“Pioneers take the arrows” (AKA Limbaugh proves the point)

Rush Limbaugh has recently been ousted from a group that is attempting to buy the St. Louis Rams. The reason is quite simple: It is tougher to do things with him, as he generates controversy.

Limbaugh was previously removed from his position at ESPN after suggesting Donovan McNabb’s success was at least partially due to the media’s desires for a successful black quarterback.

Here is his quote from before his removal from the Rams buyout group:

I’m not even thinking of caving.  I am not a caver. Pioneers take the arrows. We are pioneers. It’s a sad thing that our country, over 200 years old now, needs pioneers all over again, but we do.

I am definitely out of the mainstream loop, but isn’t this quite a politically incorrect thing to say?

I have never actually heard this idiom before.  It seems like an antiquated phrase.  Columbus Day just passed, allowing people to have a bit of perspective on colonialist expansion.  If you’re a person seen as a potential liability, with a history of perceived racism, do you really want to be using phrases such as these?

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2 Responses to “Pioneers take the arrows” (AKA Limbaugh proves the point)

  1. Jordan says:

    Well here’s an idiom I think is appropriate: you don’t ask a scorpion why it stings.

  2. Joe says:

    Maybe he meant, pioneers steal the arrows (or even pick up the arrowheads) after there are no more American Indians left.

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