I am taking off for Phoenix, and LABR and some spring games tomorrow, and look so forward to it, that I really hate to divert from baseball, let alone to a serious subject, but can we please boycott--as in simply ignore--Rush Limbaugh?
In saying this, I am not trying to be political. And, though I confess to being a left wing Berkeley hippie of the highest order--one who thinks our president is awesome, and doing as good a job as could possibly be expected considering the hand he was dealt and what he has to work with--I don't see this as a left versus right issue, nor one of Democrats against Republicans. There is enough of that.
And, I don't want to act overly indignant about Limbaugh's inexplicable attack on Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke, though his behavior is the impetus for this tirade, if you will.
But, kind of like Newt Gingrich, Limbaugh is now officially on a moon colony, at least in his head.
Forget that Fluke's "crime" consisted of not being allowed to testify--as the only non-male--before Darryl Issa's Senate Subcommitte Hearing on women's reproductive rights.
So, she gave a statement suggesting that the birth control pill might be prescribed--by actual doctors--for purposes other than contraception. You know, like Viagra was developed as a medicine to control blood pressure. It just happened to have a secondary application.
In fact, the example Fluke used was for a friend who enlisted the pill to control ovarian tumors, which, when the friend lost her health care coverage, and thus subsedized pills, the tumors ran amok, threatening the health (and costing a lot more money in the long run to us taxpayers for any resulting emergency hospitalization) of the friend. And, the cost of her perscription was around $3000 a year.
Innocent enough. And, well, we have to take Fluke at her word.
So, somehow from this, Limbaugh connected the dots and seemed to have determined that Fluke is a slut. Well, I lived in the Bay Area in the 60's, and I suppose were I a woman, I surely would have earned that moniker in my collegiate years, so to me that is not the worst thing someone can be called.
But, in all I can hear in Limbaugh's voice, is he does not mean the term in any kind of respectful way. Then he pushed his criticism the next day by suggesting if Fluke was so horny (he does not seem to understand that unlike Viagra, birth control pills are not taken as needed, but once a day over a monthly cycle to regulate the system, hence the cost is fixed to the day, and not the number of daliances), and that if we as taxpayers had to subsidize Fluke's prescription, she should make videos of her trysts and let the same taxpayers view them.
Hmmm. Once, I told Bill Gilbert that I was pro choice because well, it was up to the woman, her partner, and her spiritual belief system to determine what the right thing to do about any given pregnancy. I said I did not know why I felt this, other than it is each person's individual right to determine their path.
Bill countered with, "That is the difference between liberals and conservatives. Liberals use feelings, and conservatives logic."
"What kind of logic?" I responded, "Euclician? Aristotelian?"
Well, Bill did not understand my question any more than Limbaugh seemed to have understood the whole point of the example of Fluke's friend. So, I guess it must have been the same kind of logic, though not one associated with any related math or philosophy.
But, let's just look at Rush, personally. He has been married four times, which I would guess by conservative standards makes him kind of loose. Not to mention, despite those marriages, he has no children, which suggests he is either involved with someone who uses birth control, or Limbaugh is shooting blanks.
But, let us also not forget that Limbaugh was convicted of illegal possession of Oxycontin. Yeah, prescription meds (hmm, like Fluke's friend needed?).
And, you know, I don't care about either of these things. I don't mind that Limbaugh had a drug problem, nor do I mind that he had to work himself through a number of relationships.
But, it is that sort of "Judge not lest ye be judged," thing, which I think comes from the Bible?
Anyway, let's think about other like comments. Like Howard Cosell referring to Alvin Garrett as a "cute little monkey." Or Jimmy the Greek noting African Americans have a superior body for sports? How about Don Imus referring to the Rutgers Women's Basketball Team as "nappy-headed hos." Or, Dr. Laura's offensive use of an epithet to make a point to a caller?
All of these incidents were enough to cost these folks their gigs, and Limbaugh is certainly in their class (and I mean in every sense).
So, I say we ignore him. Stop listening to him. Stop putting him in the news. Not that I am saying we stop our discourse and debate over issues, no matter how much rancor is involved, or how stupid either side is.
But truly, Rush has no redeeming social value at all. Oh, he is a mouthpiece for a segment of the population. But so does Katie Morgan (and I would rather listen to and watch her anyway).