Friday, March 2, 2012

Leader of the conservatives calls a woman law student, a "prostitute"

You've probably heard conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh call a female law student who testified before Congress, a "slut" and "prostitute." Her name was Sandra Fluke. She was testifying on the need of employers to cover the costs of contraceptives in their health insurance plans. To be fair to Rush, here's the exact words:

"What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic] who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex -- what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She's having so much sex she can't afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex."

A couple of things here Rush. Many women use contraceptives. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi stated that ninety percent of Catholic women of childbearing age use birth control. I have not seen any Republican dispute that fact. So that makes these women sluts? Regardless, nobody is paying any woman to have sex when you cover their birth control medicine. That comment about prostitution is just plain spurious. Second, if you heard her testimony, contraceptives are also used for non-sexual purposes, such as their ability to stop the growth of cysts.

Now, let's face it. Limbaugh is the de facto head of the conservatives. That also makes him head of the Republicans. They don't challenge this guy. Remember in 2010, when he called liberals a bunch of "retards?" Sarah Palin who has a special needs child called out former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for using the term but defended Rush as being a satirist. Which by the way was hilariously lampooned by Stephen Colbert. Video below. This stuff about Limbaugh being an entertainer or satirist is nonsense. He gives speeches and writes books which espouse the conservative philosophy in a serious manner. Conservatives want to be on his show, not to be laughed at but to talk about their conservative views. He's not a comedian.

Yeah, there are some Republicans who are critical of Limbaugh. But it's nowhere near what needs to be done. And that is to call his remarks reprehensible. Presidential candidate Rick Santorum merely called his remarks "absurd" and referred to him as an entertainer. Sounds like Palin. House Speaker John Boehner office called the comments "inapropriate" which is woefully inadequate. Now, a small group of Republicans, including Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) have demanded an apology. That's a start but not nearly enough response from the Republicans.

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