Thursday, July 31, 2014

Party Split on Marriage

Via Alpha Game, polling data showing a marked increase in the number of Republicans and Democrats that won't marry someone of the opposite political party. Vox Day theorizes that this has less to do with party affiliation, and more to do with cultural factors. He suggests:
The Republicans are increasingly the party of White Christian America. The Democrats are increasingly the party of Brown and White Secular America. This supposed distaste for interparty marriage has little to do with politics and more to do with a distaste for interracial marriage and interreligious marriage.
I believe that there is more to this than religion and race. In 2002,  Charles Krauthammer observed: "To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil." That was 12 years ago. I think liberals have moved far enough to the left that conservatives have finally reached the point where they realize that liberals are both stupid and evil. Because marriage is a partnership, requiring shared values, but conservative and liberal values have diverged, it makes sense that marriage between the two would decline.

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