BY JESSE JACKSON April 15, 2013 It was terror that shook the nation. On Sunday, Sept. 15, 1963, a bomb exploded in the basement of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. Four little girls, all dressed in white — 14-year-olds Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, and 11-year-old Denise McNair — [...]
For years, Rush Limbaugh has virtually gotten away with making some of the most outrageous and insulting statements about everyone from Blacks and minorities to women.Â But his now infamous comments regarding Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke hit a new low, even for Rush.Â Attacking aÂ woman whose only crime was to testify, Rush proved that he has absolutely no respect for women and our voices in society.Â And his non-apology â€œapologyâ€ satisfied no one, not even his own advertisers.Â Itâ€™s seriously time for Rush to start rushing off of our airwaves everywhere. RELATED: Rush Limbaugh Has Lost 42 Sponsors Since â€œProstituteâ€ Incident Rush Limbaugh Defended Joseph Kony And Lordâ€™s Resistance Army Since the Sandra Fluke scandal, several stations have already dropped â€œThe Rush Limbaugh Show.â€ Over 40 advertisers have pulled their spots from the broadcast, and several members of Congress have spoken out against Rush and his deplorable remarks.Â And on Wednesday night, Sen. Carl Levin, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said he would like the Armed Services Network to also drop the show.Â As a woman, and as a mother, I couldnâ€™t agree with these leaders more.Â Itâ€™s time for Rush to go. Thereâ€™s no place in our discourse for someone who calls an innocent woman a â€œslutâ€, a â€œprostituteâ€ or worse.Â Freedom of speech doesnâ€™t give people with a platform and bully pulpit to openly spew hatred.Â In 2007, Don Imus thought he could make bigoted comments and get away with it, but he soon learned that racism would not be tolerated.Â Similarly, Rush will wake up to the reality that sexism wonâ€™t be tolerated either. In November, voters will head to the polls and decide who will lead the country for the next four years.Â A majority of these citizens â€” like the majority of our population itself â€”will be women.Â And these women (myself included) will not forget the vicious attack against Sandra Fluke.Â Nor will we forget the lack of leadership from Republican leaders in calling out Rush Limbaugh.Â Women, and the men who love us (including our fathers and grandfathers), will not forget. Rush foolishly thinks he provides some sort of entertainment.Â We are not amused, Rush, and neither are your advertisers.Â During this Womenâ€™s History Month, how dare you insult us.Â Someone please turn his mic off. SEE ALSO: Radio StationsÂ Pull Out Of Rush Limbaugh Show Rick Santorum Thinks NY Press Is Out To Get Him
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As much as President Obama worked to keep his jobs plan and Congressional address from being juxtaposed with the Republican debate, the last two evenings proved remarkable for anyone concerned about the state of the nation. On one side, you had a president outlining methods of kick starting job creation, while on the other, you had a flock of candidates who received the biggest applause after a comment regarding high numbers of executions in the state of Texas. The president once again urged his opposition to put petty differences aside and pass his bill quickly, meanwhile GOP presidential hopefuls were busy attacking Social Security and each other instead of providing us with solutions to our jobs crisis. To the voting public, these two nights portrayed everything we need to know about the next election: keep progressing forward, or revert backwards to a place where our intelligence is insulted and the rich keep rewarding themselves. “The purpose of the American Jobs Act is simple: to put more people back to work and more money in the pockets of those who are working,” stated the president in his address in front of a joint session of Congress on Thursday evening. Calling for tax incentives for small businesses and $1500 tax cuts for working Americans, he pushed for job creation in many industries while providing additional tax credits for those companies that hire the long-term unemployed. But perhaps most noteworthy from his speech was the tone that this president set; it was firm, to the point, conciliatory and yet forceful all at the same time. It was, in effect, brilliant. Although the devil will be in the details that are scheduled to be released a week from this Monday, the president has literally checkmated John Boehner. In this highly anticipated jobs speech, our commander-in-chief urged every member gathered in the room to put their differences aside and pass the plan immediately. Again rising above partisan politics, he appealed to a new level of patriotism thereby leaving his opponents as nothing but petty if they were to challenge his job creation ideas. Addressing workers’ rights and collective bargaining rights, the president acknowledged the importance and relevance of unions and labor in our society. Highlighting the need to have the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations pay their fair share in taxes, he stressed the importance of assisting those hurting the most by doing things like extending unemployment insurance for another year. There will be those that will continue to criticize the president no matter what he says or does, but after Thursday night, nobody can deny that he has the nation’s best interest at heart. While he spoke of saving schools and encouraging future engineers, GOP candidates continued to pander to their base and avoid any real discussion of any real solutions the evening before. While some folks like Rick Perry and Mitt Romney appeared the clear frontrunners, none of the Republican candidates gave any substantive answers in terms of job creation. As they touted death penalties, attacks on Social Security and of course attacks on one another, they failed to address the real issues Americans lose sleep over. With unemployment remaining painfully stagnant, their non-existent ideas will keep them non-existent at the polls. The depth of our current economic crisis is so complex that there are no easy answers. But if we are to maintain our strong standing in the world, we must begin to follow through on the president’s suggestions as quickly as possible. The work starts now, and it will take all of us to dig ourselves out of the trenches and push forward. This week of debates and speeches has left one thing clear: we can either continue bickering with one another much like candidates did on Wednesday evening, or we can create and work towards sustainable resolutions as our president now calls each and every one of us to do.