Michael J. Fox outlived Rush Limbaugh. Is it karma?

Michael J. Fox outlived Rush Limbaugh. Is it karma?

Karma: the result of a person’s actions as well as the actions themselves. It is a term about the cycle of cause and effect. According to the theory of Karma, what happens to a person, happens because they caused it with their actions.

I know quite a few people who believe in Karma. I remember almost five years ago when a few so-called friends blamed the Cubs winning the World Series for the election of Donald Trump to the presidency. I didn’t buy it. In fact, it pissed me off. But it does make you think.

It was only a year ago that Rush Limbaugh shocked the world when he announced that he had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. The reactions to his announcement ranged from sympathy to the world will be a better place without him. Limbaugh died yesterday and the range of reactions was pretty much the same as what we heard a year ago.

To call him brash and polarizing would be an understatement. Love him or hate him, his controversial takes drove his ratings to record highs. Whether he really believed what he said or if it was just a schtick that he did it for the ratings and the money, it certainly worked for him. His radio program was by far the most-listened-to show in America.

There were so many words out of his mouth that caused outrage. How can anyone forget his views on the following:

Jerry Garcia– Just another dead doper.
Sandra Fluke – A slut and prostitute for testifying in front of Congress for birth control legislation.
Chelsea Clinton– The White House dog.
Barack Obama– Barack the magic negro.
Slavery– “Slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back; I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark.”
AIDS– The Rock Hudson disease.
NFL– Looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons.

His most controversial statement came in 2006. Michael J. Fox was cutting a political ad in support of Claire McCaskill, who was running for the Senate, in Missouri. McCaskill was a believer in stem cell research and that drove Fox, who has Parkinson’s Disease, to support her. In the ad, you can see the effects of the disease on Fox. Limbaugh felt that it was fake and he was doing it to get sympathy for himself, as well as votes for McCaskill.

This was Limbaugh’s response to the ad:

In this commercial, he is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He is moving all around and shaking and it’s purely an act. This is the only time I’ve ever seen Michael J. Fox portray any of the symptoms of the disease he has. He can control himself to keep himself in the frame of the picture. And he can control himself enough to keep his eyes right on the lens, the teleprompter. But his head and shoulders are moving all over the place. This is really shameless, folks. This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn’t take his medication or he’s acting. He is an actor after all.

A few hours later, Rush was forced into a retraction…kind of, “I will bigly, hugely admit that I was wrong.” 

That lasted less than twenty-four hours. The next day Limbaugh told his listeners that he had uncovered a passage in Fox’s book Lucky Man in which he describes forgoing his medication before appearing in front of a Senate subcommittee to highlight the effects of the disease. Apparently, he felt that Fox had also done this for the ad.

It’s now fifteen years later. Since this controversy, Michael J. Fox is still alive, thriving and working despite suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. Rush Limbaugh dealt with hearing loss, drug addiction and finally deadly lung cancer.

After all of this, I have only one question…did karma finally get Rush Limbaugh?

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