I’m not going to talk about my feelings on government healthcare, I’m also not going to discuss my feelings on birth control. I just don’t feel like it. You’ve already made up your mind on it, probably, and I’m not going to try to change your mind. What I do want to discuss (poorly) is why anyone cares what someone says. Some background:
Sandra Fluke went to congress to provide testimony on colleges providing birth control for female students. Rush Limbaugh called her a slut on his radio program. Liberal leaning groups (this is a very broad curtain) came out and yelled about Rush’s statements. President Obama called Sandra Fluke to offer his condolences on being called a name. Bill Maher, who has made a several sexist remarks, donated money to President Obama’s re-election campaign. Conservative leaning groups (also a broad curtain) yelled about how the president should return the money to Maher because he did/does the same thing that Limbaugh did/does. Keith Radzion wrote a blog about this whole thing two weeks after it happened because he has no concept of time.
Phew. We’re all caught up now.
My basic understanding of this is that people should be allowed to say what they want, even if it’s considered “hurtful” and “insensitive”. As long as you don’t call for violence and no one physically gets hurt you should be able to be vocal. Really. This holds especially true when you put yourself out in the public eye. Just like Rush Limbaugh has. Just like Bill Maher has. And just like Sandra Fluke has.
But you know what’s one of the best things about living in America? You can turn off your radio if you don’t like something you hear. You can turn off the TV if you don’t like what you see. You can choose not to buy certain products if they endorse someone you disagree with. You don’t have to buy the cable package that includes HBO if you’re really that upset over their programming. But people seem to forget how it’s much easier, and I’m pretty sure a lot healthier, to just not bother with something instead of getting yourself all worked up because of sounds someone made.
That’s all that words are. Sound. You provide the meaning. Maybe just don’t care as much. We’d probably be better off.