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.
No matter how patently destructive something has been--and few things have been more destructive to this nation than marital infidelity--there will always be some tenured demagogue claiming that it really is good, not bad, and that the people who do not accept this are backwards, hung up, and poopheads to boot.
At the risk of sounding like I'm defending Savage (I'm not - I disagree with his premise), I'm curious to learn how marital infidelity has been so destructive to this country?
I can list many things before infidelity as being more destructive (abortion, government intervention in the economy, poorly executed wars, drugs, etc.). Infidelity is something that every nations "suffers" from. Which isn't to say it's right - just that while it may be damaging, it is equally damaging to every nation.
In a twisted and perverted way, this "justifies" idiots like Savage, who assume that if it doesn't damage one nation more than others, then that nation "deals with it" better, which means that somehow there is a "healthy" way to manage infidelity.
There is - don't get married! Avoid relationships that require deep commitment.
But I'm really not on board with the destructive nature of infidelity. It's a "bad" - but only insofar as it's bad everywhere.
FWIW, I am the product of divorced parents, and none the worse for wear. Which, again, is not justification for the behavior, just pointing out that families that suffer from the impact of infidelity don't necessarily have to have predetermined outcomes as many think. I dated a girl once whose parents continually warned her "he's from a broken home, those people have different views on things." I sure did. Eventually, I stopped dating her because she started listening to her wacko parents. I've been married 19 years now.
Those excerpts from Savage don't represent his entire thesis very well.
That being said, I would adamantly agree with those particular excerpts. In fact, someone said something similar on Vox Day's blog a few days ago, and my thought was, "I'd love to hear that on Christian radio."
Savage is more coarse than I'd prefer, but it's a telling sign of our society when we have to use terms like "whore" to mean sexually zealous. A whore isn't a whore for what she does, it's b/c of who she does it with...people she's not married to.
It's a shame that it isn't quietly understood that married couples will enjoy all of the pleasures available to them. Maggies Farm did well when some months back it pointed out that the Puritans had no qualms about partaking of the marriage covenant.