One of the points Sager makes, and quickly glosses over, isn’t getting enough attention in this debate: “Nearly half of all marriages end in divorce.” It seems that this fact is far too easily accepted as one of those trends that just “is.” I am against homosexual marriage as it will most certainly have a dilutive effect on the institution as a whole. And I think we need to find ways to return marriage to its former, more respected interpretation. Why do we have to accept the increased divorce rate and all the related social problems that come with it? Why can’t we look to promote the institution and change the trend of single-parent families?
Therein lies the rub that liberals always lack: Always fighting for the “right” to have something rather than focusing on the responsibility of electing that choice. The “right” to choose, for example, vs. the responsibility one has in their sexual conduct. The right to marry vs. promoting what the responsibility of marriage entails. If we, as a society, spent more time educating young people on what the responsibility of marriage is all about, we could turn around the divorce rate and that benefits us all. By buckling to the pressure of allowing another group to join the marriage pool, solely for the sake of political correctness and inclusion, the definition of marriage becomes more stretched, and less meaningful with respect to its original intent: To provide the optimal secure setting for raising children.p>Gay unions are fine. Put all those structural changes in place that levels the playing field for gay couples (taxes, visitation rights, beneficiaries, etc.). But there’s no need to further erode the institution of marriage — already on shaky ground — just to placate the oppressed group du jour. br> — William H. Stewart br> Boston, Massachusetts /p>
R.H. Sager demonstrates why “libertarian conservative” is as much an oxymoron as “big government conservative.”
Of course there’s a libertarian dimension to conservatism (both original recipe and the extra crispy, Connecticut-Maine-Texas compassionate variety). But limited government doesn’t mean that stop signs are immoral or that the first order of government is to get out of the way so citizens can indulge their every whim.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online