My Gay-Marriage Dilemma
A libertarian cause is being led by an anti-libertarian crowd.
March 27, 2013 - 6:55 am
With the New Left, however, all bets are off. You know what’s coming: a whole new bureaucratic tangle of “disparate impact” and “hate crimes”-style legal crusades, backed by the full faith and credit of the Democratic Party and the American Trial Lawyers Association. The targets of this campaign will be Catholics and Protestant evangelicals. This campaign has really already begun, but it will continue and be amped up to radical intensity. Phony legal arguments will be cooked up by the professional activists to eviscerate the First Amendment on grounds of “equality.” The goal is not tolerance but conversion.
What’s a guy like me to do, then? In actuality, I support neither side in this debate. The radical identitarian Left is all of a sudden pretending to be Constitutionalists, citing the 14th Amendment as if they actually gave a sh*t about equal protection under the law — this canard after decades of shilling for affirmative action, PC campus speech codes, reparations, anti-male divorce courts, the subsidization of contraception by religious objectors, “abortion on demand,” etc. I have no time for this gang of phonies and tyrants; I don’t believe a word they say.
An analogous, if exaggerated, situation would be if I lived under a fascist military junta and were scheduled for execution the following week, the only way to stop this being to support the planned communist coup of the underground demagogue. I would know what was coming: I would trade one set of executioners for another. There’s no room for pure principle in a case like this.
The creepy cult of identity politics, the centerpiece of modern progressivism, is something that I oppose with every fiber of every muscle of my body and mind. The corollary of this cult is the practice of liberationism — the push for amassing greater state power, which will (in theory but not in practice) be wielded for the benificent purpose of “social justice.” Anyone who has ever walked into a DMV knows how fraudulent the notion of benevolent government is. Anyone paying attention to the EU’s siphoning of wealth away from Cypriots, or to the assault on free speech in the name of political correctness taking place in Canada, the UK, and continental Europe, knows that no principle is safe these days in the face of the state.
Let this, then, constitute my dissent-in-part to the push for greater recognition of same-sex marriage.