Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Rush Bust

by Pa Rock

The "show-me" state is on the verge of showing a side of itself to the world that would be better left out of public view.

Missouri apparently has dedicated a portion of its beautiful capitol building to something called a "Hall of Famous Misssourians," and the way that a person gets inducted into that attraction is to be meet with the approval of the Speaker of the Missouri House, currently Steven Tilley of Perryville.  Speaker Tilley, in fact, has "unilateral" control over who is chosen for the honor.  The Hall displays bronze busts of famous Missourians.  Those previously honored include Lewis and Clark's Indian guide, Sacajawea, television host Bob Barker, philanthropist Dale Carnegie, John Ashcroft, and President Harry Truman.

Speaker Tilley now proposes to add two new members to the Hall of Famous Missourians.  One, slave Dred Scott who unsuccessfully sued for his freedom in the U.S. Supreme Court, is certainly worthy of recognition.  The other is perhaps a bit too recognizable already.

Speaker Tilley has selected Cape Girardeau native Rush Limbaugh for the esteemed honor of having his bronze bust placed in the capitol.  True, Tilley made that selection before the current "slut" controversy arose, but he is apparently not going to be influenced by all of those angry feminazis who were not amused at Rush's boorish and adolescent behavior.  The selection stands - despite the outrage from Democratic lawmakers who argue that "Mr. Limbaugh's greatest distinction during his controversial career has been his penchant for divisiveness."

One is led to wonder at least a couple of things:  Are there no women in Mr. Tilley's family?  And, how can Missouri afford that much bronze?

Inquiring minds want to know.

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