NRA’s R. Lee Ermey On Welfare, Unemployment: “Lazy Is Our New Cripple” (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

National Rifle Association board member R. Lee Ermey appeared on an NRA News special to promote his new book, which “tells you how to take command of your life, get off welfare, unemployment, food stamps and regain a little bit of your self respect.”

Ermey, who's famous for his role as Gny. Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket” in 1987, recently wrote an anti-entitlement book called “Gunny's Rules: How to Get Squared Away Like a Marine.”

“You know, those things are like quicksand. Once you get in there, it's real difficult to get back off of it,” Ermey told NRA News show “Cam & Company.”

“Welfare back in my time, back when I was a kid, I remember my parents voting for welfare and it was sold to us -- like cripples, we got to look after our crippled people in this country,” he continued. “Crippled, those that can't work, and I guess nowadays lazy is our new cripple.”

“You say that is a crisis of emasculation that we are facing in our society today,” said host Cam Edwards.

Ermey said people on welfare are “just satisfied to be there” and “they have no ambition.”

"I am very disgusted and disappointed with the way this world's -- with the way this country has changed over the 70 years of my life,” he said later in the show.

Geico fired Ermey as a commercial actor in 2010 because he told a Toys for Tots event: "I think we should all rise up, and we should stop this administration from what they're doing because they are destroying this country. They're driving us into bankruptcy so that they can impose socialism on us."

Source: Media Matters