"My critics would have you believe no conservative meets NFL 'standards'," says Rush Limbaugh in the Wall Street Journal.
"As I explained on my radio show," Limbaugh continues, "this spectacle is bigger than I am on several levels. There is a contempt in the news business, including the sportswriter community, for conservatives that reflects the blind hatred espoused by Messrs. Sharpton and Jackson.
"'Racism' is too often their sledgehammer. And it is being used to try to keep citizens who don't share the left's agenda from participating in the full array of opportunities this nation otherwise affords each of us. It was on display many years ago in an effort to smear Clarence Thomas with racist stereotypes and keep him off the Supreme Court. More recently, it was employed against patriotic citizens who attended town-hall meetings and tea-party protests."These intimidation tactics are working and spreading," Limbaugh concludes, "and they are a cancer on our society."