Right or Wrong, Rush Opened Up A Huge Can of Worms…

If my Facebook news feed could be considered a barometer (and I don’t see why it shouldn’t considering I have 936,473 best friends), Rush’s comments have opened up a whole new line of attack against conservatives that is being taken up by a whole new generation of ignorants.   As someone who grew up thinking abortion was a personal choice of right or wrong, I can tell you that its legality is never really called into question, and repealing Roe never really considered a realistic possibility. …

  1. Casey

    We always lose control of the conversation and we are always in response mode.

  2. Mel Foil

    It’s more like, “get your hands off those free abortifacients that I forced my Catholic neighbors to pay for against their will.”

  3. Monroe Kleiderman

    I am new so give me a break here. It seems to me we as conservatives are usually on the correct side constitutionally and morally on these issues. Don’t we have ways of educating the public that bypass liberal media? I think we went wrong here because real issue is: what right does Government have to tell me what I have to include in my health insurance. Or that I must have insurance.

  4. Leslie Katz

    Again, pinning this on Rush is absurd. “Hands off my birth control” was the narrative before Ms. Fluke ever gave her ridiculous testimony. Before they were just using comments Rick Santorum had made and other miscellany.

  5. Percival

    While Rush’s unforced error amplified this situation, they would have pressed on with the attack without it.  The Democratic Party flacks formerly known as the main stream media are going to run with the talking points they are given.

    If my recreational activities involve firearms, should the Federal Government supply me with free ammunition?  I mean, I actually do have a right to keep and bear arms, so I should get ammunition insurance free, right?

  6. The King Prawn

    What scares me is that Obama might have been smart enough to do this on purpose. In one maneuver he’s managed to violate religious liberty and paint conservatives as neanderthals. It looks like a complete setup if you go back to the ABC debate and the baiting of Romney on contraceptives. Rush, a man who has done immense good for the cause of conservatism, stepped into the trap in a way even this cynical administration could never have imagined. The rest of this election cycle we’ll hear nothing except what backward, anti-liberty, religious thugs we are. He’ll have independents and the middle fearing another inquisition before this is finished.

  7. Todd

    It’s not a good situation right now, but it’s not that bad.  We just need someone who can articulate the simple fact that no one has proposed making contraception illegal. 

  8. Percival
    Monroe Kleiderman: I am new so give me a break here. It seems to me we as conservatives are usually on the correct side constitutionally and morally on these issues. Don’t we have ways of educating the public that bypass liberal media? I think we went wrong here because real issue is: what right does Government have to tell me what I have to include in my health insurance. Or that I must have insurance. · 5 minutes ago

    Unfortunately, they have the majority of the media, the schools K-thru-post-graduate, and the popular culture.  That is a lot of megaphones.

  9. The King Prawn
    Todd: It’s not a good situation right now, but it’s not that bad.  We just need someone who can articulate the simple fact that no one has proposed making contraception illegal.  · 0 minutes ago

    It won’t work. We’re using a megaphone against the 50,000 MWatt sound system of the media. What’s the old saw, a lie will make it around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes? That’s what we face. Jonah does a good job of outlining the lie in his column today.

  10. Palaeologus

    Oh we have a couple-three megaphones KP. The problem is that Rush has one of them.

    That is why the comparisons to Ed Schultz fall flat. Who the hell is Ed Schultz? He could light himself on fire on the steps of the Capitol and it would only be a one day story. Rush is, for better and worse, the voice of conservatism. As one of my favorite Dems would say: with great power comes great responsibility.

  11. Lance

    Just to underline the point I was trying to make…people who would not otherwise be talking about politics are talking about what Rush said and what they think it means.  I agree with Percival, it was an unforced error, and I am not placing blame on Rush.  Its just a huge and ridiculous hole we are in.  The problem with not controlling the pop culture is that the pop culture offers plenty of avenues with which to influence and cajole.  The Facebook commenter I am thinking of in particular, is not liberal.  I would say she even sides to the right.  But she does so instictually, not intellectually.  Because she generally just doesn’t go there.  But she in responding by instinct as a woman, a mother of two girls, and a wife who got pregnant with her husband the very moment she and her husband stopped using birth control.  This issue presses all kinds of buttons for her.  More so than any discussion on entitlements does.  

     I normally do not express frustrations in this forum like this… its just our challenge just became so much more daunting.  And Todd is right, what we need is an articulator.

  12. Lance
    Palaeologus: with great power comes great responsibility. · 12 minutes ago

    I didn’t know Uncle Ben was a Democrat?  

    peter.parker.uncle.ben.jpg

  13. Palaeologus
    Lance

    Palaeologus: with great power comes great responsibility. · 12 minutes ago

    I didn’t know Uncle Ben was a Democrat?   · 4 minutes ago

    Stan Lee is Lance. I thought you might like that reference.

  14. Eric Rasmusen

    We have to remember that we’re not politicians. We’re free to speak the truth honestly and bluntly, and we have a duty to do so, and also not to criticize those who do.  Politicians aren’t so free– even virtuous ones—but they need to worry a lot about the corrupting effect of being careful with teh truth. We need to worry too about that corrupting effect, but we have no need to face the temptation. So let’s put aside whether saying something  is prudent and concentrate on whether it is true.

  15. James Delingpole
    C

    Totally with you, Lance, bro. Subject, methinks, for the Radio Free Delingpole podcast I’m going to record any second now….

  16. Lance
    Palaeologus

    Lance

    Palaeologus: with great power comes great responsibility. · 12 minutes ago

    I didn’t know Uncle Ben was a Democrat?   · 4 minutes ago

    Stan Lee is Lance. I thought you might like that reference. · 5 minutes ago

    Oh, I did!  Very much!  I tdo ry to separate my appreciation for Stan the Man from anything else he may or may not have done outside the comics realm.  In that vein I will agree with you he is now my favorite Dem.  Followed by the modern and international side Ed Koch and Antonio Villaraigosa.

    Just kidding on that last one.

    Excelsior!

  17. Jonathan Cast

    No, no, no.  This divisiveness and circular firing squad behavior on the right has to stop, now.  This (and the defeatism) is why we’re losing the culture war!

    Look, Rush could have made the exact same — completely valid — point without using the word, and the media would have responded in the exact same way, because this has never been about contraception for them.  This is about establishing a precedent that overturns religious freedom.

    This has to be about religious freedom for us, too.  We must keep pressing the attack.  And we must refuse to let our enemies dictate which issues we spend time talking about.

  18. MBF

    Pandering to the lowest common denominator on facebook is not a winning strategy.

    Conservatives don’t need to say anything beyond, “Women should buy their own birth control. The government shouldn’t be involved.”

    There will be at least a dozen stories in the next 8 months that will have significantly more effect on the November elections.

  19. New Boss

    Hey Lance,  I noticed you do song of the day  posts.  I heard an interesting one this morning called Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men.  The chorus is something like:

    “‘Cause the truth may vary / but this ship will carry / our bodies safe to shore.”

    Just reminds me how the media and such can spin an issue so much that the truth gets lost somewhere in the static.  I know – deep, huh?

  20. Lance

    Gentlemen, I am only saying its a barometer.  Facebook, and my use of it, is merely occasional and incidental.  But I cannot deny what I have seen during my recent visits.  For those who use it as their own forum, their own Ricochet if you will, for what they will admit are the  very trivial and relatively non-important updates from their lives that they nonetheless love to provide, they are finding themselves compelled to opine on this topic.   These are the same people we will be fighting for in  November.

    And Jonathan, I disagree.  This barometer of which I speak is charged up by the slut comment.  Not the personal attack, mind you, but the implication that anyone who uses contraception might be considered a slut. 

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