Three “beacons of intellectualism” (Gloria Steinem, Robin Morgan, and Jane Fonda) have called for Rush Limbaugh to be taken off the air over his remarks about Sandra Fluke. I’m assuming that they were offended, but I have a news bulletin: saying something offensive is not illegal. The contents of the column are outrageously inaccurate.
First of all, they say “He [Rush imbaugh] promotes language that deliberately dehumanizes his targets. Like the sophisticated propagandist Josef Goebbels, he creates rhetorical frames — and the bigger the lie, the more effective — inciting listeners to view people they disagree with as sub-humans. His longtime favorite term for women, ‘femi-Nazi,’ doesn’t even raise eyebrows anymore, an example of how rhetoric spreads when unchallenged by coarsened cultural norms.”
Rush doesn’t call all women “Femi-Nazis,” just the confused left-wing fringe of women, like Gloria Steinem, Robin Morgan, and Jane Fonda. If you get irritated about that, then he has done his job luring you to write nonsensical columns like the one mentioned above. He’s being semi-serious ladies, not to mention that “femi-nazi” is a term that falls short on the derogatory scale compared to “slut.”
It is almost laughable that anyone would take these women seriously. Robin Morgan advocated “man-hating” as an honorable duty. Gloria Steinem called Sarah Palin “an unqualified woman” since she opposes what Gloria feels are important issues for women. Jane Fonda (aka Hanoi Jane) had the temerity to spit on our veterans and POWS in Vietnam by claiming torture wasn’t widespread and then pose for a beautiful photo op on an anti-aircraft cannon intended to shoot down American pilots. No wonder these three get along so well.
As Bill Maher indicated on his twitter feed, he doesn’t support Rush Limbaugh and has always eviscerated him on his show and his stand-up, but supports his right to free speech. While he detests him, he said on his show last Friday that he would rather live in a country where the Rush Limbaugh’s of the world can exist and feels uncomfortable when people are made “to disappear.” I don’t agree with Mr. Maher calling Rush a “stupid fat f***”; he defends his right to voice his opinions when no one dies as a result. He says that this is America and we should feel uncomfortable at times. I agree.
Freedom of speech is integral to a free society. As an Asian-American, I will defend any white supremacist’s right to shout out “chink, gook, or dink.” I will defend their right to call for my personal, and that of my entire race’s, destruction. The free flow of ideas, no matter how vile, is beneficial to a liberal democracy. The positive effects of such words may seem infinitesimal, but it creates dialogues about race, tolerance, and ways to deal with such issues. That’s a good thing.
Fonda, Morgan, and Steinem are members of the progressive state who, as George Will notes, demonstrate what liberalism looks like after a hundred years of maturation, which is an agenda to break the civil institutions that mediate the relationship between the individual and the state and break them to will the state. Ms. Fonda and company are doing this under the guise of “women’s rights” and “free speech.”
They say that they respect Mr. Limbaugh’s right to differ politically, but not on the “people’s airwaves.” We don’t own the airwaves ladies; Clear Channel does, and they are the ones who decides who stays and who goes. Lastly, the left and their allies need to stop depicting Rush as some leader of the Republican Party; he isn’t. That is why “de facto” is a critical term. If the Three Amigas think that knocking the “de facto” leader of the GOP is going to have any effect, they’re sadly mistaken. We have plenty of conservative men and women who can fill that void like Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, and Andrew Wilkow who are lot smarter than these three women are. What Mr. Limbaugh said was idiotic, and he should be called out on it, but should he “go away” as a result? Never.