This is about as bad as Rush Limbaugh's rhetoric has ever been... a new low, even for a guy who would have to tunnel to find a depth he's yet to plumb in political bullshit. I'm sitting here too mad to even tell my wife what it is I'm yelling about...
Sandra Fluke was denied speaking time by committee chair Darrell Issa when Obama's contraception policy was being discussed in the House of Reprehensibles, as he seemed to prefer a long lineup of testosterone-sloshing, middle-aged men when looking for "experts" on women's reproductive health. Fluke, a student at Georgetown Law School, WAS allowed to testify before a committee hearing being held by Nancy Pelosi, however, and her testimony was the source of Limbaugh's sexist ridicule. You have to listen to the sound bite for yourself to get the full effect...
Here are a few quotes from the clip of Limbaugh's rant, taken from Huffington Post:
"Can you imagine if you were her parents how proud...you would be?" he said. "Your daughter ... testifies she's having so much sex she can't afford her own birth control pills and she wants President Obama to provide them, or the Pope."
"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. 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 and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex."
Several times in the course of this misogynistic verbal diarrhea Limbaugh made a point of saying her testimony implied these women were having "so much sex they needed help paying for their birth control pills."
Here's a news flash for this asshole and anyone else out there who thinks this shit is funny:
it doesn't matter if a woman has sex ten times a day or doesn't have sex at all... the daily birth control pills cost the same amount per month. She can be as chaste as the Virgin Mary or as promiscuous as a fat, drug addicted egomaniac like Rush Limbaugh, but the cost of her birth control pills doesn't change.
If there were any justice in this world Rush Limbaugh would inherit such a shitstorm for this little segment of his radio broadcast it would drive him forever off of the public airwaves in shame. But Limbaugh has no shame. His listeners eat this kind of vitriolic horseshit up like ice cream. And his sponsors couldn't be happier.
Women could make this arrogant bastard eat his words if they'd only act, together, to force his sponsors to divest of this hate speech programming.
Why they don't is beyond my comprehension.