I suppose I should have some respect for Rush Limbaugh, that blackhead on the face of our species. Lots of conservatives are explaining how Hurricane Harvey shows the greatness of those independent Texas conservatives, the vileness of liberals or how the storm proves men must be the boss. Limbaugh takes it up a notch by explaining that advance warnings about hurricanes and attempts to track them are just liberal propaganda.
How so? Limbaugh lays it out for you:
- Hurricane warnings make us scared.
- Fear makes us more susceptible to bullshit claims about global warming.
- Fear makes us rush out and buy supplies. So it’s actually a conspiracy between liberals and stores like Home Depot to sell crap!
- The media always predict the storm could hit a major population center! Obviously that’s just to scare us more!
Tell you what Mr. Limbaugh, why not just walk out when the storm comes and stand there. Show us how to face a storm without fear. I triple-dog dare you.
I will agree that the buying panic can get intense pre-hurricane, particularly when it comes to keeping the gas tank filled. But that’s not so irrational. I’ve lived in areas after a hurricane and it’s crazy. No gas. No food in stores. And not because everyone bought it all up in a panic (though that can contribute).
As for major population centers, well that could have something to do that America keeps building up its coastlines. More people keep moving there. More people live there. Cities like Miami sprawl out. It’s a lot harder than a century ago to hit the U.S. and not hit a major population center.
I’d like to say Limbaugh’s stupid, but I don’t think so. He’s what Harry Frankfort calls a bullshit artist: he’ll say whatever gets him results, regardless of truth or falsity (if reality was on his right-wing side, he’d happily stick to the truth). This presentation pushes the worldview he’s been pushing his entire career. You can’t trust government. You can’t trust the media (except him). Everything is a vast conspiracy directed against real Americans. As David Neiwert has pointed out, it’s fascist themes (the Zionist Occupied Government is conspiring against you!) scrubbed for mass consumption.
And I’m sure the implications that Republicans cutting the budget for FEMA and for hurricane tracking is no big deal, and that global warming is a myth, are bonuses.