|Political Myopia (Thor Erik M. Hansen)|
If you’re contemplating suicide, perhaps you should give a listen to “Doctor” Rush Limbaugh, the self-proclaimed suicide expert. After listening to his theories, you might laugh so hard that suicide suddenly seems irrelevant.
Ed Mazza of The Huffington Post reports on Limbaugh’s fatuous pronouncement about Robin Williams’ suicide. According to Rush, Williams killed himself because of “pessimism and darkness, sadness… it fits a certain picture or a certain image that the left has.”
What researchers who actually study the data have found is that “suicide rates tend to be higher in states that vote Republican and have a higher rate of gun ownership.” An additional study indicated that there are “higher suicide rates in Australia and the United Kingdom when conservative governments are in power.”
Limbaugh also couldn’t resist “diagnosing” Williams’ alleged survivor’s guilt regarding friends Christopher
Reeves, Andy Kaufman and John Belushi. Limbaugh explained, “Well, that is a constant measurement that is made by political leftists when judging the country.”
If this last statement of Limbaugh’s seems somewhat out in left field, that’s par for the course. Rush seems
obsessed with viewing most situations through lenses that hardly correct for political myopia.
Copyright August 14, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke All Rights Reserved