We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Here is my take on the children born to unmarried vs. unmarried mothers graph.
The Feminist Movement has wrought a pyhrric victory, using government social policy as leverage. Men are now convinced that the benefits of marriage are outweighed by the burdens and legal risks upon dissolution. The marriage deck is stacked against them, the odds are not in their favor, and the penalties for exiting the game are steep.
But fear not. As soon as civilized society collapses and women can once more see men as necessary protection for themselves and their children, the terms of the bargain will readjust, and marriage will become a more attractive proposition for men and women.
You're kidding! Having children without the benefit of marriage is the major cause of poverty! And arguably the war on poverty and welfare for life is the cause of having children without the benefit of marriage. Surely no one could have seen this coming...
I remember reading in Newsweek or Time how the rate out of wedlock black children was nearing 10% and it foretold a collapse of the black family and community. How quaint that must sound to some now! But how prescient. The Late Senator Moynihan made that case till he was blue in the face to no avail. Now, the only people who will make that case are racist right-wing knuckle-draggers.
This is just another great idea the left has given us. Thank you very little.