Have you ever watched ‘Sister Wives,’ the show about plural marriage? To be honest, I’m a bit conflicted. There’s a freedom loving libertarian deep in my soul who is totally cool with people living their lives exactly as they choose..as long as no one gets hurt in the process.
There is something that gnaws at me when I think about a man packing an additional wife into his household whenever the mood strikes him. Marriage in America is an exclusive commitment to, and contract with, one other human being. The idea that a man thinks he has the right to randomly add more (and ever younger) wives to fulfill his needs and realize his dreams is nothing less than a self-serving perversion of the entire concept of marriage.
Remember Warren Jeffs? He is the polygamist who allegedly married 80 women, subsequently fathering 250 children with them. I know- that’s nuts..but if adding extra wives is suddenly deemed acceptable, how can the addition of three or seven be right but ten or even eighty be wrong? Where do we draw the line and who is going to draw it? If the photo above from the show ‘Sister Wives’ doesn’t make us uncomfortable, but the one below does, we also need to recognize that our own personal biases will lead to complex inconsistencies. You can’t support adding extra wives for one group and be against it for another.
Which brings me to the idea (recently floated) of adding additional justices to the Supreme Court.
Like plural marriage, once the door is opened to randomly adding more judges to fulfill politicians’ needs and realize their dreams, we will have self-servingly perverted one of the three branches of government. And if adding extra judges is suddenly deemed acceptable, how can the addition of three or seven be right , but ten or even eighty be wrong? Where do we draw the line and who is going to draw it?
And again, you can’t support adding extra judges for one party but be against it for another.
All of us, regardless of our personal political persuasion, need to pay close attention to our representatives when they discuss, or refuse to discuss, re-engineering the very columns upon which our nation stands. It’s bad enough to have a country that is torn apart politically, once we start tearing down the framework and/or defunding institutions that support this entire experiment called the United States of America.. we may be sadly writing the beginning of our final chapter.