Sunday, March 4, 2012

Rush's utterly inadequate apology

Within a few hours of yesterday's post, Rush issued an "apology". Guess he just didn't think he could stand the heat now that The Political Doctor was on the scene!

Let's go through Rush's "apology":
For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation.
This was not a matter of just wrong words. It's not like the only things wrong with his statement were the "slut" and "prostitute" words. He chose to 1) show his ignorance of the issue by thinking that because someone might have more or less sex, that they'd have to spend more or less on birth control, 2) blatantly mischaracterize Ms. Fluke's testimony by saying she talked about needing contraception coverage because she has so much sex, not that her classmates had medical issues that required hormone therapy that they were unable/dissuaded from getting due to Georgetown's policy, and 3) to continue and indeed escalate the personal attacks for the next several days, only backing off when a backlash to his comments led to a boycott that hit him in the pocketbook. Continuing on:
I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.
Calling someone a prostitute and a slut who has too much sex and needs to keep her knees together is a strange way to show you don't mean a personal attack. He absolutely meant to attack this woman, and he should own up to it. Something like a "It was absolutely wrong of me to attack Ms. Fluke in this way. I am working with my therapist/minister/whatever to address my own issues which contributed to this. I will make an $x donation to the charity of Ms. Fluke's choice and suspend myself from my EIB (his production company) broadcast for y weeks" would actually show remorse, not these empty words. Rush continues:
I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress.
It is not our side that brought personal "sexual recreational activities" into the argument. ObamaCare established a principle that any and all preventative medical therapies which are justified by the medical literature, common medical practice, and the decisions patients make with their doctors should be covered without a copay. It is Republicans/conservatives who raised the need for an exception in the case of birth control, even though someone's personal health choices can't damn someone else to hell. Moving on:
I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities.
So fucking what? Even if taxpayers didn't want to cover your oxycontin or your cochlear implant that you needed as a result of your addiction, it's none of their business. Not to mention these insurances are paid for by the beneficiary via their work, or, in the case of Georgetown Law School, not paid for in any way by anyone but cash from the beneficiary.
What happened to personal responsibility and accountability?
What Republicans are advocating is a prohibition on a private citizen and her health insurance company from making a change to their agreement, without the citizen's employer needing to be involved at all, to cover contraception instead of pregnancies and babies and surgeries for huge ovarian cysts caused by untreated polycystic ovary syndrome. Ms. Fluke was advocating for the right to change one's own, personal policy.

That's the halfway point of Rush's "apology", and I've gotta go to the maple sugar festival in Burton, Ohio, Pancake Town USA. So we'll finish the other half when I get back this afternoon.

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