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Vandalized billboard of Rush Limbaugh I don't have much use for Rush Limbaugh.

There. It's out in the open.

I listen to the program on occasion, but I find his brand of political discourse to be distasteful: more time is spent trashing supposed enemies on the left than discussing ways in which Americans of all philosophical persuasions can better coexist.

Admittedly, I find shout radio of all political bents to be annoying, and even if I disagree with the topics being discussed on NPR, at least the conversations are generally thoughtful and focused on issues rather than personal attacks.

That being said, I think the recent vandalism of a Rush Limbaugh billboard to be an ill-conceived act that will not persuade other people of the justness of any cause.

Sure, vandalism is a method of expressing one's political statement in a manner that is difficult to ignore, but I think the gut reaction of most people is that such tactics are the province of the impulsive. More minds would be swayed by a well-written article, or an inspiring speech, than by a group of thugs with cans of paint.

To the defacers of Limbaugh's billboard: given your obvious political passion, why not start a small newspaper, or create a politically-chrged website, or get a radio gig on a low-power FM station? As a good friend used to say: "You catch more flies with honey than a RPG-29 tube-style rocket launcher."

All right, I made up that last bit, but you get the point, right?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

RUSH LIMBAUGH IS A BIG FAT IDIOT. THAT IS ALL!

historymike said...

All caps = extra annoying.

LTLOP said...

So, Mike, what do you think about Clarence Page's op-ed piece today in the Blade? While one might be tempted to lump this into the Imus category, he does a decent job differentiating between the two. While not a member of the tin-foil hat society do you think all the outrage against Limbaugh might in some way be an attempt to shift the focus from Sharpton to a somewhat easier target in Rush?

historymike said...

LTLOP:

I had to dig up the Blade to find it, then I realized (duh!) the Clarence Page article on Limbaugh is available online.

A few thoughts:

1. Page is correct that Limbaugh is simply playing off the previous semi-satirical concept of "Barack, the Magic Negro." Coming from as it did from someone (Limbaugh) who often jumps over the line of civil discourse, though, it is easy to see why people are piling on Rush.

2. Sharpton's comments about Mitt Romney were stupid, and I think "bigoted" is an apt description.

3. The timing between the two events is suspicious, but I doubt that there will be a smoking gun to prove your theory.

4. There will continue to be idiotic, race-baiting commentary so long as Americans of all colors continue to sit back and let polarizing figures like Sharpton and Limbaugh fan those embers of racism, and so long as the media continues to give these issues so much attention.

John Spalding said...

cans of paint are cheaper than publishing a newsletter. Besides we like instant gratification, not actually being creative or working on projects. Speaking of, seeing the picture and post on your blog about the defaming of el blowhardo gave me instant gratification.

Mike, I want to work with some local talent to create an independent news show. Send me an e-mail if interested.

John

Steven Silvers said...

From Scatterbox, Field Notes from the Influence Economy...
Honest mistake: City’s PR guy thought just about everyone hates Rush Limbaugh.

microdot said...

Frankly, I think the artistic "enhancement" of the grotesque Mr. Limbaugh is esthetically more pleasing than having to look at the rather blandly designed billboard.
Or perhaps......sometimes being a thug with a paint can just feels like the right thing to do....
et voila....

Hooda Thunkit said...

Seems to me to have been a waste of good paint...

And rather childish to boot...

Maybe they should have tried civil discourse as a weapon of choice.

microdot said...

As a final comment by me here on this subject, I just read the reaction of the Baltimore City Manager, where the billboard "enhancement" occurred, and he said he thought it looked great and was heartened when he saw it.
Civil discourse? Mr. Thunkit, we are talkin' Limbaugh here.
I sort of think you'd be singing a different tune had it been a billboard advertising Michael Moores new movie, SICKO!