Really: Rush Limbaugh gets the same Medal of Freedom Mother Teresa and Rosa Parks have been Awarded

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When Bill Clinton delivered his 1999 State of the Union Address, he was Presidential.

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He shook the hands of the Republican Speaker of the House.

He gave an inspiring uniting speech.

He singled out Rosa Parks for her contributions to Civil Rights.

He gave this speech in the middle of his Impeachment Trial in the Senate.

Fast forward twenty-one years and a different President gives a State of the Union during his impeachment trial.

He snubbed the Democratic Speaker of the House by not shaking her hand.

He gave an address full of lies and pandering overtures to his nativist base that live in the Trump Zone on Fox Island.

He saluted fellow divider and birther Rush Limbaugh (who is dying of lung cancer) during his speech, having the First Lady put the Medal of Freedom on him.

Past Medal of Freedom recipients have included:

  • Mother Teresa
  • Rosa Parks
  • The Apollo 13 Crew
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Colin Powell
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Harper Lee
  • Warren Buffett
  • David McCullough
  • Sandra Day O’Connor
  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Walter Cronkite
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Chuck Yeager
  • Omar Bradley
  • Melinda and Bill Gates
  • Helen Keller
  • Lech Walesa
  • Shimon Peres
  • Madeleine Albright
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • John Lewis
  • Hubert Humphrey
  • Pope John Paul II
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Jesse Owens
  • Jackie Robinson

Considering the names and contributions made to society by the above recipients and the many others not listed, how can Rush Limbaugh be on the same list as Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Helen Keller or Jackie Robinson.

All of these recipients (with the exception of Strom Thurmond who did get one as well) moved society forward in some fashion. These are individuals children should be able to look up to.

Rush Limbaugh has not moved the country forward and he is definitely not a role model for children.

People should not be given the Medal of Freedom because they share the same reactionary backward views as the current White House occupant.

Giving Limbaugh this award is a disgrace.

It further divides the country, gives legitimacy to his and Trumps divisive views, and goes against what the Medal of Freedom is all about.

People should be repulsed.

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Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.


  1. May The Vulgar Pigboy (h/t Bartcop) suffer a lingeringly long and painful death. Which is mild compared to what he should receive where he should be going.

  2. El Fatso and Gingrich were the parents of the polarized hate speech we have in political life now. It’s not false equivalency. They both gained a lot hating on the Clintons, money and power. And Don the Cons lawyer was the grandfather of hate, Roy Cohn, and the pre-Don, McCarthy.

  3. We have lost our values as a nation, when Rush Limbaugh can receive the Medal of Honor. He is a racist and a fascist. To think that my parents came here from Greece in the early 20th century, because this country’s values symbolized freedom and equality for even the poorest, and now we’re honoring racism and fascism, which we fought against shortly afterward.

  4. Let’s add putting Rush Limbaugh on the same list as Aretha Franklin to the long list of Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanors.

    Put it at the top.

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