Should Rush Limbaugh Be in the Hall of Famous Missourians?

Rush Limbaugh was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians this week. An honor well deserved? Or a mistake on the part of Missouri lawmakers?

Rush Limbaugh, the controversial conservative commentator, was enshrined into the Hall of Famous Missourians this week, sparking controversy across the state and country on whether Limbaugh should be worth of such an honor.

Limbaugh's name now sits amongst such famous Missourians as Mark Twain, Dred Scott, Jack Buck and Stan Musial.

According to the St. Louis Beacon, Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley gave reporters less than a half-hour’s notice of the ceremony.

From the Beacon:

Tilley’s decision to honor Limbaugh, a Cape Girardeau native, has sparked opposition from Democrats and progressives because of Limbaugh’s often strong words when he talks about people with whom he disagrees.

Limbaugh’s bust will be placed in the Capitol’s Hall of Famous Missourians, which also includes newscaster Walter Cronkite and former President Harry S Truman.

Word of Limbaugh’s likely induction first came in March, Fox2 News reports, just as Limbaugh blasted a female law student, Limbaugh called her a slut and a prostitute on his radio show. He later apologized.

More from Fox2:

Democrats may have the last laugh. The bust has yet to be displayed in the Hall of Famous Missourians.

“I hope it ends up as a big paper weight on the Speaker’s desk … I have talked to the Governor personally. I know his wife, the First Lady … is very upset about this as well. There have been 35,000+ signatures delivered to the Speaker’s office, protesting this bust,” Jones said. 

A spokesman for Governor Nixon, a Democrat, released the following statement:

“The Governor looks forward to working with the Board of Public Buildings and the State Capitol Commission to review the purpose and governance of the Hall of Famous Missourians and to develop a comprehensive strategy regarding where all busts, statues and other monuments are displayed in the Capitol.”

What do you think? Should Rush Limbaugh be honored in the Hall of Famous Missourians? Or is the media making too big a deal of this given the controversy surrounding his name? Weigh in with a comment below.

William May 22, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Hmm. Doesn't work that way with me, I guess. Whether or not I'm offended is entirely under my control. By allowing others to affect how I think is self-limiting and closes off an avenue of information that might be useful or helpful. Again, HOW something is said is more important to you than WHAT. You didn't hear his point about birth control because of the word slut--you quit listening (if indeed you ever have) and have thus mischaracterized the clear point he was making. He never said women who use birth control are sluts... the point was about women who were arguing that their so-called private matters should be paid for out of public coffers, that a woman's "right to make decisions about her body" has now become a matter that the rest of us need to pay for. But my main point is simply this: just because I read Steven King doesn't mean that I approve of and use the "F" word in language. Just because I listen to Bill Maher doesn't mean I use the "C" word. Just because I listen to Rush Limbaugh doesn't mean I approve of everything he says or am a misogynist, a racist, or condone the use of sexually charged language. But he does challenge GroupThink in ways that I personally find helpful. But whether or not he's enshrined in some dusty hall in Jeff City is of no importance to me whatsoever. I'd rather we melted all the bronze busts down, sold the scrap and reduced taxes. But that's probably inflammatory, eh? I guess I'm a bronzaphobic :-)
RegalT62 May 22, 2012 at 04:59 PM
William, you are right, I did not pay any attention to what Rush Limbaugh had to say about insurance coverage of birth control because of the word "slut". I, like the rest of the nation, heard his words and his characterization of a citizen and student who uses birth control (not in anyway introducing the idea of who was paying for it) as a "slut" and a "prostitute" who should provide video for his own pleasure pretty much turned me off of any position he was poorly trying to make. Being very, very aware of the fight for reproductive freedom in this country, I had already heard this "argument" from others who expressed their views and used words which did not insult or malign to get their points across. I do not agree with that position and can certainly use my own words to express my thoughts without resorting to such. All language, and the people who use them, are not equal in the ability to express thoughts, convey ideas or persuade people. Personal attacks on a private citizen simply stating her opinion goes way beyond that, in my opinion. It certainly says more about Rush and his character than about any political position he might have taken. I, and many other Missourians, still do not think that those who do not move along the discussion are deserving of such honor. Again, infamous, yes - famous, no. Moving out of groupthink, can you in anyway see how his words might have damaged his attempt to convey his point?
Kevin Lane May 22, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I sit in a newsroom everyday and see the information that comes through, and only certain pieces of that information are allowed on the air among most news outlets. There were many threats. I'm not indicating violence, but the 15+ liberal organizations that send there opinions 3-4 times per week, some even under the guise of news ("Missouri News Service"), were the ones claiming they would be a disruption. Not me. Protestors with "name-calling" signs, (the very thing they say Rush did) & even threats of stopping the process in progress. As well as, endless recruiting of others to do the same. These people divide people, hate, name-call, and lie for a living (on your dollar by the way), and some of them even call themselves "New Service". You make a good point though, WHY didn't you hear about those threats? I am not a Rush fan, but I know the battle that someone who sees through all the propaganda in his industry faces, and its an amazing accomplishment. Point is: conservatives are held to a different standard than EVERYONE else in the business, just like in politics. It's OK to bash conservatives, but it is forbidden to point out anything that the other side does. Cain vs Edwards, Clinton, Weiner, or even JFK Palin wasn't experienced enough to be VP, but Obama, who had no resume or voting record beyond "present" was elected Pres. because that was ignored. I can list 1000 TV shows that do everyday, what Rush did one time, except they attack conservatives, so it's OK.
RegalT62 May 22, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Thank you for responding, Kevin. You say that there were not any threats of violence but of possible disturbance in this particular case. Where would I go to learn more about those specific threats if the media doesn't report them - I mean, would it be the Speaker's office that made that decision to protect from harm, or a police department? Freedom of speech does allow for dissenting opinions to be expressed - but you feel that in this case, there were more serious threats?
Kevin Lane May 22, 2012 at 08:21 PM
No, I feel that the secrecy was to keep things from getting out of hand during the ceremony. Deserving or not, it was this man's hour, and they felt keeping it low-key, would keep the moment from being 'stolen' and turned into something else. Obviously. that failed, because here we are still discussing it. I don't usually keep the stuff that comes in with an agenda from either side, can't use it. However, yes, I think those would good places to start, although opinions vary on who actually made that decision. I'm sure they would be able to tell you (whether or not they will is a different story) more about why security was so tight. I, myself, thought it was overkill. But it didn't surprise me when they went that direction as opposed to inviting a spectacle to take place. I think they kind of wound-up with one anyway.
Al Mount May 23, 2012 at 02:14 PM
It amazes me the vitrol & hate from these liberals. So much good energy wasted on hating. Of course Mr. Limbaugh should be in the hall of fame, he's world renown, whether you like him or hate him. The man made himself famous & successful. Actually he leans a little to far to the LEFT for me.... ; -)
Joseph May 23, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Who really cares one way or the other? Is this really going to affect any of us one way or the other? I say no.
Earl Higgins May 28, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Like it or not, the rules are clear: Speaker of the House gets to pick whoever he wants, end of story. So it doesn't matter whether we all sit around and discuss whether it was a good thing or not. Selection is most assuredly not made by democracy, it's by fiat, the people be damned. It's a done deal. So, let's change the rules. I mean, who on earth thought letting the speaker of the house choose whomever he wants was a good idea? Look at the list! John Ashcroft? REALLY? Why wasn't his induction controversial? Where is Chuck Berry? Jesse James? Nelly? They are all far more famous than horse trainer Tom Bass (seriously, look it up). Let's talk about changing the rules to make the Hall of Famous Missourians something we can all be proud of - not the national laughingstock it has been turned into. Let's come up with reasonable, open, honest and transparent rules for INDUCTING and REMOVING individuals from this Hall, know what I mean?
GHutch May 28, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Yes, Rush Limbaugh should be in the Missouri Hall of Fame. Just because people may not like his political opinions does not mean he should be excluded. Harry Truman was not excluded, and he seized private property during his administration.
Jean Whitney May 28, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Truman WAS a president of the U.S. so that should score some points, but there were voters for Dewey, as famously pointed out at the time.
Jody Turken May 31, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Like Rush and his other defenders, you are missing the point. It's about the issue itself, which Rush completely and seemingly intentionally misinterpreted, the words he used are just the icing on the cake. The issue was regarding a woman who used a medication categorized as "birth control" for other medical uses having nothing to do with her "personal habits or lifestyle". As one of the many women who also uses this medication for health reasons, and who firmly believes that health insurance should provide medication which I need to live a healthy life, I refused to be shamed into feeling that I have an irresistible sex addiction and should be sending sex tapes to Limbaugh. I can't imagine anyone would call a man a slut or sex addict for using a heart medication, which coincidentally may allow him to engage in sexual activity without dying of a heart attack in the act. I also can't imagine that someone would demand the video of his sexual acts either. Much like Mark Twain, Limbaugh is very skilled at creating fiction and comedy. Unlike Mark Twain, Limbaugh tries to pass what comes out of his blowhole off as fact.
William May 31, 2012 at 10:47 PM
And now we (finally) come to the point. You "firmly believe" I should pay for your "healthy life." Surely you can see that the definition of "healthy" is completely open to just about any interpretation a beneficiary wants to make? Anything from insulin to implants is up for grabs, removal of a hangnail all the way to body sculpting can be characterized as necessary for a "healthy" life. And without *any* discussion of underlying cause or effect. Now I personally like the approach that what you do with your life is none of my business... and it used to be a two way street. But now we are entertaining the idea that society is somehow on the hook to pay for you to be "healthy," while making NO judgement about whether it's an excessive or even legitimate claim. Let's assume that someone with a sexually permissive lifestyle has the same need for birth control as a cloistered nun (they're both women and can easily get a doctor to say that both need medication "for health" but for entirely different reasons--one because of her lifestyle choices, the other by reason of medical conditions outside her control). The rest of us are just supposed to foot the bill with complete trust that the money in play won't in any way impact the claim by doctor or patient. Duh. I'll openly accept the label of "skeptic." But to say I'm anti-woman or uncaring would be just another of the usual techniques designed to take the focus off the topic at hand and avoid engaging the problem.
RegalT62 June 01, 2012 at 01:22 AM
William, you and I obviously have very different views of the role of our government in providing care and support for citizens - hence the difference between "liberal" and "conservative". Leaving the ideological differences aside, can you acknowledge that Rush's delivery of his political position was extremely offensive? I absolutely accept that some people will see this issue from a different perspective than mine and I respect and support civil dialogue. Rush, however, is a divisive, insulting and polarizing character - regardless of his political views - and that makes him unworthy of being honored as a "Famous Missourian".
Jody Turken June 01, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Allow me to remind you that Sandra Fluke was discussing whether health insurance should be responsible for treating a medical condition with hormonal medication that is misjudged by many. Her request was for congress to mandate that they do. No one is asking for you to pay for any treatment but if that were the case and we're only looking at costs, I'd assume it makes sense to cover the my medication which is merely a fraction of the cost of the surgeries needed to correct the damage done by the untreated disease. In my case, no treatment at all would leave me unable to perform my job, and I'd be a huge drain on society. I'd like to withhold tax dollars which paid this Rush bust, which, unless it was donated, DID cost the taxpayers money.
Scott Palermo June 01, 2012 at 05:23 PM
There should be no Hall of Famous Missourians. It is a waste of money and the requirements to get in are too subjective... If they are so famous, why then do we need to be told so. Similar to the practice of naming highways after great sports heros and then finding out they are flawed just like everyone else. (Mark McGwire) Blah!
mormit June 02, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Excellent point, Scott!
Huggybear Wells June 04, 2012 at 11:56 PM
It is very sad for the people of Missouri when a man can openly call a Woman a slut and prostitute and then honor him by placeing his bust in the Capitol's hall of the famous.
Devon Seddon June 05, 2012 at 01:45 AM
No Jody, YOU are missing the point. I won't ask you to pay for ANY of my medical bills. I just ask, you extend that same courtesy.
Jody Turken June 05, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Still not asking you to cover my medical bills. Never was. Neither was Sandra Fluke on behalf of her friend.
William June 05, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Sure you are. If insurance companies are required to cover a procedure as a matter of law, they have to get the money from somewhere--it isn't free. Premiums are designed to cover the expected costs that must be covered by the insurance company.
Holston Black Jr. June 05, 2012 at 02:42 PM
If Rush deserves this honor so does Jesse James, or maybe he already is. They may have had another secret ceremony and he is right beside Rush, as a ghost. Most of the positive you credit Rush with, he also accomplished
Jody Turken June 06, 2012 at 01:58 AM
As a strong proponent for human life, I'm appalled that someone would suggest that another human forgo medical treatment and likely shorten their life just to reduce their premiums by a few bucks.
William June 06, 2012 at 01:16 PM
So which is, Jody? You're not asking me to pay for your medical coverage or you are? You prove my earlier point: self-labeled compassionate people will not stay on topic, but much prefer to engage in throwing sand rather than address the issues. We're not talking about just "a few bucks." A 3 day stay in a local hospital just over a year ago was right at $36,000 dollars for a very basic surgery, so we're not just talking "a few bucks." Medical care is VERY expensive and growing. I assume you haven't been keeping up with what's going on in Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain (the so-called "PIGS")? We're talking about countries that are going broke because they don't have the revenues to pay for the outflows. Now THAT'S appalling.
Rahib June 19, 2012 at 10:11 PM
James Earl Ray murdered MLK, pretty famous, not in the hall. Besides being yet another conservative Republican to not serve in Viet Nam, he's full of hate speech. Why is here there and not J.E.R.?
Rahib June 19, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Show me a hero and I show you how he/she's a bum.
Tonya Cort June 23, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Enough said! Rush Limbaugh is a Missourian and has worked his butt off (taking nothing from the government) and should get in! Whether you like him or not - his name is known!
Tonya Cort June 23, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Very well said, Devon!
William Braudis July 09, 2012 at 07:08 AM
Amen brother
William Braudis July 09, 2012 at 07:11 AM
No Bonnie, you are the " crock "
Sonny Pondrom November 05, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I don't think Missourians should be proud of just anyone born here. I think a famous person should be someone our children should look up to. Putting this Missouri boy on a pedestal with people who have made great contribution to this country is a mistake and demeaning to the current group of heros.


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