Skip to comments.Rush Limbaugh: Abortion is at the Heart of Society’s Ills
Posted on 06/18/2013 1:09:41 PM PDT by Morgana
Washington, DC (LiveActionNews) On his radio show Friday, Rush Limbaugh delivered a powerful monologue (transcript, video) asserting that in addition to its innate monstrousness, abortion is at the root of our cultural decay as a nation, its impact stretching from respect for life and personal responsibility to crime, immigration, and the economy:
If you use the popularly accepted figure of 1.3 million abortions a year, go back to Roe vs. Wade 1973, 52 million taxpayers havent been born, is the way Washington looks at it. They dont look at it morally. They dont look at it in any kind of cultural way or any kind of cultural impact. They just say were 52 million people short. We have 52 million fewer people paying taxes. We gotta replace em. Hello amnesty. The Democrat Party needs a permanent underclass in order to keep themselves alive as Santa Claus, to keep winning elections and stay in power [ ]
I just want to tell you something. I really think that abortion is at the root you could do a flowchart I think abortion is at the root of so much that has and is going wrong in this country. I think that the number of abortions themselves, but what in toto it all means, culturally, in terms of the sanctity of life, how thats crumbled, I think its almost at the root of everything. And if its not at the root of everything, its clearly had a profound impact on our culture, our society, and our politics, I think in ways that people dont even stop to consider.
None of it good and its caused all kinds of horrible problems that nobody knows how to fix. Because they refuse to even accept that abortion is more than what it is. To most people, its just a womans right to choose, and its nobodys business, and leave it alone and I dont want to talk about it. But its really had much more impact on this country than just that. Its had impact on crime. Its had a profound impact on our politics. It is at the root of our cultural rot and decay.
You can trace the problems with accepting personal responsibility, no consequences for your actions, you can trace so much right back to it. And Im not talking about the women. Im talking the overall effect of a society having literally no problem with eliminating 52 million of its citizens. That cant be good [ ]
I dont know how you can have so much white guilt over slavery 150 years ago and have no guilt over whats happening with abortion. I really dont. I think it is the cause of so much that seems to be inexplicable to people. Why are 10-year-olds shooting each other to death in Chicago? Why is our society so permissive, anything goes, the more ribald, the better?
As an example of just how far weve fallen, Rush pointed to the utter unwillingness of Nancy Pelosi, leader of House Democrats, to explain the moral difference between Kermit Gosnell killing a newborn and aborting a baby of the same age before birth. When a former speaker of the House of Representatives, one of the highest offices in the land, calls ending infanticide reprehensible and feels no obligation to even pretend she cares about the answer, its hard to deny how much our national conscience has dulled.
Rush is absolutely right; in fact, he could have gone a lot farther. Last July, our own Mitch Behna found that the United States birth rate isnt quite meeting our replacement level and that without the percentage of the population taken by abortion, Medicare and Social Security are short $11 billion and $47 million, respectively. Economist John Lott has demonstrated that, contrary to claims popularized by the dubious book Freakonomics, the legalization of abortion likely led to an increase in violent crime. Forbes contributor Bill Flax puts the lie to the popular talking point that abortion is necessary to stem out-of-wedlock births, noting that actually, the opposite has happened. Professor Michael New has linked abortions legalization to an increase in child abuse.
Its not hard to see the shapes taken by the fallout of these social ills educational failure, poverty, dependence, sexually transmitted diseases, social alienation and resentment.
Take a broader look around us today, and abortionisms worst siblings are readily apparent. It is increasingly respectable to entertain ideas about neglecting and eliminating our elderly and disabled countrymen. Parental neglect that would have been unthinkable a generation ago almost becomes something you can set your watch to. Slavish devotion to pointless regulation can win out over a little girls fight to survive. You can advocate doing nothing about doctors starving newborns to death in closets and still get elected leader of the free world.
Rush Limbaugh scratched the surface of a discussion the country desperately needs. As the country is preoccupied with economic malaise and immigration uncertainty, he should be commended for reminding us that, as abortion is a outright rejection of the first truth of our country, it cannot help but upset the balance of everything else.
He is right.
I have been saying for YEARS that, once you make life cheap inside the womb, it becomes cheap OUTSIDE the womb.
I’ve always thought I could trace the degrading of our culture to the Madelyn Murray O’Hair case in the early sixties. Whether or not you are comfortable with a prayer in the classroom, it seemed to me to be the beginning of the idea that people of faith and devotion should be restricted in favor of secular-progressives. Abortion seems the fruit of this action.
The other watershed was the idea of hate speech and political correctness - the beginnings of curbs on the first amendment and personal freedoms.
Rush doesn’t usually spend much time on the topic, I think he considers this a given
Rush has been slowing embracing ALL of conservatism of late, I’ve noticed. He has been talking about abortion and homosexual “marriage” like these issue matter, for a change.
No. The cultural decay mentioned is at the root of the abortion culture. Admittedly, the abortion culture feeds the cultural decay but I don’t believe it come first.
Abortion is but one of the fronts in the left’s attack on the family.
The family is the primary target. Homosexuality, fornication culture, abortion, denigration of fatherhood - all are part of the left’s war on the family.
Makes sense to me. If you have no respect for the sanctity of God Given life, then why would you have any respect for the other 9 Commandments from God or the man made institution of a Constitutional Republic inspired by God?
abortion is obviously beyond awful, but society’s ills will not be corrected until we find a way for the government to stop stealing money from one group and giving it to another.
That and the “raw deal” and the “not so great society” acts.
I’d say it’s gov’t schools and abortion is a symptom.
Maybe the fact that U.S. women have so many abortions is why Latin Americans are much more “fertile” than U.S. citizens. (Jeb Bush said immigrants are more fertile than U.S. citizens the other day)
I suspect that a thousand years from now, future historians will ask what kind of people made the killing of innocent life in it’s mother’s womb a constitutionally-protected ‘right’ and arrogantly called it ‘choice’.
Alternatively, why does your Right to Life depend on which side of your mother’s cervix you’re on?
The uninformed will agree with Jebbie.
The hypocrisy of the left will never cease to amaze me.
God has drawn His SAVING HAND from over our country!! We do not deserve any better than the ROT and DECAY that we now have with GAY SEX EVERYWHERE!!
In order to keep abortion, they had to create “no free speech” zones around clinics. Freedom of speech was further eroded because they had to own the media to keep quiet the filthy, deadly clinics. Using the privacy argument, they silenced medical statistics, requiring doctors to report abortion-related deaths as pregnancy-related deaths. They had to corrupt state and city health departments and the entire judiciary, and the corruption has kept spreading everywhere like rot on a piece of fruit. Yes, now our sovereignty is being thrown away to keep economic stability as long as possible during the demographic collapse. Finally, islam is taking over the rule of the land. The final status is cultural collapse into a totalitarian mess.
WE ARE DOOMED UNLESS WE REPENT AND CHANGE!!!!
We will be the EXTINCT people ...see my TAGLINE!
I agree with Jeb Bush that immigrant women are generally more likely to bear larger numbers of children than are today's American women. That statement is a general observation and is not contradicted by anecdotal evidence as to individual American women or individual immigrant women. How does that make me uninformed?
My wife always cringes when I proclaim that “some people just love killing babies”. I get her point I guess. That sort of talk won’t build bridges with those contemplating abortion, but I still don’t get why we have to pussy foot around what abortion really is.
It is what it is.
I have said from the pulpit many times (to people I know vote Democrat every time): If you vote for pro-abortion candidates, you are deliberately choosing to be governed by people who you know in advance are wicked, intellectually dishonest, corrupt, and violent, and who have absolutely no interest in acting justly. Do you think that if you choose to put people like that into positions of power, you don’t share in the guilt for the evils they will do?
There simply is no way for a country to tolerate any social evil of the magnitude of abortion without suffering multiple fatal consequences. It’s just a matter of time before nothing functions anymore.
We have tolerated fornication for decades—and look around now at results—dancing and card playing everywhere!!!
I believe the term “fertile” is being used as a euphemism for “having a lot of children per family”.
The “ignorant” part is trying to apply the actual definition of “more fertile” to the groups in question -
it’s not correct to say, in actual definition, that immigrant women are “more fertile” than American women, when the definition is “ABLE to have more children”.
Any highly developed society or culture inevitably has a lower birthrate out of choice, whilst a 3rd world (where immigrants come from) culture will have a higher birthrate.
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