It’s Case Study 43!

Hanns Rauter

These are the birth (top) and death charts of Johann Baptist Albin Rauter (4 February 1895 – 24 March 1949). He was an Austrian born Nazi officer who was in charge of SS activities in occupied Netherlands. He reported directly to Heinrich Himmler. He was in charge of two concentration camps and deported no less than 110,000 Jews to Germany. He executed a number of Dutch dissenters. He was tried by the Dutch in The Hague and sentenced to death. He was put to death by firing squad in 1949.

Rush Limbaugh

This man is Rush Limbaugh (January 12, 1951 – February 17, 2021). Rush was a right wing radio commentator with controversial views. After the repeal of the FCC’s fairness doctrine Rush was able to air his political opinions without providing for opposing views. Attempts to reinstate the policy were vetoed or threatened to be vetoed by Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr. This turned him into the mouthpiece of the Neo Con faction. He took a brief stint as a NFL commentator but resigned after a few weeks due to racist remarks. He continued his talk show often making ridiculous claims blaming leftists for things like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the Christchurch mosque shootings. He also consistently blamed the democrats for the failures of the Neo Con faction, particularly the economy. His tactics of cutting off or talking over those with different views made sure he never lost an argument. He died of complications from lung cancer in 2021.