A fantastic group of folks from across Missouri turned out today at the Capitol in Jefferson City to tell Speaker Steve Tilley NO to installing a bust of hatemonger Rush Limbaugh in the Hall of Famous Missourians.
Legislators and activists took the time to address the crowd of over 200 men and women there to advocate for access to quality affordable health care, including birth control, and to call on the Speaker to abandon his plans to enshrine Limbaugh's racist, sexist views next to Missourians such as Mark Twain, Harry Truman and Dred Scott.
From the Post Dispatch:
Rep. Clem Smith, D- Velda Village Hills, said he finds Limbaugh to be sexist and racist.
“It’s embarrassing to our state what’s going on,” he said.
Columbia resident Nancy Flournoy, one of the advocates at the Capitol today, said she’s surprised that it’s still a possibility.
“The fact that it’s a serious issue and could actually happen is just inconceivable,” she said. “It says so much about our speaker if that’s the kind of person he respects.”
She said she normally cannot make it to Capitol rallies but she wanted to show support for women’s rights.
“The fact that contraception is even an issue has totally stunned me,” she said.
Several elected officials and candidates for public office spoke to the crowd, encouraging them to stand up for women’s issues and reproductive issues.
“These are human rights,” said Rep. Karla May, D-St. Louis.
On the Limbaugh bust, some have questioned whether the radio host meets the test of being a Missourian who has "made outstanding contributions to the state, the nation and the world." That’s the language used in a 2002 outline of the Famous Missourians program.