Cancer-chan Comes for Limbaugh

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.

Trump calls Limbaugh to argue that murdering an Iranian general in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government isn’t a war crime.

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.

War in the Middle East

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.