Schlafly: ‘Unmarried Women’ Want Welfare ‘When You Kick Your Husband Out’
July 29, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Phyllis Schlafly, extremist ideologue and founder of the right-wing Eagle Forum, known for her opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment, is always spewing remarks that are either kooky or offensive. Andrew (Rocky) Raczkowski, a tea party candidate running in the Republican primary for a congressional seat in Michigan, invited Schlafly, for some reason, to headline a fundraiser over the weekend and she didn’t disappoint. Schlafly accused the Obama administration of intentionally increasing the number of Americans dependent on the government for a handout, because they are Democratic Obama voters. And she claims that the majority of unmarried women are on welfare. Also, guess who else voted for Obama in large numbers? Yup, “the Blacks.” Not surprisingly, after a progressive group posted a snippet of Schlafly’s controversial remarks on YouTube, Raczkowski is being asked if he agrees with the crazy right-wing lady.
Schlafly is peddling a bizarre race-baiting conspiracy theory that President Obama is developing a permanent underclass of supporters, made up of “the blacks,” welfare moms and babies born “illegitimately.” Apparently she is subscribing to Republican Lt. Gov. of S.C., Andre Bauer’s solution to ridding the country of such Democratic scum, by kicking them off the welfare rolls, thereby cutting off their food supply so they can’t breed like stray animals.
Schlafly made her remarks on Saturday at the American Polish Cultural Center:
“One of the things that Obama’s been doing is deliberately trying to increase the percentage of our population that is dependent on government for your living.”
“For example: Do you know what the second-biggest demographic group that voted for Obama — obviously the blacks were the biggest demographic group. But do you all know what was the second-biggest?” “Unmarried women, 70 percent of unmarried women, voted for Obama, and this is because when you kick your husband out, you’ve got to have big brother government to be your provider.”
Schlafly went on to add that the Obama administration is promoting legislation that encourages illegitimacy:
“And they have all kinds of bills to continue to subsidize illegitimacy which is now running nationwide at 41 percent.” [...]
“And the Obama administration wants to continue to subsidize this group, because they know they are Democratic votes.”
“I will fight vehemently for her to have her beliefs. That’s what makes this country so great,” he said. “I believe in equality for everyone. I’m color-blind and gender blind,” Raczkowski told the Detroit Free Press.
Talking Points Memo reports that 75 Republican candidates either endorsed or financially supported by the Eagle Forum, will now find themselves pressured to condemn Schlafly’s remarks:
“Democrats plan to jump on the 75 Republican candidates for federal office that Schlafly’s Eagle Forum has endorsed and donated to — a list that includes Todd Tiahrt in the Kansas Republican primary for Senate, Ken Buck in the Colorado Republican primary for Senate, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and his Senate Conservatives Fund and Sen. David Vitter.”
Raczkowski is running in a crowded primary. And whether his association with the odious Schlafly hurts, or even helps him with the tea party crowd–who knows. But if “Rocky” makes it into the general election, his reputation for far-right extremism will certainly decrease his chances.
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/c.berlet+publiceye.org/Phyllis Schlafly in 2007 in Washington, DC at the Values Voters conference.