Last night on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show, O’Donnell deliciously demonstrated the absolute and total ignorance of Rush Limbaugh. It was great!
It seems El Rushbo took issue on his radio program with we liberals who point out, accurately, that Jesus was a liberal. In his own imbecilic style, he ranted about our claim that Jesus favored the poor and downtrodden over the rich and powerful. He said the question is not “What would Jesus do?”, but rather “What would Jesus take?”, referring to taxes, and explaining that Jesus would have opposed taxing the rich on behalf of the less fortunate. Jesus would take “nothing,” declared Limbaugh, in his trademarked, self-assured, “I know more than God” form of pronouncement.
O’Donnell then took him to Bible school, quoting those passages from the New Testament in which Jesus instructs his disciples, along with the rich supplicant, regarding how to “inherit eternal life.”
He even demonstrates from scripture how Jesus would advocate progressive taxation: take from each according to their ability to pay. O’Donnell invites Rush to do the research to prove his assertion that Jesus would take nothing from Rush’s “overburdened rich people.” O’Donnell goes on to read the scripture in which Christ instructs his disciples, “inasmuch as you have done it unto the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.”
Sorry, Rush, in a battle of biblical wits, you come only half armed, if that. I’m not a biblical scholar, but it’s clear that even I know more than you. O’Donnell expresses hope that Rush’s audience, which probably knows the Bible better than he, will not allow him cross this line about Jesus’s teaching. Sadly, I don’t share his confidence in Rush’s dittoheads. I fear they will allow him to distort their understanding of Christ’s teachings and support the conservative assault on all things truly Christian.
I cannot hope to say what Lawrence O’Donnell said so eloquently. You have to see it for yourself. It’s almost ten minutes long, but it’s worth watching every minute of O’Donnell taking Rush to the biblical woodshed.