Rick Santorum: "Single Moms Breed Criminals"
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Rick Santorum: "Single Moms Breed Criminals"

Chicago : IL : USA | Apr 29, 2012 at 2:40 AM PDT
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According to Rick Santorum, single mothers are destroying America and the only solution to the problem is to "kick them in the butt."

He isn't alone in his assessment.

I had the privilege of listening to a couple of like-minded duds in Arizona, one of whom was an alcoholic and the other a heroin addict who could fit her mouth around several "big sticks," who stated that "certain women" only have more babies so they can get more welfare.

These mothers come into the world, apparently, with high aspirations to be welfare queens, they never fall in love, and they put their lives on the line during childbirth, and also commit to a lifetime of potential heartbreak long after that child becomes an adult in exchange for a temporary additional monthly stipend that usually doesn't add up to $50 a month.

Of course, it doesn't matter if these women are abused, abandoned, neglected, widowed, or single-never-married, they're all the same ... lazy, and raising 'criminal' kids before the children have gotten a chance to decide what they want to be in life.

Riiiiggghhttt...

One thing about Republicans, they don't waste time when it comes to tearing apart the fabric of American women who are in no position to defend themselves. Sure, he said it in 1994, but judging by what he and others like him said while on the campaign trail in 2012, his attitude hasn't changed much in 18 years. Why would it? Why should it? It gets them attention; and votes.

He and others like him were Ronald "Welfare Queen" Reagan's biggest fans in the 1980s ... ever in search of a welfare or social services cheat who could rarely be found.

And while they still point a finger of blame for economic downfall at the ones of whom the Samaritan woman in the Bible said "Yeah, Lord, this is true; but even the dogs who gather are not denied the crumbs that fall off the table." They quietly take the huge portions of budget meat off the top of the feast, and then in a move much like The Grinch of Dr. Seuss fame, stick their fingers under the table to take the last crumb that falls before the titmouse can get to it.

The hidden message behind the forthright rhetoric is that the "single mothers" are black women on welfare, and that the "criminals" they breed are their sons and daughters.

I suppose if one were to ask Charles Manson, he'd be inclined to agree.

Too bad Dylan Klebold, Eric Harris, Cody Legebokoff, Ted Kaczynski, and Jeff Dahmer didn't know they were supposed to be black and born to single women on welfare in order to be criminals. Neither did Bonnie Sweeten or Susan Smith, who were likely hoping that America was still the America it was when the Scottsboro Boys were convicted of crimes that they didn't commit. In some places in America, it still is that America.

The men on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List could be the products of single parents, but of the 10 of them, none appear to have been raised by single black women on welfare.

It is still popular in conservative circles to use single young women for targets and punching bags (the lazy sluts that they are), especially since they are least able to defend themselves and are unlikely to try.

It is my own experience, however, that what rings closer to the truth is that women who are forced to abandon and neglect their children in exchange for barely enough to survive on just because they are single, and poor, are more likely to produce children with behavioral issues than those whose mothers are home to care for them. The GOPers seem to believe that only the children of privileged persons like Ann Romney are entitled to have their moms at their disposal.

One female that I spoke with in times past went so far as to stigmatize two young black children whose mother is in prison for murder.

Instead of giving the little boy and his baby sister the benefit of a doubt by allowing them to be raised by their adoptive parents and to live in accordance with that, she had them color-coded as murderers by "genetic inheritance." The oldest of the two was not yet 10 years old when his life was predicted for him.

By all estimations, the Republican class and their supporters seem to think that kicking the butts of black women on welfare is going to patch and repair "the fabric" of American society.

However, history has shown that chaining, beating, whipping, hosing, and lynching their darker ancestors who worked sun-up to sunset and were never paid a thin dime; and raping the women, actually destroyed the fabric and fiber. and heart and gut and soul of America -- so much so that their actions ended up being outlawed, criminalized, and pushed back by human rights activists around the world.

Or do Santorum and his cronies idealize and fantasize about being the masters on a plantation in the early 1800s? Controling more than 90-percent isn't good enough. They want it all.

Given the truth of history, it's highly unlikely that "kicking the butts" of these descendants (whose ancestors were eventually freed and mainly left to die in the streets) is going to get the nation back on track, especially when black women on welfare aren't large enough in population or number to make a drip-drop of difference in a trillion-dollar deficit caused by an illicit war.

My specialized advice to women who find themselves caught between taking care of their children and succumbing to social stigmas about who and what they are because they don't happen to have rich spouses and hand-me-down stocks from daddy worth a mere pittance of $95-per share: Put your kids first no matter who thinks what.

I lost my sons over a college degree and a series of low-paying dead end jobs that didn't do me, or them, a bit of good.

REFERENCES

Welfare Stats

National Crime Stats

In 2010, 69.4-percent of arrestees for crimes across the board were white, 28-percent black, and 2.6-percent were other races. Yet, black males remain the "Poster Children" of the crime world. When I first investigated this in 2006, 80.5-percent of all arrests nationwide for violent crimes were white and mostly male. It isn't hard to surmise, with the obvious infiltration of Klan influence in the police departments and courtrooms, that hype is cheap and racial hype is profitable as long as America keeps falling for it.

Where are the jobs, Rick? Are they paying or are we 'lazy black women' falling backward to the Year 1801 on salaries and benefits? [Note: The linked article @'lazyblackwomen' was dated March of 2010. As of April 2012, the average calculated net worth of working white women is $45,000 and for working black women, it has gone up to a record viral high of $100. And for those who think the Lily Ledbetter rule of law needed to be enacted because of wage inequality and insufficiency for women, "guess who" isn't coming to dinner and is not covered under that Act.]

Mr. Romney and home boarder wife, Ann ... who takes jobs out of the country and then refuses to reinvest in the nation that made him rich. If you aren't hiring, you shouldn't be talking.

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Be a stay at home mom. It's not just for the rich and privileged, nor should it be. Besides, there are more white women on welfare than black women and abandoning and neglecting your children for a low-wage "job" doesn't make life better for them, or for you.
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