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Townhall Magazine’s Febreuary 2014 issue is here! Check out an exclusive sneak peek of some of our top stories, and order Townhall Magazine today for these can't-miss articles:

- Sarah Jean Seman: Married to the State - How the progressive welfare state is pushing Americans out of marriage, and into a dependent relationship with the federal government.

- Guy Benson: Born to Run? - An in depth look at Chris Christie’s possible presidential campaign.

- Lachlan Markay: Dark Money Rising - Once leery about the supposed evils of unlimited campaign cash, liberals are now embracing a larger view of money’s role in politics.

- Joseph Postell: The Greatest Conservative President in American History - Judged by his beliefs, he is the most conservative president in American history. Judged by his record, he’s one of the best presidents period.

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Excerpted from Townhall Magazine's February cover story, "Married to the State," by Sarah Jean Seman:

Marriage is a little bit terrifying.

Just think about it. It joins two individuals with their own sets of aspirations, habits, quirks, fiscal responsibilities and families in a binding contract...‘til death do you part.

If consenting to lifelong co-dependence is not slightly petrifying, I don’t know what is. Except, perhaps, becoming co-dependent without consenting.

Welcome to the new progressivist union: marriage to the state. It’s an institution enabled by Big Government and for Big Government through federal incentives and services; where cohabitation and living alone comes with more financial perks than marriage, and a dependence on the state is an easier path than developing a real and lasting personal relationship.

A Problem As Old As The Great Society

Marriage peaked as an institution in the United States in 1950, when approximately 65 percent of all women were married. Today, less than half of women 15 and over are married (47 percent to be exact), the lowest percentage on record.

Before he was even governor of California, let alone President of the United States, Ronald Reagan knew that government welfare programs undermined the American family. In his famous “A Time for Choosing” speech, given before the 1964 election, Reagan recounted:

“Not too long ago, a judge called me here in Los Angeles. He told me of a young woman who'd come before him for a divorce. She had six children, was pregnant with her seventh. Under his questioning, she revealed her husband was a laborer earning 250 dollars a month. She wanted a divorce to get an 80 dollar raise. She's eligible for 330 dollars a month in the Aid to Dependent Children Program. She got the idea from two women in her neighborhood who'd already done that very thing.”

Conservatives have been fighting for the American family ever since, while the progressive movement and the Democratic Party have been pushing back on the side of Big Government. Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder and president of the Ruth Institute, explains, “It’s an old collectivist dream to do something about the family.”

“Liberated” by the State

Collectivists seek to replace the natural dependency between two people with interdependence only on the state, Morse outlined. “They think that’s going to make people more free, and I think that’s crazy. I just don’t see how that could be!”

...continue reading in Townhall Magazine's February issue.

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Conn Carroll

Conn Carroll is editor of Townhall Magazine.

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