Readers on SSM. Miss California, Miss Conservative. Bev Gunn’s Diary.
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Marriage is one of these institutions. Marriage is a “pre-existing” institution — meaning that it existed before the state and will exist afterward. Marriage is not a creation of the state, and thus the state has minimal legitimate jurisdiction. For the state to intervene and coercively change the meaning of marriage is not an act of expanding freedom but of tyranny. It threatens the very independence of those who moderate between the individual and the far more powerful state.
It is not justifiable to reduce marriage to the mere matter of love and benefits. Instead, one has to address what marriage is for. Marriage is not a vehicle for the collection of benefits. It is not a mere visible declaration of love. Marriage is for the procreation, protection, and nurture of children. Even for those marriages where the decision is to have no children, the essential promise is that the procreative powers of each are bound within the marriage. The marriage may be childless. But one promises that one will not share one ‘s sexuality and procreative potential with another outside the marriage. Why? Because a child born outside of marriage faces seriously compromised resources and guidance.
Gay marriage in fact dispenses with the childrearing aspect in
the meaning of marriage. It expands the meaning of marriage to
include a variety of relationships that have nothing to do with
childrearing. It blurs expectations and obscures the truth
that with rights come duties and obligations. A look back a
mere fifty years in the loosening of the marriage covenant shows
that we are playing with fire. For whatever good came with
the sexual revolution (and there were good things), it was a
crippling disaster for far too many children. For children,
the loving and caring relationship between two adults is
necessary—but it is not sufficient.
— Mike Dooley
Brad Nelson asks in his letter:
“Which will it be? Doesn ‘t the love between two people count? Shouldn ‘t people ‘s ability to express that be protected? …. ”
Then he states: “The real problem with conservatives is that they have forgotten theirs (principles).”
Exactly right. Conservatives have forgotten their principles. This is because we are not really sure of their origins. But who am I to argue with 10,000 years of evolutionary psychology?
There is probably an evolutionary advantage that has led so many cultures to institutionalize heterosexual marriage between one man and one woman.
There are probably evolutionary disadvantages to same-sex
marriage that are beyond our ken. Though these disadvantages may
be lost to our modern way of thinking, we may still have the
opportunity for re-education.
— Dan Martin
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
Re: Ben Stein ‘s For Crying Out Loud:
I always enjoy Mr. Stein ‘s posts, for he clearly loves our American way of life. The tapestry of different folks from different places, all with different stories, is one of the strongest assets we have. For in finding this land and its way of life as genuinely marvelous, one is more inclined to have a heart filled with knowledgeable gratitude for the freedom in which we live.
Since Mr. Stein gave a rough draft of his week I thought he and readers might be interested in hearing about a few days in the life of a Texas rancher.
So, with no further ado…
Monday: Got up fed barn cats and all the dogs, finding that someone dropped off (or the better word is abandoned) a giant Great Pyrenees dog, roughly the size of an elephant. Since I discovered her in the garage in all her huge grace, I won ‘t need my usual strong cup of morning coffee, as I now am wide awake!
Looked out in pen to see if the new colt, Cinca (born on cinco de Mayo), is with her mother, Sadie. I feed them apples and carrots and save their daily rations for later, as with all our lovely rains the pasture grass is plentiful. With another horse pregnant and due in four weeks, I make note to keep them up close and I will have to watch their grazing, as horses eat many times more than cows in grasses. Cows have the amazing ability to “re-eat” their food over the day, due to their cuds and several stomachs. I quickly look at our small herd and determine that there are no new Spring calves. We chart each birth in our records to maintain herd and individual cow fertility.
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?