I’m not much of a baseball fan: I root for the Cubs. Therefore, I wouldn’t lift my face out of my own puke to defend the now-late George Steinbrenner.
To the extent that I recognize the American League as a legitimate part of Major League Baseball (rarely and then only begrudgingly), I think George was a rich checkbook asshole who, like his Wall Street buddies, never got past the “greed is good” mantra. Steinbrenner could not appreciate that the essential Americanism of baseball, the reason why baseball is the Great American Metaphor, is the concept fair play. Anybody who grew up near a sandlot or an urban street where the Ford is first base, the pothole is second and the Toyota is third could play the game.
But then came Rush Limbaugh, the pompous cigar-chomping Republican party poster boy who couldn’t make it on ESPN. So now I find myself defending Boss George, even if I do so by omission.
Limbaugh called Steinbrenner a “cracker who made a lot of African-American millionaires.” He also complained Steinbrenner fired a bunch of white guys as managers “left and right.” I don’t think he was talking about their politics.
Given my comments about George, speaking ill of the dead is not my problem here. He made millionaires a lot of Americans and non-Americans, of African origin, Latino origin, and of Pequannock, New Jersey origin. Their heritage wasn’t the issue, their ability to perform was George’s only concern.
If Rush criticized George for being thrown out of baseball twice (the second time “permanently”) or for dumping on Yogi Berra, fine. But this is from the man who said:
• “Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?”
• “The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons.”
• “The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.”
• To a black female caller: “Take that bone out of your nose and call me back.”
• “We need segregated buses… This is Obama’s America.”
• “Obama’s entire economic program is reparations.”
Don’t get me wrong: I am not calling for Limbaugh’s removal from the airwaves. The First Amendment applies to everybody, even fat addle-pated addicts. And, of course, Rush Limbaugh is great fodder. But I do wonder how he gets away with it on the air.
The fact is, Rush Limbaugh is such a complete racist he’s just one sheet away from a cross-burning.
Source for the quotes: NewsOne.com
Media metaphysician and www.ComicMix.com editor-in-Chief Mike Gold performs the weekly two-hour Weird Sounds Inside The Gold Mind ass-kicking bizarro music and blather radio show on The Point, www.getthepointradio.com, every Sunday at 7:00 PM Eastern, replayed three times during the week (check the website above for times). Likewise, his Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind political and cultural rants pop up each and every day at the same venue.