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This I Believe: A Farewell to Optimism

Ken the Playful Walrus Wrote: Jan 03, 2013 1:37 PM
We now have a culture that celebrates weddings and giving birth (women), not marriage and parenting. We have turned marriage and fatherhood into a liabilities for men. We would NOT be having as strong of a push to neuter state marriage licenses if we didn't have no-fault divorce, if we still had laws against adultery, or an expectation of unmarried chastity, or at least keeping unchastity quiet. If two men can 'marry", marriage CAN'T be about children, but rather feelings and thus no man should feel an obligtion to marry (= sign over half of his income to a woman, regardless of what she may do) the woman he impregnates. Hey, she had the choice for abort, right? This is the world women wanted, and men were all to eager to help create.
kozzzer Wrote: Jan 03, 2013 1:47 PM
" if we still had laws against adultery..."

There is no doubt that marriage is failing in society, but bigger government and criminal penalties do not solve the problem. All they do is limit freedom and lessen individual liberty.
Ken the Playful Walrus Wrote: Jan 03, 2013 1:58 PM
I'm not supporting criminal laws against adultery. My point is that it is not mere coincidence that only after everything was stripped from marriage aside from 1) forming a financial corporation/partnership and 2) assignment of paternity - that the push to neuter marriage got serious. How many homosexual people would be willing to enter into an agreement that would hold them criminally liable for having sex with someone other than their spouse? Heterosexuals did it for centuries.
SterCrazy Wrote: Jan 03, 2013 3:21 PM
Marriage used to be viewed as a covenant - a contract - between partners who publicly stated their pledge to remain married and faithful to each other "until death do us part". The law followed to enforce that contract.

Now we speak the words with n\o intention of being held to them and no expectation that society will disparage our honor - let alone legally enforce our contracts. I believe the end of the view of marriage as a contract has been seminal to the current view that I should not be held responsible to fulfill ANY pledge I make - be it loan terms, business contracts, relational responsibilities, work expectations, etc.
Kepha Wrote: Jan 04, 2013 5:13 PM
China's rape rates plummeted after the 1950's, when the death penalty for that crime was de rigeur (unless the perp was named Mao Zedong).

A few days ago, going through some memorabilia of my mother's, I found the original promotional material for this syndicated column, launched in 1993. I was billed as "A New Conservative Voice for Young Women!"

More than 17 years ago, I set out to explain how a Yale-educated young woman from a secular Oregon family could become a social conservative:

Every life is precious. It is better to care for your children than to kill them. Divorce hurts children; it also breaks apart life's most precious commitment -- a family.

Men and women are different. A society that pretends otherwise is...