Advice from a former Lonely College Republican to the latest Lonely College Republican.
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Somewhere on your campus is George Washington law professor Jonathan Turley, who is a big advocate for legalizing polygamy. As he wrote right here in the New York Times. In fact, Professor Turley is the lead counsel for one such polygamy case in Utah. That of a man named Kody Brown and Mr. Brown’s four wives and 16 kids. Mr. Turley believes passionately (to use a word you used about those like yourself who believe in gay marriage) that society has no business interfering in the private relations of Kody Brown and his four wives (who, by the way, are the stars of the TLC channel show Sister Wives, as seen here in People). Professor Turley explicitly is using the very reasoning you and your liberal classmates are using about gay marriage to defend polygamy. Writes Turley: “Homosexuals and polygamists do have a common interest: the right to be left alone as consenting adults.”
In fact, Sarah, it is fair to say that if you actually were confronted by your boyfriend, or at a later date your husband — as was Holly Petraeus — with the demand to include another woman or multiples of other women in your marriage — and you resisted — you would be the one who quickly gains for yourself the reputation of being — your phrase — a “social bigot.”
But don’t worry. You won’t be alone. Strangely, there are a couple of prominent women — both liberal icons in their individual worlds — who will be in the “social bigots” club with you. One of them is world famous and works just a few blocks from you in Washington.
That would be Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Mrs. Clinton, as she was in her White House days, was famously manifesting all those telltale signs of social bigotry when she was confronted with her husband Bill’s friendship with Monica Lewinsky. Ms. Lewinsky, as noted here, is still in love with Bill Clinton right today. What is Hillary’s problem? Why play the Wicked Witch when she could be the graceful, warm Sister Wife Number One as goes in the world a law professor at your very own university is legally advocating? Using gay marriage as his model? Why is Hillary Clinton a social bigot?
One Clinton biography after another describes Hillary Clinton as a wife who was repeatedly furious about her husband’s attachment to various other women. What is this woman’s hang up? What is yours? What are the hang-ups of all your liberal female classmates? Why are women like Hillary so harsh toward their Sister Wives?
Maria Shriver — a prominent television journalist and of course a member of the liberal Kennedy clan — simply and quickly filed for divorce from husband Arnold Schwarzenegger a while back. Shriver, it seems, filed for her divorce when Arnold confessed that, well, yes, he had slept with the family housekeeper and fathered a child with her. Wow. Talk about “social bigots”!!! Here you have yet another famous liberal woman who turned out, when the rubber hit the road, to be wildly intolerant as a woman of the idea of Sister Wives. Again, a concept represented by a GW law professor near you.
That’s right, Sarah. You and your liberal female classmates who just said “Hell, no!” to a polygamous relationship will — in a blink — be seen as “social bigots.” Just like Hillary Clinton and Maria Shriver. Intolerant, mean and cruel. The very living and breathing embodiment of the social bigot.
It may be, as you say, “harsh” to be called a “social bigot” because you refuse to share your boyfriend or your future marriage. But you could rectify the situation if you just went along with the crowd. You know — just as you say in your Wall Street Journal article — change everything about the way you present yourself in such a situation. Maybe then you wouldn’t be viewed so harshly by all those Sister Wives around America, a group Professor Turley calls “not a small population.”
What I’m suggesting here Sara, and I say and mean it respectfully, is if Professor Turley’s point of view carries the day, using as he is exactly the same arguments being used to promote gay marriage, you personally and all those liberal heterosexual women — not to mention the guys who will not take swimmingly to the idea that their wives are having affairs with other men (do we call them “Brother Husbands”?) — on your campus are going to come face-to-face with the fact that you and they are — yes indeed — hypocrites.
Say again: Hypocrites. Hypocrites on social issues. And big ones at that.
Like Hillary Clinton and Maria Shriver (and, I suspect, Mrs. Holly Petraeus), I’m guessing you will not be the least bit tolerant of your Significant Other justifying his Other Women by citing Professor Turley.
Yet there are many of us who believe that lowering the traditional gold standard for relationships will inevitably lead to exactly the world Professor Turley is busily trying to create. A world in which the man-woman marriage has shown itself to be the anchor of a stable society will be changed to a world where marriage simply ceases, for all practical purposes, to exist. With the resulting negative effect on families and particularly children, just as that “harsh” Republican platform says. With studies aplenty to back them up.
The evidence at hand suggests that once gay marriage is recognized, the pressure from Professor Turley and others to drop the bar against polygamy will eventually succeed legally. And so too the push to legalize other relationships like polyamory — group marriages. As seen here.
As for abortion, the Gallup poll in May of this year confirmed the obvious. Democrats and liberals are out of step with the majority of Americans on abortion. The May 2012 poll showed Americans opposing the pro-abortion view by 50%-41%. Across the country since 2010, reports National Review, some “32 states have enacted over 100 pro-life laws.” As of the 2012 election Republicans control 30 of the 50 state governorships — and there are young people aplenty in those 30 states voting for pro-life governors. The pro-life belief in my own state of Pennsylvania is so strong that it has elected not only a Republican pro-life U.S. Senator (Pat Toomey) — but a pro-life Democrat — Bob Casey, Jr.