Some people are just born to be slaves...

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    Oct 11, 2010 1:24 AM GMT
    Rush Limbaugh explained Friday why equality is impossible and declared that "some people are just born to be slaves."

    But that's fine, Limbaugh explained, because "everybody's needed for something."

    "There is no equality," Limbaugh said on his radio show. "You cannot guarantee that any two people will end up the same. And you can't legislate it, and you can't make it happen. You can try, under the guise of fairness and so forth, but some people are self-starters, and some people are born lazy. Some people are born victims. Some people are just born to be slaves."

    Limbaugh seemed to be echoing the "objectivist" philosopher Ayn Rand's belief that only a few gifted people are capable of moving society forward, while all others must depend on the efforts of the elite few for their well-being.

    "Some people ... are born and they're not going to take anything from anybody," Limbaugh continued. "They're going to be totally in charge of their lives. They're not going to sit around and wait for something. They're going to make it happen. You can see this throughout the American population."

    Limbaugh went on to postulate that the existence of "self-starters" and those "born to be slaves" was "probably a matter of intelligent design."


    Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/10/limbaugh-some-people-born-slaves/

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    Oct 11, 2010 2:27 AM GMT
    Some people were born into slavery, and worked their way out of it.
    Some people were born into comfort, and backslid into slavery.
    One person was born to be Rush Limbaugh, but that was a fluke.
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    Oct 11, 2010 3:57 AM GMT
    If they taught Civics anymore perhaps Limbaugh couldnt get away with statements like that.


    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, ..."


    Can anyone explain how/why we can say that all men are created equal? We've got it in our Declaration of Independence. But we all know people are different in all sorts of ways. Nobody is equal, except....


    I betcha nobody gets this right. You have to be a Virginian to know this.
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    Oct 11, 2010 4:09 AM GMT
    Caslon16000 saidNobody is equal, except....
    Clones.
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    Oct 11, 2010 4:17 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Caslon16000 saidNobody is equal, except....
    Clones.

    No bicep for you!
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    Oct 11, 2010 12:52 PM GMT
    As usual Rush misses the point. The point isn't to make everybody equal. The point is to make sure that someone's "slave" status isn't decided by their class, race, or gender. Also, wouldn't abolishing a system of slavery (capitalism, just saying) make it so nobody HAD to be a slave?
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    Oct 11, 2010 1:33 PM GMT
    Fountains saidAs usual Rush misses the point. The point isn't to make everybody equal. The point is to make sure that someone's "slave" status isn't decided by their class, race, or gender. Also, wouldn't abolishing a system of slavery (capitalism, just saying) make it so nobody HAD to be a slave?

    True- but it is getting harder and harder to work your way out of "slave" status in the U.S. The stats for poverty that were released recently were startling. While there is no doubt that it is still possible it is getting more difficult. Perhaps Rush is just looking a decade or two into the future when where you are born and who you are born to will decide your fate. Right now it is hard to imagine that any more than a very small percentage of kids born in Watts, Los Angeles will move beyond that neighbourhood. For fun I just looked up the stats- $6681 per capita annual average income. Hard to imagine that without a grant students there will be attending Harvard; hard to imagine that without assistance students will even be nourished. Perhaps he was right- he need look no further than those living in Watts for his new "slave" class.

    Keep funneling the $$ into banks, corporations, and "too big to fail" empires and he may just be correct. Paulson, prior to leaving Goldman Sachs was already a billionaire and got a 112 (or was it 115) million dollar hand shake. Hard to imagine him not using his influence and money to keep his family "on top" of the "slave" class for a few generations, at least. The man is wrong about the reasons, but he may be right about the results.