Writer splits hairs on Limbaugh

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In William Harpine's letter ("Limbaugh should get quotes straight," March 8), he states, "My belief is different from Mr. Limbaugh's" and proceeds with "I believe that people who have no idea what the Constitution actually says have no right to accuse the president of violating the Constitution."

The belief that he quoted as Mr. Limbaugh's is as follows: "We believe that the preamble to the Constitution contains an inarguable truth that we are all endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights -- among them life, liberty, freedom and the pursuit of happiness."

Mr. Harpine interjected his opinion that Mr. Limbaugh's belief is different from his belief. This is incongruent to his argument. Is the belief Mr. Limbaugh expresses different from Mr. Harpine's belief in the meaning that our forefathers intended in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution?

Is it instead Mr. Harpine's opinion that Mr. Limnbaugh is not an adequate spokesman because of his misquotes? If Mr. Harpine meant to say that he does not believe that "we are all endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights -- among them life, liberty, freedom and the pursuit of happiness," then that is an opposing and unsettling belief for any American.

This is especially troubling since the writer is a professor at a state college. Most Americans cannot quote the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution verbatim. This does not preclude their right to life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness. The First Amendment to the Constitution confers freedom of speech on citizens, including Mr. Limbaugh, to criticize elected officials, including the president.

It is my opinion that the chairman of a college's Department of Communications should be able to articulate a three-paragraph letter in a more intelligible manner. Surely the University of South Carolina Aiken can find a better voice.

Judy Berry

North Augusta, S.C.

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justus4
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justus4 03/12/09 - 06:19 am
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The LTE is an educated
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The LTE is an educated attempt to downplay the failure of Limbaugh to correctly quote the Constitution. Splitting hairs implies that getting a quote exactly right is not that important as long as most people understand what U mean. The problem with her argument is simple; Consistency. She would not apply that standard to our new President. Example: He could make a joke about 57 states and every conservative try to insinuate that he doesn't know how many states there are. A game of gotcha and Limbaugh got caught, but he and other conservative also say, "the president uses a teleprompter at briefings..." because it reduces the chance of mental mistakes, which the all-white-media will associate with intelligence. (minorities know his knowledge will be questioned if errors occur while speaking) So Limbaugh's memory failure demonstrated why notes & written speeches are necessary and professional people use them. Limbaugh's arrogance, along with Judy's attempt to provide excuses for him is dumbing down American. Get the qoute right! And remember, a short pencil is always better that a long memory.

44mag
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44mag 03/12/09 - 06:33 am
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More short pencils for the

More short pencils for the black man! I'm with ya justus!

rjc
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rjc 03/12/09 - 06:35 am
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Excuse me; the

Excuse me; the all-white-media? Who are you kidding? That same media blasted Bush unmercifully for every verbal gaffe he made (and he made quite a few). Regardless, it's not a race issue, so don't make it one.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/12/09 - 07:23 am
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William Harpine's letter was

William Harpine's letter was the same letter every liberal has written for the past 20 years. "Limbaugh is a conservative so he must be evil". Numerous reasons for the evil are listed, but the letter is the same. Liberals don't like conservatives. Their messages are opposite. Personal responsibility compared to responsibility passed to others. Where's the common ground?

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I4PUTT 03/12/09 - 08:29 am
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justus uses the term all

justus uses the term all white media because he assumes none of his strong black men are intelligent enough to perform this job. I disagree. I say let all epople, regardless of color, suceed or fail based on their abilities alone. justus & his ilk have one goal. Perpetuating racism.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/12/09 - 08:47 am
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justus4, Herman Cain, Ken

justus4, Herman Cain, Ken Hamblin....

Geistlich
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Geistlich 03/12/09 - 10:11 am
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The Declaration of

The Declaration of Independence claims for us the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Constitution guarantees that the government cannot take those away. Let us all read and enforce the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution. The government has grown too large, and PBO is working to make it larger. Government is not supposed to involve itself in our lives to such an extent that its intrusiveness costs us those claimed rights.

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Riverman1 03/12/09 - 10:34 am
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Harpine has written that

Harpine has written that southerners used the Constitution to cover all kinds of misconduct. Now he suddenly is worried about it being quoted right? So if it is quoted right, he thinks it is a document southerners use ot justify misdeeds? It's difficult to understand what the man is actually saying, but not hard to tell what he is trying to do.

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SouthernChic 03/12/09 - 12:58 pm
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Limbaughs speech at the CPAC

Limbaughs speech at the CPAC clearly showed he is still under the influence of some kind of drug, probably cocaine or speed. That kind of hyper-sweaty overdrive does not occur in a normal man.

I'm amazed that his more of his followers didn't pick up on that, especially considering his past fondness for prescription painkillers. Or maybe they did and just turned a blind eye. Whatever the case, Limbaugh needs help.

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Rhetor 03/12/09 - 01:47 pm
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In my day, every school child

In my day, every school child was expected to learn the preambles to the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Now, to know what these great documents actually say is "splitting hairs." Has ignorance become the new religion?

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southernguy08 03/12/09 - 02:23 pm
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So JUSTUS, you're putting
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So JUSTUS, you're putting Rush on the same level as Obama? It sure sounds like it. I'm sure his sponsors love hearing that. It amazes me how much crap was thrown at W by the liberals, even when the economy was great. Yet we can't have the same thing happening to O. No, that's racist. To all the O supporters I say this will all due respect, your boy is in the big leagues now. If you don't like hearing him being criticized for the obvious incompetent he is, close your ears and close your eyes. Otherwise, GET USED TO IT!!!!

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Riverman1 03/12/09 - 04:46 pm
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Anyone can misspeak including

Anyone can misspeak including Obama getting the number of states wrong. We can learn someone's knowledge by listening to the whole speech. Limbaugh was obviously pretty good. Heck, SouthernLady thinks he was so good that he had to have been on drugs.

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