Rush Limbaugh Brags That He’s Responsible for the Dumbing Down of America

limbaugh-studioNothing quite like one of the most well known conservatives in media trying to take credit for the dumbing down of America.  But that’s what happened recently when Rush Limbaugh boasted about the fact that the United States leads the world in climate change deniers.

Limbaugh said, “Fifty-four percent of Americans agreed with the statement, ‘The climate change we are currently seeing is largely the result of human activity.’  Why would the U.S. be the leading nation with the highest amount of doubt about the conventional wisdom of climate change? Why do you think that would be?  I think that’s exactly right: Me. There’s just no other explanation.”

Now, to be fair, he was being a little facetious with his comment.  I don’t believe that he thinks he is the sole reason why so many Americans don’t believe in human-made climate change.  But I do believe that he’s very proud of the fact that he’s been one of the leading voices behind the lies and misinformation about climate change that conservatives have been spreading for decades.

When fact checking Limbaugh’s claims, Politifact did find his numbers to be slightly off – though he was still fairly accurate.

Sadly, Limbaugh was actually telling the truth for once when he bragged about the United States leading the industrialized world in citizens who doubt the science behind climate change.

What he’s essentially bragging about is that the United States leads the world in people who deny the overwhelming data supported by the vast majority of the world’s scientists that climate change is largely caused by humans.

In other words, when it comes to climate change, we’re the dumbest industrialized nation on Earth.  And Limbaugh is proud of the fact that he’s been a leading voice behind the dumbing down of America.

To kind of grasp where we rank in Politifact’s findings, the same amount of people believe in human-made climate change in the United States as they do in the Middle East, developing Asian countries and Sub-Saharan Africa.

That’s what Limbaugh is proud of.  Conservatives like himself have done such a brilliant job of pushing their anti-climate change propaganda that Americans believe in climate change at around the same rate as many of the poorest and least educated countries around the world.

Then again, these are conservatives.  The same people who vote in politicians who support policies that lead to their “strongly Republican states” being some of the poorest and least educated in the country.

So it’s no wonder someone like Rush would boast about the fact that when it comes to climate change, Americans are some of the least informed people on the planet.

Their ideology has more in common with developing Asia (little to no minimum wage, few regulations), the Middle East (theocracies controlling government) and Sub-Saharan Africa (little or not taxes, lots of guns, weak governments) than they do with most of the industrialized world (countries with much tighter gun regulations, universal health care and better protections for worker benefits).


Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • TiaLee13

    Very excellent post Cliff. And I like all of yours!

  • fairness_rules

    The right wing noise machine has been amazingly successful with their lies and misinformation. I find it difficult to believe that so many have bought into their propaganda. It is very damaging to this country and to democracy. Sad!

    • v2787

      Goebbels understood the underlying principle very well: if you tell a lie loud enough and often enough, people will believe it. Limbaugh, just like the miscreants on Fox News, is obviously a fan of the Goebbels’ approach to propaganda.

      • Mark J

        “Take a lie, make it big, repeat it often, and in the minds of the people it becomes the truth.”
        This is known as the Big Lie Principle; its true origins are less-well understood. It’s been variously attributed to Goebbels, Lenin and even Marx but apparently none of those were the ones who originated it. Regardless of who initially came up with it, those seeking sordid ends have been using it, with quite a bit of effect, for decades.

      • You just illustrated the founding principle behind most liberal talking points…climate change nonsense most definitely included.

      • yellowdogdemocrat

        Go suck Rush’s cock some more.

  • giankeys luvs shemale porn

    and rush continues to make MILLIONS off of the backs of white trash regressive here in America……………… PRAISE JEEEEESUS! tax free tithe!

  • Avatar

    One day my wife and I along with our kids, went out for a drive. We stopped at the traffic light. A car beside us, with clearly angry-looking driver. I asked my wife what’s going on, she said that driver’s radio blaring with Rush Limbaugh spew out his usual bullshot.

    That driver looks so angry and driving pretty aggressive ahead of us, I knew I had to back off. No kidding on this one.

  • Corey

    Conservatives in power, generally believe that liberal-minded folk question things, the very meaning of liberal includes this. To a conservative in power, this is a cancer. If the masses don’t do what they are told, and start questioning those in power, they will realize, the ideology of conservatism is selfishness, greed, power-hungry, with black and white rules, both in skin color and homogenous culture, along with a two-tier system, where the ruling class and those in power make sure stays in place, instituted by laws for everything from taxes to media, like Internet access, to the justice system like having different punishment for cocaine and crack users. This two-tier system literally effects everything, education, public transportation, medical care, everything. Even though the less wealthy pay more of their income income in taxes, allowing these things to happen, the ruling class live like kings and queens, putting on shows, theater, to keep everything in order, to keep people in their place. This is why conservative ideology has never been “good” for a society that supposedly was built on “We the People”. Conservatives have always been against equality, always against helping people move-up, if you will. Then when religion is tossed in, you have pure evil. In the USA, this has always been some version of Christianity. As we see now, again, conservative Christians have come to power. By allowing the “dumbing-down” of our country, which many “liberals” have allowed by letting conservatives to have to much power. Liberalism allows incorporation of all kinds of people, but has a responsibility to not just look away when they see evil. They are supposed to be the more educated, more aware, looking out for us all, and if they see a bully, they need to not look the other way, then need to stop the cancer in its track. It’s like two people having a conversation and one says: “I want to kill my mother”, and the other person replies, while smiling and patting the persons arm gently: “Oh, ok, now run along and play”, and maybe even give them the knife. The reason why we are in the mess we are in now is because Democrats are not “liberals”, they just smile and allow conservatives to do what they may. I a currently reasons a book published a few years back by Chris Hedges: ‘Death of the Liberal Class’. He pretty much lays out the history of liberalism in the USA. Though I knew much, he has educated me to the point where I am thoroughly convinced we are in dire need of a “real” liberal movement, not just one that goes along with what’s going on. I actually do not see things getting better in my life time, as it take a generation or two, or more, to see change. So I say; “Good luck”! to the generations after mine.

  • DannyEastVillage

    bragging about being an opinion-maker in an obese, television-addicted nation of illiterates. yes, that’s quite a distinction.

    Mission accomplished!

  • jstanch

    “Take a lie, make it big, repeat it often, and in the minds of the people it becomes the truth.” Democrats have been doing this for years. The problem really started with W because he didn’t respond to the democrat lies about the Iraq war etc. Now they are emboldened and evidently by rerading the garbage on this board, now believe their own BS.

  • We don’t believe it because it’s a batshit insane idea…that’s why.

  • Recovered_former_liberal

    I used to disagree with Rush all the time. Of course, that was when I was still an irresponsible, entitled liberal who thought I knew everything. Once I graduated from college and got a few years of experience in the real world, I realized that he was right more often than he was wrong, and that the liberal ideals that I used to hold onto were irresponsible, foolish and often downright stupid. In the example proffered in this article, I find it telling that the people who now crow about climate change are the same ones that just a few years ago were talking about global warming. I guess that one didn’t work out so well, huh?

    • Daniel F.

      …That’s just nonsense. It’s been retitled climate change, firstly because several huge corporations think it’s bad for business and started to pan it, with shares in the news, like CNN, or Fox, for two examples, they started to slam it.
      Secondly, this is because not all changed to climate (Note this is not weather, E.G. how hot or cold it is on a given day) but the overall trends in the world. Like erosion, drought, floods, storms, et cetera, et cetera.
      The fact that 99% of scientists agree on most points makes this a political (foolish) issue, not a real debate.

    • Personwithreason

      There really are people as stupid as you in this world. Thank god their numbers are dwindling thanks to demographics. You are a supreme imbecile. By the way, you were NEVER a liberal. You’ve been a troll your entire life as evidenced by this piece of BS post and your absurd user name. You see, 99% of the true liberals are nowhere near as stupid as you are and see right through your nonsense. Friggin’ retard. Jeez.

  • TheBossyFiesta

    How can you be so stupid to believe this projection. Liberals are the dumbed downed low information voters. Its the failed liberal education system and mindless Hollywood entertainment that has dumbed you down. Calling people racist is the only thing you have to defend all of your failed policies, that’s how dumb you are.

  • yellowdogdemocrat

    Shows what a freaking huge narcissist Anal Cyst Rush Limpdick is. He’s FAR form the only denier with a megaphone.