Wednesday, March 7, 2012

They're Scared of Limbaugh

I find it sadly predictable that no prominent Republican has unequivocally condemned Rush Limbaugh's recent statements regarding Susan Fluke. Ms. Fluke is a student at Georgetown Law School who was denied the right to speak at a congressional hearing on contraception, in which she planned to discuss a friend of hers who needed contraception to prevent the growth of cysts. As you recall, Mr. Limbaugh, stated:
"What does it say about co-ed Susan Fluke who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex -- what does it 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 contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We're the pimps. The johns, that's right. We would be the johns. Well -- yeah, that's right. Pimp's not the right word."
And while public personalities such as Mr. Limbaugh and other political figures open themselves up to a certain degree of name calling, Ms. Fluke was merely an ordinary citizen seeking to testify before a congressional subcommittee. 

While Democrats have fiercely condemned these comments, Republicans have been significantly mute on the subject. Do Republicans agree with these disgusting and vile statements or are they afraid of Mr. Limbaugh? For example, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stated that Mr. Limbaugh's statements were
"not the language I would [sic] used. I'm focusing on the issues I think are significant in the country today, and that's why I'm here talking about jobs and Ohio."
"Not the language I would [have] used," what kind of response is that? Doesn't Mr. Romney think Mr. Limbaugh's statements are blatantly offensive and inappropriate? Don't such statements deserve a straightforward condemnation? 

Where is Mr. Romney's courage to condemn this buffoon? This was Mr. Romney's defining moment: his opportunity to stand up and say this was wrong. His chance to show leadership -- pure and simple. Sadly, he failed to rise to the occasion. It was just another example of his lack of mettle.  

Likewise, Rick Santorum commented that Mr. Limbaugh was being "absurd." And even Ron Paul, the so-called "maverick" Republican candidate, stated that Mr. Limbaugh's comments "were in poor taste." Is it just me or do these responses seem hollow and wanting? In other words, just plain political "namby-pamby."

Well, at least one old-time conservative, George Will, believes that the "Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh." Referring to House Speaker John Boehner's statement that Rush's language was "inappropriate," Mr. Will stated that "using the salad fork for your entree, that's inappropriate. Not this stuff." Mr. Will went on to say, "And it was depressing because what it indicates is that the Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh. They want to bomb Iran, but they're afraid of Rush Limbaugh."

All this left me thinking of a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr., "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

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