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Why Rush, Why?……..

         Although I worked every day of the school year,  blog postings fell way behind, and during summer break will be several catch-up posts and reflections from the past months.
        What’s got me fired up again was something that was just too insensitive to the nation’s kids. A couple of weeks ago, commentator (?) Rush Limbaugh spouted off some off-the-wall remarks that he found “humorous.”
         Children need nutritious meals 365 days a year, and unfortunately for too many, summertime meals fall far below healthy and balanced levels when school is in session. Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. children are at risk of hunger, which is NO laughing matter. Organizations like Feeding America, and Share Our Strength, among others, work tirelessly to plug the hole in the hunger dike for these kids.
        On a recent show last month, Limbaugh launched a tirade against hungry kids and their families, practically blaming them for the plight of food insecurity. As a guest teacher who has worked in at least a dozen elementary schools  on a regular basis, school lunches do have a long way to go.   But despite  shortcomings, it’s better than filling up on mounds of junk food, and empty calories that many kids call “meals.”
       Here’s Limbaugh’s solutions (that he claims wasn’t ment to be taken seriously!) that hit below the belt:

“We’re going to start a feature on this program: ‘Where to find food.’ …And, of course, the first will be: ‘Try your house.’ It’s a thing called the refrigerator. You probably already know about it. Try looking there. There are also things in what’s called the kitchen of your house called cupboards. And in those cupboards, most likely you’re going to find Ding-Dongs, Twinkies, Lays ridgy potato chips, all kinds of dips and maybe a can of corn that you don’t want, but it will be there. If that doesn’t work, try a Happy Meal at McDonald’s. You know where McDonald’s is. There’s the Dollar Menu at McDonald’s, and if they don’t have Chicken McNuggets, dial 911 and ask for Obama. ”

Then there’s the kicker:—–

“There’s another place if none of these options work to find food; there’s always the neighborhood dumpster.”

He then suggested that they go early, so not to be in competition with the homeless!

How cruel and offensive  can one be?  Does his constant deriding of the poor bring more food into their households?  He’s a wealthy ($400 milliion and counting), obnoxious guy  who believes poverty is a choice, like which new car, or boat to buy. Because he hides behind  freedom of speech, he’s spouted off  idiotic views like this daily on his broadcasts.  And the sad part is, there’s  a sizeable fan base that blindly agrees with him.  Obviously, they’ve never been unemployed, or had to  live below government poverty level.  

Does he think his rantings are  making people “pull themselves up by the bootstraps“?  For someone who takes delight in seeing others suffers, not only has he gleefully snatched their boots, but he’s ran away with them,  and thrown them in the trash……….how utterly sad.



A New Generation of Viewers

      Working with a small-group of upper-grade students, I was  directing the task of reading a short piece about the late comedienne, Lucille Ball.

       Much to my surprise, hardly any of the kids had ever seen “I Love Lucy” reruns, although the show has been around for 59 yers!

       On the other hand, they were way too familiar with cable shows that dealt with cheating, teen pregnancy, police violence, and every lyric to countless music videos. But the genre of “comedy” didn’t even register with them. Since they hadn’t heard of her, one of the first questions asked was, “Is she dead?” followed by “Why do we have to know about her?” The onply positive comment was from a girl who said she’d like to have her hair in that carrot-top hue.

      This only shows that the classic sitcom that was the touchstone for many a Baby Boomer has no connection for these kids, and many of their families, as well. Sitting around a TV, laughing over a too-fast moving conveyer belt of chocolate is just so 1970’s……..