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Story last updated at 4:44 PM on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

To understand how bad things are, you really need to listen to Rush

There are those who say if you don't like Rush, turn him off. Not me. I say turn him on. To turn him off is to insulate Rush Limbaugh from criticism. His poor "ditto-heads" get to slake up his vile too comfortably.

And how would one ever know the full dimensions of the joke Dave Becker told us last week when, in his Point of View, he agreed with Limbaugh that he tells the truth 99.7 percent of the time. Reading that about made me spit out my coffee,

No, no, no, Dave. Folks need to realize what you called deplorable over what Limbaugh did to Sandra Fluke is no fluke.

How outrageous...

Thus, more folks than just your cultivated audience need to tune in. They need to hear the Limbaugh show's Puff the Magic Negro Song. They need to hear Limbaugh slur President Obama with pre-1964 under tones, calling him a little boy. They need to hear him belly laugh over human suffering. They need to hear him mock the Kobe earthquake victims. They need to hear him demean over and over again immigrants, blacks and women. They need to hear him mock 11-year-old Malia, the president's daughter, with a distorted voice that sounded right out of an exorcism. They need to hear the number of times he says I hate this, I hate that; hear his mean streak unrelentingly at work. They need to hear him lambaste actor, Michael J. Fox, who, with full blown Parkinson's disease, was accused by Limbaugh of purposefully not having taken his medication to amplify the disease's effect as part of a calculated, political pitch.

To think Rush Limbaugh would have the audacity to broach the subject of medication, at all, after his monumental hypocritical fling with hillbilly heroine. So assured of being insulated, he bets on his addicted-to-anger audience to forgive and forget, as his ditto-heads are pumped up into ditto frenzy.

Dave, just who was it who once said "truth is beauty, beauty truth?" Does Limbaugh really have that kind of aesthetic feel to you? Or if beauty is in the eyes of the beholder is truth, also, relative? I don't think so.

Anyway, as a natural-born anthropologist I take my field study very, very seriously. First thing in the morning at 8 a.m., I've got Rush Limbaugh on. But it's dangerous and debilitating work. One way or the other, he makes you really angry. That's why on Wednesdays I turn him off and go to yoga. On Saturdays I go into a deep healing meditation. I thank the good Lord he's not on on the weekends. It'd be the death of me.

I don't expect most good, God-fearing folk to listen to Limbaugh to that extent. But it's important to turn him on not off — at least every once and a while. Also, note I didn't sign the petition in the Homer News. As a natural-born anthropologist I wouldn't. But I certainly, objectively, can appreciate the public's revulsion. It's been too long in coming.

Tim O'Leary is a longtime Homer resident and political observer.