Rush Limbaugh makes his living issuing crude and mean caricatures. He makes himself big by belittling others. He does not talk nuance. He does not dissect ideas, He is a man that is given to calling names; crude names; mean spirited names; slut like names. Many years ago in a burst of creativity he invented the term feminazi, but now, sadly he is not a creative man. He is just a mean spirited bully. He has experienced many verbal lowbrow moments in recent years. However, it is hard to imagine him getting any lower than when he called Sandra Fluke a slut.
He, if he were as smart and creative and he thinks he is, could have easily ridiculed her argument. He could have noted she overstated the cost of birth control. That is what you would have done if you were concerned about her ideas. He is not about ideas. He went after her in a personal attack. He called her a slut.
He ignored she is someone’s daughter. He forgot she is millions of people’s sister. I know I feel a kinship to her. I feel a twinge of her pain. She is a human being and deserves respect because she is a human being. To Rush she is a target. He means to harm her. He does not respect her. Why do his supporters revel in his meanness? Why do his supporters give him the confidence not to apologize or back down from his rhetoric? Why does this man have sponsors?
It is time for the sponsors to act. It is way past time for the listeners to turn their dials. It is time for the dittoheads to find another idol. It is time for Rush to become more self aware. I am not holding my breath. I have little hope. He is not the tin man. Rush may not actually have a heart. He isn’t close to apologizing. He in fact is getting bolder in his harangue of her.
In contrast there is our compassionate President. The President of the United States took the time to call the beleaguered Sandra Fluke. It is comforting to know that the man we elected to sit in the oval office realized that Sandra Fluke was someone’s daughter. It is comforting to know that the man who guides our country is concerned about the pain of one of its hundreds of millions of residents. It is comforting to know that President Obama knew how to soothe Sandra’s broken heart.
When I go to the voting booth in November I will think about how two different men treated one young woman. Both men are representative of their party. When I think of Rush Limbaugh, one of the first terms that comes to my mind is Republican spokesman. When I think of President Obama, I think in terms of the Democratic spokesman. So how does the Republican spokesman talk to a young woman and how does the Democratic spokesman talk to a young woman? Let’s ask Sandra Fluke. Isn’t it obvious?
For the sake of decency, and for the respect of women, let’s vote for a man with both.
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