Remember “America, Love It or Leave It”? Rush Limbaugh’s Latest Trope on This Saying Amounts to This: “The Earth, Pollute It or Leave It!”

Rush Limbaugh, the titular head of the Republican Party, has brought the Far Reich’s “love it or leave it” trope to new heights, calling on a New York Times reporter to off himself if he has a problem with global pollution issues. Here’s Limbaugh’s recent radio statement to Andy Revkin of the New York Times:

This guy from The New York Times, if he really thinks that humanity is destroying the planet, humanity is destroying the climate, that human beings in their natural existence are going to cause the extinction of life on Earth — Andrew Revkin. Mr Revkin, why don’t you just go kill yourself and help the planet by dying?

Limbaugh also likened Revkin to a jihadi.

But it’s not like Limbaugh is out of sync with his party. Here’s what Republican Daryl Metcalfe, a Pennsylvania congressman in high wack-job mode, hysterically said this week about coordinated global pollution control measures:

Any veteran lending their name, to promote the leftist propaganda of global warming and climate change, in an effort to control more of the wealth created in our economy, through cap and tax type policies, all in the name of national security, is a traitor to the oath he or she took to defend the Constitution of our great nation! Remember Benedict Arnold before giving credibility to a veteran who uses their service as a means to promote a leftist agenda. Drill Baby Drill!!!

There’s a good reason (barring a huge terrorist attack or a collapse of the economy) that Republicans will be out of power for some years. The current public faces of the Republican Party are, frankly, unhinged.

And here’s Pat Buchanan on what now appears to be the next authoritarian right wing trend that is likely to attract greater public attention (and subsequent association with the Republican Party):

In the brief age of Obama, we have had “truthers,” “birthers,” tea party activists and town-hall dissenters. Comes now, the “Oath Keepers.” And who might they be? Writes Alan Maimon in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Oath Keepers, depending on where one stands, are “either strident defenders of liberty or dangerous peddlers of paranoia.” Formed in March, they are ex-military and police who repledge themselves to defend the Constitution, even if it means disobeying orders.

Andrew Sullivan wonders whether, at this rate of nuttiness, Republican Party identification (now at 20% of Americans) actually represents a new floor—or a new ceiling.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to Remember “America, Love It or Leave It”? Rush Limbaugh’s Latest Trope on This Saying Amounts to This: “The Earth, Pollute It or Leave It!”

  1. Paul says:

    The NFL decides who becomes an owner not the other way around.

    All this blowhard (Rush Hudson Limbaugh A.KA. Jeff Christie) has to offer is his money and his opinions, (which in my opinion are on the fringes of racism, one mans opinion). There are many more groups biding for the Rams, not just his group. Lets face it there are more men with money (Marshall Faulk) that will gladly fill the slot and the Rams will win or lose depending on how well they work as a team and not on whether or not Rush is an owner.

    As for Vick, well he is a player (he has talent not like you, Rush or I, unless you are a NFL player?) and he served his time and the NFL decided we live in the land of second chances, so why not (I personally don’t like it but, oh well). Life has never been fair (NEWS FLASH!)

    Now as to the “Free Speech” argument, I guess many of you like myself heard Rush on Thursday “Almost in tears”, priceless. But the last three days he now is in his normal ranting and will continue until someone surpasses him, “Free Speech” continues, so quit the lies that “Free Speech” is being stifled, it simply is not true, of course, you may not have a radio, so you might want to get one.

  2. Peter says:

    I have no idea whats going on the the US at the moment.

    When George W. sneaked his way into the White House, the democrats sucked it up…. eventually, but they never went around saying “He aint my president”

    Obama gets in and there is uproar. Did the republicans actually forget what democracy is? Did they forget that more people voted for the other guy? Or have they always been like this?

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