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In “Slut” Debacle, Rush Limbaugh Reflects Us

It would be nice to be able to say that Rush Limbaugh is an outlier for shouting “slut!” at a woman who dared to testify regarding contraceptive coverage policy on Capitol Hill. But I don’t think I can honestly say that. I just finished a review of the 1,577 Twitter posts yesterday that contained the word “slut.” Only 41 of them (2.6%) were critical commentaries on the idea of “slut” or the use of the word “slut” to denigrate women.

Rush Limbaugh is a savvy media figure. He says what he says after consulting the looking glass of American popular culture. If Rush Limbaugh is ugly, he’s an ugly reflection of us.

A contrary footnote: in San Diego on April 10, a This Slut Votes meetup is being held to kick-start some form of a social movement. It will be interesting to see what happens there.

2 comments to In “Slut” Debacle, Rush Limbaugh Reflects Us

  • Michael Rowzee

    Rush Limbaugh and other conservative talk show hosts have expressed their support for Senator Santorum. Senator Santorum said he is a Conservative and not a candidate of the Republican Establishment; a candidate of conservatives loyal to the Republican Party and not ready to align with the new American Conservative Party. Rush Limbaugh has said repeatedly, “I am not a Republican, I’m a Conservative.” Rush Limbaugh has often criticized and condemned the main-stream news media for failing to vet President Obama while intentionally but secretly ignoring skeletons from Santorum’s closet. For reporters supporting President Obama’s reelection to ignore Santorum’s less-than-honorable past is expected; the President has a better chance of winning against Santorum than against Romney: But Limbaugh’s hypocrisy is inexcusable because he does the same things he publicly condemns others for doing.

    Here are examples of vet-able stories ignored by Rush Limbaugh:

    Santorum put the screws to elderly veterans. http://www.disabledveterans.org/2012/01/22/santorum-put-the-screws-to-elderly-veterans/

    Santorum: “Libertarians have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down, keep our regulations low, and that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues. That is not how traditional conservatives view the world. There is no such society that I am aware of, where we’ve had radical individualism and that it succeeds as a culture.”

    How Corrupt Was Santorum?

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/01/the-corrupt-christianist.html

    Santorum charity for the poor spent most of its money on management, political friends
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/santorum-charity-for-the-poor-spent-most-of-its-money-on-management-political-friends/2012/01/11/gIQAGDKVwP_story.html?hpid=z11

    Why Rick Santorum’s Pennsylvania Residency Scam and School Tuition Fraud Still Matters – And Why He Can’t Be the Nominee Because of It
    http://hillbuzz.org/why-rick-santorums-pennsylvania-residency-scam-and-school-tuition-fraud-still-matters-and-why-he-cant-be-the-nominee-because-of-it-95754

  • Tom

    The Republicans, having been taken over by corporate America (as have the Democrats), are scraping the bottom of the barrel for viable candidates. Now they’re even bandying Jeb of the Bush crime family to come and save the day at the last minute. They, like the Democrats, think we don’t remember the last Bush we were lead (down the road to perdition) by.

    i think it’s not only too late for America, but also for our species on the planet at this point, for any kind of politician to come along and right the past 200 years of wrong-doing (especially the last 50). We, like Rome, made all the wrong moves and compounded one mistake with another and now we have to pay the piper (Mother Nature). Just stay tuned as our dead-in-the water, rusted out, rudderless ship of state is sinking into oblivion.

    Humanity was a bad design: too greedy, ignorant and pride-filled to even learn from our mistakes. Now we live in fantasy land – as if that’s going to square with reality when the chips are due.

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