RUSH: We got Jennifer here from Middleton, Idaho. Great to have you on the EIB Network, Jennifer. Hello.
CALLER: Hello. Thank you for taking my call. I’m shaking, I’m so excited.
RUSH: Great to have you here. Thank you.
CALLER: I wanted to bring up a point that I don’t think I’ve heard anywhere. As horrible…I mean, men should not hit their wives. In most… You know, but the women are staying with them. In the case that you were just talking about, she was with him for two-plus years, and you never left. I’m thinking after the first time my husband hits me, I’m totally out of there.
RUSH: You’re talking about —
CALLER: So they’re enabling.
RUSH: You talking about Rasheedah Watley staying with Brandon Marshall?
CALLER: Exactly. It happened more than once.
RUSH: I think it’s rather… Jennifer, I think it’s rather common. It’s been a phenomenon people talked about forever, in terms of trying to understand it. Meredith Vieira the other day owned up to the fact that she hung around a really abusive relationship. Before she married the guy she’s currently married to, she stayed in a relationship for years with a guy that choked her, threw her up against the wall.
It got worse and worse, and he’d promise every time it would be the last time; he wouldn’t do it again. She wrote or explained why she stayed in the relationship, and a lot of it is guilt. A lot of it is self-blame. A lot of it is fear of what else is out there, if you abandon that relationship. Relationships are important to a lot of people. I mean, the fear of losing one and finding another one is so great that you hang in.
In the case of… We had a woman call after the NFL upped its suspension to six games for spouse abuse, and a woman called and said, “They’re not gonna report it. The women that marry these guys in large part marry ’em for the money and if the guys prevented from earning money because they get suspended, women aren’t gonna admit it. They’re just gonna sit there and take it and so forth and it’s gonna be counterproductive.” Now, you say that he would leave the first time it happened, but most —
RUSH: I’m sure you mean it, but a lot of women don’t, even though they mean it, too. It’s a phenomenon.
CALLER: Well, I don’t think they… I think you lose your right to complain about it, then. If you’re not going to do anything about it, you have no right to complain about it. You either be part of the solution or part of the problem.
RUSH: Okay, now we have just had something provocative stated here on the EIB Network, and not by me.
CALLER: Sorry. No. (chuckling)
RUSH: So, just to be clear: If a woman is in an abusive relationship and stays in it, then you aren’t interested in what she says about it after that?
CALLER: No. Not — not unless she’s going to be part of the solution. So yesterday I think it was you were talking about changing… They want to focus on changing men’s behavior. Well, I think maybe they should look at themselves in mirror and focus on changing their behavior as well.
RUSH: Oh, no, no, no! We never, ever — and we never will — hear about reprogramming the way we raise girls.
CALLER: Oh, it drives me insane. I have a girl and I boy, and it just drives me insane. Which, by the way, she’s looking forward to your next book that’s overdue. So, that’s all I’ve got. (laughing)
RUSH: (laughing) Well, you tell her that she… (sigh) She’s got a lot to look forward to, let me just put it that way.
CALLER: I know, I’m excited. So I wanted to bring up that point, and people just look… Ugh! It just… I’m sorry. It drives me insane. So —
RUSH: Well, no, it’s interesting. Thanks for calling. I want to repeat this, because it reminds me of something. I was talking to Mr. Snerdley about this before the program. Not the specific point she just made. It is kind of interesting. “Okay, look, if you’re in an abusive relationship, and you don’t leave, then you are part of the problem and continuing to whine and complain about it should fall on deaf ears.” That was her point. But fat chance. I mean, that this is never…
I don’t care what… This is one of those things where the fault is never gonna be transferred. But something related to this. How many times, ladies and gentlemen, when there has been domestic civil unrest in a town or a city…? Let’s say, riots, or after a team wins the championship the town goes nuts and starts burning buildings and cars and so forth. Or political reasons, there’s rage, or a book comes out on how to assassinate George W. Bush.
How many times are we told that we are not to judge that, that we instead are to take time and understand the rage? How many times have you heard that over the course of your life in the midst of any kind of outbreak of civil unrest and violence. “Hey, wait! Don’t be too quick to condemn. You must understand why they are mad. You must take time to understand the rage.”
The left is famous for that, folks, because most of the behavior we’re talking about is committed by leftists, and so it can’t be condemned. It must be understood because, you see, in trying to understand the reasons for the rage, we then get closer to accepting the premise that the rage (and whatever resulted from it) was valid. Okay, so here we come to spousal abuse in America.
Whatever happened to…? Can you imagine if somebody said, “Hey, wait a minute, we should take time to understand the rage here”? I’m just trying to point out leftist hypocrisy is practically in everything that occurs here. I mean, these are the people… They’re the ones that run anti-bullying campaigns when in fact they are the bullies in the political realm. They really are what they accuse us of doing.
They really do what they accuse us of doing, in many ways. I think this Battered Wife Syndrome extends to political parties. I actually think the Republican Party is suffering from it. The Republican Party is the equivalent of a battered wife. They don’t get out. They continue to take the abuse. They get beat up all the time. The media beats ’em up left and right. Look at what they did to Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney, a classic example of battered wife. Just incessant, lies, distortions. It was brutal what was done to Romney. The lies that were told about Romney and the way he treats his wife and kids and his animals, his pets on the roof of the family sedan on vacation or what have you. He didn’t pay his taxes.
I think the Republicans exhibit classic battered wife traits. They’re too scared to do anything about it. They got posttraumatic stress disorder because they know the media is gonna come calling and rip ’em to shreds. It’s a phenomenon that actually encompasses a wide swath of our society.