My Two Census

Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

The low down on the Rush Limbaugh-inspired CheckAmerican.org movement…

A few days ago, we wrote about CheckAmerican.org, the most recent waves from Conservatives in regards to the 2010 Census. This movement was the brainchild of Rush Limbaugh, the de-facto spiritual head and chief demagogue of the GOP. One Joseph Weathers  took Limbaugh’s gospel to heart (click HERE to listen to Limbaugh announcing his “Check American” policy on the air) and promptly created the CheckAmerican.org site. I had the opportunity to ask him a few questions via e-mail, and this was Mr. Weathers’ response:

We launched our website 4 days ago on Saturday evening, March 13th.  Right now we have about 300 fans on our Facebook page, 100 followers on our Twitter page, and about 540+ visits to the site.

I got the idea when listening to Rush Limbaugh’s show on Thursday afternoon, and as soon as I got home I registered the domain name.  It took about 2 days to get the site designed and developed and ready to launch.

We are also talking to some other political figures and media outlets, but nothing concrete at the moment.

Our goal is to send the message that we as Americans are tired of being classified by racial and ethnic groups, and we just want to be considered as Americans.  I think this post on our Facebook wall sums up well how our supporters feel:

“Invited every single one of my friends. As a mixed family, we will be happy to check “American” and stop being labeled by our color!”

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7 Responses to “The low down on the Rush Limbaugh-inspired CheckAmerican.org movement…”

  1. Avi Says:

    This isn’t exactly novel. 20,625,093 people self-identified as “United States” or “American” in 2000, and you can learn a bit more about them here.

  2. Anonymous CL Says:

    Nice find, Avi! Much ado about nothing much.

  3. Stephen Robert Morse Says:

    Avi, I have inquired with the Census Bureau to see what precisely that means. 20 million sounds like an awful lot of people, so I’m not certain it means the same thing as what you have suggested. – SRM

  4. jimmy37 Says:

    Demagogue? What does that make Keith Olberman?

  5. Stephen Robert Morse Says:

    There can be multiple demagogues.

  6. My Two Census » Blog Archive » Fact-Checking “20 Million” People Checked American On The 2000 Census Says:

    [...] MyTwoCensus suspected, 20 million people did NOT check “American” as their race on the 2000 Census form. The folks who claimed this  were mistaken. In 2000, 20 [...]

  7. Stephen Robert Morse Says:

    Avi, CL and others: Please see our new post that clarified that 20 million people checked “American” as their ancestry in 2000 — not as their race. SRM

    http://www.mytwocensus.com/2010/03/22/fact-checking-20-million-people-checked-american-on-the-2000-census/