Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ban Polygamy Now!

The slippery slope argument against gay marriage was that, next, we'll see the social justice warriors insisting upon "polyamory," or polygamy. And of course, no sooner had Justice Kennedy imposed gay marriage on America than the push for polygamy began.

(By the way, I voted for gay marriage in Washington State Referendum 74 which passed 53.7% to 46.3% in 2012, but I still think it's stupid.)

In The American Spectator today Scott McKay proposes, among other things, that Republican candidates should "Push a constitutional amendment to ban polygamy, and demand the Democrat nominee join you in making it happen."

I couldn't agree more. You only have to watch Raise the Red Lantern to realized what a bad idea polygamy is. If nothing else each wife is fighting with the other wives to get hubby into her bedroom so that she can get pregnant and raise her status. It doesn't seem like #LoveWins there.

Oh well. As Doc Martin says, I don't see why everyone has to be happy.

The real problem with polygamy is that it cuts low-status males out of the marriage market. As my daughter Beatriz Williams writes in her Tiny Little Thing, the attitude of women towards husbands is "why not the best?" Perfectly natural and physical. But when high-status men grab all the girls for themselves, guess who gets left standing when the music stops in the game of musical chairs?

Polygamy is profoundly inegalitarian. Monogamy, on the other hand, is profoundly egalitarian. Monogamy gives the lower-status man a chance at love and marriage and children. Polygamy, not so much.

But wait! Don't liberals looove the poor and the marginalized? How could they advocate policy that bears down so cruelly on the poor?

In that case liberals would hate the welfare state. As Charles Murray writes in Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010 the administrative welfare state of the liberals has turned low-income America into a no mans land of dysfunction where the men don't work and the women don't marry.

Why don't liberals do something about the horrors of the welfare state? Because liberals care about themselves: their power and their class interests. When it comes to the poor, liberals only care about their votes. Family destruction in the inner city is no skin off liberal noses. Those voters keep voting for their benefits, so they must be happy with their liberal political leaders.

But why are liberals so bent on sexual libertinism?

Liberals are the people of the creative self. One of the easiest ways to get creative is on the sexual front. It doesn't take any effort, doesn't take any years of training. You just follow your bliss. And there's always parents to bail you out of trouble.

Also liberals are culturally and politically opposed to the people of the responsible self and their bourgeois notions about cultural matters.

Of course today liberals will swear on a stack of constitutions that they would never vote for polygamy, just as Candidate Obama in 2008 found that his faith prevented him from proposing gay marriage.

OK, writes Scott McKay. Let's call the liberals' bluff on polygamy. Let's ask them to vote for an anti-polygamy Constitutional Amendment and see what happens.

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