Weeks or months from now, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
During a speech Wednesday about income inequality, President Obama quoted Pope Francis. Something that I guess could be considered strange for a man who many Republicans claim is basically the anti-Christ. Then again, these people think Pat Robertson and the late Jerry Falwell are “men of God.”
Obama quoted part of the Pope’s Evangelii Gandium when he said, “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?”
You know, something a good Christian person might say — or even the Pope. Wait, the Pope did say that.
President Obama also went on to call income inequality the “defining challenge of our time.” A line that I’m sure caused all kinds of socialism goosebumps for any Republican who heard or read about him making such a remark.
Because you know you can’t talk about the very real issue of income inequality without Republicans basically sticking their fingers in their ears and shouting, “Socialism!” repeatedly until you just stop trying to convince them of their ignorance.
Well, upon hearing that President Obama had quoted the Pope, Rush Limbaugh’s head seems to have damn near exploded. During his Wednesday talk show, he went on an absolutely pathetic rant (as most of his rants are):
This is the president citing the pope, his new best friend, because the pope is ripping America, the pope ripping capitalism. And Obama’s having an orgasm. Jeremiah Wright is beside himself. Jeremiah Wright thought he was Obama’s preacher, now pope somehow has co-opted Obama.
First, the Pope never once called out the United States in his statement. Capitalism isn’t flawless as many Republicans seem to believe that it is. Income inequality, due to corruption within capitalism, is a real problem. It’s also unsustainable.
Republicans often talk about an “armed revolt” over stupid things like Executive Orders or “Obamacare,” but the real cause for a second revolution will be that moment when the growing gap in income inequality finally rips this nation apart.
Then I love how he acts as if the president respecting the Pope is somehow a bad thing. Oh, and of course he had to throw Jeremiah Wright into the mix. Because, you know, that’s completely relevant to this situation.
Personally, I love Limbaugh’s comments. Not because of what he said, but because of what they’re going to eventually do. He’s fully embraced the narrative of attacking the Pope. Something that will not go well for Republicans.
Either he’ll continue to push this issue and expedite his current free-fall, or other Republicans will join him and possibly alienate the entire GOP from tens of millions of Catholic voters.
Ignorance on the level of that shown by people like Rush Limbaugh is the best weapon liberals have against conservatives.