Rush Limbaugh Proves Today That He is the Better Man

Imagine with me for a moment that you find yourself in a public setting. There is a guy, standing in the center of attention, regaling everyone with tales of his and his friends need for safety gear in order to protect them from the various high-risk acts of asshattery they frequently engage in and are currently (and, though he doesn’t say so, needlessly) paying through the nose for. Over the course of the monologue, the speaker uses various lies, half-truths, and sob stories that stretch the very boundaries of logic itself — and he is doing this in the hope of forcing someone else to pay for his personal lifestyle, under the guise of “men’s health.”

Now imagine that someone stands up in the crowd surrounding this guy and says, “Shut the hell up, you moron! In fact, do us all a favor and remove yourself from the gene pool so you don’t pass on your clear mental deficiency to your unsuspecting progeny!”

We can all agree that what the second guy said is pretty rude, and in most cases uncalled for. However, given the context, his is by far the lesser of two offenses.

This imaginary scenario is analogous to the scenario we’ve found ourselves in lately, in which Rush Limbaugh used the words “slut” and “prostitute” to describe a woman, Sandra Fluke, who went before Congress in an attempt to force someone else to pay for her contraception. The appropriately-named Ms. Fluke, though apparently fully at ease publicly demanding subsidies for her private sex life, came down with a massive case of the vapors upon hearing Mr. Limbaugh’s comments. After being revived with smelling salts, she proclaimed, while fanning herself repeatedly, that Mr. Limbaugh’s comments were an effort to “shut her up.”

No, Ms. Fluke, they were not. His comments were an effort to introduce you to a concept that is sadly unfamiliar to many of my generation: shame. And you ought to be ashamed. Your entire argument is based on the idea that women are such moronic sex-maniacs that, unless someone else freely provides every form of birth control known to man, we’ll all be popping out babies like crack-addled Pez dispensers. It is you, Ms. Fluke, not Mr. Limbaugh, who has been demonstrating a clear case of misogyny and anti-feminism.

It’s because of people like you that I, both during and after my pregnancy, accepted government handouts when I did in fact have another option. See, I bought the lie that I somehow deserved it. My son is now five; I am still deeply ashamed of myself for accepting those handouts, and doing everything I can to make up for it.

I once had a chat with a woman who worked as a nurse at a county health department. She told me something that I found absolutely shocking: That she dealt every day with girls and young women who had been so browbeaten by the culture of promiscuity promulgated by people like you, Ms. Fluke, that they didn’t even know they had the option of saying “No” to sex. Again, you ought to be ashamed.

Also, Ms. Fluke, do you know how much I spent on contraceptives during my three and a half years of college? Nothing. No, not because I was being irresponsible — because I made the (highly responsible) choice to keep my pants on until the night of the day on which I donned a poofy white dress and said, “I do.” But even if that were not the case, it became abundantly clear to me upon visiting my local health department for a pre-marital feminine check-up, just how easy it is for a woman to get her hands on just about any sort of contraception she wants. I was offered birth control pills by three separate nurses in that one visit, and it wasn’t until I told them about the blood clot I’d had in my leg a few years earlier that they let the matter go.

$1000 a year, my foot.

I don’t disagree with Mr. Limbaugh’s apology, especially since he made it clear the he was apologizing not for the message, but the packaging. But I’m not about to string the man up by his thumbnails for calling Ms. Fluke sexually-charged names when she’s the one who brought up her sex life in the first place — again, in the context of trying to force other people to pay for it. And I’m especially inclined to cut the man some slack, considering all this came around the same time as the death of one of his most accomplished colleagues and a bomb scare at his own home.

It takes a deeply good person to apologize when A.) He should be the last one apologizing, and B.) The person to whom he is apologizing is the sort of shameless hack who will almost certainly use it as a weapon against him. Mr. Limbaugh, you have more than earned my respect.

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18 Responses to Rush Limbaugh Proves Today That He is the Better Man

  1. Shelly says:

    AMEN!

  2. Wraith says:

    Now THAT’S a shot to the head with a clue-by-four studded with the Railroad Spikes of Common Sense. Well said, ma’am!!

  3. Bob says:

    Amen, sister.

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  5. LucyLadley says:

    Thank you so much for this post, I will share!!!

  6. Robert Davis says:

    You are wrong. We don’t need more hate in America, we need less. If this scumbag was removed from the radio today it would be a good thing for all Americans.

  7. Robert Davis says:

    You think that was an apology? What a joke. The definition of a scumbag is ” slang an offensive or despicable person”. I think the vast majority of women in American will agree with this definition of Rush. I think you have heard the last of Rush on the radio, do you remember Glenn Beck?? I do defend your right to support this man but I think you are very wrong

    • angelaisms says:

      Glenn Beck, that guy who owns the internet TV network to which I have an automatically recurring six-month subscription? Yeah, I’d hate to be in his shoes.

      You are free to call me wrong, just as I’m free to think it’s ridiculous to proclaim that there needs to be less hate in the world in the same breath as calling an apologetic man a scumbag and calling for him to be unemployed. I’ve said before and I will say again: I was FAR more offended by Sandra Fluke’s portrayal of all women as helpless little babies in an attempt to get free stuff than I ever was by Rush Limbaugh taking offense at that portrayal in a rather crass way.

      • Robert Davis says:

        You have a really great idea there. Why not have Rush on a paid Internet TV network of his own and then all the people who love him can subscribe as you do. I would really hate to see him unemployed. I am sure he would have a very hard time living on unemployment. I found it interesting that you are not offended by slut/whore or a request for pornographic videos but find Sandra Fluke’s whining offensive.

      • angelaisms says:

        You know that Glenn is still syndicated on the radio, right? As in, the exact same public airwaves on which Limbaugh’s show is broadcast?

        Also, your reading comprehension seems to be lacking; allow me to quote myself, from the post that you are currently commenting on:

        “But I’m not about to string the man up by his thumbnails for calling Ms. Fluke sexually-charged names when she’s the one who brought up her sex life in the first place — again, in the context of trying to force other people to pay for it.”

        There were italics for emphasis as well. You could even scroll up and see for yourself.

  8. ameliafaith says:

    Really? So any woman who has sex is a slut? I have sex… am I a slut? Bringing up your sex life (which Sandra Fluke never did actually bring up her personal sex life, btw) in a public forum makes you a slut? It makes it okay for someone to aim derogatory remarks at your character? That is the saddest argument I’ve ever heard. Sex is not a shameful act. Sex is an act of love, and it is something we ALL HAVE A RIGHT to engage in without being ashamed. That’s my first point: bringing up sex and reproduction respectfully as Sandra Fluke did in a public forum doesn’t mean you have no character or are a slut. It means you are a human that is strong enough and smart enough to bring the concerns of many to the table. Whether you agree that birth control should be covered by insurance companies or not, you should re-think your defense of this reprehensible man.

    Secondly, you seem to be missing a major point. She was advocating birth control be covered for health reasons. Yes, health reasons includes pregnancy (more on that in a minute). But it also includes Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, Premenstrual Distress Disorder, painful periods, heavy menstrual bleeding that can lead to iron deficiency, and many many more MEDICAL problems relating to reproductive organs. If you had a chronic breathing disorder that affected your lungs like asthma, for example, you would go to the doctor to get an inhaler and your insurance would cover at least some of the cost of that visit as well as your prescription for the inhaler. Why? Because YOU (AND IN MANY CASES YOUR EMPLOYER TOO) PAY FOR YOUR INSURANCE EVERY MONTH FOR THIS EXACT REASON. If a woman with PCOS or heavy bleeding goes to the doctor for this chronic problem, and she is prescribed a hormonal birth control pill to solve that problem it shouldn’t matter where she works. She should be able to get this medicine she needs and her insurance should pay for it. Why? BECAUSE THAT”S WHAT INSURANCE IS FOR– TO HELP YOU SPREAD OUT THE COSTS OF HEALTHCARE IN THE EVENT YOU HAVE A PROBLEM. For the love of God: This has nothing to do with government handouts!!! It has to do with regulation of the health insurance industry, which is basically discriminating against women because they’re bodily organs cause expensive problems that they don’t want to pay for. How can you be OK with this?

    Back to pregnancy. Part of being a woman/ having a woman’s body means the ability to get pregnant. This is America in 2012, not the dark ages. In our society, we grant women the right to control when she gets pregnant. That’s why birth control (including abortions) is legal. We already settled this argument. Furthermore, pregnancy is a health risk, although it is one that’s different than something like smoking or weight gain because it’s a health risk that’s ACTUALLY worth the risk. Babies are awesome. But having a baby, no matter how you look at it, is a health risk. Maternal death aka death during pregnancy is a REAL THING THAT HAPPENS. Pregnancy also increase risk for heart disease later on in some women. This is why women go to the doctor so much when they’re pregnant. This is why women give birth in hospitals–because it’s dangerous. But again, worth the risk when you’re ready. Women have the right to control when they take this risk on. And they have the right to demand that their health insurance (which they pay for!!!!!!!!!! again, I can’t believe I have to point this out!!!) cover this medical expense, whether it’s preventing pregnancy or ovarian cysts.

    And don’t tell me they just shouldn’t have sex because this is America. In 2012. NOT THE DARK AGES!!!!!!!!! NOT VICTORIAN ENGLAND!!!!!

    sigh. now, can we stop arguing over this idiotic thing that was settled 50 years ago whether social conservatives like it or not, and move on to like, actually fixing the economy???

    • angelaisms says:

      Wow. Do you feel better? I hope so.

      But, a point of advice, if you want your mile-long screeds to be taken seriously in the future, it helps if it appears that you’ve actually read and understood the thing on which you are commenting. Cause, the thing is, I tuned you out, rolled my eyes, and started laughing the second you started putting words in my mouth. (Hint: That was your second sentence.)

      Of course, you could be exactly what you come across as — someone who gets off on being offended, and will therefore take any opinion that does not completely validate your own opinion and/or lifestyle, and twist it into an ugly straw-man version of itself so you then have no compunction whatsoever with summarily knocking it down. If that is indeed the case … well, carry on, I suppose. I understand. Truly, I do. Because if you took what I wrote, say, at face value, then you might have to admit that maybe I had a point. This might possibly lead to re-evaluating your own thought process, opinion, arguments, and/or (gasp!) lifestyle, and we all know that’s horribly uncomfortable and just plain icky. It’s a far simpler process to put words in my mouth, paint me as a villain, and proceed to scream at me on the Internet, thus giving yourself a warm (albeit shallow) fuzzy for having Stood Up To Evil and Made A Difference. Well done.

      • chrissythehyphenated says:

        A … Kudos for this. I didn’t read past the first line.. ::snort::

      • ameliafaith says:

        You clearly missed the point… again. The problem with your argument is that the birth control debate has nothing to do with government handouts or promiscuity. It is about regulation of the health insurance industry. I’m asking you to base your arguments on fact rather than baseless judgment. And you’re right, I do feel better for speaking up. When I see people spreading myths, misconceptions and half-truths, I care little about the author I’m responding to fully reading my response and more about the undecided reader that may come along later. Just my 2 cents.

  9. angelaisms says:

    “You clearly missed the point… again. The problem with your argument is that the birth control debate has nothing to do with government handouts or promiscuity. It is about regulation of the health insurance industry. I’m asking you to base your arguments on fact rather than baseless judgment. And you’re right, I do feel better for speaking up. When I see people spreading myths, misconceptions and half-truths, I care little about the author I’m responding to fully reading my response and more about the undecided reader that may come along later. Just my 2 cents.”

    Once again, you demonstrate your selective reading skills. I would be impressed if it wasn’t so sad.

    I didn’t read the entirety of your post because you were so busy with your self-righteous indignation that you were putting words in my mouth from the get-go. Sorry, but I’m not going to take seriously a charge of “missing the point” from someone who can’t be bothered to even attempt to understand the whole point of the original post. How can you credibly accuse me of “spreading myths, misconceptions and half-truths” when you can’t even summarize what I said initially with any degree of accuracy?

    And the crux of the argument in the so-called birth control debate is whether the government has the power to violate the right to religious freedom — which includes free exercise of religion — guaranteed by the First Amendment. That Bill of Rights can be so inconvenient to ideological blinders.

    Incidentally, I know your type. I was your type. So I know that you will, again, read into this response only that which you wish to see — that is, only those things that either completely validate your viewpoint, or those things that demonize me to the point that you feel comfortable attacking, even if you have to go so far as to make up the latter out of whole cloth (again). So this response is for anyone else who might stumble across my teeny little blog and hasn’t yet succumbed to the mindset that bigger government is a cure for all that ails you.

    Have fun with your quest to point out “half-truths” by completely misrepresenting people. I’m sure the ends justify the means, right?

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