Senator Carl Levin Wants To Pull The Plug On Rush Limbaugh
As someone who is conservative by nature which also by definition means socially liberal (you can't have limited government if the government is telling you how to live your life) I understand why many don't enjoy Rush Limbaugh. I don't listen to him, even though on many issues I agree with him. Truth is I don't listen to much radio at all. My commute to work consists of walking down the hallway from my bedroom to my home office. One may guess that I would listen to financial news all day, but actually I generally have it turned off. I let my computers which are scanning the markets let me know what I want to be paying attention to. I also am in the paid2trade trader chat room everyday and so what my computers don't pick up other traders let me know about. The best part of being in the chat room is so I don't have to listen to a bunch of useless information and only need to focus on what matters.
Today I read in Stars and Stripes and article by Mathew Burke that begins with "The influential chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee joined a group of female veterans in advocating for the removal of polarizing talk radio host Rush Limbaugh from the American Forces Network Wednesday following controversial comments..." It appears the Senator from Michigan believes censorship is the answer to stopping speech you don't agree with. Let's be very clear here that we are talking about censorship at the highest level and clearest meaning of the term. Our military personal receive very few options for what they get to read, see, or hear in terms of news. Once you put on a uniform and leave the US to serve at the whim of politicians, you can expect very little in terms of entertainment and news.
If Rush Limbaugh believes someone is a "slut" and or "prostitute" than that is his right to believe. As a Senator, perhaps Carl Levin should take another look at the oath he made when he took office. He gave his word to protect the constitution, and that doesn't mean only when its politically convenient to do so. As the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee I find it highly troubling that he would make the reported statements like "In other words, I'd love to see them drop it but I don't think I'd legislate it.", Senator Levin you are a coward and have no respect for the men and women (along with many children I might add) who died for the freedoms we have in my opinion. How dare you say you "don't think I'd legislate it". The correct answer is "I would NOT legislate it". It's fine if you also added you hope the service people would turn Limbaugh off because they don't agree with him, but to suggest "big brother" is sensitive demonstrates a complete discredit for those who put on a uniform.
Perhaps Rush Limbaugh doesn't respect women as some claim, but that is no reason to lose respect for the freedom of speech. rush Limbaugh is not alone in his thinking about insurance money being used to buy contraceptives. In fact I agree that insurance coverage for contraceptives should not be legislated. Of course my reasons are far removed from the comments of Mr. Limbaugh. I don't believe Insurance companies should be required by law to provide coverage on anything. I believe in the free market to decide and to actually decide better than bureaucrats in Washington on lots of issues. I also want to point out that I don't believe a woman is a "prostitute" because she wants birth control pills, I just don't want to have to pay for it.
I also read on CNN.com that many advertisers have dropped ads as a result. I am fine with that and they can do what they want. It's generally not the job of companies to make political statements and when companies "get in bed" with a political figure they run the risk of spending money only to lose customers.
You won't find me turning on Rush Limbaugh anytime soon (he alienated me about 20 years ago with a comment about people who watch MTV which I happened to enjoy back in the day), but I sure hope those that love what the founding fathers gave to us will stand up against those that will sell it out because it's popular at the moment to do so.