I know, it’s way too early to be following the joke of a Presidential primary race in the Republican Party. But these bozos are already providing immense entertainment opportunities. You’ll recall that Michelle Bachmann a few days ago agreed that if she became president, pornography would be outlawed (not sure how purveying pornography becomes a federal crime–she’ll figure that one out later).
But today I discovered that one of Iowa’s leading social conservatives is distributing a pledge called Marriage Vow: A Declaration of Dependence upon MARRIAGE and FAMILY, and trying to inveigle Republican candidates into signing. It’s one of those standard defense of marriage screeds with one exception. In order to defend marriage, it must argue that society is disintegrating when members spurn or disrespect marriage. And which group in American society spurns marriage the most? African-Americans, of course. Think of all those unmarried mothers, Black males behind bars, and children born out-of-wedlock. So far, this is standard stuff too.
But did you know that slavery was actually a good thing for African-Americans? Yup, true. Why? Because at least when they were slaves they all lived in two parent households, unlike today. Not only does the Tea Party defend marriage, it defends slavery as good for marriage:
Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President.
Believe it or not, there’s even a footnote to support this bulls(^t, a reference to a scholarly study which has nothing with slavery (of course) or the claim that there were more two parent households during slavery than today. The study says, are you ready, that marriage benefits African-American men, women and children. Wow.
Now returning to the this fahrstunteh marriage pledge quoted above–can you imagine how a white Tea Party activist knows what social conditions were like under slavery? Can he say there were African-American “households” with two parents? Is a hovel on a plantation a “household?” What about those good massahs who sundered families, sold off husbands or wives, tore children from their parents at will? That must’ve done wonders for family continuity doncha think?
But there are a few comforting thoughts in all this: the more seriously this nonsense is taken the less chance a Republican will win the White House. Not that Barack Obama is God’s gift to good governance. But the alternative is far worse.