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Rush is Right

March 7, 2012

Tags: Rush Limbaugh, Tracie McMillan, Sandra Fluke

Rush is right. Young, single educated women are trying to take away his freedom. People like Sandra Fluke, who rationally explained the personal economics of obtaining a drug that benefits all people not just women; and people like Tracie McMillan who writes about the economics of food policy and production, and calls into question the boys club of low wage industries.

Limbaugh’s freedom has gone unchecked for a long time; his freedom to deliver a constant stream of invective and hate speech, the foundation of which is misogyny. So his anxiety is well justified.

People once had the freedom to lynch, terrorize and sexually assault African Americans until that freedom was taken away. They had the freedom to deny them an education, a vote, the right to marry whom they chose, until that freedom was taken away. They had the freedom to mock and use racial epithets and hate speech in all forms of media until that freedom was taken away.

Rush’s listeners know they’ve been losing the freedom of putting their hatred for women into action for a long time now. Freedoms they had before women were allowed to go to school, or to vote, before rape shield laws existed, before domestic violence laws changed. They know as long as there is no level playing field, as long as women are kept second class citizens, the freedom to discriminate, exploit, intimidate, and reap the benefits of the economic and social freedoms that come from creating an underclass remain.

Young single educated women and men, working class women and men, married women and men are at the forefront of dismantling your freedoms, Mr. Limbaugh. Rest assured we will be taking them. You won’t have to wait much longer.

Comments

  1. March 7, 2012 11:37 AM EST
    Right on!
    - your mom
  2. March 7, 2012 12:16 PM EST
    All the anger and frustration I felt listening to that man try to defend himself and "apologize" - you just put it all into words for us Cara. Beautiful words. Thank you.
    - cel
  3. March 7, 2012 3:58 PM EST
    Yea Cara!
    - annie
  4. March 7, 2012 6:01 PM EST
    Hell yeah!
    - Roane
  5. March 9, 2012 7:01 PM EST
    Excellent post...thank you!
    - Donna
  6. March 13, 2012 1:39 AM EDT
    Nobody has ever had the freedom to lynch, terrorize, and sexually assault any citizen of this nation. Those things have happen because corrupt and bigoted individuals looked the other way. Any freedom you take from others will eventually be used on you. When his freedom is taken to say what he feels, your freedom to post your blog will soon follow. I don't condone what he said but I support his freedom to say it.
    - Kate
  7. March 13, 2012 9:19 AM EDT
    Sadly Kate, people did have the freedom to lynch people, to hold slaves, to burn witches. All of those things were legal--not just unfortunate situations caused by people looking the other way. People were utterly free to do those things. And all of those things were precipitated by hate speech that is also now largely condemned or actionable. People were indeed free to discriminate, kill, terrorize. This is common history. As far as Rush's right to have a political position--sure he has it. But he doesn't have the right to use hate speech. People lose their jobs, have their shows cancelled for using the N-word. Given the crimes against women throughout all of human history how is using the word slut any different?
    - Cara Hoffman
  8. March 13, 2012 4:32 PM EDT
    Strident and stupendous.
    - las
  9. April 6, 2012 8:43 PM EDT
    Check out stats for Rush at www.talkers.com which has the latest radio industry numbers, etc.
    - max waxing
  10. July 6, 2012 11:42 AM EDT
    Rush speaks for millions of Americans. He deserves the sort of respect that our Founding Fathers would have recognized immediately. I suggest that he be tarred and feathered and carried outside the city limits of wherever he is finally captured on a split rail rated to bear his weight.
    - Andrew Lewis