His insults, lies and verbal attack towards Sandra Fluke, a third-year law student at Georgetown University who testified before a Congressional hearing for women’s health, demonstrate why the religious fire of outdated Christian dogma fueling the hot air of extreme conservative politics doesn’t mix with modern-day health needs of women.
During her testimony, Fluke emphasized the need for insurance coverage of contraception for all women. Not for birth control purposes, but for women’s health. She said her friend and fellow student at Georgetown lost one of her ovaries because she couldn’t afford to pay for contraception not covered by insurance provided by the Catholic and Jesuit university. As we know, the Catholic Church doesn’t believe in any form contraception regardless of the reasons. Even in difficult childbirth, their philosophy is to kill the mother, save the baby.
Limbaugh was quick to overstep the boundaries of civil political discourse. Rather than deal with the health issue, he lied to his audience and said Fluke wanted government to pay for her craving for sex. “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.” The dim-witted misogynist ranted, “If we are going to have to pay for this then we should get something in return.” He suggested Fluke should show videos of her sex life online so “we can see what we‘re getting for our money.” Fluke is considering a lawsuit for defamation of character, slander and numerous other complaints against Limbaugh, his right-wing sponsors and the radio station.
Limbaugh has no respect for the handicapped either. In 2006, actor Michael J. Fox, suffering from Parkinson’s disease, was in a political ad advocating stem cell research that might provide a cure for his affliction. Naturally, Limbaugh, who’s opposed to anything that challenges the healing by faith and prayer, said, “He is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He’s moving all around and shaking and it is purely an act.” Limbaugh might be shaking in his seat by the time this matter is over. In 2003, Limbaugh was a pro football commentator on ESPN. The bigot had to resign within a few weeks for negative comments he made about African American quarterback Donovan McNabb.
Limbaugh supported legal immigration from Mexico in the late 1990s. Referring to manual labor and unskilled jobs, the Republican racist said, “Let stupid and unskilled Mexicans do that work.” But according to Limbaugh’s mother, he is the stupid one. In 1969, Limbaugh enrolled in Southeast Missouri State University. After two semesters he left school. His mother said, “He flunked everything.”
Opposed to the use of illegal drugs and addictive behavior, Limbaugh preached, “If people are violating the law by pushing, using and importing drugs, they ought to be accused, convicted and sent up.” In 2006, he turned himself in and was arrested on a charge of prescription fraud. Evidently, he was illegally “doctor shopping” for pain pills. Prosecutors dropped the charge after he paid $30,000 for the cost of the investigation and completed 18 months of therapy. It sounds like he still needs therapy.
Limbaugh seems to have a difficult time with women. Since 1977, he’s been married four times. Fortunately, there are no little Limbaughs to follow in his footsteps. We should thank his god for his wives’ common sense use of contraception. At least we didn’t have to watch online.
The number of people who listen to and agree with Rush Limbaugh is frightening. Claiming 20 million listeners daily and earning more than $30 million annually, he is the leader of the new right-wing Republican band of lies, racism and political idiocy. He is the drummer-boy of hate that is dividing the Republican Party, effectively chiseling common sense moderates from the political foundation of compromise. In an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal in 2005, he said he believes in laws based on “faith-based initiatives.” Sinking below the line of rhetoric, he has become the center of a national theocratic political referendum. Moderate Republicans have allowed an idiot who flunked out of college to set their national agenda and take over the once Grand Old Party. At one time, our democracy was the fulcrum between collective freedom and individual rights. The party of Lincoln has become a right-wing wedge threatening that democracy, led by a dim-witted clown.
David Farside is a Sparks resident and political activist. The polemics of his articles can be discussed at firstname.lastname@example.org.