Did Rush Limbaugh Cause a Suicide?

By: David Bozeman
According to syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts, no, not directly, but   Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, etc. polluted the rhetorical waters in   which Henry Hamilton swam.
Hamilton, 64, of Key West, FL, was found dead two days after the election   with empty prescription bottles by his side, one for an anti-anxiety   medication and the other for a drug to treat schizophrenia.  The tanning   salon owner had reportedly been stressed about his business and, according to   a witness, remarked that if Obama were re-elected, “I’m not going to be   around.”  Supposedly written on his will was “[expletive] Obama.”
Aside from the heart-wrenching tragedy of any suicide, one is left to   wonder why this story didn’t make a greater impact nationally.    Apparently  the media was too busy gloating to indulge in their favorite   desert: rich, decadent liberal outrage.  Still, Pitts took up any slack,   blaming the aforementioned, along with Cal Thomas, Ted Nugent and Donald Trump   for nudging Hamilton over the edge with their “nonstop litany  of   half-truths, untruths and fear-mongering.”  According to Pitts, they are   zealots who believe the “garbage” they say.
Just countering Pitts’ drama-queen hysterics continues the overheated   cycle — we’re not likely changing many minds here, rather we’re continuing   the tit-for-tat, surface-level narrative that makes rational, informed   discourse all but impossible.  But at the same time, we on the right must   not surrender our passions in the name of ‘civility’ or forgo the truth for   the sake of ‘changing the tone.’  Rule of thumb:  whenever anyone   complains about the negative tone in politics, they usually mean that   conservatives are exercising their First Amendment rights again.
Of course, it will never dawn on anyone that the anti-business,   you-didn’t-build-that rhetoric of this administration might drive someone to   despair.  Oh, no, couldn’t happen.  Someone who has never held a   single day of elective office must bear the blame before the president or   America’s reigning party that actually enacts policy.
To those who claim that conservatives are overreacting to the election   and need to get over it, consider the vow of Barack Obama (yes, the same   Obama who was nurtured by the soothing, dispassionate oratory of Jeremiah “God   d***n America” Wright) to fundamentally “transform” the United States of   America.  That’s his word, not Rush Limbaugh’s, not Sean Hannity’s.    Would I be contributing to the national suicide rate if I asked if maybe Obama   wasn’t over-reaching just a little?  Even if you write that one off as   standard pre-election hype, consider ads that ran in swing states claiming   “Mitt Romney:  Not one of us.”  Nice.  Just a sample of the   unifying, civil dialogue emanating from the left.  NOT ONE OF US.    What is he, a Martian?
Instead of countering the supposed half-truths and untruths of prominent   conservatives, Pitts avoids the heavy-lifting and just writes them off as bad   people.  According to PItts, we on the right think our fellow Americans   are “idiots.”  No, we don’t, and that is the very point of   conservatism.  We consider our fellow citizens far better equipped   to handle their own affairs than Washington bureaucrats far removed from their   day-to-day lives, which is why we find the election outcome so   disappointing.
Conservatives tend to view their fellow citizens individually, while   liberals see them collectively.  The death of Henry Hamilton, by all   accounts a productive member of society and a fellow human being, elicits   sadness, regardless of party affiliation or choice of political commentary.   The fact that this American citizen died an apparently troubled man makes his   passing all the more poignant.  Period.  He was one of   us.

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