An Open Letter to Rush Limbaugh

(Editor's Note: The following letter was written in response to the recent campaign led by Rush Limbaugh to smear 12-year-old Graeme Frost of Baltimore. Frost became one of the examples of children needing health care that Democrats promoted in their unsuccessful campaign to over-ride President George Bush's veto of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, known as S-CHIP. For more background, please see this piece from "The Washington Post," which exposes the half-truths used by conservatives in the campaign to discredit Frost and his family.)

Dear Mr. Limbaugh:

Sir, let me first say that I have never agreed with your opinions or the depths to which you will sink to increase your so-called newsworthiness.

Today, as I was thumbing to the obituaries, instead I read the article on the Frost family in The Post. After reading that article, I can no longer remain silent.

Sir, do you have children? Have you ever had a sleepless night wondering how you are going to pay for your child's medicine, food, or clothing? I'm sure you have not. Neither have I. However, there are millions of people who have such nights of worry. They have actually given up all hope of having enough money to give their children the basic needs. To have you ridicule a child and his family for what you call not being poor enough or worthy enough for state or federal aid is simply inhumane.

Are you human or a corporate robot spitting out half-truths and lies for the almighty dollar?

The travesty you have made of the Frost story caught my eye in my daily habit of reading the obituaries. I read them every day not for some morbid thrill, but instead I have learned that reading the obits helps us appreciate people. We learn how important these deceased individuals have been to their families and communities. Every day, I read stories of people who have led lives of honor and integrity. I see the stories of people who build communities and work for the improvement of humanity.

Why is it that you cannot focus on the good, the honorable and noble efforts of humanity instead of ridiculing, insulting and demeaning people? Where is your humanity, sir? Is your ridicule of us as human beings your legacy?

Be careful, sir, for one day you will be in the obituaries too. What will be said of you? Who will be your noted and loving family? Clear Channel Communications? Or some other sponsor or syndicator?

May you find some humanity before that day comes.

Amy Luther-Rockwell
Special to iVoryTowerz

For other posts on Rush Limbaugh, please see:

(The photo of Rush Limbaugh is from a tour of U.S. Agency for International Development – USAID – programs in Afghanistan. The photo is from USAID and is in the public domain. To see one of the series of Doonesbury cartoons criticizing Limbaugh for his smear campaign against the Frost family, please go here.)

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dan said...

Amy, are You going to be OK

Wilson said...

Amy, a very well-written post. I'm doing some work with Families USA and we're trying to get Congress to override Bush's veto.

If you have time, it'd be great for you to continue your civic activism and sign the Families USA petition. Also, it'd be great to spread it around to as many people as possible.

It's available at http://www.familiesusa.org

Thanks for your hard work on this important issue.

Kyle Taylor said...

Wow! What a letter!

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