I had not thought about the left’s quest to make gay marriage “equal” with heterosexual marriage in this way. Later in this piece, Daniel Greenfield summarizes gay marriage, and other aims of the left’s insatiable egalitarian impulse: “Equality is merely a pretext for deconstruction. Change the parameters of a thing and it ceases to function. Redefine it and expand it and it no longer means anything at all.”
Think about that with respect to the educational system, particularly with regard to college. For years, the progressives in our society have said “everyone ought to have the opportunity to go to college.” Almost every kid coming out of high school now thinks they “ought” to go to college. Even if he isn’t college material, and would be better suited for a vocation that didn’t require accumulating tens, and even hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, that kid has been convinced by a whole raft of actors along the way that he should have “equality” of opportunity (and in the progressive mind, outcome – but that’s a different post).
The idea is inexorably embedded in our society’s collective mind now. Hey kid, you should have the chance to go to college! Don’t have the money? No problem. We’ve set it up so that huge sums required for tuition are easy to get. Everybody’s equal; everybody has a college degree; none of them can find a job, because there aren’t enough positions requiring advanced degrees in art history or women’s studies. In a lot of ways, because “everybody” gets one, today’s college degree is equivalent to the high school degree of a generation ago – it just costs a lot more for the privilege.
The constant drumbeat from the left that everybody should have the “right” to marry whomever they choose has subtly insinuated its way into the mindset of today’s young people. When I see high school and college kids whom I know were raised in church to understand that marriage is the sacred union of a man and a woman glibly changing their Facebook profile pictures to let everyone know they “support marriage equality”, I know the progressives are accomplishing their goals in public education. When traditional marriage is rendered indistinguishable from any other form of convenient civil union, it no longer means what it once did. In a lot of ways, our society is already far down the road of deeming marriage between a man and a woman for the purpose of procreation meaningless, and certainly no longer a sacred institution.
The only question worth asking about gay marriage is whether anyone on the left would care about this crusade if it didn’t come with the privilege of bulldozing another civilizational institution.
Gay marriage is not about men marrying men or women marrying women, it is about the deconstruction of marriage between men and women. That is a thing that many men and women of one generation understand but have trouble conveying to another generation for whom marriage has already largely been deconstructed.
The statistics about the falling marriage rate tell the tale well enough. Marriage is a fading institution. Family is a flickering light in the evening of the West.
The deconstruction is destruction. Entire countries are fading away, their populations being replaced by emigrants from more traditional lands whose understanding of the male-female relationship is positively reactionary. These emigrants may lack technology or the virtues of civilization, and their idea of marriage resembles slavery more than any modern ideal, but it fulfills the minimum purpose of any group, tribe or country– it produces its next generation.
The deconstruction of marriage is not a mere matter of front page photos of men kissing. It began with the deconstruction of the family. Gay marriage is only one small stop on a tour that includes rising divorce rates, falling childbirth rates and the abandonment of responsibility by twenty and even thirty-somethings.
Each step on the tour takes apart the definition and structure of marriage until there is nothing left. Gay marriage is not inclusive, it is yet another attempt at eliminating marriage as a social institution by deconstructing it until it no longer exists.
There are two ways to destroy a thing. You can either run it at while swinging a hammer with both hands or you can attack its structure until it no longer means anything.
Read the whole thing; it’s very good: Sultan Knish.