The business press seems uneasy. Late Friday, the Wall Street Journal admitted that "Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett kept [Wisconsin] Gov Scott Walker on the defensive" in their Friday night debate. The National Review's Iain Murray has called for a counter-boycott of Amazon over that company's decision to stop supporting ALEC. And the International Business Times noted that the Limbaugh boycott has gotten results, even as it described them as "mixed".
All three of these news stories – the Wisconsin recall, the effort to pry corporations away from ALEC, and the campaign to drive Limbaugh off the public air waves – have been described as key political struggles of this era. If progressives and their allies embrace any of these three causes in sufficient numbers, and with sufficient passion, there is a significant possibility of victory.
ALEC, and the Scott Walkers now in control of numerous state governments, have been responsible for devastating attacks against working families, against women, and against minority rights. But easily the foremost propagandist on the right is Rush Limbaugh, who inveighs against perceived enemies of conservative old white men for fifteen to eighteen hours a week, on six hundred radio stations. Limbaugh has an audience estimated in the millions. On some weighty political issues (such as climate change), researchers have determined that Rush Limbaugh has impacted our nation's political dialog moreso than any other single entity.
Yet since his Fluke attack, Limbaugh has been under significant pressure. He has hired a crisis manager, has started using Twitter, has unsuccessfully pressured Youtube to remove videos of his rants, and has created "Rush Babes For America", all in response to that pressure. Beyond the jump, we'll explore why it is necessary for us to use our own free speech to get Rush Limbaugh off the public airwaves, and three ways to accomplish that task.
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