The talk radio host is no earnest bigot. He's a cynical businessman who plays on the anxieties of his listeners.
If the troops are not paid by their commander in chief -- I have a question. If the troops still engage in battle, if they go to war and they execute the orders issued by their commanders, if the troops are thus not paid by their commander in chief, are they his slaves? ...I mean, it's one thing, folks -- and we can all agree on this -- it's one thing to have to pick cotton. But to be forced to risk your life overseas without being paid, that's the worst kind of forced labor to me... if these guys expect these troops to stay on the job, it sure sounds like Obama has more in common with President Jefferson Davis than he does with President Lincoln. ~ Rush Limbaugh, discussing the prospect of a government shutdown last week.
This is a perfect passage for understanding Rush Limbaugh.
His object is to provoke outrage and garner attention. And so he calculates. How to spin the day's news in the most offensive way imaginable? Let's see, we've got a black president, and I've been implicated in several racially tinged controversies, so why not compare him to a slave holder? Plus I can riff off his Abraham Lincoln complex by adding that he's actually more like a Confederate. Ha. Comparing our first black president to Jefferson Davis! That will get 'em going.