Skip to comments.Gay Marriage is a Socialist experiment
Posted on 06/15/2007 8:20:07 AM PDT by Chuckmorse
Socialists have historically understood that in order to implement total government, which is what socialism is, institutions that foster freedom and individual independence would have to be weakened. Total government is, after all, against human nature, which is inclined toward individual rights, private ownership, belief in a divine creator, and the sovereignty of nation-states designed to preserve, protect, and defend those natural rights.
Besides belief in God, private property, and private industry, the basic family unit is a bulwark of freedom and, therefore, an obstacle to socialism. Developed over millennia, conventional marriage has been universally respected as an essential institution. Marriage represents the most formidable obstacle to government control.
Hence, the totalitarian minded socialist figured out how to undermine marriage. Overt as well as subtle attempts have been undertaken over centuries to undermine marriage and gay marriage is only the most recent effort. Since two men or two women cannot actually be married, legal recognition of gay marriage should be viewed as a manufactured straw dog invented to weaken and ultimately destroy the natural and freedom fostering institution of marriage. As recently as seven years ago, gay marriage was unheard of.
The pro gay marriage advocates sold the idea of state recognized gay marriage to the general public by arguing that gay couples were being deprived of certain marriage benefits such as inheritance rights, health insurance, and hospital visits. Yet many of these issues have been rightfully resolved by private sector social pressure on business and by could be resolved by state legislation. State recognition of gay marriage actually discriminates against other alternative families who could also argue that they should receive these benefits. The states, and the private sector, do not have to recognize a gay relationship in order to provide benefits that should, at any rate, be made available to alternative families especially when minor dependents are involved.
Committed relationships for homosexuals should be encouraged and these relationships have generally not viewed as controversial. Especially gay men are well served to find a life partner and, therefore, reduce promiscuous behavior which increase exposure to disease and violence. A stable gay relationship, with many of the trappings of traditional marriage, is a conservative development, which should be encouraged for homosexuals. The controversy is not over the committed relationship between homosexuals but rather with the insistence that the relationship be turned into a state recognized marriage.
Legal gay marriage will mean that the gay marriage will be legally equal to conventional marriage. This opens the door to conflict with people and organized religions that consider homosexual activity to be immoral. Neither side in this thorny debate should have a right to impose its belief on the other by using the force of law. Our society should encourage tolerance of differences and respect for opposing views without resorting to laws that would banish the opposition. Legally recognized gay marriage will lead to government outlawing opinion as has already happened in Canada. The trend is already underway as hate crime legislation is being debated in Congress.
There was no way gay marriage would lose in Massachusetts, which is why there will never be a vote on the issue. Now that gay marriage will be legal in Massachusetts, it will be interesting to see how swiftly state schools move toward teaching young people about homosexuality in the name of tolerance, how rapidly political crimes are established in the name of safety, and how soon the Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by President Clinton, which allowed the respective states to craft their own marriage legislation, is challenged. Now that its legal in Massachusetts, gay marriage will not likely to fade into the distance, which is what would likely happen if left to its own devices. Instead, we can expect to see more agitation. This should be as much proof as is needed to conclude that the issue is no actually gay marriage but, rather, a socialist agenda.
TO Mr. Chuck Morse... We the Sound-minded People of the United States don’t need any Socialism and We don’t need or want Homosexuality, even Homosexual Marriage.
Marxists use anarchism as a means to their end.
Marxists seek to seize total power.
Not an experiment.
Part of a many-pronged strategy to continuously question legal authority, and make the legal system so bound up, that no serious challenge can be dealt with. All these frivolous issues keep the attention of almost everybody diverted from the REAL problems that face all of us collectively.
Leftists believe in the perfectibility of man.
Conservatives believe in the fallen nature of man.
Gay Marriage is an experiment Leftists find reasonable, as if the nature of man established in every society in the history of the world can be overcome by changing enough peoples’ minds.
Gay Marriage is an overthrow of foundational principles of civilization for Conservatives, which we viscerally expect to be destructive because it contradicts human’s general nature.
Marriage is about children, and society approves of Marriage of one man and one woman as the optimal functional unit for raising children. No other construct has ever proven more successful. Regardless of equality arguments for the adults involved, the child is the point.
Are you willing to bet generations of children on alternative marriage models?
Leftists say “Yes.” Conservatives say “No.”
Anybody know this quote from Margaret Thatcher? I couldn’t find it but paraphrased she said something like “Whenever I am swayed by the left in an argument I examine the proposal and see that it ultimately is designed to increase dependence and reduce the self-reliance of the individual.” That’s nowhere near the actual words, but the idea is a very good one. Cuts through the B.S. very well in most cases.
Another nail in society’s coffin.
If anyone would like historical documentation of the ideas expressed in this article I would strongly recommend the book by E. Michael Jones, LIBIDO DOMINANDI: Sexual Liberation and Political Control.
WRKO has a Liberal host on today who is arguing that the Church is violating Separation of Church and State by getting involved in the Marriage argument. It’s been a Sacrament for almost 2,000 years! The State is usurping Doctrine from the church. This is how the gays won. They got the State to buy into the notion that Marriage is between a Tax Levying Entity and its Subjects.
What were the following things?
Milk Price Fixing
The Numbers Racket
They were all rackets once run by organized crime
Now what are they?
The New England Dairy Council
Licensed Liquor Establishments
The Government took them over by changing the meaning of the words.
Now they are taking Marriage from the Church.
I'm agreed. How does the availability of a sanctioned couples relationship (call it domestic partnership, civil union, or gay marriage, it's all pretty much the same thing) tempt heterosexual young people to not find each other attractive, marry each other, and then procreate?
I can understand where legalizing marijuana might make it acceptable to try it, but what law changes would make a straight guy find another guy sexually attractive?
Ever since the government started registering marriages, then handing out benefits based on it, the church has had it taken away.
Empirically, look at what has happened in Europe, where homosexual marriage has been closely followed by a drastic decline in the heterosexual marriage rate.
Do you really think that Europeans who married a same-sex partner would have instead married an opposite sex partner, if the option were not available? I'd like to think that closeted homosexuals would NOT inflict themselves on an innocent straight person in an effort to 'treat' themselves. The story of Dina Matos McGreevey should NOT be relived by anybody else.
You are wasting your pixels. This poster just sprays his grafitti and moves on to the next pillar. He can’t be bothered responding to comments.
I learn a while ag ther eare 2 kinds of marxists. The first is the outright communist, fervent and outspoken in their idiotic belief. The second is the evolutionary marxist. These are the ones who believe that small incrimental steps will bring about their utopia. The second is what we have in the majority of our government.
Government should get out of the marriage business entirely. In Texas, we have common law marriage. That should work for everyone. Why does anyone need a stinking piece of paper from the state? Just draw up a marriage contract. That the government would try to get involved is indeed communistic. Freedom to marry is a God given right.
“I just don’t see how letting other people who generally do not have kids get married ruins it for married people and their children.”
Their children would be (and are in Massachusetts) taught that these relationships are normal, and that children don’t necessarily need both a mother and a father. The advent of easy divorce (instituted, in part, by feminists in the 1970s bent on destroying “the patriarchy”) has gotten us used to depriving children of either fathers or mothers. I believe this is part of the reason why younger people find gay marriage so reasonable. They have only known marriage within the context of no-fault divorce. Many of them have been deprived of full-time mothers and/or fathers.
I have worked in inner-city schools. Boys especially need fathers. If feminists want to see one example of an area devoid of traditional marriage, look no further than the inner city. There is, of course, a lot of poverty there as well, but the breakdown of traditional families ensures continued poverty.
Children are being relegated to an after-thought by the sexual revolution, and I refer to the whole thing - sex outside of marriage, co-habitation, easy access to abortion, no-fault divorce and now gay marriage. This does not bode well for the future. When a child has two mommies, there is an underlying message that the father did not care to become involved in the child’s life.
“Have marriage rates gone down even in those states that have not legalized gay marriage? Has the marriage rate gone down in the US, when gay marriage has not been legal?”
I don’t know the answer, but your question is beside the point. Do we value traditional marriage or not? Do we wrap society around maximizing freedom of choice or do we continue with some restraints in the interests of society as a whole? Those who wish to maximize freedom of choice do not appear to understand the necessity of social restraints and norms.
Liberals have been attacking traditional marriage for some 40 years, and the attacks are working. I do not think that sexual anarchy is a good thing. The most aggressive predators gain the most from such situations. We need restraints in order to protect weaker individuals like children and poor young women. (Love ‘em and leave ‘em to care for the child for the next 18 years.)
You could make the same statement about a child with one mommy. Or, perhaps you could take the point of view that perhaps Daddy did care, but the court system shut him out of the child's life. We have support enforcement, but we do not have equivalent 'visitation enforcement' to assure that dads who pay get to see their kids.
Besides, whether gay marriage, civil unions, or domestic partnerships are sanctioned by a state or not, there is nothing to stop a pair of lesbians with a male friend and a turkey baster. The observations you make about these fatherless children will continue to be made. Why not have a system that at least makes two people (if the non-biological parent so desires) financially responsible for the life they decided to bring into the world?
Is "traditional marriage" where a woman was not enabled to get herself a job to leave an abusive spouse, only to be branded a "divorcee" (and be suspect the rest of her life) worth returning to?
Even if the answer is yes, how do we put that toothpaste back into the tube?
And why should homosexual people, not being part of the problem of drive-thru marriage, serial monogamy, no-fault divorce, or child abandonment, be made to wait longer at the gates, because the heterosexuals screwed up matrimony?
The children will be exposed to the most vile "homo ed" imaginable, and parents will be unable to stop it.
They're going after the kids.
There have already been incidents of "fisting ed" in MA gov't schools. Now that "homosexual marriage" (i.e., sodomy) is a recognized legal institution, hell's the limit.
LOL! Because "homosexual marriage" is a meaningless term. What does it mean?
Marriage is a lifelong commitment between a man and woman for the purpose of begetting and raising children and the mutual care of the spouses.
Two men committed to sodomizing each other on a regular basis doesn't constitute a marriage.
Nobody supports teaching fringe sexual practices in school, nobody with a brain, anyway. That goes for stuff that's done by straight people, too. Excesses of all kinds in the government schools needs to be stopped, whatever the nature of it.
But, what does that have to do with the government regulating the genders of who it distributes benefits to?
It means that two people of the same sex get the same deal that two people of opposite sexes can get in regards to taxes, employment benefits, visitation rights, etc.
Marriage is a lifelong commitment between a man and woman for the purpose of begetting and raising children and the mutual care of the spouses.
I've had a vasectomy, and my lady is post-menopausal. If and when we get married, we're going to be no more "productive" than that couple of gay guys down the street that you're worried about.
Me? Or Chuck Morse? Cause I don’t want to come across as a pot-stirrer (on Free Republic) or be seen as a troll.
Check Chuck’s ‘in forum’ page, and you’ll see what I mean.
“When a child has two mommies, there is an underlying message that the father did not care to become involved in the childs life.”
“You could make the same statement about a child with one mommy...”
“And why should homosexual people, not being part of the problem of drive-thru marriage, serial monogamy, no-fault divorce, or child abandonment, be made to wait longer at the gates, because the heterosexuals screwed up matrimony?”
You’re making the assumption that one type of marriage is as good as another. People with your views ensure that we will continue to conduct yet another social experiment on ourselves, since gay marriage has never existed until recently and we have no idea what the long-term ramifications will be. How will these children fare as adults? Wait another 30 years, the same way we did with no-fault divorce. It takes time for the results of these experiments to become apparent. The reason why the sky has not fallen in Mass. over same-sex marriage is because the children are only a few years older, not 20 or 30 years older. Gradual social erosion is much more common than drastic change.
It amazes me that some people think that it is a matter of high principle to set up marriage so that children can be deliberately deprived of a mother or father. Left-wing people continue to attack traditional marriage, and when they see the results of their attacks, the erosion of traditional marriage, they point to that as a reason to procede with gay marriage.
A lot of us here sense that all of this is leading us to a bad place. We’re already paying a price for past social experiments and you favor enacting more of them.
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This toothpaste is already out of the tube, and somebody's still got their finger on it, squeezing even more.
If social conservatives want to remove that finger, and maybe even put some of the toothpaste back in the tube, they have got to come up with arguments that make sense to the mushy middle. Right now, that middle is uncomfortable with the label "gay marriage", and there is an opportunity there.
Those favoring alternative marriage arrangements are pounding that mushy middle with images of successful same-sex-parent families. Those opposing alternatives are just crowing on and on about how "marriage is being destroyed". I don't see any impediment to heterosexual young people finding each other, marrying, and starting families. They don't feel that letting the homosexual couple down the street marry, or civil unionize, or domestically partner is taking any rights or options away from them.
Poll after poll shows that they're the group that is most amenable to these alternative arrangements, even though many of them are products of broken heterosexual marriages. When the people who are the most adversely affected by social experiments of the past are relatively unopposed to further social experiments, then its only a matter of time before the finger squeezes out all of that toothpaste.
Their generation has grown up knowing homosexual people, and not just from television. Come up with a reason that convinces them that marriage is just for heterosexual people, and you'll win this battle.