The word “freedom” is extremely complicated. We champion our “freedom” often in this country, but the fact is nobody anywhere has 100% freedom. Unless you’re someone who lives on some island completely alone, odds are you have to abide by certain societal rules.
When it comes to “freedom of speech,” it can be somewhat trickier because it gives vile human beings the freedom to say disgusting things.
For the most part, I’m very liberal when it comes to freedom of speech. I’ve never been an advocate for removing people from the airwaves simply because I disagreed with something they’ve said. If a particular company wants to part ways with someone who says something offensive, that’s well within their rights and often understandable.
That being said, I do draw some lines.
It’s hard for me to define where that “line” is, but for me Rush Limbaugh has crossed it.
The tipping point for me was when he called Sandra Fluke a slut on national airwaves. If someone wants to attack a public figure such as President Obama, Sarah Palin or Rush Limbaugh — go right ahead. Hell, even as extremely low-profile as I am, I get called all kinds of names on my Twitter account. As a writer for a national political website, I’ve put myself “out there” to face criticism.
But when Limbaugh went after a private citizen, he went too far. As someone with such a wide audience, you can’t single out a private individual and slander them on national radio.
And as sponsors dropped him right and left, I had hopes that it would soon lead to his full banishment from radio airwaves. Sadly, it has yet to happen.
Now, I think it needs to.
“Let’s forget the Senate for a minute. Let’s say, let’s take 10 people in a room and they’re a group. And the room is made up of six men and four women. OK? The group has a rule that the men cannot rape the women. The group also has a rule that says any rule that will be changed must require six votes, of the 10, to change the rule. Every now and then, some lunatic in the group proposes to change the rule to allow women to be raped. But they never were able to get six votes for it. There were always the four women voting against it and they always found two guys.
Well, the guy that kept proposing that women be raped finally got tired of it, and he was in the majority and he was one that [said], ‘You know what? We’re going to change the rule. Now all we need is five.” And well, ‘you can’t do that.’ ‘Yes we are. We’re the majority. We’re changing the rule.’ And then they vote. Can the women be raped? Well, all it would take then is half of the room. You can change the rule to say three. You can change the rule to say three people want it, it’s going to happen. There’s no rule. When the majority can change the rules there aren’t any.”
What the hell is wrong with conservatives? Rape is rape—period. Rape is not like this, it’s not like that—it’s rape.
Besides, his “comparison” doesn’t make any damn sense. In a group of 10 people, 6 people would be the simple majority—idiot. If 5 people voted for rape and 5 voted against, that’s a 50/50 split and does not equate to a majority supporting anything. So the math behind this ridiculous example is mystifying in its stupidity.
Then by his comparison it seems Republicans would “support rape” as well considering in 2005 — when Mitch McConnell was the Senate Majority Leader — he supported this same change to the rules that Harry Reid finally went through with due to unprecedented Republican obstruction of judicial and executive nominees.
Or I like how he glosses over how House Republicans continue to invoke the “Hastert Rule” where it requires a majority of the majority to allow something to come up for a vote in the House. Meaning that House Republicans can block legislation that would pass in the House—except John Boehner refuses to let these bills come up for a vote because a majority of the majority doesn’t support them.
So in the House, a simple majority doesn’t matter–heck a super majority wouldn’t even matter. For the “majority of the majority” to be reached right now it would take 117 Republicans to support something before Boehner would allow it to come up for a vote. Meaning that even if a bill has all 200 Democrats supporting it, and even say 110 Republicans as well, per the “Hastert Rule” Boehner wouldn’t allow that bill to come up for a vote.
So, per the “Hastert Rule” about 73% of the House could support something, but unless that 73% is at minimum 117 Republicans, it wouldn’t come up for a vote.
Now, do you really want to talk about screwed up rules? The change in the Senate rules allows for a simple majority — that’s it. The Republican-controlled House will basically ignore the will of 73% of the House of Representatives if they went by invoking this informal “rule” each time something is supposed to come up for a vote.
But all of that is beside the point. It’s time Rush Limbaugh finally takes a hike. He’s hit a point where his level of parasitic filth cannot be tolerated any longer. Every day he gets on his airwaves, spewing nothing but hate, fear, anger and mostly lies.
Hell, he had the nerve to mock Toronto’s mayor for his drug use. Rush Limbaugh — a drug addict — mocked another person’s drug use.
While I support the freedom of speech for almost every American, even vile speech, at some point enough is enough. Rush Limbaugh has pushed so far into the absurd that it’s clear with every one of his shows his main goal is absurdity. How anyone, or company, could support this pile of garbage shocks me.
Even if I were conservative, I couldn’t support someone who’s so blatantly hateful, hypocritical, disgusting and repulsive. Which is really ironic considering Republicans claim to be the party that represents the “moral majority,” yet have “icons” like Rush Limbaugh representing their side of the political debate.
If I were a conservative, and thank God that I’m not, I’d be embarrassed Rush Limbaugh continues to be a voice for my party. But sadly, for many conservatives that I know, they applaud him and his disgusting behavior.
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