June 11, 2015 6:00 pm -


Jeb Bush wrote that unwed mothers should be shamed in a 1995 book, Profiles in Character.

Bush was asked about the passage by MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlin in the midst of an international trip that had arrived in Poland. He said his earlier view had been borne out by subsequent moral decline.

“My views have evolved over time, but my views about the importance of dads being involved in the lives of children hasn’t changed at all,” he said. “In fact, since 1995…this book was a book about cultural indicators [and] the country has moved in the wrong direction. We have a 40-plus percent out-of-wedlock birth rate.”

“It’s a huge challenge for single moms to raise children in the world that we’re in today and it hurts the prospects,” he continued. “It limits the possibilities of young people being able to live lives of purpose and meaning.”

Here is the original passage:

One of the reasons more young women are giving birth out of wedlock and more young men are walking away from their paternal obligations is that there is no longer a stigma attached to this behavior, no reason to feel shame. Many of these young women and young men look around and see their friends engaged in the same irresponsible conduct. Their parents and neighbors have become ineffective at attaching some sense of ridicule to this behavior. There was a time when neighbors and communities would frown on out of wedlock births and when public condemnation was enough of a stimulus for one to be careful.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

23 responses to Jeb Stands By 1995 Comments Shaming Single Mothers

  1. Obewon June 11th, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    George W is obviously the smarter Bush… Jeb / Cheney’16~ lacking sex education causes red states to lead the pack in STD’s, preventable pregnancies and diseases. About 4 out 10 children were born to unwed mothers. Nearly 2/3 are born to mothers under age 30.

  2. whatthe46 June 11th, 2015 at 6:45 pm


    • allison1050 June 11th, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      My comment is being “approved”. ;o)

      • whatthe46 June 11th, 2015 at 7:24 pm

        we’ll get to see it i’m sure.

        • allison1050 June 11th, 2015 at 7:27 pm

          I hope so but I have to admit the article did piss me off.

          • whatthe46 June 12th, 2015 at 2:27 am

            baby girl, you are not rocking in that boat alone.

      • rg9rts June 12th, 2015 at 6:26 am

        Me too as a test!LOL

        • allison1050 June 12th, 2015 at 7:02 am

          I love how these places are programmed to filter out certain comments. Last week I was tossed off of Quitter Palin’s website but I’d done the same to the sob that did it to me…even steven in my book.

  3. robert June 11th, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    good idea jeb

    keep that announcement on hold

  4. whatthe46 June 11th, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    and way back when asshole, women and teens were still getting pregnant, they were just having back alley abortions and hope not to die or the privleged were sent out of town to a fk’n convent to have their children put up for adoption or have safe abortions. so take that sanctimonious b.s. and fk’n choke on it.

    • Bunya June 11th, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      Way back, before Roe v. Wade, affluent women were allowed to get abortions, if they had the approval of their husbands. Of course, it wasn’t known as “baby killing”. It was known as a woman having a simple D&C.

      Also back then, DNA testing wasn’t available, so if married men got their mistresses pregnant, she was on her own to not only raise the child, but to suffer the slings and arrows of being a “tramp”, a “gutter snipe” and a “loose woman”. That’s why churches are vehemently against abortion. They’re not interested in saving babies. They’re more interested in floozies getting their punishment for having sex. If these so-called “pro-lifers” are successful in convincing these women to give birth, they consider it a victory. If that same woman kills the child after it’s born, it’s still considered a victory, because the woman is going to be punished by going to jail.

      • whatthe46 June 11th, 2015 at 9:17 pm

        “They’re more interested in floozies getting their punishment for having sex. If these so-called “pro-lifers” are successful in convincing these women to give birth, they consider it a victory.” sounds like an oxymoron. have a baby out of wedlock you’re a whore and we will shame you, have an abortion your a murderer and we will shame you, get pregnant out of wedlock by rape and you deserved it ’cause you couldn’t shut that thing down and you must have wanted it so you’re a whore and no you can’t have an abortion. WTFEM (what the fk eva man)

  5. Mike June 11th, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Public Shaming … to reduce abortion …this from the smart Bush

    • granpa.usthai June 12th, 2015 at 12:38 am

      but abortions are saving the human race from another Hitler or Stalin. Patrick said pretty much the same thing.

    • whatthe46 June 12th, 2015 at 2:23 am

      i just choked on air!

  6. granpa.usthai June 12th, 2015 at 12:41 am

    what better part of the world to flee to when standing behind such a SHAMEFUL statement.

    • fahvel June 12th, 2015 at 2:37 am

      keep the creep on your continent please.

  7. fahvel June 12th, 2015 at 2:36 am

    he does not want to be your president.

  8. Robert M. Snyder June 12th, 2015 at 3:06 am

    The headline for this blog post describes Bush “shaming single mothers”, when in fact Bush’s comments were directed equally at both sexes. (read it again)

    Alan apparently does not object to Bush’s concern about “young men walking away from their parental obligations”.

    I agree with Alan. Single moms are not the problem. The problem is deadbeat dads. Real men don’t walk away from their parental obligations and leave mothers and children to fend for themselves.

    • rg9rts June 12th, 2015 at 6:23 am

      Show what a real family values man he is right??? As he cuts SNAP with a smile on his face

  9. rg9rts June 12th, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Does stigma for family values relate to the high divorce rate??

  10. Jeffrey Samuels June 12th, 2015 at 9:36 am

    there is nothing shameful about having a child, married or not.

    It is this kind of 19th century prudery that is shameful. Marriage is an artificial construct, historically used to help insure inheritance and ownership of one’s mate. It is and should always be optional.

  11. Greebo June 12th, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    It must have escaped the House of Bush that in Scandinavia more than 50% of the children are born out of wedlock (nearly all of them intentionally). Mysteriously, they are doing well.
    BTW: both my daughters were born out of wedlock – intentionally (one of them even in Texas).