Mar 06 2012
Rush Limbaugh has taken the circular firing squad to new levels: he went into straight implode mode, and took the GOP with him.
Let’s be clear here: Rush Limbaugh was wrong, arrogant and cruel. He deserves the financial reminder that his success is not a license to hurt others. I have no sympathy for the man, and waiting for advertisers to bail before apologizing just demonstrates how much work is required to get him back into “normal” space.
Also to be clear: Ms. Fluke is not a slut or prostitute. She appears to be a fine young women with a healthy social life. What she has been advocating – however – is to be a spoiled, dead beat. She wants people to pay for her life style and that is what is so wrong with her positions. She has the freedom to do as she wishes, and she has the personal responsibility to pay for it herself.
This incident is a classic culture war screw up by the ‘true’ conservatives – a.k.a. social conservatives. We have no business classifying the personal behavior of Ms. Fluke. None!
We do have a right to question her begging others to support her lifestyle. I don’t want to pay for her contraception, her sex change, her pizza, her car, her rent, her dairy products, etc. If in need, I am all for the short term safety net (unless the condition is permanent – e.g., paralysis – then I am all for life time support). But I am not for handouts to the capable. Ms Fluke is not in need of a safety net.
When Rush dove into the personal aspect of her behavior he went beyond the Libertarian, Small Government, Tea Party line. And he deserves the shellacking he is getting. I don’t want left or right preaching to me or my children. I don’t want them searching their lunch boxes or their medicine cabinet.
And this is how too many conservatives play into the liberal left’s hands every cycle. If there is going to be government intervention in our life, then the liberal model is usually preferred than the constrained, Christian doctrine based right social approach. The best answer : No government intervention (support is an option in critical conditions).
Limbaugh did nothing but make Obama more popular in comparison. And he did it in a big way. If Rush ever thought to comment on my daughters’ social life he would have me and my Marine son to deal with. And that is because we males protect their individual rights to explore their version of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. We as a family can work this out.
Chauvinism is not dead, but the religious right can sure make it stink on occasion.