On Monday, the world stopped upon learning of the sudden death of Robin Williams. The comedy legend committed suicide at the age of 63 and had been battling severe depression. Tributes to Williams have come from Hollywood and from fans. But it appears that only conservatives have disgustingly decided to politicize his death.
During his radio show on Tuesday, noted pill-popping loudmouth Rush Limbaugh took to the airwaves to immediately blame liberalism for Williams’ suicide. According to Limbaugh, Williams took his own life because he was a liberal.
LIMBAUGH: So our last caller from Des Plaines, Illinois, wanted to know, “What is the politics in the coverage of the suicide of Robin Williams?” Well, I believe there is some. But I don’t think that the politics is driving it. I think there was, on the part of media and Hollywood, genuine affection for the guy that is driving it, but there is politics. If you notice the coverage is focused on how much he had, but it wasn’t enough.
“He had everything, everything that you would think would make you happy. But it didn’t.” Now, what is the left’s worldview in general? What is it? If you had to attach not a philosophy but an attitude to a leftist worldview, it’s one of pessimism and darkness, sadness. They’re never happy, are they? They’re always angry about something. No matter what they get, they’re always angry.
They are animated in large part by the false promises of America, because the promises of America are not for everyone, as we see each and every day.
Well, that is a constant measurement that is made by political leftists in judging the country. It’s outcome-based education: 2 + 2 = 5. “That’s fine until the student learns it’s 4. We’re not gonna humiliate the student by pointing out that he’s wrong. If he figures it out, cool. We’re gonna take the fast learners and we’re gonna slow them down so that they don’t humiliate the kids that don’t learn as fast as they do. It’s just not fair.
Here’s the audio via Raw Story.
Robin Williams’ death is tragic. It’s a major loss not just for America, but for the globe. It’s not something to politicize, yet that’s exactly what Limbaugh, Fox News, and conservatives are doing. They are using his death to attack liberal philosophy. Just this morning, Fox News host Shep Smith called Williams a coward for committing suicide and a GOP official made despicable remarks about the tragedy. Smith has since deeply apologized for his words.
Suicide isn’t confined to a single political affiliation. It doesn’t matter who you voted for or what policies you fight for. It can happen to anyone who is suffering on the inside for any reason. Clearly, Mr. Williams was in enough pain that he believed suicide was his only way out. Sadly, many Americans commit suicide every day. In fact, at least 22 veterans take their own lives every day. That’s over 8,000 veterans a year. It is highly unlikely that all of these veterans are liberals. So Limbaugh not only owes the family of Robin Williams an apology, he owes the families of each of these veterans an apology as well. People commit suicide because they’re in pain and they don’t feel as if there’s a way to stop their own emotional and mental anguish. It doesn’t matter how old a person is, what their religion is, where a person is from, or what their financial situation is. What matters is how a person is feeling. Depression is a serious mental disease and anyone who is considering suicide should seek help before taking an action they can’t take back. Politics certainly has nothing to do with it and Limbaugh should be ashamed of himself for obscenely and immorally politicizing the death of an iconic human being who had more talent in his craft and more compassion for others than Rush Limbaugh has ever had or ever will have in his own lifetime.
(If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. There are people working there 24 hours a day who you can talk to. You’re not alone.)