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WHY THE FETUS FANATICS?

In History, Law, Politics, Social commentary on November 21, 2018 at 12:34 am

The Right’s war on freedom of choice continues.

  • If Roe v Wade was overturned, 24 states would likely move to ban or severely limit abortion.
  • Already, 21 states limit when a pregnant woman can get an abortion based on the age of the fetus.
  • Twenty-four states have anti-abortion legislatures. 

So what’s responsible for all this fetus fanaticism?  

Several factors.  

First, there is an energized constituency for politicians willing to wave this red flag. Almost every major Republican Presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan has tapped into this voting bloc. And each has found plenty of votes to be gotten from it.  

Second, many fetus fanatics simply dislike women. They fear and resent the women’s movement, which has given women the right to enter the workforce and compete directly with men.

And what they hate most is the legal right of a woman to avoid becoming pregnant via birth control—or to abort the result of a male’s sperm if they do. They see this as a personal rejection.

Perhaps it reminds many of them of their own failures in romance/marriage.

The Right is made up overwhelmingly of white males. And many of these men would feel entirely at home with a Christianized version of the Taliban. They long for a world where women meekly cater to their every demand and believe only what their male masters approve for them to believe.

The trouble for these men is they don’t speak Arabic.

Third, many fetus fanatics are “pro-life” when it comes to fetuses, but hypocritically refuse to support the needs of children from low-income families.

Fourth, many fetus fanatics are “family values” hypocrites.  For example: Representative Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), an anti-abortion, “family values” doctor, had an affair with a patient and later pressured her to get an abortion. He also agreed that his wife should have two abortions.

People like this subscribe to a philosophy of: “Do as I say, not as I do.  And if I do it, it’s in the service of a Higher Cause and therefore entirely justified.”

Fifth, many fetus fanatics feel guilty about their own past sexual transgressions—especially if these resulted in pregnancy. And they want to prevent others from living the same life they did.

Some of these people are well-intentioned.  Even so, they usurp unto themselves a God-like right to intrude on the most intimate decisions for others—regardless of what those people may need or want.  

Sixth, many fetus fanatics embrace contradictory goals. On one hand, most of them claim they want to “get government off the backs of the people.” That usually means allowing corporations to pollute, sell dangerous products and treat their employees as slaves.

On the other hand, they want to insert the government into the vagina of every woman. That means empowering State and Federal authorities to prevent women from getting an abortion–even in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.  

Seventh, many leaders of the fetus fanatics movement are independently wealthy. This means that even if abortion could be outlawed for the vast majority, they could always bribe a willing doctor—-here or abroad—–to perform such an operation on their wife, daughter and/or mistress.  For them, there is always an escape clause.  

Eighth, many fetus fanatics are not truly “pro-life.”  They totally oppose abortion under most—-if not all—circumstances. But they also fully support:

  • making military-style assault weapons available to nutcases;
  • capital punishment;
  • going to war for almost any reason;
  • wholesale massacres of wildlife;
  • despoiling of the environment; and
  • even nuclear war.

And many of those who fanatically defend the right of a fetus to emerge from the womb just as fanatically oppose welfare for those who can’t support that newborn.

Lucy, the famous cartoon character in Charles Schultz’ “Peanuts” series, once said: “I love humanity.  It’s people I can’t stand.” With fetus fanatics, the line runs: “I love fetuses. Everything else is expendable.”

Ninth, many fetus fanatics believe that since their religion teaches that abortion is wrong, they have a moral duty to enforce that belief on others.

This is especially true for evangelical Christians. These are the same people who condemn Muslims—-such as those in Saudi Arabia–for segregating women, forbidding them to drive and forcing them to wear head scarfs or chadors—-loose, usually black robes.

Taliban: Islam’s version of the “Right-to-Life” movement

But while they condemn Islamics for their general intolerance of others’ religious beliefs, they lust to impose their own upon those who belong to other churches. Or who belong to no church at all.

Tenth, many fetus fanatics are just as opposed to birth control as they are to abortion. Thus, when Georgia University law student Sandra Fluke asked Congress to require insurance companies to cover birth control, Rush Limbaugh branded her a “slut” and a “prostitute.”

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It’s time to face the blunt truth: A “Conservative Victory,” as the title of Sean Hannity’s book puts it, would impose an anti-women Taliban on America.

Thus, a woman who seeks to control her own destiny would be insane to vote for a right-wing candidate.  Just as it would have been insane for a Jewish citizen to give his vote–and his life–to Adolf Hitler.

WHY RIGHT-WINGERS HATE ABORTION

In Bureaucracy, History, Law, Law Enforcement, Politics, Social commentary on October 8, 2018 at 8:43 am

Republicans—at state and Federal levels—hate welfare for mothers too poor to support their families. But they love fetuses.

And to make sure there are plenty of them available, Republicans have launched an all-out war against a woman’s right to abortion—and even birth control.

So what’s responsible for all this fetus fanaticism? Several factors.

First, there is an energized constituency for politicians willing to wave this red flag. 

Every major Republican Presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan has tapped into this voting bloc. And each has found plenty of votes to be gotten from it.

Second, many fetus fanatics simply dislike women. 

They fear and resent the women’s movement, which has given women the right to enter the workforce and compete directly with men.

And what they hate most is the legal right of a woman to avoid becoming pregnant via birth control—or to abort the result of a male’s sperm if they do. They see this as a personal rejection. Perhaps it reminds many of them of their own failures in romance/marriage.

The Right is made up overwhelmingly of white males. And many of these men would feel entirely at home with a Christianized version of the Taliban. 

They long for a world where women meekly cater to their every demand and believe only what their male masters approve for them to believe. 

Third, many “pro-life” fetus fanatics hypocritically refuse to support the needs of children from low-income families.

Their attitude is: “She shouldn’t have had a child if she couldn’t support it.”

Fourth, many fetus fanatics are “family values” hypocrites. 

For example: Representative Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), an anti-abortion, “family values” doctor, had an affair with a patient and later pressured her to get an abortion.  He also agreed that his wife should have two abortions.

People like this subscribe to a philosophy of: “Do as I say, not as I do. And if I do it, it’s in the service of a Higher Cause and therefore entirely justified.”

Fifth, many fetus fanatics feel guilty about their own past sexual transgressions—especially if these resulted in pregnancy. 

And they want to prevent others from living the same life they did. Some of these people are well-intentioned.

Even so, they usurp unto themselves a God-like right to intrude on the most intimate decisions for others—regardless of what those people may need or want.

Sixth, many fetus fanatics embrace contradictory goals. 

On one hand, most of them claim they want to “get government off the backs of the people.” That usually means allowing corporations to pollute, sell dangerous products and treat their employees as slaves.

On the other hand, they want to insert the government into the vagina of every woman. That means empowering State and Federal authorities to prevent women from getting an abortion—even in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.

Seventh, many leaders of the fetus-fanatics movement are independently wealthy. 

This means that even if abortion could be outlawed for the vast majority, they could always bribe a willing doctor—here or abroad—to perform such an operation on their wife, daughter and/or mistress.  For them, there is always an escape clause.

Eighth, many fetus fanatics are not truly “pro-life.” 

They totally oppose abortion under most—if not all—circumstances.  But they also fully support: 

  • Making military-style assault weapons available to the mentally ill.
  • Capital punishment.
  • Going to war for almost any reason.
  • Wholesale massacres of wildlife.
  • Despoiling of the environment; and 
  • Even nuclear war.

Lucy, the famous cartoon character in Charles Schultz’ “Peanuts” series, once said: “I love humanity. It’s people I can’t stand.” For fetus fanatics, the line runs: “I love fetuses. Everything else is expendable.”

Ninth, many fetus fanatics believe that since their religion teaches that abortion is wrong, they have the right to enforce that belief on others.

This is especially true for evangelical Christians. They condemn Muslims—such as those in Saudi Arabia—for segregating women, forbidding them to drive and forcing them to wear head scarfs or chadors (black veils) or burqas (garments which cover a woman’s body from head to foot).

Taliban: Islam’s version of the “Right-to-Life” movement

But while evangelical Christians condemn Islamics for their fanatical intolerance of others’ religious beliefs, they lust to impose their own upon those who belong to other churches. Or who belong to no church at all.

Tenth, many fetus fanatics are just as opposed to birth control as they are to abortion. 

Thus, when Georgia University law student Sandra Fluke asked Congress to require insurance companies to cover birth control, Rush Limbaugh branded her a “slut” and a “prostitute.” A man should have the right to make a woman pregnant, but she should be powerless to prevent it. 

* * * * *

It’s time to face the blunt truth: A “Conservative Victory,” as Sean Hannity put it, would impose an anti-women Taliban on America.

Thus, a woman who seeks to control her own destiny would be insane to vote for a Right-wing candidate. Just as it would have been insane for a Jewish citizen to give his vote—and his life—to Adolf Hitler.

ABORTING DEMOCRACY

In Bureaucracy, Law, Politics, Social commentary on July 19, 2013 at 2:06 am

On July 13, the Texas Senate passed an anti-abortion bill that promotes unforn fetuses over the rights of adult women.

The bill was passed in a vote of 19-11.

The law:

  • Bans abortions 20 weeks after fertilization, four weeks earlier than the standard set by the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade.
  • Requires all clinics to become ambulatory surgical centers, even if they do not provide surgical abortions.
  • Requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals within 30 miles of the facility.
  • Allows abortions only in surgical centers.
  • Requires abortion providers to administer the abortion-inducing medication RU-486 in person, rather than allow women to take it at home.

Democrats countered that childbirth is more dangerous than abortion and there have been no serious problems with women taking abortion drugs at home. They introduced amendments to add exceptions for cases of rape and incest, and allow doctors more leeway in prescribing abortion-inducing drugs.

The right-wing Republican majority overruled these proposed changes–and sent the bill to rightist Republican Governor Rick Perry to sign into law.

On July 17, Planned Parenthood informed staffers that three of its facilities in Texas would be closing–a major goal of the legislation.

So what’s behind all this fetus fanaticism?

Several factors.

First, there is an energized constituency for politicians willing to wave this red flag. Almost every major Republican Presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan has tapped into this voting bloc. And each has found plenty of votes to be gotten from it.

Second, many fetus fanatics are more than a little obsessed with sex. These are the same people who, in Victorian times, used “white meat” when ordering a chicken breast and “dark meat” when ordering a chicken thigh.

Third, many fetus fanatics are flat-out hypocrites. For example: Representative Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), an anti-abortion, “family values” doctor, had an affair with a patient and later pressured her to get an abortion.

Fourth, many fetus fanatics feel guilty about their own past sexual transgressions-–especially if these resulted in pregnancy. And they want to prevent others from living the same life they did.

Fifth, many fetus fanatics embrace contradictory goals. On one hand, most of them claim they want to “get government off the backs of the people.”

That usually means allowing corporations to pollute, sell dangerous products and treat their employees as slaves.

On the other hand, they want to insert the government into the vagina of every woman. That means empowering State and Federal authorities to prevent women from getting an abortion-–even in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.

Sixth, many fetus fanatics simply dislike women. They fear and resent the women’s movement, which has given women the right to enter the workforce and compete directly with men.

And what they hate most is the legal right of a woman to avoid becoming pregnant via birth control-–or to abort the result of a male’s sperm if they do.

They see this as a personal rejection. Perhaps it reminds many of them of their own failures in romance/marriage.

The Right is made up overwhelmingly of white males. And many of these men would feel entirely at home with a Christianized version of the Taliban. They long for a world where women meekly cater to their every demand and believe only what their male masters approve for them to believe.

The trouble for these men is they don’t speak Arabic.

Seventh, many leaders of the fetus-fanatics movement are independently wealthy. This means that even if abortion could be outlawed for the vast majority, they could always bribe a willing doctor-–here or abroad-–to perform such an operation on their wife, daughter and/or mistress.

For them, there is always an escape clause.

Eighth, many fetus fanatics are not truly “pro-life.” They totally oppose abortion under most-–if not all–-circumstances. But they also fully support capital punishment, going to war for almost any reason, wholesale massacres of wildlife and despoiling of the environment, and even nuclear war.

And many of those who fanatically defend the right of a fetus to emerge from the womb just as fanatically oppose welfare for those mothers who can’t support that newborn.

Ninth, many fetus fanatics believe that since their religion teaches that abortion is wrong, they have a moral duty to enforce that belief on others.

This is especially true for evangelical Christians. These are the same people who condemn Muslims-–such as those in Saudi Arabia-–for segregating women, forbidding them to drive and forcing them to wear head scarfs or chadors-–loose, usually black robes.

But while they condemn Islamics for their general intolerance of others’ religious beliefs, they lust to impose their own upon those who belong to other churches. Or who belong to no church at all.

Tenth, many fetus fanatics are just as opposed to birth control as they are to abortion. Thus, when Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke asked Congress to require insurance companies to cover birth control, Rush Limbaugh branded her a “slut” and a “prostitute.”

WHY MITT ROMNEY LOST

In History, Politics, Social commentary on November 8, 2012 at 12:00 am

Mitt Romney lost his chance to become President for at least nine reasons.

First, he was not simply an opportunist; he was widely recognized as one.   He was despised by those on the Right as well as those on the Left, and for the same reason: He would take any position on any issue–even if this meant contradicting his previous position on it.

Second, he was not only rich, he made it clear that this was the only group he truly cared about. His public comments shouted this:

  • “I have friends who are owners of NASCAR Teams.”
  • “Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs.”
  • “Corporations are people, my friend.”
  • “Forty-seven percent are dependent upon government.”

Yet it is possible to be wealthy and trusted by those who aren’t–like Robert F. Kennedy, who identified with the poor and oppressed.

Third, Republicans enraged and alienated Latinos by their constant anti-immigrant rhetoric. A politician has to consider how his actions will affect voters–and whether they will win support or opposition.

Fourth, Republicans enraged and alienated blacks by their constant hateful attacks on Obama.  Clint Eastwood’s  empty chair “comedy” act  at the Republican convention pleased his right-wing audience. But it outraged a lot of others–especially blacks.

Many blacks might well have sat out the election–or even voted for Romney because they didn’t feel their lives had improved under Obama. But the savagery of the anti-Obama attacks–and the obvious racial bias of many of them–drew millions of blacks to the polls in his support.

Again, this was something Republicans should have taken into account–but didn’t.

Fifth, Republicans angered and alienated women–by constantly talking about

  • gutting Planned Parenthood
  • outlawing abortion
  • “legitimate rape”
  • banning birth control.

Republicans constantly talked about “getting government off the backs of the people.”  But they also threatened to insert it into the vaginas of American women.

Sixth, Republicans enraged and alienated voters generally and minorities in particular by their blatant efforts to suppress the voting rights of their fellow citizens.

Republicans falsely claimed widespread voter fraud in areas where there was absolutely no evidence for it–such as Pennsylvania. And when voter fraud was discovered, the culprit was a get-out-the-vote consulting firm hired by Republicans.

Election workers in Palm Beach County, Florida, discovered numerous registration forms that appeared to be filled out in the same handwriting, some including wrong addresses and birthdays.  All had been submitted as coming from Republican voters.

Seventh, Republicans allowed their party to be represented by slimeballs like Donald Trump and Rush Limbaugh.

Trump at first disdained Romney, saying he was “just a hedge fund guy; my wealth is many, many times bigger than Romney’s.” Then Trump–out of hatred for Obama–embraced Romney, who allowed himself to be held closely by this bullying buffoon.

When Trump claimed he could prove that Obama wasn’t an American citizen, Romney refused to distance himself from him, let alone say, “I don’t want support from someone who’s so filled with hate.”

And he similarly refused to condemn Rush Limbaugh for calling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute.” Fluke’s “crime”: She had testified before Congress on the need to have insurance companies cover contraceptives.

Romney didn’t dare condemn Limbaugh.  He was too scared of losing Limbaugh’s endorsement–and thus the support of his aptly-named “dittohead” audience.

So he chose, by default, to lose the support of far larger numbers of Americans generally and American women in particular.

Eighth, Republicans ultimately depended for their success on a voting group that’s constantly shrinking–aging white males.  Having alienated blacks, gays, women, Latinos and youths, the Republicans found themselves with no other sources of support.

Ninth, Republicans–and especially Romney–put out so many blatant lies that they came home to hurt them:

  • Romney claimed that his tax plan wouldn’t reduce tax rates for the wealthy.  Not only would it have done so, but that’s why so many billionaires were supporting him.
  • Romney initially opposed the President’s bailout of General Motors.  But when that resurrected the American auto industry, Romney changed his tune and said he had always been for the bailout.
  • Near the end of the campaign, Romney said that Jeep was shipping jobs to China.  The truth was that it was not–and Jeep  gave widespread publicity to that lie.
  • Summing up Romney’s attitude toward the truth:  “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,” said Neil Newhouse, a Romney pollster.

Knowingly or not, Romney’s campaign followed the tenet laid down by Adolf Hitler: “People more readily fall victim to the big lie than the small lie.”

Romney apparently believed that if he could blanket states with millions of dollars’ worth of false advertising, he could lie his way into the Oval Office.  This had, after all, worked for him during the primaries against his Republican opponents.

In the end, Americans came to know the truth, and the truth did make them free–of Romney and the Republican agenda.

THE REPUBLICAN W.O.W. (WAR ON WOMEN)

In Bureaucracy, History, Politics on March 12, 2012 at 1:00 am

According to right-wing talk-show host Rush Limbaugh: “This whole notion of a war on women, it’s so contrived. It’s so forced. It feels so unnatural.  ‘Cause there is no war on women.”

No doubt that’s what the Republican party wants female voters to believe.

But if bureaucracies are judged on their actions instead of on their propagandistic claims, women may well decide otherwise.

Consider:

In the Kansas legislature, Republicans have sponsored a sweeping anti-abortion bill that:

  • would levy a sales tax on women seeking abortions, including rape victims;
  • would exempt doctors from malpractice suits if they withheld medical information to prevent an abortion;
  • would take away tax credits for abortion providers;
  • remove tax deductions for the purchase of abortion-related insurance coverage; and
  • require women to hear the fetal heartbeat.

In Congress, Republicans are sponsoring the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, which

  • would make it illegal for anyone but a parent to accompany a young woman across state lines to seek an abortion–even if her parents are absent or abusive.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin state senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) said:

  • “unwanted or mistimed” pregnancies are the “choice of the women”
  • who should learn “that this is a mistake.”

Grothman recently introduced Senate Bill 507, which would

  • formally consider single parenthood a contributing factor to child abuse if passed into law.

On March 8–International Women’s Day–Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) marked the occasion by asking his Twitter followers to join him in celebrating National Agriculture Day.

Blunt had sponsored an amendment that would have

  • allowed employers to refuse health care coverage of any kind for “moral reasons.”

It was voted down in the Senate on March 1.

Many Republicans are still trying to revive the Blunt amendment.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has promised to continue the fight in the House.

Republicans spent much of 2011 challenging women’s reproductive rights.  At the state level:

  • State legislators introduced more than 1,100 anti-abortion provisions and had enacted 135 of them by year’s end.
  • Seven states either fully defunded or tried to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides basic health care, contraception, breast cancer and STD screenings to millions of low-income women each year.

At the Congressional level:

  • Republicans used abortion and Planned Parenthood funding to extort Democratic concessions during budget negotiations and threatened to shut down the government.
  • Republicans introduced mandatory ultrasound bills.
  • Republicans tried to narrow the definition of rape to include only “forcible rape.”  Under this change, a woman who was coerced, drugged or otherwise incapacitated by a rapist, would not be legally counted as a rape victim.
  • Republicans barred the District of Columbia from using its own locally raised funds to help low-income women pay for abortions.

During the first two months of 2012:

  • Virginia Republicans introduced a bill whose original language required women to undergo an invasive trans-vaginal ultrasound procedure 24 hours before having an abortion.
  • A modified version of the bill–requiring women to receive trans-abdominal ultrasounds, was signed into law instead.
  • With the connivance of House Republicans, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the nation’s largest breast cancer charity, tried to pull cancer-screening grants from Planned Parenthood because some of its clinics provide abortions.
  • The House Oversight Committee convened a hearing to deny contraceptive insurance coverage under the guise of “protecting religious liberty.” The Democrats’ one female witness, Sandra Fluke, was forbidden to speak at it.
  • Right-wing broadcaster Rush Limbaugh and Foster Friess–Rick Santorum’s chief financial backer–publicly equated birth control use to sexual promiscuity.

According to Niccolo Machiavelli, the father of political science, this does not bode well for Republican prospects in November–at the Presidential, House or Senate level.

Niccolo Machiavelli

The reason, says Machiavelli, is this:

“…The quickest way of opening the eyes of the people is to find the means of making them descend to particulars, seeing that to look at things only in a general way deceives them…

“I believe also that…no wise man should ever disregard the popular judgment upon particular matters, such as the distribution of honors and dignities, for in these things the people never deceive themselves….”

Republicans have repeatedly asserted that “job creation” is their “Number One priority.”  Yet wherever they have been elected, they have sought, first and foremost, to place highly restrictive laws on women.

And these laws have been aimed at the most intimate of all aspects of a woman’s life: Her freedom to decide whether–or when–to become a mother.

While Republicans claim their mission is to “get government off the backs of people,” they are relentlessly trying to insert controls on the vaginas of women.

If American women remain alert to this, they can retain–or regain–control over their own bodies.  And put at least a temporary end to the reign of the American Taliban.

A RUSH TO APOLOGIZE – PART TWO (END)

In Politics, Social commentary on March 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm

So Rush Limbaugh has apologized to Sandra Fluke.  Or has he?

Consider the text of his “apology”:

“For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. 

“In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation.  I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.”

No doubt that must be reassuring to Sandra Fluke.  Otherwise, she might believe Limbaugh meant it when he said:

“What does it say about the college co-ed Susan [sic] Fluke, 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. What does that make us? We’re the pimps.”

Limbaugh: “I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress.  I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities.”

Limbaugh didn’t think it “absolutely absurd” that Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) sponsored a bill allowing employers and insurance companies to refuse to provide contraception for allegedly religious reasons.  (The bill was later defeated in the Senate.)

Nor does he mind that banning birth control altogether has become a major objective for the Republican party.

Limbaugh: “What happened to personal responsibility and accountability?  Where do we draw the line?  If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow?  Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit?

Limbaugh isn’t concerned about the financial needs of others.  After all, in 2008, he signed an eight-year, $400 million contract extension with Clear Channel Communications, Inc.

Limbaugh: “In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone’s bedroom….”

Wow.  Imagine the surprise of all those millions of radio listeners who thought they heard Limbaugh say:

“So, Ms. Fluke and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal: if we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it.  And I’ll tell you what it is.  We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”

“….nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level.”

This refers to the March 3 call President Barack Obama made to Fluke, saying that her parents should be proud of her for speaking out for women.

If the President had been a fellow fascist who called Limbaugh in support, Rushbo would be constantly playing the tape of that call on his show.

Limbaugh: “My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir.  I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.”

Most legal experts would agree.  Limbaugh’s “choice of words” has indeed “created a national stir.”  And it has put him–and Clear Channel Communications–squarely in the crosshairs of a multi-million-dollar slander suit:

  • He cannot prove that Sandra Fluke is a “slut.” 
  • He cannot prove that she is a “prostitute.” 
  • He cannot prove that she isn’t even a virgin.

Fluke, on the other hand, can prove:

  • She is a private citizen–and thus subject to privacy protections that do not extend to public figures like Limbaugh.
  • Limbaugh has accused her of being a “slut” and a “prostitute”–with the first being a slander and the latter being a criminal offense.
  • In her Congressional testimony, she never mentioned “sex” as a reason for using birth control.  She testified to a friend’s losing an ovary to surgery because she couldn’t afford contraceptives to stop the growth of ovarian cysts.

Nine advertisers (so far) have dropped their sponsorship of The Rush Limbaugh Show.  But Republicans have been overwhelmingly silent on Limbaugh’s latest foray into misogamy and brutality.

A noteworthy exception is Texas Gongressman Ron Paul.  Appearing on the March 4 edition of CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Paul said Limbaugh’s apology was not sincere:

“He’s doing it because some people were taking their advertisements off of his program. It was his bottom line he was concerned about. I don’t think he’s very apologetic. It’s in his best interest, that’s why he did it.”

American political commentators often snidely refer to “The Arab street”–those millions of malcontented, racist, uneducated, hate-filled, misogynistic Muslims who burn to force their prejudices and superstitions on others.

American political commentators often snidely refer to “the Arab street”–those millions of malcontented, racist, uneducated, hate-filled, misogynistic Muslims who burn to force their prejudices and superstitions on others.

It’s time for these same commentators to acknowledge–and condemn–“the American street”–those millions of malcontented, racist, uneducated, hate-filled, misogynistic “ditto-heads” who burn to force their prejudices and superstitions on others.

A RUSH TO APOLOGIZE – PART ONE (OF TWO)

In Politics, Social commentary on March 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Facing unprecedented criticism and the potential loss of advertisers, Rush Limbaugh has issued his version of an apology to Sandra Fluke.

Fluke, a third-year Georgetown University law student, had testified before Congress on February 23 on the need for insurance companies to cover birth control.

Sandra Fluke

Fluke explained that at a Jesuit campus that refuses to provide insurance coverage for contraception, such costs can run as high as $3,000 during the three years a woman attends law school.

In his brutal, misogynistic attacks on Fluke on February 29 and March 1, the spokesman for the American Right called her a “slut” and a “prostitute.”

Rush Limbaugh

Limbaugh further charged that she couldn’t afford contraceptives because she was “having too much sex.”

Then Limbaugh–who likes to champion the glories of “family values”–closed with this salacious gem:

“So Ms. Fluke and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal: If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it. And I’ll tell you want it is. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”

On March 3, President Barack Obama called Fluke to say that her parents should be proud of her for speaking out for women.

After learning of the President’s phone call during his radio show, Limbaugh made a kissing noise with his lips and mocked Obama.

“That is so compassionate. What a great guy,” Limbaugh said. “The President called her to make sure she’s OK. What is she, 30 years old? Thirty years old, student at Georgetown Law who admits to having so much sex she can’t afford it.”

Reaction has since been furious–and overwhelmingly anti-Limbaugh.

As of March 4, seven of his advertisers have pulled their ads from sponsoring his show, which is aired throughout the U.S. on more than 400 stations and is the highest-rated talk-radio program in the United States.

On March 4, ProFlowers announced on its Facebook page that it had suspended advertising on Limbaugh’s program because his comments “went beyond political discourse to a personal attack and do not reflect our values as a company.”

The six other advertisers which claim they have pulled ads from his show are:

  • Mortgage lender Quicken Loans
  • Mattress retailers Sleep Train and Sleep Number
  • Software maker Citrix Systems Inc.
  • Online data backup service provider Carbonite
  • Online legal document services company LegalZoom.

Among the statements issued by the departing advertisers:

  • Sleep Train: “We are pulling our ads with Rush Limbaugh and appreciate the community’s feedback.”
  • Sleep Number Sara: “Recent comments by Rush Limbaugh do not align w/our values, so we made decision to immediately suspend all advertising on that program.”
  • Legal Zoon: “As of today, LegalZoom has suspended all advertising on the Rush Limbaugh show.”
  • Quicken Loans: “Due to continued inflammatory comments–along w/valuable feedback from clients & team members–QL has suspended ads on Rush Limbaugh program.”
  • Citrix: “We have listened to our customers & have decided to cease our advertising on The Rush Limbaugh Show immediately.”

Limbaugh’s comments have put him directly in the crosshairs of a slander suit. He has no evidence that Sandra Fluke is “a slut” or “a prostitute.” And his saying he wants her to post online videos of her having sex clearly demonstrates his own salacious mindset.

Someone at Clear Channel Communications, Inc.–which is contracted to carry his show until 2016–must have realized this. And must have also realized that Clear Channel could be named a party to such a lawsuit, since it gives Limbaugh his radio megaphone to defame anyone he wants.

On March 3, Limbaugh released what he claimed was an apology to Fluke:

“For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.

“I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities.

“What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line? If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow? Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit?

“In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone’s bedroom nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level.

“My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.”

Is Limbaugh’s “apology” to be taken seriously? Read the next column and find out.

THE SPIRITS OF LIMBAUGH

In History, Politics on March 3, 2012 at 12:15 am

Rush Limbaugh is a man possessed–with the spirits of three men:

  • The spirit of Joseph Goebbels, the clubfooted dwarf with a poisonous tongue and a genius for lying, who served as Adolf Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda.

  • The spirit of Herman Goering, the porcine drug-addict who, as commander of the German Luftwaffe (Air Force) delighted in raining death and destruction from the skies on defenseless populations; and

The spirit of Julius Streicher, the whip-carrying publisher of a newspaper, Der Sturmer (“The Stormer”) considered so obscene even other Nazis refused to read it.

All of these characteristics–the venom of Goebbels, the brutality of Goering and the pornographic mindset of Streicher–were on full view during Limbaugh’s recent tirades to his radio audience.

These were aimed at Sandra Fluke, a third-year Georgetown University law student who, on February 23, had addressed Congress on the issue of birth control.

Fluke explained at the hearing that as a student at a Jesuit campus that refuses to provide insurance coverage for contraception, birth control costs can be as high as $3,000 during the three years a woman attends law school.

She testified that a friend had been forced to have an ovary removed. An insurance company had refused to cover the prescription birth control she needed to stop the growth of ovarian cysts.

Fluke stated her opposition to a bill sponsored by Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) allowing employers to refuse to provide contraception for allegedly religious reasons.  (The bill was later defeated in the Senate.)

“When you let university administrators or other employers, rather than women and their doctors, dictate whose medical needs are legitimate and whose aren’t, a woman’s health takes a back seat to a bureaucracy focused on policing her body,” said Fluke.

Count Rush Limbaugh among those most determined to police a woman’s body.  Although Fluke’s testimony never mentioned sex, Limbaugh proved fixiated on it.

In his brutal, pornographic attacks on Fluke on February 29 and March 1, Limbaugh said:

“What does it say about the college co-ed Susan [sic] Fluke, 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. What does that make us? We’re the pimps.”

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“Can you imagine if you’re her parents how proud of Sandra Fluke you would be?  Your daughter goes up to a Congressional hearing conducted by the Botox-filled Nancy Pelosi and testifies she’s having so much sex she can’t afford her own birth control pills and she agrees that Obama should provide them, or the Pope.”

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“Ms. Fluke, have you ever heard of not having sex?  Have you ever heard of not having sex so often?  What next that you can’t afford are you going to go to Pelosi and say we need to buy?  Mink?  A Volt?  A Prius?  What next are you going to want, Ms. Fluke, that you see etched in misery on the faces of fellow students of Georgetown?”

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“A Georgetown coed told Nancy Pelosi’s hearing that the women in her law school program are having so much sex they’re going broke, so you and I should have to pay for their birth control. So what would you call that? I called it what it is.  So, I’m offering a compromise today: I will buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want.”

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“So Ms. Fluke and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal: If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it.  And I’ll tell you what it is.  We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”

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On March 1, Chris Matthews, the host of MSNBC’s political analysis show, “Hardball,” noted the status of Limbaugh within the Republican party:

“Rush is, of course, the spiritual and intellectual leader of the Republican Party these days. No one in the party dares speak against him. Where are the Republicans condemning what he said today? Nowhere.”

“No one man can terrorize a whole nation,” said journalist Edward R. Murrow during his 1954 expose of slander-flinging Senator Joseph McCarthy, “unless we are all his accomplices.”

Joseph McCarthy

What makes Limbaugh powerful is the support he gets from “the American street”–those millions of malcontented, racist, hate-filled, misogynistic, ignorant voters who burn to force their prejudices and superstitions on others.

Murrow, quoting Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, had it right: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”

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