The Presidential Medal of Freedom is one of the highest honors that any civilian can receive. It is usually reserved for those who have made a difference in the United States for the better.
During the 2020 State of the Union address on Tuesday, radio host Rush Limbaugh was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom. After decades of being on the air, he is stepping down after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
I wouldn’t wish cancer on anyone. It is a disease that knows no boundaries and takes the lives of millions.
The problem with Mr. Limbaugh receiving this award is that not only is it highly partisan, but it is also undeserved. While he is completely entitled to his beliefs, he is seen by many (myself included) as a right-wing bigot who wants to return America to a world in which Caucasian heterosexual men are in charge.
Back in 2012, he got into a public verbal tussle with Sandra Fluke, a graduate student who was advocating for free contraception while attending Georgetown University. In his usual manner, Mr. Limbaugh called Ms. Fluke all sorts of names and reacted in the usual manner that self-righteous men react when it comes to women’s sexuality.
There has always been and will always be political division in the United States. It is this quality that makes this country diverse and unique. But regardless of such divisions, when a President makes such a statement as giving the Presidential Medal of Freedom to a man like Rush Limbaugh, it a statement that needs no introduction.
Just another reason to get you know who out of office.