On the day she was laid to rest, Rush Limbaugh attacked both Christina Taylor Green and President Obama. Limbaugh referred to the murdered child as, “the nine year old little girl who was snuffed out.” He then used the dreams of gunned down child to politically attack the President of the United States.
Here is the audio from Media Matters:
Limbaugh said, “I find a lot of contradictions in this. The one part of the speech that particularly moved people was when President Obama was talking about the nine year old little girl who was snuffed out, and how we all have a duty to live up to that little girl’s expectations, her nine year old dreams and expectations of the greatness of America. I think the greatness of America exists. The theme here that we’re failing , theme here that society is not all together what it should be, that the American experiment is not working out all that well, and we gotta step it up here, when one lone deranged gunman, not America society, not American culture had anything to do with this, but I knew that line was going to work with a lot of people because it’s about a child, and it’s about dreams, and it’s about not letting go of what she wants this country to be. She was growing into this country. Let’s make sure we live up to what she expected. I think we have done that, so to me there was a, it was very subtle, but there was a constant theme running through this that there are severe deficiencies throughout the country. Severe problems, deficiencies, short comings throughout our culture, as evidenced by this event Saturday in Tucson.”
This is a new low even for Rush Limbaugh. Christina Green was not, “snuffed out.” She was a victim of a heinous act of mass murder. Limbaugh’s reference to her being snuffed out was cold, callous, and calculated. Limbaugh referred to what happened in Tucson, not as mass murder, not as a tragedy, but as “the events.” In my opinion, he used these terms, because his hatred of President Obama runs so deep that he can not say anything positive about this president.
Limbaugh was trying to spin this for political gain. He twisted Obama’s remarks into an on attack American culture. Rush Limbaugh took Obama’s call for unity and warped it into a political attack on the President, and a dead nine year old girl.
Rush just happened to ignore this part of Obama’s speech, “The loss of these wonderful people should make every one of us strive to be better. To be better in our private lives, to be better friends and neighbors and coworkers and parents. And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their death helps usher in more civility in our public discourse, let us remember it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy — it did not — but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to the challenges of our nation in a way that would make them proud.”
The above quote exposes Limbaugh’s real problem with the speech. If America would call for civility in our public discourse, if we would demand honesty, Rush Limbaugh would be out of business. Those who traffic in political polarization and division have nightmares about an America where they are not able to earn millions of dollars per year from their efforts to divide us.
If Christina Green represents the hope, dreams, and promise lost, Rush Limbaugh represents the hate, divisiveness, and intolerance that has fragmented our political discourse into two warring camps. For Rush Limbaugh to admit that there are problems with the political rhetoric in America, he would also have to admit his own responsibility. Since this is something that he can’t and won’t do, Limbaugh instead attacks the memory of a murdered nine year old girl, and distorts statements of unity and hope into a political attack on the President.
The tragedy here isn’t that Rush Limbaugh attacked the president, or that he attacked the memory of the dead. The real tragedy here is that Christina Taylor Green was denied a chance to grow up and see what the future of her country could be. She is the optimism and unrealized future that people like Rush Limbaugh never want to blossom. While Rush Limbaugh fights to hold on to our ugly present, America weeps for Christina Taylor Green and strives for a future that is still within our grasp.