Although the devastating 9.0 earthquake in Northern Japan is now one week in the history books, the lingering effects of the disaster will remain an international concern for years to come.
With Japanese officials now considering Chernobyl-like drastic measures in preventing mass radiation emissions (burying plant #1 in sand and cement), it seems irrational for anyone to assume that the current situation is anything less than dire.
If there is one thing we do great in this country, it’s politics. Partisan defense mechanisms are so overwhelming that politicians may often lose sensitivity to the actual situation at hand -- a true disconnection from reality.
Conservative talk-radio personality Rush Limbaugh has seemingly taken the disaster in Japan, and the ensuing environmental and social concerns, as a personal attach on capitalism and the status quo. In a shocking video from a recently aired segment of The Rush Limbaugh Show, Rush dialogues with a caller in discussing the “amusing irony” that a strong earthquake would impact such an environmentally-conscious country. Media Matters released a portion of the dialogue as well as the corresponding video clip:
CALLER: I need some of your wisdom. I'm confused. At the top of the first hour, you played a clip. Diane Sawyer, I believe, about the recycling that is still going on in Japan.
LIMBAUGH: I did. You're right.
CALLER: If these are the people that invented the Prius, have mastered public transportation, recycling, why did mother earth, Gaia if you will, hit them with this disaster?
LIMBAUGH: Well, that's an interesting question.The Japanese have done so much to save the planet. He's right. They've given us the Prius. Even now, refugees are still recycling their garbage, and yet Gaia levels them [laughs], just wipes them out. Wipes out their nuclear plants, all kinds of radiation. What kind of payback is this? That is an excellent question. They invented the Prius. In fact, where Gaia blew up is right where they make all these electric cars. That's where the tsunami hit. All those brand new electric cars sitting there on the lot. I like the way this guy was thinking. It's like -- it's like Gaia hit the Prius in [inaudible]. It's like they were in the crosshairs, if we can use that word, it does. What is Gaia trying to tell us here? What is the mother of environmentalism trying to say with this hit? Great observation out there, Chris.
Yesterday on the O’Reilly Factor, Ann Coulter praised the nuclear meltdown as being a positive thing since, according to her literature review, small doses of radiation have been “proven to reduce cancer and other problems”. Let’s put aside the research that she is quoting for a moment (which seems quite uninformed and fanciful); how about those closest to the reactor? It seems that Coulter’s smug attitude and narrow-minded rhetoric holds her in rhythm with a couple of her own book titles -- heartless.
- To see the video of Ann Coulters rant on the O’Reilly Factor, click here
These stunts of idiocy point to the fact that many politicians will use divisive and hurtful tactics to ensure that any happening, whether it be spilled milk or a nuclear meltdown, does not get in the way of their agenda and polarized position.
Japan, a country that thrives on both communalism and a booming economy, should be commended for trying to take the best care of people, the economy and environment during arguably the worst crisis they have ever faced. Imagine if a similar event were to occur on US soil. How would we react? Would we be arguing our position or political platform in the midst of armageddon? It wouldn’t surprise this examiner.