The inability of the left, and those who subscribe to political correctness on a daily basis to listen and discern what is said by someone that they do not agree with politically is utterly reprehensible. The firestorm created by Rush Limbaugh’s use of the term “slut” when asking a simple question about the absurdness of someone, anyone, demanding that their personal contraception be paid for by someone else was absolutely unnecessary. Unnecessary, in a sane society. But we, unfortunately, do not live in a sane society these days.
Rush illustrates the absurd with absurdity, and when I heard his monologue on Wednesday in which he asked the question that set off this firestorm, I knew at that moment what would happen. From advertisers pulling ads, to liberal Congressmen and women taking his statements out of context on the Senate floor, to talking heads of every stripe demanding that he be chastised, to the President of these United States making a phone call to the woman in question to apologize to her for being the center of attention in a controversy that he created.
I do admire Rush Limbaugh for many reasons; too many to list here. I admire him for apologizing to Sandra Fluke for his use of the word slut. He didn’t however apologize for being outraged at the subject matter in question. He didn’t apologize for continuing to believe that it’s absurd to expect that others pay for your own personal choices, whether they be sexual or otherwise.
It’s been a tough week for conservatives. It’s only likely to get tougher. We’ve got to band together, the Limbaugh’s, the Beck’s, those who are determined to carry on in Breitbart’s absence, those of us who just live regular lives and write what we can, when we can. Limbaugh’s apology was more for us than it was for anyone else. Not because he isn’t sincere about it, but because lefties didn’t really care whether he apologized or not. They’ll hate him either way. In their eyes, the only true apology from Rush would be if he reversed his opinion on the contraception fight. That won’t happen. It shouldn’t happen.
Apologizing for using a word is one thing, and during our debates with those who prove their unreasonableness daily it may be necessary to be careful with our word choices. But what I won’t do, what none of us should ever do, is back down from the coming fight. Rush won’t. Breitbart didn’t. We shouldn’t either.