Well. the conventional wisdom is that if you give someone enough rope they will eventually hang themselves. Looks like all we had to do was wait for a while and Rush has finally pushed his views and rhetoric to the point where anyone with half a brain (particularly the Republican supporters of Limbaugh) are finding it hard to ignore his personal attack on Ms. Fluke. It is only unfortunate that it has taken so long for this to happen, giving Rush plenty of time to amass his fortune on the backs of those people he ultimately despises but uses endlessly to keep his empire going – the uneducated and the uninformed – the Fox News crowd.
The other conventional wisdom is also called into play here – when one protests too much or portrays themselves as so anti anything, there is likely some aspect of that which they push away hiding deep inside. In this case, I have to wonder exactly what aspect of sex has Rush so incensed and actually enamored. Given his view that contraception is something a woman has to pay for every time she has sex, he is no doubt getting confused with his own need for Viagra – which really is essentially paid for every time Rush has sex. I can only imagine that losing that ability to perform on one’s own would lead one to trying to feel better by putting down those he so desires (everywoman) – in his case I would expect that having anyone attracted to him sexually would be somewhat stunning. Almost as stunning that he has managed to find at least 4 women willing to sleep with him – All this for a man who can’t get it up and who is an admitted drug addict. I would have to wonder how that would work if he didn’t have the wealth he has. Thnking it out a bit further – maybe sluts and prostitutes is more indicative of Rush’s love life before he was rich and famous.
All kidding aside, what does this say about our society (or at least a segment of it) that this man has reached and maintained the status he has. To most of us, his recent comments were not a surprise nor did we think this was something out of the ordinary for him – I was somewhat amazed that he was so stupid that he didn’t foresee the issues that would arise. But then again, absolute power corrupts and I expect he felt his pedestal would protect him from most anything of consequence. How gratifying it is to see the advertisers taking a stand of integrity and moving away from him in droves. While Rush seems to feel there will be other businesses and advertisers that will quickly rush in to fill the void (do you hear that “Whoosh”?), I would wonder which advertisers will take that stand alongside this douchebag. Not that the previous advertisers were necessarily mainstream businesses – not to demean them as I give them a great deal of credit for being willing to take a stand. But at the end of the day, it is all going to be how everyone’s wallet is most affected. Advertisers also flee because they recognize the potential loss of customers and sales. I think it incumbent on all of us to begin to let not only the advertisers that remain that we will not use their products or service, we need to let the radio stations who continue to broadcast Rush that we will boycott any advertiser that is on their station – not just those advertising during Rush’s three hours. And we need to let those advertisers know. I have begun to send emails and I ask that everyone take a moment to send out one or two. It is the power of revenue that really drives change in this situation. We should also deluge Premier Networks, the company behind the Limbaugh radio show. You can send your emails to their Public Relations department at Premiere Networks, who will relay them to the Producers of the show. They can be reached at Publicrelations@premrad.com or 818 461-5750. I have already sent my outrage on to them – as well as my pledge to boycott any radio station or advertiser that is any way related to them. I haven’t had any answer sent back – but then again, not surprised – they are only one step up on the ladder of life where Rush sits on the bottom rung.
Lastly, at least John McCain and Ron Paul had the gumption to take a stand and say it as it is. Can’t say the same for the rest of the current group of bottom feeders running as Republican presidential contenders. Again, are these the type of men you would want running our country?