"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?... She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex." -Rush Limbaugh, referring to Sandra Fluke, a student at Georgetown Law School
I am a fan of Rush Limbaugh.
There, I wrote it. I feel much better now.
I began listening to Rush in 1992 during the Bush vs. Clinton campaign year. I was a Liberal Democrat back then working in a frame shop alone all day long. I switched to talk radio to pass the time while I worked alone.
I immediately thought he was funny, conceited, but funny. I loved his Al Gore parodies! But I mostly disagreed with everything he said. That is, until I started to really listen to what he was saying. I was taught (by Liberal television shows) that Ronald Reagan was a dunce idiot and perhaps the worst US President in our history. But Rush said on his show that Reagan was perhaps our greatest President. What? How can this be?
Do you mean that what they said on TV was…gulp….WRONG??
He spoke of Reagan's policies and how they helped America out of a deep recession. He played some of Reagan's speeches about how great America is. I had forgotten what it meant to be proud of my country until I listened to Rush's show.
I stopped listening to Rush when I changed jobs in 1993 and didn't listen to him again until the Monica Lewinski debacle happened in 1998. I was sickened by what Clinton did and tuned in to hear what Rush had to say about it.
Suddenly, I found myself agreeing with him. How'd that happen?? Could it be that I was older and much wiser? I relished how Rush went after Clinton. He felt the way I did: disgusted that a US President would behave in such a way. And in the Oval Office! Ick!
I was hooked. I started to listen to Rush's show every day faithfully. I didn't agree with everything he said, but I was a Dittohead through and through. I even held on for over an hour to talk to him once. Unfortunately, I had to hang up before it was my turn. Oh well.
In 2003, I thought for sure his show was over when he admitted to being addicted to Oxycontin and headed out for rehab. But we loyal listeners and sponsors held fast…and he returned better than ever!
Now it is 2012 and he has been on the air as long as I have been married: 24yrs this year. Is this the end for Rush because of what he said about Sandra Fluke??
As a fan, I agree that Rush was wrong to resort to ad hominems. He is above that. I know what he was trying to say (spending $3,000 a year on contraceptives does seem excessive, doesn't it??) but he said it all wrong. However, what he said pales in comparison to what sexist hateful remarks Bill Maher and other celebrities have spewed out about Sarah Palin.
At least Rush apologized. Bill Maher remains silent so far regarding his comments about Sarah Palin.
What this controversy has done is revealed the hypocrisy of the Liberal Left. It has shown people that they believe they can do and say anything because they are Liberal and have no moral standard. But the Right claims to have morality and, therefore, must be held to a higher standard.
Really? How asinine is that logic?
But they hold onto that logic like a life vest through a storm in the ocean.
Will Rush go down like the Titanic? No. He will continue on through this storm and unite the Conservative base. We will rally around him and continue to point out the hypocrisy of the Left and the bias in the media.
That's how we roll!
Keep on, keeping on, Rush. Keep raising millions of dollars for children's cancer research. Keep giving your time to various charities. We all make mistakes. At least you own up to them.