During Monday’s broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh spent several minutes going absolutely gaga over 21-year-old Jordan Spieth’s record-setting performance at the Masters over the weekend and used the victory to make a critique on American society. Spieth tied Tiger Woods’ scoring record at Augusta by shooting an 18-under 270 for the tournament. He also became the second-youngest winner (after Tiger) while becoming the first to shoot par or better in the first eight rounds of his career at Augusta.
While Rush spoke about his performance some, the thing that impressed him most was that Spieth came from a good family and seemed very respectful and humble. Throughout the segment, Limbaugh spoke out about how rare it is to see such a well-spoken young man in today’s culture and how he found it “inspiring” and “uplifting” that Spieth handled the win with such “humility.” Nobody had to worry about him being “braggadocious” or uttering any curse words because, as we all know, that is something we’ve totally come to expect in the world of golf. Ya know, since Tiger and his semi-blackness invaded the game in the late ’90s.
Beyond that, Rush also made sure to bring up the Masters later in the show and how the Augusta National Golf Club has been slow to allow women and minorities to be part of it. Of course, in Rush’s mind, they only want to hold on to their traditions, something the left knows nothing about. Instead, liberals just want to bring down what’s great in this country by destroying those very traditions. (Apparently, racism and sexism represent American exceptionalism.) Thankfully, Spieth hasn’t been influenced by the left and fits right in with the very ‘traditions’ that shaped the Masters over the years.
Below is Rush lauding Spieth and everything he represents, from the show’s transcript:
I can’t tell you, I watched the whole thing on Saturday and Sunday and I made it a point to hang around and watch the green jacket ceremonies. I was just really impressed with the class and the maturity and the manners of this young man. It was actually inspiring for me. It was uplifting to see that we in America are still raising people like this, still producing people like this.
I mean, you know that we are, but you don’t see it as much. Our focus in pop culture media today is on victims and people to whom we are told we should feel sorry, people who have been victimized by one or another horrible aspect of this country. And it was just refreshing to see somebody who’s well-mannered, raised well, loves his mom and dad and his sisters and brothers, and was devoted to being the best he could at the game and has an attitude commensurate with championship performance. It was just great to see.
Limbaugh brought up Augusta for a bit while speaking reverently about the young golfer, but just maintained that they were doing their best to keep their traditions while evolving “on their timetable.” Only later on, after taking some calls, did Rush decide to defend Augusta’s history of bigotry and somehow connect their resistance to change with the times to Spieth being a “class individual.” Obviously knowing he was making the case that racism is acceptable, the right-wing host defensively stated that liberals would misconstrue his words.
They just can’t wait for it because they’re gonna think my comments are rooted in race. And they aren’t. That’s how successful, in a way, the left has been in succeeding the notion of intimidating free speech. The reactions I had watching the Masters both Friday when Crenshaw was interviewed and watching his final round and his final closeout on 18, there’s no classier individual than Ben Crenshaw, I think, and I’ve played golf with him a couple times. I’ve had a chance to meet him, and he’s exactly the way he was, it’s the great thing about him, just a class individual.
My only point is it just stood out so much, whereas it used to be common. What we saw from Jordan Spieth, the humility and the respect and the reverence for what he had done and where he had done it, winning the Masters and all that, used to be common. It used to be common whenever we would see people, champions in sports or in anything else, interviewed. Now it’s not. It’s rare, which, to me, is a shame, but it’s still comforting to see it.
If you’re just joining us, I had to open the program today with a congratulations to Jordan Spieth for winning, and I just made the observation that obviously he comes from an absolute wonderful family, it was obvious. His family has been a tremendous influence, just a class individual, a humble individual, all the way through, respectful of what he had done and where he had done it, how rare what he had accomplished is. And yet he was brimming with confidence, but he was not braggadocious. You never worried about one offensive word coming out of his mouth, not one obscenity, nothing. And the same thing with Crenshaw on Friday.
And Augusta, you know, they’ve maintained their traditions. It’s been a very tough thing to do, because the forces of change have been tremendous in this country, and these forces of change have been arrayed against many of the traditions and institutions that define this country’s greatness. And to me it was just uplifting, inspiring, just to watch this 21-year-old young man. When I was his age, no way could I have — he came across as somebody who’d lived to be age 40, he was that experienced, that seasoned, that mature, and it was just terrific to see. And Crenshaw, when Crenshaw speaks, it’s automatically authoritative. Just commands respect. And you know you’re listening to somebody of great, great character. I had the same reaction listening to Jordan Spieth.
Maybe Rush has a point. Perhaps it used to be that we didn’t hear someone spend three straight days on the radio repeatedly calling a female grad student a “slut” and “prostitute.” I also figure it wasn’t commonplace at one point to hear a personality take to the airwaves to compare a sitting President’s daughter to a dog. There also may have been a time when a radio host would have faced disdain and perhaps even firing for ridiculing a beloved person for having a debilitating disease.
But, you know, the times have changed.