Defending the defenseless

An interesting catch from Rush’s show made by the Motley Monk:

At the beginning of “Open Line Friday,” Rush Limbaugh took President Obama to task for his priorities in the current budget debate and potential shutdown of the federal government.

El Rushbo
Limbaugh posed this question:

During a government shutdown, how can the President withhold paying the military to defend the defenseless while at the same time fighting to keep Planned Parenthood funded to provide abortions to the most defenseless among us?

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  1. Oh that is an easy one! When you would allow for the child of a failed abortion to die on a table after birth, this would make perfect sense. Savior of the World, Save America from itself.!

  2. priests wife says:

    Rush is not ‘in line’ with all Catholic teaching- but I did appreciate him saying this today- and when unborn babies are protected and cherished, the rest of Catholic teaching should logically follow

  3. MJ says:

    That’s one of the best things I’ve heard him say.

    Now he just needs to brush up on his grammar. :-P

  4. While I do not want to commit the genetic fallacy, it needs to be said that, given his history of drug abuse and serial marriages, Mr. Limbaugh does not make a good spokesman on such an important issue. [So… rather than address what he says, you point ad his person, at the man… ad hominem.]

  5. hald says:

    While Mr. Limbaugh is indeed not in line with Catholic teaching on many matters, unlike Rep. Pelosi, Sen. Kerry, the late Sen. Kennedy, and many others, I am quite certian he does not claim to be a Catholic in good standing.

  6. I agree with what he says, Fr. Zuhlsdorf, but I don’t think he deserves publicity, especially via your excellent blog.

  7. lwestin says:

    They are more in favour of eliminating the defenceless.

  8. MarieSiobhanGallagher says:

    Rush spent a good amount of his show today illustrating how the left is simply addicted to abortion, and that this is the ultimate reason they are unable to accomplish anything real. Rush very often takes on the liberals for their unwavering, racist abortion program. It is the sacrament of their religion.
    I think it is unfair to judge Rush as a “drug abuser”. While he is surely a flawed human as we all are, he is excellent at what he does, which is illuminate the insanity of liberalism on a daily basis, while keeping his wits about him and keeping me laughing hysterically just about all of the time.

  9. Tantum Ergo says:

    What’s important is that EVERY voice scream that abortion is an evil, unjust, murderous horror! God bless Rush and everyone who speaks out boldly at this time. As Catholic Christians, it’s our duty to storm Heaven with our prayers that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the evil which is coiled in Planned Parenthood will be rooted out and destroyed. Satan is the snake coiled in PP. He’s all wrapped up inside, and won’t come out without a titanic struggle. But Luke 11, 21 says that when Someone comes along who is stronger and overcomes him, He takes away his armor and divides his spoil. Jesus gave this parable at the casting out of a demon, referring to the power of the Holy Spirit over evil. Come Holy Spirit, defend the defenseless!

  10. donantebello says:

    Rush is never so eloquent as when he’s defending life. This is from a 10 star Ditto-head.

  11. Rush has never shied away from talking about the evil of abortion. I have no idea what his religious beliefs are, but he has this right, and I appreciate that he doesn’t sideline the issue.

  12. Timothy: I give space to many voices on this blog. Many. I thought he said this quite well. Perhaps you disagree.

    Also, I do not believe that just because a person sinned, he is therefore later disqualified from having a valid opinion. I am not a blogosphere Donatist.

  13. Kerry says:

    Let him who is without sin cast the first stone at El Rushbo. Et tu, Mulligan stew…?

  14. ckdexterhaven says:

    The last caller of the day was excellent. A black lady who was thanking Rush for taking a stand, and she reminded him (America) that 60% of black babies are aborted. She kept talking about all of “the babies.”

    I’m a super mega dittohead raising Rush babies, I appreciate Rush when he stands up for the unborn.

  15. wmeyer says:

    Odd that conservatives are so often described as heartless; in general, conservatives come down on the side of supporting out troops, are pro-life, and are skeptical of government implemented “solutions”. I wonder how many Catholics believe that the money they give in taxes relieves any portion of their obligation to charity. Of course, it relieves none: charity is a personal obligation. Moreover, government welfare programs are debilitating. And government funded abortions result (among other things) in one in two black babies being aborted. Score one for Margaret Sanger, the champion of eugenics.

    Rush certainly has a point. I’d add that the first payroll checks to be dropped should be those of the folks elected to Washington, who have made a career of failing their constituents.

  16. benedetta says:

    I’m not a fan nor do I often listen to the program. So much of what contemporary American liberalism ascribes to is simply irrational and I do appreciate the way he ably slices through the hypocrisy. What he observes in this quote is the fact that abortion has become a fundamental tenet of secularist, consumerist, dogma.

    You know, arguably, of the folks when Roe first came down (the lady who is now converted and a friend of Fr. Frank Pavone), one could say that well-meaning people simply did not foresee what has come to pass. Or they just did not get that the eugenics of Margaret Sanger intended that the poorest, or the most different should not exist. But in the last, decade, or even half that, yes, if you are still insisting on this while there is a genocide going on, and the macabre use of it, the fact that PP doesn’t have anything much to do with “parenthood” at all or supporting people in it, the very idea that someone could stand up publicly and say that he would oppose the life of an infant born alive after a botched abortion, and then have vocal elitists insist that this must continue, at all costs in our society, well. I feel it’s reprehensible.

  17. JoyfulMom7 says:

    Rush would make a great Catholic! Let’s all say a pray right now for his conversion! God bless you, Rush, for your pro-life sentiments!

  18. thickmick says:

    Good one JoyfulMom7! I agree and will pray with you.

  19. Marg says:

    Why can’t PP operate the way every pro-life group does. The commitment of selfless pro-life people is what keeps those “pesky” right to life groups going. So much is done with many small monetary donations and many volunteer hours. Let the pro-abort “bleeding hearts” put their money where there mouths are and stop expecting the rest of us to support the unsupportable.

  20. Yes, Rush has his flaws. As do we all. But he defends Life, both at the beginning and at the end. He has always spoken out against abortion and its proponents. And does anybody remember how he spoke out against euthanasia during the Terry Schiavo outrage? Or even before that, when Jack “The Dripper” Kevorkian was in the news?

  21. donantebello says:

    Trump/Limbaugh 2012

  22. EXCHIEF says:

    Rush is not perfect and I do not always agree with him. However, his pro life positions (oft repeated I might add) are both right on and appreciated. I think they are of great importance since the majority of his audience is “conservative” (as I am). Conservatives need reminders at times that the economy, national defense, and control of illegal immigration are not the only subjects of importance. Rush has a huge audience many of whom treat his word as gospel. Having him hammer home the life issues is not a bad thing in terms of keeping conservatives focused on the issue.

  23. JonM says:

    And as I predicted, the GOP totally caved – both in terms of cut size and de-funding abortion mills.

    Our government is bereft of moral guidance and any sense of administration. Useless, useless politicians.

  24. ckdexterhaven says:

    Miss Anita Moore, thanks for the reminder about Rush standing up for Terri Schiavo. Rush also ridiculed the media in 2004 for continually calling Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Ratzinger a “conservative” (they used it as a pejorative). Rush was really moved when Pope Benedict came to America in 2008. He gave Pope Benedict far more laudatory coverage than anyone in the mainstream media.

  25. ckdexterhaven says:

    Rush has always claimed that the left considers abortion a “sacrament.” How true is that?

  26. PostCatholic says:

    Some explain why military personnel should be the only government employees exempted as a special caste from the pain of a shutdown. There are lots of hard-working people doing dangerous, or honorable, or important, or necessary, or patriotic work who might have seen their families ruined by this budget stunt.

  27. oledocfarmer says:

    I’ve thought for some time that Rush was in a slow process of converting to the Faith. I still do.

  28. donantebello says:

    Sources close to Rush say that he’s more religious than he lets on during his broadcasts, etc…interesting…

    Rush for constitutional monarch 2012!!!

  29. Cincinnati Priest says:


    Fr. Frank Pavone, director of Priests for Life, has occasionally (and convinicingly) spoken of the secular left treating abortion as their “sacrament.” If memory serves, he even developed the notion of a whole “sacramental system” — with secular parallels for priests, rites, etc. I’m not sure if this was original with him, or how much he was borrowing from the work of others.

    If you poke around on the website you might be able to find that.

    A quick Google search also turned up this:
    with an interesting reference to a whole book on the topic.

  30. bookworm says:

    I would not be surprised to see Rush jump the Tiber someday, if his multiple marriages do not pose an obstacle. Normally I cannot stand to listen to him for more than 5 minutes at a time because I grow quickly weary of his self-promoting shtick; but when he addresses life issues he is quite eloquent.

    As regards the GOP “caving” on Planned Parenthood, that is very regrettable. Still, how much chance did the “defunding” measure really have of becoming law? It could have passed the House but what about the Senate, which is still under Democrat control? And even if it passed both houses, did it have enough votes to overcome the inevitable veto?

  31. I have listened to Rush almost every day for the past 5 years (I plan my runs to start at exactly 12:06 EST) and have heard him many times share a pro-life message. My favorite line from Friday’s show was his idea that all the troops should become employees of Planned Parenthood and then “the Democrats could call our soldiers ‘babykillers’ and for the first time they would be telling the truth.”

    I don’t agree with Rush on every issue, just like I don’t agree with Dr. Laura’s anti-large family stance, but Rush is a voice for conservatives and a promoter of some Catholic ideas such as steadfastly supporting the Pope and fighting abortion. He is smart and funny and I hope someday he comes out on the radio and tells us that he has become a Catholic.

    As for the Planned Parenthood defunding, it would have only lasted 6 months, so perhaps in the meantime we can use that time to push, push, push to defund it with the new budget. This will be the best opportunity we have had in the past 30 years to take on big abortion and, while I am disappointed it didn’t happen this time, I’m hopeful that we can get this done. Planned Parenthood doesn’t do mammograms, a recent Lila Rose video proves that, so what is all that federal money going toward? Staples?

  32. benedetta says:

    katherinecollins, Agree that there needs to be more truth in advertising for PP starting with its name…so where’s the parenthood?

    You have a lovely blog. I really liked your entry about what led you to consider homeschooling.

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