It Kinda Did Redefine “Traditional” Marriage

This post on TPMd by Amanda Marcotte really opened my eyes about why conservatives made such a big deal about “traditional” marriage being destroyed but never really supported that conclusion with any kind of premise that made sense.

In reality, however, there was a subterranean argument that actually is logical and makes perfect sense. It was never just about man-woman marriages. The tradition that is disappearing is the belief that marriage is a duty, especially for women. As Douthat argues, Americans are rejecting “the old rules, its own hopes of joy and happiness to chase.”

Progressives had a wrong, or incomplete, definition of “traditional”.  The complaints about birth control and whether women should have control over their own bodies are all part of the same belief — that women should be under the thumb of a man and the hell with happiness and free choice and personal liberty.  That kind of marriage should die in a fire.

Reading Douthat, you do get a better idea of why conservatives see same-sex marriage as a threat to traditional marriage. It’s not because straight people won’t want to get married if gays are doing it, too. It’s because it redefines marriage as an institution of love instead of oppression.

This is the whole ball of wax right here.

Not a Presidential Issue?

So apparently, Mike Huckabee, running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States, has decided that a symbol of racism is not an issue for a candidate who wants to be President of the United States needs to address.

 

“For those of us running for president, everyone’s being baited with this question as if somehow that has anything to do whatsoever with running for president, and my position is it most certainly does not,” Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and Baptist preacher, told NBC News on Sunday.

 

I have to wonder, though, if the racism symbolized by flying the flag of the traitors and armed insurrectionists who were in favor of keeping fellow human beings as property might be worthy of some sort of comment from someone who claims to have the correct morals to be president.

 

“If the state government of South Carolina wishes to address an issue in their state, that’s fine,” Huckabee continued Sunday. “If you can point me to an article and section in the Constitution in which a United States president ought to weigh in on what states use as symbols, then please refresh my memory on that.”

 

How about the Preamble, where we made the Constitution in order to promote the general welfare?  Or Provide for the common defense?  Or maybe, right there in the beginning, where we are hoping to form a more perfect union?  Is it really a more perfect union when a state government endorses a symbol that says, “We wish you were all still slaves” to a large part of its constituency?  How does that promote the general welfare of the people?

I’m guessing you have no problem condemning the swastika as a symbol of anyone not blonde-haired and blue-eyed being less than human.  Why can’t you say the same thing for the symbol of southern racism?

Baltimore

It has taken me a bit to get myself together over the latest episode of the police killing an unarmed black man.  And it turns out that Ta-Nehisi Coates said it far better than I ever could.

I think that this quote:

When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse.

covers the whole thing perfectly.

Religious Freedom 01

Guess what, people.  You get to practice your religion up to the point where you infringe on someone else’s life.  That’s it.  That’s the cut off.  That is as far as you can push your religion.  (In fact, that is as far as you can push anything you want to do.)  That’s all “religious liberty” means.  Because if you can force your religion onto someone else, then they don’t get to take part in this “Freeedom of Religion” the Framers thought so important that they put it into the very First Amendment.

Guess what else, people.  “Religious liberty” is not under assault.  Not in any way shape or form.  What is “under assault” — a horribly inaccurate term if there ever was one — is the privilege Christians have had until recently to force their religion on other people.  It really is as simple as that, and I dare someone to prove otherwise.

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Economics and Budgets

I am not an economist.  I was a software engineer who decided to become a stay-at-home dad/Household Manager.  I had no course on Econ while in college.  I had a high school understanding of supply and demand.  A few months ago, I picked up “An Idiot’s Guide to Economics”.

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Advocating by Yelling on the Internet

So, Men’s Rights Advocates are mostly horrible people with a highly mistaken view of reality.  I admit, however, that there are a couple-few places where work could be done in the area of helping men.  The courts when dealing with fathers, while getting better, could probably be even more egalitarian.  Men could use their own shelters when they are the victims of DV.  The rate of incarceration of men, especially men of color, may be far higher than they should be in relation to women.  (Yes, I used some weasel words — I’m trying to be charitable to a generally terrible group of people.)  Perhaps there should be an organization that works towards fixing these inequities.

Apparently, not so much.

So, men who are feeling lost, unsure, threatened and violated, complaining on the internet should help you out just fine.  It’s not like a Google search for “Men’s Shelter” might give you someplace to go if you are in trouble, and maybe a place to donate time or money to help out Men.  I didn’t link because Google is good at knowing where you are and my search is not your search.

I’m sure that Google really has no response for any other men’s issues, too.

I really have no other response than what David at We Hunted the Mammoth has already said — A Voice For Men has set itself up as the premier site for Men’s Issues and they have no plans to do anything for men.

What… How… Who buys into this shit?

Tough Winter

As the title says, this has been a tough winter.  Not really in the snow department until lately, but in the cold department.  Again.  Last year’s temps were no better.  The only problem with snow, until a few days ago, was that it wouldn’t leave because we stayed below freezing for a long time.  That big storm hit the other day and now we have a lot of snow left because of the cold.

I am not going to get to go to the Philadelphia Flower Show this year — first one I’m going to miss in 4 years.  I had forgotten it was happening already, and then we had a sick son and then ice one morning and snow another.  It was not conducive to getting out of the house this week, not even to the supermarket.

Spring cannot get here fast enough.

Played a lot of the video game Destiny the past couple of months.  I like it a lot, though I am now at a point where I’m not getting any better.  The story line you play through makes very little sense.  Still, I like it.

Got a new laptop several weeks ago and finally got Daz Studio and all my content moved over.  I can get back to putting together some renders, and maybe some of them will actually be good.  I hope to get my camera out for some pictures, too.  And I keep meaning to get back to practicing guitar.  So I hope my artistic side can be exercised over the next few months.Hopefully I’ll be back before a whole month passes.

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