This past week, a third-year Georgetown University Law School student Sandra Fluke testified before a House of Representatives committee about why she felt it was important to her and other female students for the university to provide birth control medications in its student health plan.
As a result of that testimony, Rush Limbaugh, the syndicated media guru of conservatism, took it upon himself to crucify Miss Fluke in one of his diatribe-ridden broadcasts. He called her a “slut” and a “whore” and said she should video tape her recreational sex sessions and allow anyone who wanted to view them since her sex life basically was being underwritten by society by providing her with free birth control.
Rush Limbaugh has carried on his bombastic, chest-thumping diatribes on various topics for decades, but this time he has overstepped any semblance of civility that the toady, little, narrow-minded, self-centered, egotistical sorry excuse for a man ever might have harbored. The sponsors of his program have been bailing out like rats off a sinking ship and justly so. I wouldn’t want that creep representing me either.
I find it interesting that Miss Fluke is a third-year law student and will soon be a full-fledged, card-carrying lawyer. With that in mind, Limbaugh should be running for the hills seeking the best place to hide because, for what little I know about the law, it appears to me that Miss Fluke has a rock solid case of slander that might yield enough money in damages to pay off her student loans and have enough left over for her dream home in paradise. I think ‘ol Rush Baby just opened his mouth one too many times and inserted both of his size 16 feet all the way to his knee caps.
President Obama recognized the unfortunate slander of Miss Fluke as well. He called her to thank her for her testimony before the House committee. I’m sure he also said he was sorry she had to endure this horrible affront to her reputation.
Though I have two daughters, I am not an expert on the reproductive health of any female. However, I do know that in some cases, birth control pills can make acne less severe. I also have heard that birth control pills can lessen the effects of menstrual cramps. I do know for sure that a woman’s reproductive health should be left up to a woman, young or old, and her doctor. And for the life of me I don’t understand how the subject of birth has any place in the discussions among candidates for the presidency of the United States.
If the conservatives of the Republican Party have allowed their unofficial spokesperson, in the guise of the likes of Rush Limbaugh, to morph to this low level of manhood, then they are rapidly turning into an army of clowns only bettered by the buffoons performing for the Barnum & Bailey Circus. I wouldn’t vote for the lot of them for dog catcher, and that’s not to belittle the dog catchers of the world either. They, too, deserve better than Rush Limbaugh.
Larry Wilson is a 50-year resident of Sparks and a retired elementary school teacher. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.