It appears that Time magazine has included Sandra Fluke in their list of candidates for 'Person of the Year'. for those that may not recall, Ms. Fluke is the college student that was subjected to the rather boorish behavior of Rush Limbaugh after she announced that she wanted her contraceptives covered by her university insurance program. The university in question is associated with the Roman Catholic church. For better or worse, those Catholic folks have a problem with contraceptives and objected to being forced to pay for something that they oppose as a matter of faith.
Now before anyone gets all het up, I am well aware that Ms. Fluke's testimony included the fact that some contraceptives have very serious uses for other medical conditions. And I happen to agree with her that if someone has one of those conditions, then it isn't exactly unreasonable to expect your health insurance program to
exclude include the appropriate medication from in the available treatment options.
That being said, I can't think of a single reason to include her on any list of important people. Michael Graham of the Boston Herald agrees. I think his take is worth reading for the larger social commentary.
Can you think of anyone who better represents the America of 2012 than Ms. Fluke? I can’t.He pretty well sums up America in 2012. Whatever it is, someone else is responsible. Ms. Fluke is a perfect fit.
She’s got it all: The “Generation Cupcake” inadequacy (“So what if she didn’t earn the award — give it to her, anyway!); the “Occupod” sense of entitlement (“Somebody should be buying my condoms, and it ain’t gonna be me!”); and, of course, the liberal detachment from reality (“There’s a war on women! We’re being oppressed! Just ask Hillary Clinton, Condi Rice and Oprah!”).
Then there’s the economic angle. One could argue that the icon of the failing Obama economy is the college grad with a worthless degree under his arm and a bed in his mom’s basement.
Time magazine gives us Sandra Fluke, with a bachelor’s degree in (no joke) Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, no marketable skills, and still on the academic track, living on the largess of others.
I’m not trying to be mean to Sandra Fluke. Unlike Rush Limbaugh I make no comment on her personal life or sexual proclivities.
But I also didn’t — and would never — put this unaccomplished 30-something on the “Person of the Year” list for publicly whining about paying her own bills.