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Dan Quayle Was Right . . . About Unwed Mothers

Written by Gary North on May 29, 2012

In 1977, I was scheduled to get an appointment for a nob with newly elected Congressman Dan Quayle. His Administrative Assistant did not want me on the staff — too much competition, I think. He was your standard government-issue gray sludge A.A. So, he told Quayle I had never come in. That was one of better things that ever happened to me. Within two years, I  owned a highly successful publishing business. I have told the story of my non-encounter with Quayle here.

In 1992, Quayle was Vice President. He was the butt of many jokes in the media. He caught a lot of criticism for his remarks about a T.V. sitcom, Murphy Brown. Brown was a journalist. She decided to have a child out of wedlock. Quayle gave a speech in which he criticized the concept. He said out-of-wedlock births placed children at a disadvantage.

Two decades later, his remarks seem mainstream. Research conducted since 1992 confirms his criticisms. This comes from the Washington Post.

He called unwed motherhood wrong.  He targeted the show for its positive spin on unwed motherhood. The mainstream media pounced on him.

The Post comments:

Twenty years later, Quayle’s words seem less controversial than prophetic. The number of single parents in America has increased dramatically: The proportion of children born outside marriage has risen from roughly 30 percent in 1992 to 41 percent in 2009. For women under age 30, more than half of babies are born out of wedlock. A lifestyle once associated with poverty has become mainstream. The only group of parents for whom marriage continues to be the norm is the college-educated.

This is also one of the observations of the recent best-seller by Charles Murray, Coming Apart.

The Post article praises marriage as a commitment. Cohabitation is not. Marriage has vows: shared responsibility. Second, marriage is good for children. They do better in school. They have lower rates of suicide. Third, marriage brings economic benefits. There are usually two breadwinners, or one well-paid one.

The author of the article points out that three factors together reduce the likelihood of being poor from 1% to 2%. These three factors are: (1) finishing high school; (2) getting a full-time job; (3) marry before having children.

The government plays little role in all this.

But in the end, Dan Quayle was right. Unless the media, parents and other influential leaders celebrate marriage as the best environment for raising children, the new trend — bringing up baby alone — may be irreversible.


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26 thoughts on “Dan Quayle Was Right . . . About Unwed Mothers

  1. That's all well and good, but with liberals teaching 13 year olds in public schools that they have the right to have sex whether their parents know and approve or not, avoiding pregnancy, graduating, and going to college are not likely options for most kids.

    Liberals, or "progressives" preach the right for all post-pubertal kids to have sex, but support laws that prosecute parents for "neglectful supervision" of children. What is "neglectful supervision?" Not making sure that the children don't have sex. That's like giving a man a gun, driving him to the bank, sending him inside to rob it, and then prosecuting his wife for not preventing him from doing it. Such is law under liberalism. I know that Moses is often criticized as being out of date, but better out of date than cruelly stupid.

  2. barb patton says:

    Great is the pity that this once great Nation, America has become a nation of -bastards -bas·tard (bstrd)
    1. A child born out of wedlock.
    2. Something that is of irregular, inferior, or dubious origin.
    3. Slang A person, especially one who is held to be mean or disagreeable.
    1. Born of unwed parents; illegitimate.
    2. Not genuine; spurious: a bastard style of architecture.
    3. Resembling a known kind or species but not truly such.
    it has now become the order of the day and a lifestyle that is promoted by the far left in Hollywood as well as the black people in this country – In my day some 60 years ago, these children were called "lovechildren"_ because the harsh reality of being called a bastard was so terrible. There are no longer any rules and regulations and/or guide lines to follow consequently the black people (in particular) are creating a generation of "who the baby Daddy?" The Liberals and far right do not seem to realize that their attotude of allowing sex to now become an "open book" in schools from the age of 5 until Grade 12 is a perfect example of a nation totally out of control. You reap what you sow America and soon very soon half sisters will be marrying brothers etc. etc. and in a generation or two the once great America will become a nation of idiots, retards, cripples and completely broken unless God intervenes or a man with great vision puts a stop to this terrible cancer. WAKE UP AMERICA – you reap what you sow.

  3. Delmar Jackson says:

    The author of the article points out that three factors together reduce the likelihood of being poor from 1% to 2%

    this is not a reduction and is a confusing statement.

    In 1977, I was scheduled to get an appointment for a nob with newly elected Congressman Dan Quayle.

    I hope po ta toes came with the nob

    I like the article and the intent, but the article was not ready for viewers if you ask me.

  4. USA Born & Raised says:

    You are right on the money. We have lost generations due to the lack of values that are being taught in the schools. We need to either take the schools back and start teaching ethics, morals, etc, pull our children out and teach them at home. Those ARE the only two options. They came in from the back side of the schools to get to our children. Even Hitler knew that if you captured the children and gained a generation by teaching them his philosophy then he could also win. We need to run for school boards, we need to be State Representatives, State Senators, U.S. Representatives, U.S. Senators, Judges, Sheriffs, school principals, school administrators, teachers, school nurses, school social workers. school cooks and school janitors. We need to take our schools back. One position at a time. If we don't, we will continue to loose not only our children, but our grandchildren as well.

  5. Florence Davis says:

    Apparently you're not familiar with "nob" being shorthand for hobnob.

  6. smogdew says:

    I have watched over the decades, how morally corrupt this country has become. Everything impacts our children – You can't thank God anymore but in NYS you are mandated to learn Arabic (Islam?)….Your child can read "I Have Two Mommies" and then proceed to a class where homosexual sex education is taught; And when your child is bullied, you may not find out until they're gone.
    Teachers' Unions (teachers) and our government – what a letha combination.

  7. Evermyrtle says:

    Fornication: sex out side of marriage

    We, the Christians of the world, believe what the WORD OD GOD, teaches. Here are several verses pertaining to the rife misuse of sex.

    Matt 15 -23
    19. For our o the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

    Mark 7:21 From within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders

    22. Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, and evil eye, blasphemy,,pride, foolishness:

    23. All these evil things come form within, and defile the man.

    John 8:41 You do the deeds of your father; Then they said to him, "We be not born of fornication; we have one GATHER, even GOD

  8. freeindeed says:

    Folks, please slow down enough to do a spell check before you post. Nothing diminishes the effect of good content like bad typing.

  9. William 1 says:

    I have learned that the most people to fear n America is not the one in the news it's the arrogant jackasses who surround them like the one you met-he's not even low enough to be an ass, apologies to all asses out there, is lower than whale s—t And you can't get any lower than that.

  10. Mike Knight says:

    America: The Bastion Of Bastard Children

  11. Well when people around the world refer to Americans as bastards I guess that's becoming an accurate perception we're already at 41% and climbing.

  12. Andy94538 says:

    I would add that with two parents, one must be male, preferably the biological father, and the other one must be female, the biological mother. Two sodomites or two lesbians do not a family make. Children brought up in the latter environment grow up with gender identity issues and other psychological disorders.

  13. DEFEATOBAMAIN2012 says:

    Take in consideration the young man who had 30 children between 11 women, all living in the same area, what are the odds that these children will attend the same schools, become friends, , will marry not knowing they are blood related by the father with different mothers. And continues to pass on the stupid genes of inbreeding.

  14. Exactly. take the kids out now. homeschool. for the sake of both morals and academics.

  15. Bill in NC says:

    The single parents I know never chose to be.

    Most are women, abandoned by their husband, statistically doomed to live a very difficult life.

    Their children are likely to be poorer even than their parent, with very few exceptions.

  16. Gliderider says:

    Bill in N.C. – I agree. Most single parents I know are single as a result of a failed marriage. But failed marriages are a direct result of what has been happening in our nation over the last 50 years or so. You cannot make it acceptable for people to divorce so easily and still build lasting marriages. Satan's plan is to destroy the family unit that used to be so strong. Now it is weak and marriages are being destroyed on a regular basis and the very real people, who are flesh and blood, feelings and emotions, with breakable hearts and spirits, are destroyed right along with the marriage. Unless we put a stop to all this, we will fail as a nation and we will fall as every other civilized society has when they went through these very same things. We in America had one difference in our favor…Faith and trust in Jesus Christ. If we stop throwing Him out of our lives and start obeying His word, we cannot fail. But we must act on what He tells us, we can no longer merely be bystanders.

  17. I suspect that if parents took an interest in what their children were actually being taught in school, they would do something akin to your suggestions. Then when enough people raised cain with the school board some of the school board might actually get involved in what they allow to be taught. But with no complaints they are going to spend as little time on it as they can, because the human race is basically lazy. That is unless it is some sport that they like, then they will devote countless hours to that. But the general attitude seems to be "go away kid, you bother me". Until that changes, forget about it. Sort of like getting into politics, a huge percentage of those not running for office, would like to get involved, but "not right now, as there is a game on and they got their beer setting there so the "don't bother me" attitude again .

  18. Add to your list the word “Morthers” in the title.

  19. cedricward says:

    Who is the 'WE' you are talking about? Does that include YOU, or do you just post comments instructing how everyone else should do things? You sound like just one more of the righteous right wing conservative bigots who think they know everything about how life should work, but who actually do very little except bitch about the conditions. You think YOUR MORALS are the only ones that are right, especially when it justifies YOUR LIFESTYLE!

    Dan Quayle was an idiot when he spoke back then, and he's is still an idiot as are so many of you ultra-conservative know-it-alls who don't give a damn about anybody but yourselves and your money.

  20. cedricward says:

    Barb… You're a pitiful snob. These kids are just as human as you think you are…only you are not that human. You are a pathetic example of what righteousness creates.

  21. cedricward says:

    smogdew…just keep your head firmly up your anus and avoid learning anything about other peoples and cultures. Just know in your heart that 'god' always meant you to be more 'special' than all other humans.

  22. cedricward says:

    Evermyrtle…sex is different that procreation. Keep eating up all the Bible crap and pushing it on everyone else. They'll love you for it…NOT!

  23. cedricward says:

    You mean like elites and politicians do?

  24. cedricward says:

    And what does our guv'mint or local communities do to help them build a strong foundation for themselves and their kids…NOTHING.
    You just stand around and throw stones at them like you're so superior.
    You're just probably lucky you didn't have a kid out of wedlock because you're too ugly to get laid.

  25. smogdew says:

    What an ignorant, vulgar oaf you are! You have no command of the English language beyond insults (good indication of intelligence) – Evidently homosexuals and Muslims are your kind of people….knock youself out!!

  26. cedricward says:

    Oh, it's SATAN is it?
    Maybe it's just people who have never developed into ADULTS who can converse in a civilized manner and work out their disagreements instead of belittling their spouse or cheating on them.
    Jesus was much more forgiving of peoples' mistakes than you seem to be.
    When's the last time you thought for yourself instead of giving up all responsibility for your life to some 'magical entity' that is 'up there'?