Lock Rush Limbaugh in a closet.
By MARY SANCHEZ
The Kansas City Star
Shut the door and keep it sealed until hes deceased.
And that has nothing to do with my view of Limbaugh, which admittedly isnt very high. Nor is it a wish for his early demise.
But removing the bust of Limbaugh from the Missouri Capitols rotunda would solve the ridiculous controversy about it.
Now, its Democrats pitching against Democrats.
Recall in the spring that former House Speaker Steve Tilley chose to honor Limbaugh by placing his bronze bust in the Hall of Famous Missourians. Now, Democrats are angry that Gov. Jay Nixon hasnt figured out a way to get it removed.
Limbaugh never should have been considered. No one alive should be. That includes former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and TV personality Bob Barker, who are also in the hall.
Only in death can a persons total life be assessed. Their accomplishments need to be viewed broadly, weighing the long-term consequences of their lives on society.
Limbaugh, 61, probably has years to go in his career. Hell likely commit some other outrageous verbalizations.
Its his brand.
But you never know. He could go in a different direction later in life.
Limbaugh is certainly a famous Missourian. Hes fantastic at his craft: ramping up peoples rage and angst.
Highway Patrol officers were stationed outside the ceremony when his bust was placed, a hushed affair, in an attempt to keep protesters out. That meant Democrats werent invited.
Its not Limbaughs right-leaning views that should negate his even being considered for the hall. Its that he is so crude and mean-spirited and that his accomplishments for societys benefit are modest at best.
He called his critics deranged when they complained about the bust. And that was nothing compared with the insult of labeling womens health advocate Sandra Fluke a slut and a prostitute.
Limiting the choices to the deceased would be a wise policy.
It should be noted that public dollars arent involved. But maybe they should be, to bring some reason and balance to the process. An annual golf tournament put on by the House speaker funds the project, which opened to door to Tilleys argument that he was within his right to decide whom to honor.
Nixon, as governor, should put the matter to rest without fanfare.
Send Limbaugh a politely worded letter, apologizing for taking his bronze image off display. State the new policy of death being a qualification.
Then explain that holding court in the Hall of Famous Missourians is far too great an honor to be influenced by the political whims of either party, or when legacies have yet to be completed.
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