When I was a very young man, I admired Rush Limbaugh. He seemed to address many of my political beliefs with his talk-radio performance, and maybe some of my personal beliefs, too. Yet, as I aged and acquired experience to augment the wisdom of my parents, I realized that the man I admired is, like most of us, flawed. I could empathize with his flaws, perhaps even “forgive” him his vices.
Then I aged more, acquired yet more wisdom from experience and the experience of others, and finally comprehended that Limbaugh would not repent foolishness. Here’s a short sample.
- He is unable to sustain a marriage.
- He acquired an addiction to prescription medications.
- He continues to preach religious, sexual, and racial equality.
- He smokes tobacco despite overwhelming evidence of the dangers of inhaling smoke for recreation.
That last one appears likely to result in his early death.
The very most important task we must accomplish as men is preparing our sons for productive lives which will project into the future beyond any hope of their longevity. In some ways, Limbaugh has partially accomplished that – except he has no son.
But, even if the man has left a mark, it’s a mixed bag, full of at least as many mistakes as triumphs. One of those will end his life, and it’s not a glorious death.
Have you ever noticed that OJ Simpson used the same defense with the gloves?
…if the player never steps in the end zone.
Related to that, I’ve never seen a ball game defense so obviously motivated to let the opposing team score.
NFL actors are terrible.
It’s demoralizing to see our southern border ignored in preference to bombing brown people. It’s confusing to hear the Trump threaten a nation we “freed” from a “dictator” when its people decide they’ve had enough of US military occupation. It’s enraging to imagine my son conscripted into a war on the other side of the planet when we’re facing an invasion here at home.
Last week, the meandering conversation of several men in the lunchroom stumbled into the first Gulf War. At the time, I interjected, “I’m so glad we sent our soldiers to the Middle East to help the Iraqis; life for them is so much better.”
I’m pleased to observe this week’s events have proven my hope justified.
Lewis received a diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
A decade ago, Oprah Winfrey declared, “Those old white men just have to die.”
Now that the old black men are dying, I wonder what she thinks.
That’s all the spoiler you’ll get from me.
Still, don’t pay Disney to see this film.
Find some spoiler website and read the plot.
It’ll be 5 minutes better spent than 2 hours and $15 at a theater.