NEVER TOLERATE TYRANNY!....Conservative voices from the GRASSROOTS.
Sandra Fluke uproar reveals double-standard for liberals, conservatives
By Kathy Holthausen
March 7, 2012
I'm offended. And it's not because Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a slut.
Back on Jan. 7, during a Republican debate, George Stephanopoulis hounded Mitt Romney with a crazy question about whether or not states had the right to ban birth control. He was relentless, and we all wondered what he was up to.
We got our answer a few weeks ago when the most recent abomination of Obamacare was revealed. We learned that the federal government was demanding religious organizations provide contraception, including the "morning after pill" and sterilization procedures for their employees, even though these things are counter to their traditions and teachings. Church leaders immediately responded that this wasn't going to happen, pointing to the First Amendment. And the battle between religion and big government was on. The media seemed prepared.
Having not been successful at getting the desired sound bite from Romney, and since by then Rick Santorum was moving up in the polls, it was Santorum who took the first shots. Within a week, most of America was led to believe Santorum's platform aimed to ban the sale of contraceptions and shoes to women as well as move their beds into the kitchen for expediency.
In the meantime, U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa called for a hearing to investigate whether or not the Obama mandate infringed on religious freedom. The panel was made up mostly of religious leaders, the obvious choice.
However, Democratic members of Congress wanted to include a witness, college student Sandra Fluke, to talk about contraception. Issa refused, saying what she had to offer was not pertinent to the discussion. Two Democratic congresswomen walked out of the hearing and straight to the microphones, demanding to know, "Where are the women?"
From that moment, the hearing, which according to the Congressional Record was called "Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State," became known in the press and by every Democrat as "the hearing where the men are trying to take birth control away from women" or some variation of the same.
Nancy Pelosi then held a hearing at which Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke was the lone witness. Fluke was presented to us initially as a 23-year-old college coed, struggling to make ends meet. But it turns out that Ms. Fluke is 30-years-old and an experienced activist.
She's championed many liberal causes, including something called "reproductive justice." She says she chose Georgetown purposely because contraception was not included in their insurance policy and she wanted to change that. To many of us, her "testimony" was laughable. Rush Limbaugh found it so absurd that he's gotten into some hot water over his remarks.
So why am I offended? I'm not concerned about Limbaugh. He'll land on his feet as he always does. He lost a few advertisers, but I'm sure there are plenty of companies who will be looking to fill those slots.
I'm not concerned about Ms. Fluke. OK, maybe I'm a little offended that even though she has the privilege of attending Georgetown's law school on someone else's dime, she's still looking for more handouts. But she'll be graduating soon and by this time next year she'll be part of the dreaded 1 percent. I'm certain she'll be able to afford her birth control then.
No, I'm offended that our media has fully participated in the careful creation of the story right from the beginning (see Stephanopoulos.) At a time when everyone is concerned about our economic future, our press is in full partnership in fabricating a story out of whole cloth to provide a smokescreen for the the Democrats, and draw attention from President Obama's dismal economic record. At the same time, they vilify the Republicans, twisting support of the Constitution and religious freedom into misogyny and hate
When Limbaugh calls an activist a "slut," our media stands side by side with the Democratic Party, demanding that Republican leaders disavow him. When Maxine Waters calls John Boehner and Eric Cantor demons, our media is silent. When words like slut and far, far worse are used against Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin or Laura Ingraham, our press is silent. They have clearly chosen sides and no longer even make an attempt to hide it.
And that offends me.
....Kathy Holthausen is a resident of Deerfield Beach.