Today it means gay marriage for Bill and Hill. Yesterday, it didn’t. Tomorrow? Stay tuned.
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Thus, here lies yet another crucial illustration of why progressivism is a disaster. It means, or has to mean, that the Clintons’ position on gay marriage was never right. It was always in a state of progression to where it is now. And yet, the Clintons never knew, at any point, that their position was wrong.
But here’s the kicker: How can the Clintons — or any modern progressive, for that matter — know that they’re right now? How do they know they’ve progressed to the final “correct” point on marriage? Or are they still progressing to whatever that magical point might be? Progress, after all, never stops progressing. And so, for progressives, where’s their next redefinition in the ongoing process of redefining marriage? Does the evolution end with one man and one woman, or one man and one man, or one woman and one woman? Why could it not next progress to one man and multiple women? Could it involve an adult and a minor? Could their evolving redefinition of marriage include married first cousins or a parent and child? Could it include multiple homosexuals or heterosexuals in single or even joint or group spousal relationships?
The answer: progressives, by their very definition, cannot answer you.
We do know, however, that progressives (with the support of libertarians) are happy to do with marriage what they do with everything: give it over to the federal government. That much we know. Render under government what is government’s; that’s really the progressive credo. And what is the province of government? It’s anything that progressives decide it to be.
As for Bill Clinton, a loyal Democrat who once assured us “the era of big government is over,” he’s on board for the grand project.
Hey, I’m not surprised. I’m never surprised by anything these folks do.
As for conservatives, the world at least knows where we stand: we look to tradition, to Biblical law, to Natural Law, to worthy and time-tested things that have upheld because they work — not to the past for the sake of the past, but to the past for the noble values that endure for good reason. There, we see marriage best as it has been since the Garden of Eden. As a liberal or progressive, you can take issue with that, but at least we conservatives can tell you our end-goal, our ideal. Progressives cannot.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a train-wreck of an ideology, with literally no end to its havoc. It is currently careening into the most fundamental building block of human civilization: the family.
Let the wreckage begin, as America’s “fundamental transformation” continues. We can thank not only the progressives and their latest fashionable interpretation of “progress,” but the stunningly naïve millions of duped traditional Democrats who blindly pulled the lever for this madness.
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