Rush Limbaugh has some strong words to say about the new claims against Herman Cain of unwanted sexual contact with a woman when he was head of the National Restaurant Association. As Limbaugh explains it: “Political correctness, which is censorship, has now spread to behavior — not just speech. It’s spread to behavior.”
This certainly seems like an odd statement from any empirical or epistemological standpoint, as a normal assumption of society is that behavior should be more subject to regulation and restrictions than speech, which by itself is less prone to harm another person.
Also on the subject of speech, Limbaugh previously attacked the woman, Sharon Bialek, by mocking her name on Monday. He pronounced it as “Buy-A-Lick,” making a slurping sound, seemingly imitating oral sex.
“I have to tell you something. We’ve had liberalism roaring through our culture for 50 years. At times it has been sneaky, slow, deliberate. At other times it has roared its way through,” Limbaugh said Tuesday.
“And as I listen to earnest journalists in their 30’s and 40’s describe what Herman Cain is said to have done — no, sorry, when I listen to journalists in their 30’s and 40’s unable to explain what Cain has done, but treating it as through it is reprehensible — I sadly conclude, we’re losing this.
“Political correctness, which is censorship, has now spread to behavior — not just speech. It’s spread to behavior.
“And sexual harassment now is a political weapon, and it’s anything anybody wants it to be. You don’t need a specific allegation. All you need is the appearance of impropriety, and that’s where this gets dicey, because with this roaring liberalism through our culture, what appears to be inappropriate, in the old days was nothing!”
Limbaugh then waxed nostalgic about the days when men could casually refer to women as “broads,” without being attacked for it.
He further bemoaned that “feminazis” have vilified men, making them presumed guilty upon being accused of offending a woman, and spread that ideology into journalism. He further said that people have become afraid to talk about what they really think, confiding only to a rare other person in private, lest their opinions give rise to attacks against them and their character, either from a woman or from any “pantywaist liberal.”
“I tell you, you women, why don’t you just make it official, put on some burqas?” he concluded. “And I’ll guaran-damn-tee you nobody’ll touch you. You put on a burqa, and everybody’ll leave you alone, if that’s what you want.”
(Via Media Matters.)