“The liberty of any person to own a military-style assault weapon and a high-capacity magazine and keep them in their home is second to the right of my son to his life.”
“Let’s honor the founding documents and get our priorities straight.”
If you missed this testimony “that the Senate Judiciary Committee should have heard” on last night’s The Last Word, please take a look now. It was heart-wrenching, intelligent assessment and plea that everyone should watch, hear, respect, and remember.
It came from David Wheeler, the father of one of the Newtown massacre victims, little Ben Wheeler, at a public hearing held by the Connecticut legislature’s Bipartisan Task Force on Violence and Public Safety. He was not at the Senate Judiciary hearing, something that Lawrence O’Donnell rightly noted. He should have been.
Ben would have been proud.
All these Second Amendment/gun zealots who claim to also support “the right to life” need to watch the video below.
Also on last night’s show, Lawrence O’Donnell eviscerated gun hugger Gayle Trotter.
George Will– yes, that George Will– responded to John Boehner’s spokesperson’s tepid response to Rush Limbaugh’s non-apology, “The speaker obviously believes the use of those words was inappropriate, as is trying to raise money off the situation”:
“Using a salad fork for your entree, that’s inappropriate!”
And the piece de resistance:
“…The Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh. They want to bomb Iran, but they’re afraid of Rush Limbaugh.”
Yes, they are afraid, very afraid.
And speaking of weak, Limbaugh’s “apology” was only about his choice of words, not the intentional misogynistic smears, the labeling of women (specifically Sandra Fluke) who use contraception as sluts, and on and on.
FYI: I’m in the middle of editing a Blunt video about this very thing. I’ll post it tomorrow.
So can George Will– who equates the “excesses” of the left with what Limbaugh did– cite an example of a Progressive who smeared a law student or other non-public figure who had no access to a mic of her own with which to defend herself?
And in the very few cases in which a left-leaning pundit used inappropriate language, to my knowledge they apologized (and in the case of Ed Schultz, suspended himself) and no Dems that I know of defended them.
H/t: Think Progress
By the way, President Obama called Fluke today “to offer her words of encouragement amid a controversy involving Rush Limbaugh’s words toward her.” Impressive.
“The speaker obviously believes the use of those words was inappropriate, as is trying to raise money off the situation,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in a statement.
This from the guy who raises money off of his own despicable statements about all kinds of issues. Okay, they’re not as abhorrent as Rush’s, but the policies Speaker Boehner stands for and tries to push through the House certainly aren’t good for women, and do tacitly encourage right wing nut jobs like Rush to up the stakes until it becomes the GOP agenda on crack.
But thanks for the statement.
Notice he said the “words” were inappropriate. What about what was behind the words?
The comment refers to Democratic fundraising efforts related to Limbaugh’s comments, in which he called Fluke a “slut.” Fluke had been asked to testify about the policy of Georgetown University, a Catholic college, toward covering contraception for students. Her testimony came amid a controversy in Washington in recent weeks regarding the extent to which religious institutions should be required to cover contraceptive services as part of their insurance policies, despite moral objectives to contraception.
She’s fast becoming THE new hero to anyone who believes in equality, women’s rights, and fairness.
First, here is the testimony Chairman Darrell Issa doesn’t want you to hear from Sandra Fluke, who Rush Limbaugh refers to as a “slut” and “prostitute”.
Yes, she’s clearly hanging out at the corner of Yucca and Las Palmas, birth control pills in hand, fish nets torn ever so– just to entice– and flaunting her anti-religious fervor via a tattoo that reads, “Let’s show Jesus who’s boss! Pay me for sex!”
Or… she’s calling for health care assistance and women’s equality on behalf of a desperate friend and a whole lot of others in similar (excruciating) circumstances.
Media Matters sent us the video to share with you, in case you hadn’t seen it yet. It’s from the February 29 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:
“What does it say about the college coed Susan [sic] Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex.”
Oh, and Rush? Her name is Sandra. Not Susan. Sandra.
And she’s a law student, not a prostitute, unlike yourself.
Fluke’s heartbreaking appearance on The Ed Show here.
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