I realized that when I was talking about rules the other day, it was more a question of thinking for myself than it was of being a "rebel" of any sort. Believe me. I ain't no rebel.
It's just that I am not genetically inclined to follow along down any path that has loud-mouthed cheerleader banging a drum and waving a flag in front of me. I don't know why. That's just not me.
Which is probably why when I go over to the Facebook I feel approximately the same way as I do if I happen to land on a radio station spouting Rush or Glenn or one of those loudmouth cheerleaders banging a big drum and waving a flag.
I am just perverse, I guess.
But godDAMN, there are a lot of cheerleaders banging drums and waving big flags on Facebook. They may not be AMERICAN flags, but they are still flags. Everyone has their own little agenda, you know? And I may agree with many of them but I just get so annoyed. Some people post so many links to liberal articles on Facebook that I can't imagine they have time to do anything in the world except read liberal articles and post the links on Facebook. Some people link articles about organic eating and gardening. Some people post links to articles about women's rights or gay rights or kids' rights or, hell, I don't know. These are all things I believe in deeply but somehow, all of that posturing just annoys the shit out of me and really makes me wonder if any of these things influence anybody in any way. Since we're dealing with our "friends" aren't we sort of singing to the choir here?
Then there are the people who post those cute quotes or those self-affirming quotes or whatever quotes and they sort of make me want to throw up.
Really? Are we adults here?
What I like about Facebook are pictures of people's kids (I'm not kidding you) and information about where bands will be playing and how your surgery went. That pretty much sums it up for me. I like the conversational aspect of it, not the preachy aspect.
And here's another thing. Yesterday I got (because somehow I am on Moveon.org's mailing list) an invitation to sign a petition to send to Clear Channel to get Rush Limbaugh off the air. And now it's all over Facebook.
Isn't Clear Channel a privately owned corporation? Now, correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think my tax dollars pay for it. Having said that, if I don't want to listen to the spewers of hate and filth and misinformation, I don't have to and therefore, it ain't my business what they host on their stations, right?
Again, correct me if I am wrong.
So how in hell do I have a right to tell a private business they need to get rid of one of their radio programs? I think that in the Rush case, the thing that's going to ultimately get him off the air is his own fat mouth and the rush of his advertisers to abandon him. And the court system if someone successfully sues him for slander or whatever and if I were Sandra Fluke, I would sue the motherfucking shit out of him.
But it is not my right to try and shut his fat mouth up. This is America, dammit, and we have freedom of speech here, even if the speech is that of a humongous toad-like creature with a brain the size of a low-dose drop of LSD. (And I personally think that Rush should DO some LSD but that's another topic and not what I came here to discuss.)
Let's face it- there are people who not only agree with Rush but who worship him because he manages to get away with spewing his invective ON THE AIR and if we make a martyr out of this toad, it's not going to be pretty.
In this case, I say let the market place decide.
The man went over the edge and said something so foul and so blatantly misogynistic and just plain nasty that only the most ignorant and hateful of people could possibly agree with him. This led to many of his advertisers pulling off of his show and two radio stations (so far) dropping him from their line-up so I would say the system is working pretty well.
Look- I'm not defending Rush Limbaugh. I just know that as a thinking human being I have the choice to listen to his shit or not and I have chosen not to and that's good enough for me. I am not the woman he slandered, although I realize that as a woman and as a mother of women, I do have some dog in this hunt but he's so obviously being ridiculous and intentionally inflammatory that it just doesn't make sense to get all worked up about it.
He's a shithead. Yeah. We knew that. Shitheads say shithead things.
This is America. You can be a shithead and you can say shithead things.
Hey! I'm not in jail yet!
So no. I will not be signing that petition unless one of y'all straighten me out here on the subject and give me some information I'm missing.
And yes, dammit, I will continue to check out the Facebook now and then because sometimes in the middle of all the dreck there will always be a nugget of goodness that I laugh about or cherish. Maybe. But don't lecture me, okay? And don't PREACH to me. If I wanted to be preached to, I would go to church.
I'd rather just think for myself.
Which is why I listen to NPR and not the Rush or Glenn show. I mean- Jesus. It's so easy.
And let's not make a martyr out of a gasbag. Those people already want us to believe in their paranoid fantasies. Let's not make them real for god's sake.
All right. That's what I have to say today. Agree with me if you want, click away if you don't. I ain't got no advertisers and I ain't got no flag. Unless maybe it's a freak flag. I'm not a cheerleader and I don't have a drum. Owen does. He beats the hell out of it and then he says, "Too loud," and he covers his ears and then he beats on it again, just as loud as before.
But he's two-and-a-half.
He'll grow out of that.
Rush obviously never did but thankfully, I don't have to let him into my living room. If some people want to, that's their right. And we all have to remember that, I think. Freedom of speech is freedom of speech and if I believe in anything, it's that.
Well, and a lot of other stuff, too if you get right down to it, but that's a big one.
Rush isn't a politician and he's not making any rules. Well, none that I have to follow. He's an entertainer and he doesn't entertain me so I don't listen to him.
I think that about sums it up for me.
Yours truly...Ms. Moon