In typical form, the Daily Tar Heel’s editorial board posted a rather inane letter to the editor today that calls for the university to end its relationship with Rush Radio WRDU for comments that Rush Limbaugh made on his program last week. This letter was particularly inane on two accounts.
The first problem with this letter is the author’s proposal that the university pull its sports programming from WRDU simply because the same station happens to run Rush’s program earlier in the day. Logistically, this would cause some problems as Limbaugh’s program is syndicated across thousands of radio stations all over the country. Finding stations that don’t broadcast his program could prove unnecessarily challenging. Aside from this, the idea is just plain dumb. Why should UNC, which has no affiliation with Rush, pull its program from a radio station that happens to syndicate his show? And when did the Athletics Department become the Thought Police? Should UNC also pull its program from any TV or radio station that runs Rick Santorum ads, simply because they find some of his political views offensive. It’s patently absurd. Though, I think one of the last lines of the letter reveals what the author is really after. “By choosing to have UNC sporting events broadcast on WRDU Radio, which also broadcasts Rush Limbaugh, UNC is essentially promoting greater exposure of its students and alumni to Limbaugh’s views.” And we can’t have that now, can we?
But then there’s this whole issue of the girl that Rush criticized, the one who “dared to speak out.” Just what was she “bravely” standing up for? The right for the government to pay for her birth control (a seemingly common theme these days). One wonders how this country has even survived this long. For over 200 years, people have actually had to pay for their own contraceptives. The horror!
Ignoring the fact that the federal government is effectively broke (and with a nice $16 trillion outstanding loan), where does one get the idea that you are entitled to make your neighbors pay for your sexual life? Especially when one attends Georgetown University and can afford to live in one of Washington’s swankest neighborhoods and pay over $41,000 per year just to attend school, I have trouble being sympathetic. But where does all of this end? Surely if access to free contraceptives is a right, shouldn’t things more necessary to life also be free? Why should I have to pay for things like food or clothes? I can live without birth control. I’d have a hard time living without food.
If this incident with the Georgetown student was a single, isolated incident, you could shrug it off and make snide comments about how entitled Georgetown students are. But this seems to be an increasing trend. Health care’s free. Housing’s free. Now birth control’s free. It’s simply ridiculous.