Arty, for me, it doesn't make sense to advocate tolerance and neutral language on one hand, yet excuse Limbaugh on the other. As a culture we are trying to move towards a more respectful dialog especially when we disagree with others. I think (IMO) we could try and see if we could benefit from communication standards in the way we disagree and challenge the things we do not hold fast too.
It is my understanding/experience/opinion that Limbaugh has a difficult time doing this; in other words, it is not his strong suit.
With that being said it is nice to see you back posting, Arty.
Regarding your points:
I don't excuse Limbaugh, I agree with him. But this post isn't about defending him or trying to convince you otherwise. It is more about the action of seeking out the truth, no matter if it hurts or challenges what you thought you believed was true. And really my overall point is… many people just don't care and are lazy, they just don't try hard enough to search for truth. They're perfectly happy accepting that what they're told is true. We owe it to ourselves to seek and become more knowledgeable… it's either that or become sheeple. And to clarify I'm using 'truth' in how it applies to human interactions with each other and their dealings if you will… not necessarily in the broad sense of people's religious beliefs (truth nonetheless to them).
Also, I'm not necessarily a fan of neutral language and tolerance(political correctness) either… just for the sake of each. It hinders our ability to speak honestly and can cloud judgement and instincts. For tolerance to be successful persons involved must have certain core principles that are aligned. If they aren't, then obviously that can bring about conflict, especially if one side wishes to change the other.
Political parties are a perfect example of how we can be pulled apart as individuals. I have had political conversations with many people from every side and 85% of the stuff we'd debate we'd come to agreement on at the end. And usually it ends up we all want significantly less government intrusion in our lives. Most of us want freedom of speech (not freedom from being offended), freedom to worship or not, a free-market system, freedom to protect ourselves and our property. I believe a majority of humans want this. Our downfall as people is when we try to control each other, and it happens from all sides and has happened as long as history has been written.