The Case For A Large Family

On his radio show Jan. 7, 2014, Dennis said: “There has been an assault on the big family. Five or more children is a big family.”

“I want to make a case solely on what I have observed for having a lot of kids. What I have found defies the conventional wisdom among the intelligentsia… I have an observation that is counter-intuitive.”

“This has been true in every case I have witnessed.”

“The kids are generally healthier. Each of them has been lively, spirited, filled with love of life, and individual. Only children have rarely had this extroverted spirit that I have found in kids who come from a lot of siblings.”

“You would think, ten kids, cookie cutters, but each is individual. Different from one another. Characters. The older ones tend to raise the younger ones.”

“After a certain number of kids, it gets easier because the older kids take care of the younger kids, which is unbelievably maturing for those kids. The helicopter parent can’t exist with eight kids. You can’t be at eight different sporting events at the same time so they don’t show up and that’s better for the children. The fewer the children, the more hovering you can do.”

“This [argument] well, they [the kids] don’t get the individual attention, I say that’s great. That’s an advantage.”

“I wish circumstances had enabled me to have a lot of children.”

“In general, these kids [from large families] are happier, healthier, more individual, more self-reliant, and everything else good that I can say.”

Therapist Mark E. Smith talked about common family dysfunctions: “Every homosexual man I’ve known was abandoned by his father. You will not meet a homosexual man who was emotionally close with his father growing up. Every one I’ve known was enmeshed with a woman, be it grandma or mom or a whole house full of women, but they overly connect with them, and then during adolescence, because of these wounds and everyone is twisted up in everyone’s sexuality, the root cause is their childhood emotional wounds, and the little boys hunger for male love and they over-identify with the feminine. They did not choose to be gay but it is all because momma devoted too much to be super-mom.”

“A third dysfunction is having too large of a family… Two people can’t raise eleven people. That’s insane. It’s worse than alcoholism because the older ones don’t get a childhood, they have to raise the younger ones and the middle ones get lost, and then by the time the younger ones come along, the parents are exhausted. Nobody gets what they need. If I hear of a family with more than five kids, I know they’re insane. I know it is family full of broken empty people. It is wickedly dysfunctional.”

On Jan. 9, 2014, Camille Paglia said on Dennis Prager’s radio show: “Sexuality is fluid. Orientation can change according to circumstance. It’s a canard that you are born gay. There’s not a shred of evidence. You are born with certain traits that in a certain period in a certain society may make you trend towards a homosexual choice. Homosexuality is an adaptation, not an in-born trait.”

“If I had born in Italy 200 years ago in the countryside, I would’ve married and had children or I would’ve been a nun.”

“I was born with an aggressive energy and I did not fit in with 1950s girl culture.”

“Every single gay person I know has some sort of drama going on. Back in childhood something was happening that we are not allowed to ask about anymore… The biggest pattern is in gay men. Every gay man I know has a pattern where he was closer to his mother than to his father and there was some distance between the mother and father so that she looked to her son as the companion to her soul. They drafted the son into their own drama. You are not allowed to ask questions any more about the childhood of gay persons. It’s homophobic.”

About Luke Ford

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