It is all the more important to bring this quote under scrutiny as it very clearly states what many of the religious 'right' and their puppets in the GOP have been stating as of late. If this has been done by someone else, I would probably consider it a great sardonic remark against such idiocy. But instead it shows that Poe's Law is alive and well.
In a comment in reference to Sandra Fluke's being refused the chance to speak before a congressional committee on contraception, Rush stated:
"What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic] 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."When I first read this line, I was unsure of exactly how to react. I was torn in equal directions of being disgusted, furious, and trying my best not to laugh.
I was disgusted because this is purest form of the current Republican view on women's rights. It is everything they have been striving for against about half of the human population under the guise of 'morality'. When the rhetoric is removed, this is what is left. The view that if any woman dares to want to take control of her own body and what could happen to them if they dare to speak out. After all, to such individuals they are nothing more than dirty, filthy whores.
I was furious because I know that Rush Limbaugh is not some crazy living in a box somewhere talking about how his underwear is blessed by Jesus (that would be closer to Mitt Romney, now wouldn't it). He is listened to by many and there will be quite a few who will believe his blatantly offensive and painful inaccurate remark. And his remark will be used by others to continue to perpetuate the mistreatment and oppression of millions.
I nearly died laughing because the statement and its sentiment are so utterly disconnected from reality. In my head, I could see Rush hiding under his bed in terror because the evil feminists might come for him in his sleep.
This is the mentality the rational of this country are up against. It is equal parts vile bigotry and pant staining lunacy. In a world where the secrets of the universe are being unveiled through massive particle accelerators and we combat diseases through our understanding of evolution, the sentiments such as those espoused by Rush Limbaugh and his ilk should have no place other than the scrawling found on a bathroom wall. But, unfortunately, this kind of hatred is alive and well. It threatens all we have and will work for.
It must be raged against, it must be demonstrated against and it must even be lampooned. There may always be those who vomit forth such bile as Rush Limbaugh has spewed here, but we can make such individuals so utterly non-relevant that laughter and/or pity become the only appropriate responses.