so there

CALLER: I listened to your show earlier this week and you came out with some statements about Obamacare which is going to start allowing for women to have free access to birth control, and you came out against it. Now, my question for kind of just the Republican general in general I’m trying to reconcile is how can they be against birth control and abortion, yet at the same time be against raising children on warfare and having to pay for that debt to society our entire lives and filling our prison systems, and how do you reconcile this?

RUSH: I don’t think the two have anything to do with one another. You asked first off: Against raising children on welfare. This is a cultural thing. It has to do with the best way to raise kids. Single parent families, single-mother children just don’t have a chance in this country. It’s statistically documented. What happened? Why do these people’s fathers — or mothers, in that case — run off? You know, our problem is not that the government doesn’t help out. The government has become the missing parent. The government has become the parents, and does not inculcate any values. The kids in this country that have no chance are the kids being cared for by government because their families have grown apart.

CALLER: Rush, I agree with not raising them on welfare but then how can you oppose — be opposed to women getting free birth control which would prevent theme women, these children from being born?

RUSH: (sigh) You’re asking me…? Do you really want me to sit here and say I’m in favor of abortion so we don’t have welfare?

CALLER: Uhhh, in favor of birth control to prevent welfare.

RUSH: No, no. No, no. You’re trying to maneuver me in some abortion question. Of course the government has no business providing birth control! The government has no business encouraging the activity that leads to the cultural rot that is really responsible for all of these destroyed lives. The government is the reason that all of this is wrong. The government needs to get out of it. Churches used to do this. There was never welfare in this country before the mid-1930s. How did people get along? How did women get along without health care and birth control. They did it with family and churches, but all that’s broken down. All that’s laughed at and impugned and made fun of now.

Now the government has to do it or else it’s not legitimate. The government, as an entity — because it doesn’t care about anything about how those people vote — is destroying the opportunity that people in those financial circumstances have under the guise of compassion and saving them; and a lot of us are just fed up with it. Not because of the money it’s costing, primarily, but because the human cost. We love people. We want the best for everybody! This is the greatest country ever devised by mankind, with the blessings of God, and we are in the process — and have been for 50 plus years — of ripping it apart, ripping the foundational building blocks of this country apart, and we wonder why certain people, kids, end up as they do?

The guardrails are gone from our society. There’s nobody around to tell ‘em they’re wrong. There’s nobody around to love them. There’s nobody around to care about them, nobody around to give them high expectations. No! We’re worried about whether or not the mother is gonna get an RU-486 pill the next day as she runs around and abandons HER responsibility, to HERself and culture and society. There’s no contradictions here. It all makes sense if you just broom the prejudice and the bias that you’ve been taught (A, about conservatives), and start thinking of people in purely human terms, there is no way you can look at what the welfare state has wrought and say that there’s anything about it that is worth financing further.
Because all it’s doing is producing people who vote Democrat, with a false promise that they’re gonna be cared for, the false promise that they’re going to have prosperity, the false promise that whoever is discriminating against them is gonna get theirs; they’re gonna get taken care of. It turns out that all these promises have been made for 50 years, and these people been hearing the same promises for 50 years, and they’re still complaining about the same broken promises for 50 years. Yet they keep voting the same way. It’s utter insanity. Now, you’re talking to somebody who wants the best for everybody. You’re talking to somebody who wants everybody to be able to access the opportunities for economic opportunity, education, whatever.

This is the best place on this planet there has ever been for humanity to be born. The greatest gift a human being in this world has is to be born in America, to be born in the United States. It’s not going to be true very much longer if we keep treating people we claim to have compassion for the way we’re treating them, if we look at them first and foremost as political tools. “Oh, yeah, I’m gonna make sure she gets an RU-486 pill! She’ll vote for me! Women’s rights, abortion rights, yeah! That’s what we’re for!” No. What about the concern for life, quality of life, the sanctity of life? There are people that have that, and they used to be those that people turned to when times got tough. They’re called church, they’re called family. But the left’s busted up families and the left is busting up churches…

…Now, my attitude is real simple: Is there a problem in this country getting birth control? Is there a problem getting birth control pills or devices? There’s not, is there? Now it’s a right for which we all have to pay? My attitude is: If you want to abort your baby, you go get your own pill — and if you want your own birth control, you go get your own condom or whatever device you want to use and you pay for it. They are in plentiful supply. The rest of society does not need to subsidize your behavior.


  1. PeggyU
    Posted August 12, 2011 at 10:40 pm |

    He’s right, you know.

    If they cover the cost of birth control, why don’t they also cover the cost of tampons, etc.? Those are pretty expensive, actually, and women need them. They don’t have a choice about that!

  2. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted August 12, 2011 at 11:01 pm |

    What did women use for the 100,000 years, give or take, before sanitary napkins and tampons were invented?

  3. SondraK, naughty naughty bad wingnut
    Posted August 12, 2011 at 11:34 pm |

    ^ pregnancy.

  4. PeggyU
    Posted August 13, 2011 at 1:37 am |

    Never really stopped to think about it …

  5. Posted August 13, 2011 at 4:43 am |

    Not only do I favor providing free birth control to anyone who want it, I favor paying people on public assistance to use it. How much does a welfare baby cost us?

  6. mech
    Posted August 13, 2011 at 7:19 am |

    The larger question is teaching people that it is a good thing to keep their zippers zipped, buttons buttoned, etc. until an appropriate time and context (like marriage or a serious, comitted relationship, at least).

    Ooooh, but that implies moral structure of some sort.

    Humans are not feral, as much as the libs want to teach that it’s acceptable to copulate like stray dogs. We have the capacity to consider consequences of actions and to learn to take measures, like a trip to the drugstore for example, if planning for sex without subsequent babies. That is a bit of extra effort and cost, but most chioces in life require some effort to do wisely and safely.

    It is not society’s responsibility to pay for birth control, it is the responsibility of the couple.

  7. SteveHGraham
    Posted August 13, 2011 at 7:59 am |

    Rush ignores the fact that in about 1945, evolution began producing women who were physically unable to keep their legs together.

  8. Laurence
    Posted August 13, 2011 at 8:33 am |

    Nothing from the government is free: it just means that it is paid for with other people’s money.

    The question is whether the government should be able to take money from some in society, based ultimately on its ability to apply deadly force to those who resist its demands, to spend on a particular program.

  9. joe
    Posted August 13, 2011 at 9:15 am |

    I’m sort of divided on this issue. The fact is we will never control peoples’ urges to bump uglies and neither will they. Economically, it’s probably much cheaper to provide the birth control than to raise the little hellions and care for them from cradle to grave and beyond in some cases. I just don’t know the answer and while I consider myself ‘pro-life’ I also consider myself a fiscal realist.

    Do I think the government should be involved in either birth control or permanent welfare? Not really but the fact is that they are, so in one way of looking at it you have to consider the overall financial burden.

    The fact is that too many irresponsible/third generation welfare folks are reproducing and not enough financially/spiritually stable people are.

  10. mech
    Posted August 13, 2011 at 9:39 am |

    connecting this to the sugar and spice entry earlier. . .

  11. SondraK, naughty naughty bad wingnut
    Posted August 13, 2011 at 9:47 am |

    staghounds, if it was mandatory for public assistance recipients I’d be all for it.

    But anywho, NO ONE these days should be having sex WITHOUT A CONDOM unless they’re in a relationship that to the best of their knowledge and judgement is monogamous.

  12. PeggyU
    Posted August 13, 2011 at 11:04 am |

    How are you going to make sure they actually use it and use it properly? Can’t do that. Will there be lawsuits against insurers if it “fails” or if there are side effects from the drugs?

    I don’t think lack of access to birth control is a major factor in unintended pregnancies now. I think laziness or an actual desire to create a welfare baby are. Neither of those things would be fixed by providing free contraception.

  13. geezerette
    Posted August 13, 2011 at 11:55 am |

    what did woman use to prevent pregnancy years ago? Fear!! If you were scared enough of getting pregnant you used the word NO– some unwed women gave their babies to their parents who claimed they adopted a baby– the catholic orphanages were busy — if you agreed to give them your child for adoption you lived there and worked for your room and board — while there everyone tho’t you were helping an out of town relative– married couples had big families– they needed many children to help with farm chores etc.– there was the after sex cleansing– and I’m sure they all new how to “get rid” of an unwanted pregnancy. No government help there!!

  14. Buzz
    Posted August 13, 2011 at 6:09 pm |

    Not to betray my values and want for government intrusion, but I’m with SondraK on this one.
    There are methods far more effective and less “active participation” that would make damned sure those that spend their lives with their palms upturned wouldn’t continue to churn generation after generation of mimicry.
    You want government cheese? Then first you stand in this line where we prevent you from getting preggo for the next so many years and creating another mouth in which to stuff this block of cheese.

  15. TheOldMan
    Posted August 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm |

    If you think birth-control is expensive, wait until you have children.