A Couple of Gems from Rush Limbaugh

I’ve been reading Rush Limbaugh’s book, The Way Things Ought to Be, and enjoying every word of it. I have learned so much, and find myself continually awestruck at his wit, argumentation, and ability to find the holes in the arguments of others. Last night I found a few gems on feminism and welfare that I thought were particularly helpful. First of all, on feminism, Rush says:

Abortion is the single greatest avenue for militant women to exercise their quest for power and advance their belief that men aren’t necessary. They don’t need men in order to be happy. They certainly don’t want males to be able to exercise any control over them. Abortion is the ultimate symbol of women’s emancipation from the power and influence of men.

Wow! I think he nails it. Rush then speaks about the connection between the welfare cycle and illegitmate children. I found this extremely insightful:

But look at what has happened in cities as the welfare dependency cycle has grown. In 1960, a generation ago, the illegitimacy rate was barely 5 percent. Today it is 26 percent, up five times. In the black inner cities, it is now 62 percent. Illegitimacy is not linked to race, it’s linked to the welfare state. The Swedes have an illegitimacy rate of 52 percent, and they are desperately trying to cut back their welfare state in order to reduce that number. In many cities the federal government has replaced the wage-earning husband and father with a welfare check. The man is no longer essential for financial support. Welfare is given with good intentions, but it has emasculated John Q. Stud. he has reverted to irresponsibility. This pattern is now showing up in the middle classes too. Feminism has had a profound impact there by convincing women that they don’t need men and will be just as well off as single mothers. Because it has become societally acceptable to have an illegitimate child with the government being substituted as the family’s breadwinner in lower and lower-middle classes, the fathers of these children are, in their own minds, free to shirk the responsibility and consequences of their actions. Bye-bye family.

I never had thought of that connection before but it makes complete sense.


About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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2 Responses to A Couple of Gems from Rush Limbaugh

  1. Rev. Benjamin Mayes says:

    We see this often in urban St. Louis. A retired public school teacher in our congregation says that most girls would get pregnant in high school and from that they would have enough money for prom, etc. She thinks that aid to families with dependent children should be linked to the school attendance of the children. As it is, young kids in the city stay up to watch TV late into the night, and therefore often skip school several times a week. The parents of such kids just don’t care. The welfare system, if it is to continue at all, needs to have rewards and penalties with regard to one’s effort.

  2. Rev. Paul Beisel says:

    I agree with you Ben. I’m not against welfare for truly needy people, so long as there are limits on how much and how long they can receive it. If it is just open-ended, then it doesn’t give them any incentives to get off of it.

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