Ross Douthat Defends ‘The Family’ by Political Cynic

The rallying cry of Conservatism whether it be in turn of the century Vienna or America 2013, is the pernicious threat of Decadence. And Moral Decline is it’s most pernicious expression: the decline of ‘hetero marriage’ and the advent of ‘gay marriage’ is the point of no return, in Mr. Douthat’s world.

In a time when many eyes are on the arguments before The Supreme Court, Mr. Douthat is stoking the fires of Hetro paranoia, with his observations on the sorry state of marriage, now mind you, we’re speaking of that old standby Man, woman, child. Human institutions are eternal and unchanging,(like the Church?) at least in the world view of Conservatives like Mr. Douthat, but the rest of the country and world are redefining themselves and their principals. While raising children without the putative stability of marriage. Whether the results be good, bad or indifferent. Not to mention that Conservatives are the staunch defenders of prenatal life and the primary impediment to enlightened social policy, that could enrich and encourage that life after birth.

Mr. Douthat is an experienced , indeed, perennial propagandist but like King John who bid the tides to stop, his propaganda is for naught. Except as a fascinating ethical/political relic.

Political Cynic

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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer.
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One Response to Ross Douthat Defends ‘The Family’ by Political Cynic

  1. ” Nor can these trends be chalked up to the shock of the Great Recession: Per the CDC, unmarried childbearing “resumed a steep climb since 2002,” and the cohabitation rate was also headed sharply upward before the financial crisis and its aftermath.”
    It’s been several years since Mr. Douthat has looked for employment, so his examination of the whys and wherefores of ‘unmarried co-habitation’ completely overlooks the dismal jobs picture. Denial about the lack of jobs that a man or woman might build a family around is an utterly distant, denied reality to his hectoring, moralizing tone. As if he had any but the most shopworn Free Market bromides, laced with his usual Christian contempt for the lowly sinner.
    Political Cynic

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