Sick Puppies

Rush Limbaugh, an extreme right-wing radio host here in America, is in the real news right now. At issue is the fact that Catholic institutions don’t want to give their employees health insurance that includes the contraceptive pill. The institutions claim religious freedom and the employees and much of the country claim the right to female reproductive health.

A female student from Georgetown University spoke at a hearing on the matter. (Georgetown University is Catholic, but many of its students aren’t. The hearing was organized by the democrats because the republicans refused to have a hearing that included women.) She explained that birth control–which is also used for other, medical, reasons–could cost more than $3,000 if it’s not covered.

Rush Limbaugh had this to say about it:

What does it say about the college coed 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 – the taxpayers – to pay her.”

And the next day:

“If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, 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.”

What’s so disturbing about this, to me, is not that Rush Limbaugh said these things. What disturbs me is that he has a radio show, and that it has been the most listened to show for years. This means that a lot of people listen to him. Rush Limbaugh is one sick puppy, but apparently millions of people in this country agree with him.That’s a whole lot of sick puppies. And those people vote. About women’s health issues. Now that’s disturbing!

For some comic relief, click here for the video of Jon Stewart’s take on the whole thing.

3 responses to “Sick Puppies

  1. Oh-my-God! They sure are sick, ‘it makes her a prostitute’, ‘they want to watch’? Did anyone else complain, or were they all laughing?
    I even see more on that site: “Pat Robertson: Tornadoes Could Have Been Stopped If People Had Prayed” WTF?! It’s even worse than I thought!


    • Yep. Everyone in their right mind is complaining about it. Which tells you something about the republican presidential candidates, because they aren’t. Watch the Jon Stewart video to see what they had to say.


  2. The fact that the Republicans couldn’t muster any sort of response other than “inappropriate” or “not the words I’d use” makes it even worse. The fact that so many people are still calling this woman a slut makes me want to tear my hair out. It’s wrong on so many levels, both factual and moral. It’s all so vile.


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