To a hammer, it is said, everything looks like a nail. To Rush Limbaugh, everything looks like a vast left-wing conspiracy.
The conservative talk-show barker was booted this week from an investors' group seeking to buy the St. Louis Rams pro football franchise. After some players said they would not play for a team owned by him, Limbaugh told his radio audience he was the victim of "blind hatred."
But the pied piper of the right doesn't want his fans to feel sorry for him. "I have lost very little," he told them. "On the other hand, our country has lost a great deal."
Limbaugh's ditto-heads ought to realize that the left-wing conspirators did their guru a great favor. After all, the NFL is a socialist enterprise in which TV revenues are shared equally, all teams accept the same salary cap, and the draft each spring is structured to reward weak teams for failure and punish the strong for their success. Even Limbaugh would have a hard time justifying membership in such a collectivist club.
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