Worst Honorary Texan Ever: Rush Limbaugh and His Latest Walk of Shame

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After spending last week mouthing off about promiscuity, looks like Rush Limbaugh is now the one making a walk of shame.

Recap: The Week in Misogyny

It all started when Sandra Fluke spoke out at a Democratic House hearing about the high price tag of birth control, noting that some students at Georgetown had stopped taking contraceptives because it cost too much.  Limbaugh responded on his radio show: “What does it say about the college co-ed 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? Makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex.”  The next day he went even farther, adding, “If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it, and I'll tell you what it is: We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”  

By the weekend, Limbaugh issued a really lame apology.  But the fallout continues:

  • Advertisers are continuing to jump ship despite his heartfelt statement.  So far, seven advertisers have pulled their ads from The Rush Limbaugh Show.

  • Rush's favorable ratings are down among even his base (not to mention the rest of the world).  Republican primary voters gave him an 80 percent favorable rating in the last poll; now it's down to 45 percent.

  • Steny Hoyer suggested today that Fluke should sue Limbaugh for libel.

The Ultimate Horror: Limbaugh as Honorary Texan

It gets worse.  This despicable human is an “honorary Texan”, per Rick Perry's proclamation in 2009.  

The list of honorary Texans is truly bizarre.  It includes Shirley MacLaine, the 100th and 442nd infantry divisions of the US Army, Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, Arnold Schwarzenegger (chosen by Ann Richards?!), Bob Dylan and Pete Sampras.  Perry has given it a more partisan twist in recent years by adding the likes of Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rudy Giuliani, Sean Hannity and of course Limbaugh.  

I, for one, wonder what exactly it takes to become an honorary Texan.  Does it involve good deeds? Hazing? Robes and chanting?  These are topics for another day.  In the meantime, let's get Rush's status revoked.  You can sign Progress Texas's petition here.


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Emily Cadik

Emily is a Texas ex-pat and proud Longhorn living in Washington, DC, where she remains connected to the Lone Star State through her work on BOR and her enthusiasm for breakfast tacos. She works on affordable housing policy, and writes about health care, poverty and other social justice issues.

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