None of Your Damn Business, Gov

In 5-4 split decisions, the Supreme Court threw out the ban on same-sex marriage in California, effectively allowing those marriages in the 13 states that now recognize them, and, on very technical legal grounds, left in effect the ban on unisex marriage in the states that do not now permit them.  While its decisions were half right, the Court’s reasoning was all wrong.

What the Court should have said is that marriage is a private relationship over which the government (federal, state, city or otherwise) has no jurisdiction, no authority, no power.  And it should have said so very simply, clearly and loudly:

“In America, every man and woman is free…free to live his or her life as he or she alone choose…that freedom can only be denied, limited or restrained through acts of force…and that the sole function of all governments, therefore, is to provide the people with a force-free environment.”

In other words, you and I are free to enter into a marriage relationship with any one or more consenting adults…or with one or more goats, if we wish.

Our Constitution states that powers not specifically granted to the federal government are reserved to the people and the state.  The Founders were wrong here.  Powers not granted to the federal government to provide us with a non-, coercive environment are properly retained by the people, individually.

So what ought those seeking to marry in a state that does not permit same sex marriage do?  Marry…and sign an agreement which sets forth the personal responsibilities, financial obligations and authority which the parties choose to have.  In the unlikely event that no religious minister will perform the ceremony, have a mutual friend say the appropriate mumbo jumbo words, sign the agreement, and have a great marriage!

Oh, yes.  One further thing:  laugh, long and loud.

(The issue that a same sex couple in those non-permitting states will not be entitled to government benefits accorded other couples will be dealt with in a future post.)

THE AMERICAN FRONTIER

The American frontier was first and foremost an idea. A unique idea on which no country in the history of the world had ever been founded:  the idea that each and every one of us had total control and was totally sovereign over his or her own life.  There was to be no royalty, no government, to which man was subservient.  It was the idea expressed by the Founders as our “unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of (our) happiness”.  it was the idea to which they pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor.

It is the idea which has virtually disappeared in our country.  Government has moved with little resistance into virtually every aspect of our lives, setting demands on what we must do and limitations on what we must not do.  Big Brother is bigger and more onerous than Orwell ever imagined.  The magnificent Constitution, intended to preserve and protect our rights, is disregarded/violated, by those of all major parties with political power…and their unlawful actions approved by our highest courts.

And perhaps worst of all has been the destruction of the American spirit, manifested so beautifully by the early American frontiersman.  He courageously forged new paths into uncharted wilderness, into areas in which there was no government, relying solely on his own abilities, recognizing no authority over his life, prepared to defend it with the rifle he always had at hand, asking for and giving no quarter.  His philosophy of life was simple and heartfelt:

“What’s mine is mine, what’s yours is yours”

“Don’t push me around”

With those who abided  his philosophy, whether native Americans, pilgrims or others,he was at  peace.  With those who didn’t, he was at war.

If we are to regain our glorious heritage, we must do more…much more…than simply fixing a particular social or political issue.  That will not do it, nor will compromising the exquisite idea on which our country was founded, as so many urge.  I recently heard a political commentator on the radio asked by a listener: “What can we do to stop the decline of America and restore it to greatness?”  His answer: “Nothing now.  We have to wait until the next election and try to put better people into office”.

He is wrong.  Totally wrong.  There is much we can do.  We must again become frontiersmen, and women.  We must emulate the Founders’ commitment to the glorious American idea of individual freedom, and be willing to fight for it without hesitation or  reservation.  We must not sanction, and become accomplices to, the destruction of our great country by doing nothing.

Are you a frontiersman?