Have you ever seen a dog race up to the boundary of a yard, and abruptly stop? It looks very odd, until you realize that the dog is wearing a fancy collar. You surmise that there is an invisible electric “fence” embedded in the yard. The dog has been shocked so often that it stops itself before it actually touches the invisible fence line.
This image flashed in my mind as I was reading “Home Economics: The Consequences of Changing Family Structure,” by Nick Schulz. Mr. Schulz does a fine job laying out the harmful effects of the deconstruction of the family, both to individuals and to the larger project of the free society. This nice little book lays out the economic consequences of family breakdown. But he studiously avoids anything that might have even the remotest chance of getting him tagged with the label of “moralizing.” Or perhaps I should say, anything that would “zap” him with such a label.
He throw out the obligatory protective covering right at the beginning of this small paperback by promising to refrain from “passing judgment about divorce or out-of-wedlock births.” I think this is rather an odd position to take while describing such socially destructive trends. But that is where we are as a culture, due to the systematic strategy of the Life Style Left of zapping anyone who dares to challenge their Orthodoxy. You know the Orthodoxy, don’t you?
The kids will be fine as long as their parents are happy. Read more…
I keep wondering why liberal gays get all the media attention. Why are liberal gays the only gays you see on TV with signs and banners? Why are they the ones who get interviews and publicity, and not the others? Isn’t the marriage issue a gay issue? Read more…
In case you missed my prior posts about the components of marriage located here and here, here are the components of marriage again:
1. The duration component. (for life)
2. The number component. (two people)
3. The blood relationship component. (not closely related by blood)
4. The age component. (not too young)
5. The human component (human beings rather than animals or other non humans)
6. The gender/procreative component. (both genders required)
Six states and Washington D.C. have smashed the gender component, and there are marriage ballot measures going on in four states in November to see if they will retain this component or not. Clearly the gender/procreative component is taking a beating. But it’s not going down without a fight.
If this component gets destroyed, other components may be up for grabs pretty quickly – after all, if marriage is only about love or equal rights, those who want to alter or remove the remaining marriage components can use the same reasoning to get what they want. The duration component was smashed via no fault divorce starting in the late 1960s. So of the four that remain, which component will be next on the chopping block? Here they are: Read more…
I just saw this quote on a liberal facebook page that I follow:
“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.” ~Abraham Lincoln
I like arguments pointing out “something” depending on “something else,” because the “something else” came first, and the “something” is built on the “something else.” I’m going to use this same logic in regards to marriage.
“Man/woman marriage is prior to, and independent of, the state. The state is the fruit of man/woman marriage, and could never have existed if man/woman marriage had not first existed. Man/woman marriage is superior of the state, and deserves much the higher consideration.” ~Jennifer Thieme
In other words, this:
came after this:
Not only did it come after, it absolutely needs it. The state should not be messing with the definition of marriage!
Some of my Friends With Wrong Ideas (FrieWIs) keep a very close watch on me. I don’t feel a need to respond to every post. Every once in a while, however, they do me a favor. Take this audio clip posted over at Equality Matters, for instance. Posted with a breathless headline, “NOM’s Morse: Hate Crimes Laws are Anti-American, Limit Free Speech.” This headline is designed to brand me, before you, the reader/listener, even hear what I have to say. This is from an hour long interview I did with a blog radio host called Stacy Swimp. Equality Matters went to the trouble of pulling out this 5 minutes and making it into its own little post. Read more…
Tomorrow on my regular Issues Etc segment, I will talk about David Cameron’s recent speech on the importance of the family.
Some of the worst aspects of human nature tolerated, indulged – sometimes even incentivised – by a state and its agencies that in parts have become literally de-moralised. So do we have the determination to confront all this and turn it around? I have the very strong sense that the responsible majority of people in this country not only have that determination; they are crying out for their government to act upon it.
I will be drawing on these sources:
My book review of Patricia Morgan’s book, The War Between the State and the Family. This is still a good and timely book, which you can purchase through the IEA in the UK.
A 2011 Report detailing the taxpayer cost of out of wedlock childbearing in the UK.
The response to my post, A Word on Terminology has confirmed my intuition that I am correct to abstain from using the term “same sex marriage.” Three things have led me to conclude that my instincts are correct about this:
1. The wailing, weeping and general indignation meeting being held all around the Left side of the Blogosphere.
2. My friend, Bill May, of Catholics for the Common Good, confirms my opinion. (I always listen when Bill talks.) He pointed me to a tract that his organization has written on the subject, a tract which I highly recommend to all Regular Ruth Readers, Friends with Wrong or Right Ideas.
3. Finally, and most importantly, in the aforesaid wailing and indignation, advocates of the redefinition of marriage have, perhaps inadvertently, revealed just how radical they really are. See for instance, comment #12, which states in part: Read more…
Red diaper baby David Horowitz is an expert on the mentality of the Radical Left. In his pamplet Barack Obama’s Rules for Revolution, (which I highly recommend, by the way) David makes the following point:
An SDS radical once wrote, “the issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.” In other words, the cause-whether inner city blacks or women–is never the real cause, but only an occasion to advance the real cause, which is the accumulation of power to make the revolution.
I would add, whether the cause is the redefinition of marriage or the expansion of entitlements for homosexuals, the issue is never the issue: the revolution is the issue.
Back in the day, when the Left used to go through the motions of standing up for the poor and downtrodden, they used words like, “alienation,” “exploitation,” “oppression of the weak by the rich” and “atomistic individualism.” Capitalism promoted all these Bad Things, you see, and the Left was going to do something to stop them.
Well now, the commercialization of human reproduction (reported on here, by the Wall Street Journal) has gone global and creates every one of these Bad Things at a deeper and more profound level than ordinary market capitalism ever did. And the Left is cheering this all on, in the name of individual freedom of choice, I guess.
“Alienation:” selling your sperm or egg amounts to alienating your own body and your own child. You will have children, and maybe grandchildren out in the world, whom you will never know. “Exploitation:” see the film “Eggsploitation” by my colleague Jennifer Lahl at the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network to see how damaging egg “donation” can be to young women, and how they receive nowhere near enough information to give “informed consent.” “Oppression of the weak by the rich:” poor women in poor countries are favored as surrogate mothers. They deliver a child to a rich person or couple, and they will never see that child again. “Atomistic individualism:” this was the term the Left used to use as a smear against the market economy for being too competitive and not sufficiently cooperative. But conceiving and raising a child is the most basic cooperative venture in all of the human experience. A man and a woman come together, at least once, to conceive the child in the first place, and hopefully, cooperate with each other for a lifetime to raise the child. In the Life Style Left’s brave new world, an individual can have a child without ever having a single personal encounter with another human being. It doesn’t get any more atomized than that!
I encourage all Regular Ruth Readers to go and comment on this WSJ story. You will see that Mr. Rupak is essentially using the pages of the Journal as a glorified infomercial. Tell your friends to comment on this story. You will be revolted by the comments already there.