First, a disclaimer-I did not watch the SOTU address. I did see two particular parts of it on the news-Trump snubbing Nancy Pelosi's offer to shake hands and her tearing up his speech. Then I heard that Rush Limbaugh had been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom-the highest award a civilian can receive.
Rush Limbaugh is of course a conservative radio personality known for his long, bombastic diatribes against anything even remotely progressive or liberal. He's especially hard on democrats. For all these reasons far right nut-jobs love him.
Well, he recently announced he has stage 4 lung cancer. In spite of his obnoxious and arrogant demeanor I wish him the very best medical care he can get. And while he's getting that care I hope he thinks about the millions of people who don't have that level of care available to them due in part to his constant preaching against government provided affordable health care options.
So the question is this-does a guy like Limbaugh deserve such a prestigious medal? Seriously? I know it seems crass to pick on him while he's facing such a serious illness but were it not for that would anyone really think he's worthy of such an honor?
The answer is simply no. Be well, Rush, but give back the medal so it doesn't become a joke!