I got “defriended” on Facebook yesterday by someone who took umbrage by some of my remarks about Rush Limbaugh, so you’ll just have to bear with me while I work through any emotional bitterness I still have over the incident.
My wife, who has an MFA in Modern Dance, should really appreciate more than she does the dance steps those on the right have been putting on display for us this week, but she doesn’t. Such is the artist, I suppose.
The Rush Limabugh Ballet has two basic movements:
One - Everybody else does it, and worse! And some of them, as even pointed out out by the radio host himself, have gone on to win music awards.
The name Bill Maher is brought up in huge clouds of smoke, then followed by at times by the names of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and documentary film-maker Michael Moore.
Two - Rush is just an entertainer, folks. Why aren’t you laughing? He’s just Andrew Dice Clay with a longer shelf life.
And hey, he apologized for the two words he used. So go home, drink some granola tea and watch MSNBC and get your dander up, pesky liberals. Just leave decent people alone.
Dealing with the first movement, which these folks do in their sleep, is like shooting fish in a barrel. The immediate response would be, so what if entertainers, Bill Maher or other comedians speak of women in an insulting and crude way?
This question is not meant to take the light away from them, in any way, but simply to bring the matter back to Comrade Limbaugh.
For the purposes of this discussion, it really doesn’t matter what anyone else does; Rush Limbaugh is a Sentient Being in his own right. He knows right from wrong - really, I’ve heard enough of his show to know that, at least in his own mind.
Nobody tells Rush Limbaugh how to do his radio show. He chose to do this on his own. Pointing the finger at others and saying Well, they do it!” is what we would expect from a seven year old.
And it creeps me out whenever I hear any man use his sort of language about women. It doesn’t matter if the woman is liberal or conservative, or what the politics of the speaker are.
And I’m not a prude; I’m not some bluenose standing outside a comedy club with a sign saying, “Caution: Swearing Inside.”
Oh, and making comparisons to Rachel Maddow or Michael Moore? Or even Keith Olbermann is just insane. Perhaps those who just write those editorials or letters to the editor claiming such things should actually look at their work.
As for Rush the Entertainer.
This is pushed out whenever people get incensed by one of his racially or sexually charged comments go over the airwaves. His enablers respond with a smirk, “Hey, the guys just an entertainer.”
This way they don’t have to deal with what he says. He’s an entertainer. You know, like Bill Cosby, or Minnie Pearl.
Or Ted Nugent.
He may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he doesn’t have to be. So get off his back, you effete snobs. Entertainment can’t all be Frasier and Dick Cavett, you know.
And then cowardly politicians get to run away from the issue saying that his comments were “absurd” (Santorum) or not the language they would have used (Romney).
In the meantime, the Great State of Missouri is all set up to honor Limbaugh - along with Dred Scott - with induction into the Hall Of Famous Missourians in May.
Actually, that’s kind of fitting, because I have a real good idea of how Limbaugh would have voted if he had been on the Supreme Court when the Dred Scott case came before them.
But, like so many who have defended the power behind the Republican party, I have somehow managed to come this far without even mentioning Sandra Fluke, the young woman Limbaugh lit into a few weeks ago, calling her a slut” and a prostitute” for speaking up for the government covering birth control for women.
Later, he also attacked NASCAR champion driver Danica Patrick for taking the same stand.
Advertisers started to jump ship.
Though he issued an “apology” for those two words, oddly enough, the text of his other inspiring words seemed to be scrubbed from his website, as well.
Nothing to see here, folks. Rush slipped up. Called her a slut. A prostitute. Slip of the tongue. Gosh, any guy could do the same. It’s an emotional issue.
Well, Occasional Reader, here are some of his other sensitive male remarks inspired by Ms. Fluke - and probably any other woman who doesn’t know her place in the grand scheme on things.
The man who believes in marriage so much he has had several wives suggested that Ms. Fluke “. . .had boyfriends lined up around the block. Or they would have been in my day.”
This is still your day, your buffoon.
Giving away his complete lack of awareness of medicine, biology and Fluke’s actual testimony, he also said, “She's having so much sex that she's going broke, she says . . . You're worried here that I'm just stepping in it deeper, yes you are but this is the truth.”
What a joy it is to see ro many men parrot his nonsense in letters to the editor.
On yet another show, he said, “If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex . . .we want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”
Fluke’s testimony before Congress, in which she spoke about medical issues, and not her insatiable lust, is available online.
Fortunately for Limbaugh, though he may try to engage in revisionist history, and pretend that there were only two offensive words that slipped out, his words are recorded on other sites.
So the question for Rush Limbaugh enablers, those who desperately say that, well, others do it, and hey, he’s just an entertainer, and then, well, we agree with what he meant, but not the words he used is this:
Really? He agree with what he meant?
Really? Because those words meant precisely what was going through his mind.
On the issue of silencing Rush
Honestly, you could put pressure on Clear Channel to take Rush Limbaugh off the airwaves, but do you think that solves anything at all?
We have to deal with bigotry and racism head on, by showing that we are not afraid to confront it, by showing that our ideas are better than theirs. We win through our passion and our eloquence, and by teaching people.
Maybe it’s too late to teach Rush LImbaugh, but there are millions of people who can be reached. Taking him off the air just makes him into yet another right-wing martyr.
Quote of the Day
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the seat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. - Dwight D. Eisenhower