It’s hard to read or listen to Rush Limbaugh’s incomprehensible rant about how no health insurance policy would have saved “Shorty” Delbert Belton and Chris Lane from being murdered without muttering, “Huh?” every other sentence.
Firstly, I have no idea what Rush Limbaugh’s father looked like, but if Limbaugh actually had a son, I doubt he’d look anything like Christopher Lane. Jabba the Hutt, Jr., maybe. And I very much doubt any son of Limbaugh’s would have come anywhere near the personality of Christopher Lane, who was about as quintessentially the All-American Golden Boy as anyone could have imagined... except that he was Australian. An accomplished and respected athlete earning a bachelor’s degree in business and finance, who abhorred guns, even scoffing at the difference in gun laws in Australia compared to the United States not long before he was fatally shot? “He didn’t like guns, he wasn’t a fan,” his girlfriend said. That doesn’t sound much like any son Rush Limbaugh would have been proud of.
And honestly, what’s with Limbaugh using the now thoroughly debunked photograph from the Herald Sun where the third suspect, Michael Jones – who’s white – is wrongly shown as a black man? Worse, Limbaugh claims Belton and Lane were “killed by bored, thug-wannabe African-Americans,” then laughably complains this is something “you can’t even address without being called a racist.” Um, maybe because deliberately claiming the suspects were all blacks is, well, racist?
The Australians don’t think Lane’s death was racially motivated. The prosecutor doesn’t think his death was racially motivated. This constant stoking of racial flames is – excuse the pun – just a smoke screen to the real issue that cannot be discussed in the United States: gun control.