Mar
03

Rush Limbaugh’s ‘Slut’ Slur

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Georgetown University Law Student Sandra Fluke has proven herself to be one of the best and brightest of a new generation of articulate, empowered, fearless women. She’s been delivering speeches and TV interviews standing up for her belief that all women should have access to free contraception. As you know, this has been a hot-button issue on the GOP campaign trail. On Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh, in front of millions of his listeners, called Sandra Fluke a ‘Slut’. This is yet another example of emotional thinking and immaturity, which Limbaugh is well known for. Here’s a 61 year old multimillionaire bullying a college girl and attempting to embarrass her. Limbaugh should be ashamed of himself, but that’s not the point of this post, because he’s not running for President. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are, and guess how they responded to Limbaugh’s slur? Watch this short video and see if you’re not as outraged as I am. I’ll look forward to your comments.     Steve Siebold   (6:40)

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  1. Vickie says:

    I figured Mr. Mental Toughness would not have a reply to my stream at some point. Vickie

  2. Vickie says:

    Check again Steve,
    Posted on March 5th, 2012
    Steve says:
    Annie,
    I agree with you. I think the GOP is pretty close on fiscal issues, but on social issues they are still in the 19th century. If it wasn’t for the science and socially progressive thinkers, we’d still be living in the 19th century and women would still be under the absolute power of men. Smart, educated and strong women are a threat to the good old boys establishment, and using sexually demeaning language is one the tools they use to hold women down and weaken their self-esteem.
    Limbaugh is only sorry he’s losing advertisers. (9 so far) He knew exactly what he was doing and will do it again. He’s a bully and unless he’s punished enough I promise you he will bully again. Thats what bully’s do. Thanks for weighing in on this, Annie. Steve
    At least Rush remembers what he did, Vickie

  3. Vickie says:

    Steve,
    Rush apologized Sat March 3, check your facts.
    He is a sensationalist in order to get people to think, and went to far this time.

    Yes, I think the comments of the candidates were disparaging and not complimentary.

    My daughter is a police officer and gets called repugnant names regularly. She is willing to put up with it because she believes in what she does. So do I.

    I also think it is repugnant when I see someone making the emotional (not based on facts) claim that the GOP would take away womens’ rights. When what they are defending is Religious rights to not be forced by OUR GOVERNMENT to pay for someone to do what they feel is wrong.
    This is where this debate got derailed by people who want to win the argument by playing on the emotional response not respect for each others rights and opinions.
    I am disappointed that someone who claimes to use facts and dispassionate arguments would say that “the GOP is still in the 19th century”. Do you really expect us to buy that there is no emotion in that remark?
    Vickie

    • Steve says:

      Vickie,
      I never said the GOP is still in the 19th century. Re-check your facts before you make an emotional attack.
      Steve

  4. Erby says:

    When I first saw Fluck’s testimony on TV I knew she was a whiner and a game player. I used to see these people in college and in the 1960’s political arena… same old social justice, peace & justice, let me do what I feel and you’d better not make me feel bad about.
    Don’t you love it when a “strong” woman uses the woman card?Poor baby, some mean man hurt the girl !
    Did you hear what that evil rich fat guy said? He called her a ….slut! Oh my, how awful!
    Bill, Ed and Chris would never say anything about a conservative woman. And even if they did – why, they are just entertainers, aren’t they? …. like Rush used to be referred as.

    While this highly sexually active young lady parades her need for a crate of condoms, am I to feel bad because she’s a doorknob?

    I knew Rush would get the left-wing victim thing going because liberals use emotional issues to get people drawn into the “republicans are mean people” manipulation of stereotypes & propaganda. They always need to find a bad guy to raise money.
    Creatons, Epicurians, all.
    Erby

  5. David says:

    Folks, This topic hit a nerve with many of us……
    This wasn’t about women’s rights. It was a set up one more time to make a Christan Founded Educational Facility of higher learning change their ways. Who was the bully here? The University? Anyone who has had even a remote exposure to the Catholic Church knows their stand on abortion/birth control, etc. Ms. Fluke had an agenda and Rush called her on it. It could not have gone more perfectly with her plan and as she was just the puppet for the real culprits, Ms. Fluke was also duped. American media is much too quick to flash a story without any media fact checking. It’s almost as if the media’s motto is “rile up everyone today into a feeding frenzy and then we’ll get the real story next week (on the back page)”. Oh, and I’m sorry, I don’t buy the crap about Moyer being a comedian on HBO. He spews his filth and cynical replusive views regularly, much more so on a scale that Rush doesn’t even begin to approach. With no morals of any type being taught in our schools, young people today are decending into a cess pool of depravity and ignorance where SNL is actually considered a news source. If we as a country don’t get our preverbial shit together soon, chaos will reign, and much sooner than we think. If adult entertainers talk this way on public/cable media, what is the next generation of entertainers going to act/speak? It takes more and more to shock us. Nudity and foul language was banned on media just years ago in our lifetimes, now it’s common place even on public media stations. Last comment, it would appear that the two Rep. politicians in question were smart not to say too much at the time, since now we all know better and have more details.
    Enjoy reading the blog.

  6. Bert says:

    Steve,

    You claim Rush bullied Fluke. In what sense was calling her a slut (proper identification of a promiscuous person) bullying?
    Isn’t truth always a proper defense?

    Given she is such a strong person, fully capable of defending herself, how could this true statement be considered bullying?

    And therefore how could you reasonably claim that Mitt and Rick were deficient in leadership to not have denounced his actions?

    Only because we’re a society of half-truth tellers can Mitt and Rick self-censor themselves from saying, “Hey, he’s right.”

    If the person making the call for publicly funded contraception were a man, and Rush called him a slut (same proper identification) would you have called Rush a bully there as well?

    The issue isn’t whether there is a lack of GOP leadership, or even if Rush is a bully. The issue is should the public treasury be funding other people’s morality?

    In my opinion that violates the Church/State wall of separation.

    • Steve says:

      Bert,
      I’m shocked that you actually believe it’s ok for Rush Limbaugh to call this woman a slut. Haven’t you claimed to be a Christian on this blog in the past? (If I’m wrong I apologize)
      Where is the Christ-like behavior in calling a woman a slut? And just because a woman is sexually active, does that make her a slut? If thats true, 90% of single women would fit in that category. I agree with you that we shouldn’t have to pay for her birth control. As a matter of fact, I disagree with almost everything shes says. That wasn’t my point. She, like every woman, needs to be heard and treated with respect. Sexual slurs by bullys like Limbaugh are out of line, and thats why he lost this battle in a big way. Thanks for your comments, Bert.

  7. Bert says:

    Mike,

    My way of seeing this is that Fluke has the same worldview as the ‘Occupy’ movement. That the rest (presumably the ‘haves’) of the population owes them support.

    Now these are perfectly healthy people. They are not handicapped in the conventional sense. So the only thing they are really lacking in a major way is the motivation to get off their duff and get working.

    Fluke, these OWS people, and all these socialist engineers just want to take, take, take from others. In the meantime, they want to be in contro; to be the one’s in power distributing all the money. Of course, that is a heck of a lot easier than going out and earning something on their own. That is beneath them…

  8. Joe Coco says:

    Steve,
    I guess we all have our opinions, and you certainly stated yours on the Rush Limbaugh brouhaha. I believe the reason we are emotional immature as a society is we teach people to respond to emotion instead of reason. You present Limbaugh as Goliath and Sandra Fluke as David; this is nothing more than a red herring argument to distract the American public from the real argument: “Is it the proper role of a constitutionally constrained federal government to force citizens against their will to pay for the birth control of their neighbor?” While certainly persuasive to an emotionally immature citizenry, this fallacious counter-argument is not in the least bit reasonable. Let’s create a dialogue to demonstrate how irrational this argument is:

    Argument: A: It is not the legitimate role of the federal government to force citizens against their will to pay for the birth control of their neighbor.
    Response B: Rush Limbaugh was completely out of line for calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” on his extremely popular, nationallly syndicated radio show.
    Therefore; It is the legitimate role of the federal government to force citizens against their will to pay for the birth control of their neighbor.
    Your video adds to America’s emotional immaturity rather than reduces it. Your fallacious appeals to emotion (Pathos) paints 30 year old and 3rd year Georgetown University law school student as a child victim, when in reality she is a capable, seasoned political operative. While you may be effective in persuading some with your use of rhetoric to show sympathy for ObamaCare’s unconstititional mandate, I was expecting you to provide more leadership in how NOT to argue in an emotionally immature fashion.
    –Joe

  9. Steve & Co – sorry for over posting but the more I listen to Sandra Fluke the more I have to adjust my thinking cap and now give her a degrade from middle class thinking to poverty thinking. Have you reevaluated your evaluation of her yet and redefined your grade, Steve?

    Now she’s saying it was never about her – well listen to how she began her mission statements – and she’s really got altrustic impulses for the women. I was on a liberal slanted station last night listening to a woman who writes for The Nation – this is all about women’s RIGHTS vs returning to a pre STONE AGE brought about by all the idiot Right and even well intended but TOTALLY WRONG people who are for returning women to bondage.

    Where in any of this is critical thinking objective analysis clear discernment as to what any of this means.

    Sandra Fluke is “only a pawn in their game” willing as she is and don’t we need more highly educated mission oriented over justice for all world class thinker lawyers doing their best to get all the enemies of progress either silenced for good or put properly in their place.

    Steve, if I were twenty-three or my daughters or grand daughters twenty-three in this Fluke role as much as it would hurt me her critics would have a point.

    All of this has really tested me.

    Thoughts, anyone?

    HeadSpinningMike

  10. Good one, Bert – and one of critical thinking.

    What gets me on this isn’t what Rish said – I see your point lots of points that diminish his slur to acceptable – or how Mitt and Rick responded – Steve’s question, but how she’s being viewed.

    I’m still puzzled on how you see such a conventional thinker – I’d say middle class thinker in your terminology, Steve, to be brave, bold and a critical thinker. On this one I can’t find a way to agree with you.

    Thoughts?

    Mike

  11. Bert says:

    She isn’t a slut?

    According to the dictionary slut means: “A person, especially a woman, considered sexually promiscuous.”

    If she isn’t sexually promiscuous then why does she need contraceptives?

    I think Rush was right in calling her a slut. She should stand up and own it.

    The point in contention should not be lost, she wants us to underwrite her morality.

    Ok, I’ll pay for her rubbers if she pays for my ammo.

  12. When I taught in the public school for twenty-five years I witnessed first hand the 1. duplicity of the unions and 2. the more federal money thrown at the system the more the system broke down, Annie.

    It will always be that way because of special interests and stupidity notwithstanding good intentions some of the time.

    Mike

  13. annie says:

    Mike,

    Hope you are feeling better. We’ve had the creeping crud here, too…..icky.

    I do cast aspersions in the other direction. Quite frankly I have very little confidence in any politico. The discussion was about Rush, though :o)

    I live in Illinois, where the brain trust is trying to fund an airport that no one wants/needs, and a road (“the illiana corridor” I think they are calling it) when the state is so far in the red it is unbelievable. The schools are on the very brink of bankruptcy, because they have not gotten the money they were promised from the state. They are letting teachers go, andclass size just keeps getting bigger…….but the airport will fix all that?

    Meanwhile, our former gov is on his way to federal prison, another former gov is in prison, Jesse Jackson Jr. is under investigation, ect, ect, ect…..

    I took off my rosie glasses long ago! I really don’t look at parties anymore, I just look at canidates…..but part of looking at canidates is looking at who is supporting/surrounding them, and asking why.

  14. That’s it – it’s a rare skill, Steve. Yes it is interesting.

    I can get heated – white heat in the zone – and cool it off usually just as quickly. Sometimes when you take more than one position people think you don’t have a perspective or are wishy washy.

    OK – something like the flu zapped me last night at my mom and dad’s house – it was the Night of the Living HELL and it still gripped me at 9:30 this morning. The three hour drive back home was not fun. Shower and bed now – looking forward to your next controversal topic.

    Mike

  15. Annie use critical thinking and mental toughness and cast aspersions the other direction, too. I’m one of the few people I find anywhere – I’m close to leaving every forum I post on tired of the lack of objectivity.

    Both liberal and conservative talk show personalities say mean things at the expence of other people just to make a buck, the donkeys and jack asses claim to be Christians or just good people enlightening us with their biases. How can Keith, Rachel, Rush – I’ve listed dozens in the past – sleep at night and be trusted?

    That’s meaningless – they sleep well and we have to trust our own objective critical thinking – which sadly I also see little of anywhere.

    Thoughts?

    Mike

    • Steve says:

      Mike,
      I’ve been training corporate boards and executives in critical thinking for years, and I can honestly say it’s a rare skill. Most people don’t know how to separate their emotions from a discussion and it clouds their judgement, sometimes to the point of idiocy. It can literally turn smart people into temporary dummies. You can see what happens when I post anything controversial. Many people become so emotional they don’t even address the point I’m making. That’s one of the reasons I do it. I do this with corporate boards to test their emotional control, and even they struggle with it. It’s interesting, isn’t it?

  16. Annie says:

    Steve,

    I thought Megan Daum’s commetary in this past Friday’s Chicago Trib was thought provoking.

    When faced with a menace like Rush, I often wonder what has provoked his vitriol in the first place? Does he really believe that it is ok to say the horrible things he says? Or does he do it, sadly, at the expense of other people, just to make a buck? How do men and the women in the GOP, many who openly claim the name of Christ, tolerate this guy? How can they be trusted?

    You are right, Rush is a bully. And bullies can not be tolerated.

  17. mbauaman says:

    When the democratic leadership condemns bill mahr and his outrageous comments about women (which are filthy) maybe then you can callout the Republican response to Rush over his rough comments.

  18. There’s so little critical thinking and so much hypocrasy all around this event. I’ve tried to look at Sandra Fluke as a woman of courage and boldness as Steve says and I can’t see it – what I see is a commonplace contemporary politically correct middle class thinker with a composit liberal ideology she’s promoting. There’s no way I can see that in any mental toughness context.

    What Rush said I don’t like and I understand his ideology.

    What Mitt and Rich should have said I don’t know any more.

    It’s really a 3rd rate circus that fits the times and misplaced critical thinking we need but it will put passion in people who think like Fluke as well as those who think like Limbaugh about the issue.

    But then the issue? That get’s defined in so many ways too: health care; birth control; State control vs religious freedom; women’s rights; individual freedoms; political correctness; freedom of speech.

    Thoughts?

    Mike

  19. Jeannie says:

    Hey Steve:

    What crap Steve, I’m surprised at you!!!

    Obama wasn’t a LEADER by doing what he did. He simply capitalized on a situation that would have no negative repercussions to his political standing. Limbaugh has no influence over the constituency that support Obama. Where was Obama when Bill Maher called Sara Palin a “Cunt”? Where was Obama’s LEADERSHIP when he bowed to kiss that Saudi prince’s hand – AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT???

    I’m not defending the milqetoast responses of Romney and Santorum to this Fluke issue. But you saying Obama is a Leader – he’s pandering too – just in the safe zone.

    J

    • Steve says:

      Jeannie,
      Why so cynical? (I’m kidding) Comparing Bill Maher with Rush Limbaugh is a false parallel. Limbaugh has serious clout with the republican base and Maher is a comedian with little or no influence. Limbaugh is a social commentator and Maher is a comic. That said, I still think Maher was wrong to say it. As much as I want to see him defeated in November, I think Obama’s call was sincere. I may be naive, but I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt. Thanks for weighing in, Jeannie.

  20. Steve says:

    Rush Limbaugh has now lost 25 major advertisors. The Christian Science Monitor Magazine interviewed me today and asked If I thought Limbaugh should be pulled off the air. Many of you will be happy I said no. He apologized. Time to move on.

  21. Steven O. says:

    Hello Steve,
    Thank you for replying to my message earlier today. I think you make a very good point and I will accept your constructive criticism as a lesson learned. But let me say this, I do not only respect people that I agree with. The person I respect the most in this world is my Father and I have disagreed with him on many occasions and still do from time to time. I agree with what you teach about acting from emotion. My only point is that if you choose to pile on and exploit Rush Limbaugh for something that he said on his radio show then please be fair and exploit others who make destructive comments. Also, if anyone has some explaining to do, it is not the GOP candidates, but the current president who has accepted millions of dollars in donations from the likes of Bill Maher.

    • Steve says:

      Steven,
      I appreciate you considering the idea of emotional thinking. I teach this stuff and I still fall into the trap! I agree with you about calling out others who use sexually slanderous commentary, but keep in mind that Maher is a comedian while Limbaugh is a social commentator with massive influence. That said, I still agree with you on your main point.
      Thanks for joining the discussion. I appreciate your comments.

  22. Tony Treece says:

    Steve, to make my statements more clear, your arrogance is demonstrated by your poor political analysis of this situation, and your repeated attempts to try to justify your comments with your opinions.

    Lest we be poor students of the lexicon, hubris not only indicates arrogance, it can also cause the demise of a person. Furthermore, I have not cared to question where your personal approval is drawn from.

    I do not denounce her courage one bit. What I denounce is the coddling she is receiving for going on the record over a controversial issue. Again, her education has failed her if it did not prepare for the consequences of her decisions. I denounce the audacity of her rebellion. If she was accepted at Georgetown, then she was accepted at many other law schools. She could have chosen a school that shared her values. She had poor foresight.

    If you review the President’s press conference Tuesday, you will notice his gentle handling of the Limbaugh debacle. He also refused to comment on some questions pertaining to the matter. Part of being a leader is knowing when to open your mouth and when to remain quite.

    Your assessments of Scripture are bold. Bold statements require facts and sources to back them up. When I review your statements in this conversation, all of them have been your opinions. Therefore, you are right there is no reason to continue this discussion. Tony Treece

  23. I haven’t been out of the country since ’03/04 and then in Malaysia/Singapore spend time with Chinese, Indian, Malay – Hindu, Christian, Muslim – and we were treated very well by all. A couple things struck us: how peaceful and quiet was the airport in KL: how polite were the people and welcoming.

    Since then we’ve been to Bermuda twice on business and were also treated well. I have to add we were also with friends, friends of friends and potential business partners so being friendly was expected.

    I hear what you say, Steve, and I don’t know the entire picture. It may be country by country comparisons that make it more clear. My daughter was in Paris a year ago and was treated well – the only thing she didn’t like was all the smoke in the air.

    I also think sometimes we look at other places romantically blurring the negatives and likewise, people in other countries do that to us blurring the positives.

    You travel more than I so would have more insight.

    Mike

  24. Steven O. says:

    Steve,
    I am surprised by how quick you are to comment on Rush Limbaugh’s remarks but yet you remain silent and never comment on the insulting, digraceful comments of someone like Bill Maher. What Rush said pales in comparison to the ignorant comments of Bill Maher. Also, think back about the disgraceful, sexist comments that have been made about Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachman yet we never hear anyone lashing out about that. ??? Can you explain. Also, why bring The GOP candidates into thiis? They didn’t make the statement and they should not have to get involved. It is quite clear that you have made this a political issue. I really think you should have kept quiet on this one. You are way off track!
    I hope you can earn my respect back as I have enjoyed your book and advice, but now I am having second thoughts.
    SteveO

    • Steve says:

      Steven,
      My comments only had one point, which was to highlight the fact that the 2 GOP front runners failed to stand up to Rush Limbaugh. I would have made the same point if Bill Maher or anyone else would have made this kind of comment and the candidates didn’t respond. I’m glad you like my books, but not respecting someone because you disagree with him/her is not critical thinking; but emotional reactionary thinking, which is what I write about in my books! So here’s my critical thinking question for you: do you only respect people you agree with? If you answered yes, you’re in the majority. If you answered no, you have a ticket to engage in meaningful conversation with some of the best and brightest thought leaders in the world. The choice is yours. The masses think through emotion. The world class think through logic and reason. Which one are you?