It’s nice to know someone’s not afraid to take on Rush Limbaugh.
Former president Bill Clinton took on the Drugster this weekend and scored big-time.
Limbaugh blasted Clinton for a recent speech in which he decried the ugly and incendiary rhetoric heard lately from right-wing talk show hosts and politicians. Citing the Oklahoma City bombing, Clinton noted that violent words can sometimes lead to violent actions.
At which point, Limbaugh blamed Clinton for inciting violence. Arguing that the next time there’s an act of domestic violence, Clinton himself will be responsible. And Bill Clinton fired right back, saying Rush’s line of attack didn’t make any sense.
Which, of course, it doesn’t. Blaming somebody who warns against violence for creating violence is like blaming Smokey the Bear for forest fires.
This is just the latest example of hate talk I write about in my new book, TOXIC TALK.
After the Ft. Hood tragedy, everybody blamed the violent rhetoric of a Muslim Imam for inciting Major Nidal Hassan to kill his fellow Americans.
So why shouldn’t we believe that the violent rhetoric of Glenn Beck or Michael Savage could incite their listeners to do the same?
That’s my parting shot for today.