A lot has been said. Reiterated and beaten like a dead horse. All for two words. Slut and prostitute. Two words. Sticks and stones, am I right? And although the masses have yet to fully understand even their own ire–words? Words cannot hurt me. We are on the precipice of a universal satori. People all over are realizing it wasn’t just two words, was it? It was countless unabashed words over a three day period and insultingly enough, infinite veiled in fear of loss of sponsorship but nonetheless misogyinistic slurs and self righteous condemnation for the days that preceded the Fluke Situation and no doubt to ensue unabated well into the future.
This is not an isolated incident.
This is not the first time nor will it be the last time Rush Limbaugh purposefully, consciously, intentionally offends a woman. It is, folks, what he does. Women, Non Anglos, Non GOP, Non Bigots… any one who is not like him or who does not worship him he strives to offend. It is what he does.
So what’s different now? Why the uproar? Glad you asked. Its different now because he poked an already testy bee hive. He jumped into a frayed playing ground where those he pundits for were already losing. And he took it too far. How far is too far? I’ll tell you. He offended his listeners. They may not realize yet on a conscious level, just wait. There are many who have stood up in arms linked to defend their portly prince of posturing, defending his Freedom of Speech, assuaging the backlash from his verbal diarrhea with comparisons to other public figures who’ve also “misused” a ‘few’ words here and there but in the end if we put all the donnybrook aside, the fact is that Rush’s listeners are not all like him in that some of them are women and some of them might even respect women.
I do not mean to imply that all women are offended by the doughy deejay’s rhetoric. Quite the contrary! There is a fair amount of the fairer sex blustering forward with their defense script in their ears direct from Rush’s lips. Although it is extremely difficult to take anyone seriously, especially a woman, re-spouting the 17th century wisdom that has become a treasured part of our political discourse because it belies a wretched sense of self, self esteem and intelligence. I do not hold it against these ladies, not everyone is fit to think for themselves. I suppose in a way it is fortuitous that they have aligned themselves with a group of individuals who are willing, nay demand to do the thinking for them. Some women love that. They don’t want to be bothered with making all those pesky decisions. GOP it is. They will speak for me. And think for me. And tell me when to have babies. How convenient.
I have to believe though, that they are a small portion and that the big stink over the Fluke Situation, hints at an awakening from a cognitive dissonance that female dittoheads have been suffering from for years.
When your leader tells you to hate the opposite team, its easy. Hate Democrats. Ok. Got it. Hate Liberals. Ok. Got it. Hate women. Pause. But we are women. Women who have followed you, quoted you, defended you.
The prevailing message from Rush is essentially this: Dittohead, liberal or con–if you take contraception and you expect the same rights and insurance coverage as a man has to Viagra, a drug that makes a sex possible for a man who has been rendered impotent (by God we can only assume) without any medical utility whatsoever, then YOU are a SLUT.
Forget what you’ve heard. or rather go listen to Fluke’s testimony, because the argument that any woman has asked any government, taxpayer or anyone else to pay for her to take birth control or for her to have sex is a purposefully calculated lie. So, if you reiterate that, whether you believe it or not, whether you just repeat after Rush, you are a liar. An ignorant liar at that. Your opinion does not matter in this, because liars do not get a say in reality based life. If it is the case you do not understand how insurance copays work or the politics behind denying equal coverage, again, sit this out, you will not win an argument with anyone who is educated in these matters and your empty talking points that are seasoned with lies degrades any standing you have in this debate.
But what the women and men who respect women; i.e. those who have mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins, friends etc. that they love are finally waking up to the juvenile, asinine behavior of their beloved leader and realizing that the enemy has become them. What Rush and the GOP painfully failed to consider is that both men and women like birth control for family planning and medical treatments. Both sexes like sex. And while it is easy to point the finger at “them’, your enemy du jour, it is nothing short of a psychological disjunction to realize that your precious porcine pacesetter has included you, if only by uncontrollable egomaniacal bombast, in his crosshairs to continue the narrative of superiority over every other person in the world. That is the frame of mind of anyone who would feel so comfortable spewing such venomous, feckless banter without regard for half the world’s population.
The women who follow Rush must now be losing their minds. They felt right at home hating “them”, now, they have become “them”. How do you reconcile it? It must be mind blowing. It is very unlikely that none of Rush’s female listeners use birth control. Given the statistics of Ovarian Cancer and other female reproductive conditions, all that recognize no political leanings, it is assured that even dittoheads realize that contraception is not the devil and that taking it doesn’t make you loose. But…but…but…and how mind blowing could it be to have a doubt placed in your mind when you have verily cleared out all thinking processes to make an Limbaugh Echo Chamber? It is easy to not be a Democrat, but you will always be a woman. It has to be very discombobulating.
But that is not even the biggest issue. Those women and men will have to deal with unarresting their development at some point, now is as good a time as ever.
The real reason that we will stay mad at Rush is that this was not about two words, nor even three days of disgusting pandering to the lowest common denominator. No. After all, he “apologized’. WTFE. I won’t even go into that. No. This is about the fact that Rush single-handedly pulled back the carefully constructed curtain, crafted from religious sanctimony and hemmed with self righteous indignation that the GOP had attempted to sell to the contentious contraception equality crowd, to reveal a bay window into the GOP’s misanthropic, manipulative, mendacious minds.
They said it was about Religious Freedom. They said it was about their own moral conscience. They said it was about the Constitution. But we all knew it was about control. And when the GOP failed to control the debate, enter Rush Limbaugh, the GOP spokesman, head jerk in charge to shame women into shutting up. He blew it for them! He said what they were all thinking. Women who want control of their lives, women who demand equal rights and yes, women who want to have sex when and where they want to are…are…are… (has to be something horrible because it threatens the power men will have and that in turn lessens their self assessed value.) …a slut. Yes. Call into question her chastity. Give her a Scarlett S. That will teach her to act like she deserves the same rights as a man. Calling a woman a misogyinstic slur is the last bastion a pathetic, peurile blockhead has to feel superior over a woman who is obviously smarter, more educated and classier than he will ever dream of being.
I don’t blame Rush, entirely. He has evolved because we’ve let him. The GOP has all but kissed his feet at every election cycle and up til now, sponsors had no problem with his monstrously excessive turgidity. Up til now, he had timed his rhetoric perfectly. Just under the radar for his listeners. But not anymore. He went after a private citizen. Not a politico, not a pundit, not a public servant. He jumped in mouth first to give his two pence at a time the GOP had painstakingly machinated this–“it has nothing to do with birth control or women’ anecdote for a series of weeks, months, decades and he destroyed all their hard work with ‘two words’. All their affectations of Moral Superiority blown to bits as their pope of impropriety spilled their beans for everyone to hear. We can all clearly see this debate has nothing to do with religion or moral superiority when it is lead by a man demanding pornography while calling a woman a slut.
In the end, I think anyone who was just angry about two words was appeased by the “apology’. The reason most people are still angry is this is not just about two words, three days, multiple decades of the war on women, but the horse and pony show by “Religious” spokesMEN no less has been revealed to be a Good Ol Boys playbook left open on the bleachers and the crowd finding out that they were never on the same team as the leaders they put their faith in.
Not everyone will reach enlightenment in this endeavor. Realization will wait as long as people continue to fight against it. But what Rush, the Bishops and the GOP are about to find is that you can lie and lie and lie, but ‘words’ can be your eventual undoing when you intentionally use them to hurt others for political or egotistical gain.
This didn’t happen overnight and it won’t be going away soon. We know now, thanks to Rush, just exactly what we’re facing. So to Rush, I say thank you. If it weren’t for those few thoughtful words your vomited, we might still be assuming that the goods our representatives, priests, rabbis and Blunts have been selling us had some basis in decency and honesty. We now know it is all bogus.
Enlightenment is not being blinded by a light, it is realizing you are in the dark.