Posted by: Ann Corcoran | March 3, 2012

Left has gone too far with contraceptive flap over Fluke

Update March 4th: Gingrich rips David Gregory over this issue on Meet the Press (Limbaugh calls it Meet the Depressed), here.

They have overreached now for sure.  I wasn’t planning to write about the latest silliness from Washington where a 30-year-old cry baby law student says she can’t afford contraceptives while paying upwards of $50,000 a year in tuition because I figured you couldn’t possibly have missed the story (planted to try to take your minds off Obama’s failures).

I changed my mind and figured it was worth mentioning when I saw this serious scolding of Rush Limbaugh by the venerable (ah hem) Washington (bird cage liner) Post today.  For goodness sakes get a life Washington Post editors!   Do you think the average American gives one hoot about the sex life of a rich rhymes-with-witch political activist who we know now purposefully chose Georgetown because it is a Catholic institution so that she might change their errant ways.

Additionally everyone knows that birth control can be obtained easily and cheaply in lots of places as Gateway Pundit reports today.  In the days before internet the old media could pull this crap on people, but not any more, thank God.

So what is the WaPo doing in its opinion piece about Limbaugh—trying to pull an Alinsky Rule 13 that’s what!

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

And, they want the establishment GOP to run like little frightened children to disassociate themselves from Limbaugh’s “incivility.” You go ahead Boehner and the boys because we are watching your every pathetic move.

Update:  Rush apologizes for using the word “slut” when discussing Ms. Fluke’s appeal for regular working people—the plumbers, the teachers, the secretaries of America—to pay for her (and her fellow law students) contraceptives.  Even in his apology, Limbaugh gets the message across that most Americans understand.

For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week.  In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.

I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line? If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow? Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit? In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone’s bedroom nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level.

My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.

Tune in Monday, I’m sure Rush’s take on this will be novel and unexpected which is why his audience will probably be larger rather than smaller going forward.


Responses

  1. The “freeze out” of Rush is a desperate act of a dying crowd — and Rush knows it. they are trying to intimidate him, and every sensible person knows it.

    I loved listening to the sound bites of house members who named Rush personally on the floor of the house — trying to vilify his sensible comments about an insane, out of control young woman. Then I heard that Obama personally called her. It must be a contrived act – because I can’t imagine that the perpetrators are so stupid and self-deluded to believe that his pathetic whiner of a lady deserves the “support” of such high level figures — someone “please” pay for my sexual apetite needs! It’s a civil rights issue! Are there enough mindless zombies out there that are actually concerned about the sexual needs of this lady to get her government subsidized contraception needs met?

    The world has just taken a turn to the surreal. The whining crowd is now clearly certifiably insane. Before it was just a reasonable guess. Now, it is confirmed for sure..

    • Lee, I agree wholeheartedly. I wish there were stronger words—stupid, nuts, insane—just don’t do this case justice. These people live in some alternate universe!

      • You may not agree with me, but I believe that radio talk hosts like Rush Limbaugh spread hate and a tone of conflict. At the same time, I have no support for those on MSNBC, the polar opposite of Limbaugh (in a typical sense). Both create an environment in which people are bombarded with ideas and can’t think for themselves. In my opinion, people must not listen to those from these extremes or else everyone cannoy come together to fight the common enemy: The plutocratic and oligarchic elite. Listen to Democracy Now!, watch the Real News, read citizen journalism and independent blogs. That will give one more room to think.

        Now to this case itself. Many students are swimming in debt. One problem is a 2005 law that asserts that students cannot go into bankruptcy if they can’t pay students. This student cited in this article who is turned out to be a civil rights activist didn’t know about better abortion opportunities. It’s not surprising. You can’t expect someone to know every cheap abortion opportunities. If people don’t know countries across the world, it seems too much to expect someone to know about better opportunities. Why can’t the govt. give abortion opportunities? People need these services in order to have more choices available to them in pregnancy. The song titled ‘Busheconomics’ epitomizes the stuggle between the govt. and people: “The government must respect the voice of the people. The government serve the people, the people don’t serve the government.”

      • I’m sorry, but I don’t see any fully “objective” news media out there. So, I think you have to choose your poison, and do your own thinking. (Incidentally, that’s what Rush advises his listeners all the time — I don’t know about MSLSD, because the few times I listened, the lies and distortions were just too insane and obvious). I don’t hear “hate” speech in what Rush is saying – except maybe that he “hates” irresponsible government spending, and degeneration of American freedom, and the mind-set of evil and disconnection from reality in people that fuels this reckless insanity. Now, if you want to put Rush’s sometime harsh opinions about this state of affairs into the same category as outright lies and socialistic propaganda, then you are welcome to your kool-aid brand of “realville”

        It’s just the world today that there is a massive disconnect between the Obama-oriented socialist mind-set, and the more orthodox path of liberty and limited, constitutional government as originally conceived by our founding fathers. Somehow, we have to sort this out, and I hope it’s not too late that this can be done in the civilized, rational context of free and fair elections.

        Now, I don’t understand equating a thirty-year-old law student (Fluke) making poor sex choices, and demanding government subsidy for this, with poor students who can’t escape their own financial failures through bankruptcy. I have this vision of 15 year olds being loaned money or given free access to credit cards, wasting money, and then trying to use “bankruptcy” as the solution, rather than going to their parents. I thought parents were supposed to bear some accountability for the actions of their minor “student” children. But, maybe that concept puts me into an alternate reality from you.

      • Lee,
        I disagree with you on many points. Number one. There is objective media out there. Democracy Now!, the Real News Network, citizen journalists and bloggers around Maryland (at times even this blog itself). Your argument that “you have to choose your poison” is like the lesser of two evils argument for political parties. The argument goes that you have to choose between the lesser of two evils, Democratic or Republican in an election. I think this a ridiculous argument because one could choose an independent party as well. Since you have traditionally conservative ideals you could support something such as the Independent Party, Constitution Party or Libertarian Party in Maryland.

        At the same time I agree that everyone should “do [their] own thinking.” I still believe that even if Rush Limbaugh pushes this ideal, the  amount of hateful, discriminatory and at times conspiritoral rhetoric appears more often than not. 

        Examples of what I’m talking about:
        Quote: “Feminism was established to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream.”

        Quote: “I mean, why didn’t these morons leave New Orleans before the hurricane {Katrina]? I’ll tell you why: because they wanted to rape and loot!”

        Quote: “Just another dead doper. And a dirt bag.” — On the occasion of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia’s death.

        Quote: “Kurt Cobain died of a drug-induced suicide, I just — he was a worthless shred of human debris.”

        Quote: “Too many whites are getting away with drug use…Too many whites are getting away with drug sales…The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them and send them up the river, too” — Delivered without apparent irony a few years before being investigated for allegedly buying thousands of addictive painkillers from a black-market drug ring.

        Quote: “It is no different than what happens at the Skull and Bones initiation, and we’re going to ruin people’s lives over it, and we’re going to hamper our military effort, and then we are going to really hammer them because they had a good time.” — On the Abu Ghraib Prison Torture Scandal.
        (http://www.wicasta.com/thewatch/?p=290)

        More examples: “…Speaking about the 2009 military coup in Honduras that overthrew the democratically-elected president, Limbaugh noted, “the coup was what many of you wish would happen here…” A few days later, he again endorsed the idea of an American military coup against Obama: “If we had any good luck, Honduras would send some people here and help us get our government back.”…While he calls for violence against the Obama Administration, Limbaugh also imagines vast conspiracies run by Obama to kill people. After reading reports of executives at hedge funds getting death threats, he concluded that it was an Obama-run conspiracy: “probably ACORN people…. I’m sure it’s coordinated. Obama has the network to do this.”There is no “network” of Obama minions threatening to kill people. But Limbaugh does not hesitate to falsely accuse the president of ordering death threats…Not only did Limbaugh repeatedly invoke the falsehood about “death panels” but he saw in it an Obama conspiracy to murder old people: “This is what dictators do…there’s a reason, if you go back to world history, you go back to Cambodia, you go back to Mao Tse-tung in China, you go to Cuba, you go to old Soviet Union, one of the things they did was target — Hitler, health care — target the elderly. Target them. Why? Because they vote, they are more likely it [sic] vote, and they’re more educated, they have more experience, they know more, they have been alive longer. You get rid of the people who know the past. You get rid of people who know how great the eighties were with a conservative economic policy, get rid of those people”…Limbaugh sees conspiracies everywhere…On Tuesday, Limbaugh compared conservatives criticized for their violent rhetoric to rape victims: “Yeah, that’s what they used to tell women who were raped, isn’t it? ‘Just sit back and enjoy it.'”(http://limbaughbook.blogspot.com/2011/01/today-is-rush-limbaughs-60th-birthday.html)

        “…Rush declared his adamant opposition to the seemingly innocuous idea of Democrats and Republicans sitting together at the State of the Union…Whether people find Rush’s take on things more hateful or humorous of course depends on one’s politics, yet he’s always provocative.”(http://www.mediaite.com/online/limbaugh-this-new-call-for-civility-is-just-censorship-from-the-left/)

        Now onto the other parts of your argument. First off, Obama is not a socialist. He is one of the most free market oriented Presidents ever. 
        During his Senate term, three of his top contributors were corporations (the other two being Havard University and University of California): 
        – Goldman Sachs ($1,035,095 comtributed)
        – Microsoft Corp ($809,799 contributed) 
        – Google Inc ($796,564 contributed) 
        (http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00009638&cycle=2008)
        Google and Microsoft contributed to his 2012 campaign as well, along with additional corporations:
        – Microsoft Corp ($194,393)
        – DLA Piper ($164,087)
        – Google Inc ($144,430)
        – Comcast Corp ($114,950)
        – Time Warner ($100,457)
        – National Amusements Inc [owns CBS and Viacom, among others] ($90,684)
        (http://www.opensecrets.org/pres12/contrib.php?cycle=2012&id=N00009638)

        Obamacare is something many people of your belief decry as “socialist” was a giveaway to private healthcare companies and had limited govt. involvement (why else would the private healthcare industry support it?) The TARP bailout to help save the big banks was pushed by Obama. The only reason the Keystone XL pipeline was rejected was because Republicans didn’t give him enough time, not environmental impact. Recently, the Obama Administration is even scheduling the construction of a new oil pipeline in the United States. Under Obama, the country has got involved in 120+ countries through covert operations and is embroiled in two major conflicts: Iraq (still to some extent) and Afghanistan. Even though the American Jobs Act and rhetoric from Obama asserts that we wants taxes on millionaires, in 2010, he signed the Bush Tax Cuts into law to beeffective until the end of this year (when it will probably be reauthorized again).

        Also, you advocate “the more orthodox path of liberty and limited, constitutional government as originally conceived by our founding fathers.” Such a government was never created. 
        Howard Zinn, although you may not agree with his political leanings, writes:
        “”Big government” had, in fact, begun with the Founding Fathers, who deliberately set up a strong central government to protect the interests of the bondholders, the slave owners, the land speculators, the manufacturers. For the next two hundred years, the American government continued to serve the interests of the wealthy and powerful, offering millions of acres of free land to the railroads, setting high tariffs to protect manufacturers, giving tax breaks to oil corporations, and using its armed forces to suppress strikes and rebellions. It was only in the twentieth century, especially in the thirties and sixties, when the government, besieged by protests and fearful of the stability of the system, passed social legislation for the poor that political leaders and business executives complained about “big government.”” (http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/zinnclicri23.html)

        The founders were wealthy plutocrats. Read Charles Beard’s An Economic Interpretation of the United States and you’ll see what I mean. You can also read this chapter as well (same information): 
        http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/zinnkin5.html

        Study the Constitution without their ideas in mind and you may find startling things (ex:slavery is allowed as a punishment for a crime, no majority for passing a bill is mentioned, the President can adjourn both houses of Congress and theoretically never tell them to go back into session again and that there is a strand of dictator-like powers for the President in the document. 

        At the sametime I do agree that there should be “civilized, rational context of free and fair elections.”

        In reponse to your last point, I was mentioning the other point because Sandra Fluke was in student loan debt if I remember right. The 2005 law is unjust and must be repealed. You should be able to go into bankruptcy. Corporations can do so, so why not students? Also, Rush did apologize to Fluke in the last few days for his comments. 

      • Wow! Burkely,
        You have a lot on our mind. The statements come so fast and furious in your commentary, I don’t know where to begin a fact-check process. I see you are Obama-oriented, and you have accepted a certain mind-set that comes from the pool of thinking where logic and reality are filtered by that mind-set. I don’t share that mind-set, so communication will be difficult. That aside, let me say that a few points and ideas did emerge from your rambling comments that merit some attention and response.

        First, Rush fills up the airwaves each day, three hours a day, speaks off-the-cuff (no tele-prompter). He talks on topics of politics and philosophy that are bound to easily inflame. No one can always choose the best politically correct words in this context, and it’s a fine line to distinguish between “behavior” you find objectionable, and the person saying them. Doubtless, Fluke is quite self-delusional, a victim or the welfare mind-set that many people share as the new “normal” — Rush doubtless got a little upset and emotional about that, and brought about offense. I, for one, look at the point he was making, rather than the somewhat “artless” manner in which he spoke.

        Speaking about Obama, (or any public figure) feelings sometimes intrude on logic when putting ideas into words: To say, for example, that Obama’s actions are certifiably dictatorial and socialistic in nature, is different than saying that Obama is a “socialist dictator” or that he wants to enslave everyone to his own personal power and control. (Who knows what are a person’s motives? – Hitler said he just wanted to give living room to the German people; restore a sense of pride; who can say?)

        I admit that that distinction between the person and his actions is lost on many who blind themselves to the distinction. (Obama opposed vouchers for poor children in CD to attend private schools; and then he enrolls his children in a private school there, instead of the government schools he embraces as “high quality”) As to Obama’s love of freedom and the founding principles of our country, that’s your opinion. Fine. Continue to lap up the kool-aid fantasy-land dogma. Listen to words, and forget actions. Your choice. The Germans loved their furher in the 1930’s, and voted for him in free elections, until, of course, he abolished the parliament by executive order. Once Crystal nach came, people began to wake up, but by then it was too late. Opps! no more free elections! sorry. Now, you just take it whether you like it or not. That’s the bad news about reality – it’s really what you do that counts, not what you say or feel or care about.

        I gave Obama a chance at his first press conference, when he blamed Bush for not having a clear plan to handle the economic crisis, and promised Geitner would deliver that clear plan that would show the way forward. The next day, when Geitner, offered “no plan”, the stock-market dropped 500 points, and that was enough for me. Everytime I see his face or listen to his voice now, I just turn it off, because it’s not healthy for my sanity to endure lies, especially when they’re offered in such sanctimonious hypocricy. We’ve all had 3 years to see what Obama brings, and if you’re still apologizing and justifying for his actions, nothing I say on the matter will make any difference at all. The kool-aid poison has just robbed your brain (please don’t take offense. Lacking a functioning conscious, the brain just can’t function in a normal, logical manner)

  2. I demand taxpayers supply me with free ammo. Unlike sex, my right to keep and bear arms is specifically written in the Constitution. Ammunition has gotten very expensive, and I should not be prevented from exercising my rights due to lack of money.

    • Excellent point. I wish our Republican leaders in Congress would introduce such a bill and push it to make the point. They could end this silliness tomorrow with such a campaign—taxpayer subsidized ammo—I love it!

  3. I want to know which advertiser(s) pulled advertising from Limbaugh’s radio show because of this, which was, in my estimation the reason that he was forced to apologize. Go ahead, advertise somewhere else, see how that works out for you.

    • Good point Greg, let me know if you see which advertisers they are and maybe we can help spread the word…

    • I think the advertisers that pulled their support were doing the right thing. Sandra Fluke doesn’t deserve to be chatistised for not knowing the right abortion opportunities. This is absurd. Now, an apologizing is not enough. He should now give her monetary compensation for the possible financial damage it caused (those employers that heard her won’t hire her and a culture of hate shall form). As for your point about the advertisers. I think you are wrong on that one. It was activists who called Rush out on his statement about Sandra Fluke offered swift criticism that it caused him to apologize. Yes, advertisers left, but that’s not the cause. Now onto his most recent statement cited in the blogpost above. I disagree with Rush that just because it is “serious political times” the discussion of “personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress [and the President]” shouldn’t occur. It should be discussed openly, not pushed away because it is “inappropriate.” If these matters are not discussed, groups like Planned Parenthood (90%+ does not go to abortions) and many others cannot get the support they need. Such groups make it possible for women to get an abortion, have family planning and so on. Personal sexual matters must be discussed or else women that need help can’t get it. This runs contrary to Rush’s idea that Americans should not pay for this. The idea that this situation eliminates “personal responsibility and accountability” is absurd. Many women are still personally responsible and accountable. Then, the jumping to paying for new sneakers of “all students that are interested in running to keep fit” is also absurd, because such a thing would never happen. A government that has an a trillion-dollar military budget cannot pay for such expenses will likely never will. At the same time, I believe that should still be privacy in “anyone’s bedroom” and the lessening of regulation to create “Free Love” (Look it up on Wikipedia and you’ll see what I mean). I am happy Rush uttered these words:
      I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices. I still will not support him in any way, shape or form.

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