Maggie emailed me this great article on how it is the left fell for the Rush Limbaugh "quotes."
Watching so many serious journalists and leftist political figures fall for the fake Rush Limbaugh quotes tells us something very frightening about what leftists believe true about non-leftist America. I say, “frightening,” because we evaluate the level of threat that others pose based on our understanding of the amorality of their beliefs. Then we rationalize the harshness of the methods we are willing to employ against them based on our threat assessment. We are much more willing to use draconian methods against people we view as extremely evil than we are against people we judge less evil. As a nation, we were willing to employ much more draconian methods to defeat fascism than we employed to fight anyone else. The same basic principle applies to our internal conflicts as well. The more extreme and dangerous we view our political and social opponents as being, the more tolerant we become of extreme measures to oppose them.
For the record, it was believed by the left that Rush, and by extension his tens of millions of fans, was a big fan of slavery and looked at James Earl Ray as a hero. How can the left possibly tolerate us? Why use fair debate? Why allow them to debate at all.
Of course, this was all based on a lie. Rush never said the attributed quotes and the willingness of the left to (easily) believe that he did says more about them than it does about us.
So, we come back to the main question: What methods could these deluded leftists justify using against the rest of us if they really believe we hold such beliefs and values as are inherent in the fake quotes? What couldn’t they justify doing to drive such people from politics or even the nation itself? We even have to ask, what level of violence could they justify using against us?
This isn’t about Limbaugh. They clearly view Limbaugh as just the most visible manifestation of tens of millions of Americans pining for the good old days of slavery. Make no mistake. They aren’t just targeting Limbaugh as someone so evil that they can justify any extremity in fighting him.
They are targeting the rest of us as well.
Viewed through this prism, suddenly it makes a bit more sense why the left yearns to "shut up" the opposition. Close down Fox. Regulate talk radio. You see, "we're" pure evil.