In his August 12, 2010 diatribe-du-jour slandering democrats, the Obama Administration, leftists, liberals and “what have you” (anyone else he couldn’t stand that day), Rush Limbaugh claimed that nonprofit organizations and their employees “siphon contributions as their salaries” and have the nerve to consider themselves “good people” even though they are “rapists in terms of finance and economy.” Please take a listen while I check my blood pressure.
It’s common knowledge that Rush (may I call you Rush?) could care less about black folks, is indifferent to gender inequality unless it involves making a blonde female 26 years his junior his “better half” and really digs bashing black women. Finally, I represent all that he truly despises: a black, brunette woman working for a nonprofit organization.
It would have been interesting if Rush had offered some compelling evidence supporting the ills of nonprofits. I am not above critical assessment when it comes to my bread and butter, so color me disappointed. Rush missed the opportunity to spark a necessary conversation regarding the sector’s response to the new American economy. However, to do so, he would have to be interested in exchanging ideas in the first place. His distasteful flavor of hogwash is simply par for the course.
Though what people say is telling, often their behavior reveals even more. Here’s a breakdown of Rush’s more recent nonprofit-related activities:
- Donated the $2.1M proceeds from the ebay sale of a “smear letter” signed by Senate Democrats to The Marine-Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, adding to a total of over $4M contributed in 2007.
- Danced (I use the term loosely) to Lady Gaga while serving as a judge for the 2010 Miss America pageant.
- In 2010, received treatment for chest pains at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
- Sought treatment for inner-ear disease and received a cochlear implant at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles, California, which works hand-in-hand with the House Ear Institute.
- Reportedly sought treatment twice for prescription drug abuse at The Addiction Institute of New York in 2003.
- To date has raised over $15M for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, including a large personal contribution in 2009.
Gee, Rush is just like me. When he’s sick, he seeks treatment from the best doctors and hospitals he can afford. He uses his influence to raise money for causes he supports. He’s driven to apopletic convulsions at the sound of “Poker Face.”
Rush can talk out the side of his neck all he wants, but I know better. He loves nonprofits which, truth be told, keep the “big government” he purportedly fears from getting bigger.
Thank goodness those “idiots” at the organizations he needed felt like working those days.