I had to laugh. Jane Fonda is among the fainting feminists who want Rush Limbaugh removed from the airways for insulting a woman.
Well, she has a point. Technically, the word to describe those of either or both sexes who have sexual relations outside of marriage is “fornicator”, and this is not illegal in the US unless one asks for money, at which point one can use the word that was used by Mr. Limbaugh, but only to describe a member of the female sex. So he was sexist.
So protest Limbaugh. but remove him from the airways?
Silly me. Isn’t there a little thing called the first amendment that makes it legal for Mr. Limbaugh to make a donkey’s puwit out of himself?
First Ms. Flukes says the First Amendment doesn’t apply to Catholics, now Ms. Fonda et al say it doesn’t apply to those who call people names.
For the constitutionally challenged, here is the exact wording of the amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The irony of all of this is that Ms. Fonda should know about the First Amendment because that is what kept her out of jail when she was giving aid and comfort to America’s enemies in North Viet Nam.
Which brings us to my comment: Pot meet kettle.
Or maybe I should say: Crockpot, meet forest fire. Because unlike Limbaugh, who only hurt a poor girl’s feelings, the results of Fonda’s peacekeeping efforts were a bit, how shall I put this?…. harsher.
Cambodia suffered deeply under the Khmer Rouge. Perhaps as much as 20 percent of its people were murdered in killing fields like Choeung Ek or died as a result of starvation or disease following the expulsion of the urban populations to the countryside and the forced collectivization of agriculture
Â It has been estimated that 65,000 Vietnamese were executed after the end of the war with 1 million being sent to prison/re-education camps where an estimated 165,000 died…No one can be sure how many people took the decision to flee, nor are there any definitive casualty figures. However, the number who attempted to flee has been put as high as 1.5 million. Estimates for deaths vary from 50,000 to 200,000 (Australian Immigration Ministry). The primary cause of death was drowning though many refugees were attacked by pirates and murdered or sold into slavery and prostitution
and few in the US are aware that many of these refugees were not members of the previous government (a common claim on the post war analysis websites in English), but Chinese ethnics who fled actual threats of genocide. Half a million of them went to China, so are not included in most sites that count the post war refugees, And ethnic Chinese were the second largest group fleeing as “boat people”.
Nowadays, this is called Ethnic cleansing…
Indeed, the 1979 invasion of VietNam by China was partly in retaliation for this ethnic cleansing.
And also not always counted: The 100 thousand Hmong who those who fled, mainly to Thailand, some of whom are included in the 75 000 refugees from Laos.
The horrors of reports of the boat people led to Vietnam allowing more organized exodus, and eventually 2 million people were allowed to leave, half a million of whom settled in the USA.
Of all the anti war activists, I only remember Joan Baez bothering to help the boat people or protesting this genocide, persecution, and ethnic cleansing that occurred because the anti war movement denied the reality of the fanaticism that was behind the war.
Jane went on with her life, peddling fitness videos instead, marrying (and divorcing) Ted Turner, and finding Jesus.
Of course, one can argue that the US caused this, but the ethnic cleansing component suggests instead that JFK was correct when he allowed the US to intervene because they saw the ruthless nature of the hard line communists running the war, and were trying to stop it.
This alone should give one pause in interfering with the “Arab Spring” uprisings, many would argue, since the post Arab-spring governments are in danger of a take over by the more ruthless and better organized radical Islamicist elements. The result could very well be a genocide and ethnic cleansing not only of Christians but of other ethnic and religious minorities, and of the middle class who really only want to be free of living in a theocracy.
On the other hand, saying no to war and giving peace a chance doesn’t work too well either: the “non interference” of the European Union in the Bosnian war only stopped guns from going to one side, and resulted in 200 thousand killed in a modern Europe, which prides itself with it’s emphasis on peacemaking.
So an essay on one fornicator ends with another: We can thank Monica Lewinsky for Bill Clinton’s impeachment, making it necessary for Bill to bomb Serbia to distract the country from his escapades.
This had the happy results of ending that warÂ (and the unhappy result of making the Russians angry at the US because they backed the Serbs, and is one reason that they are now helping our enemies in Iran and Syria…. but that is another story for another time).
Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines.