When my reason was only that all the other kids got to do it, my mother always used to ask me the same annoying question: If everybody else jumped over the edge of a cliff, would you jump over too? Yes, that line is probably the lamest parental cliché in the history of lame clichés, but not only that, it's also entirely brilliant! It is the quintessential Reductio ad absurdum argument in its most basic form. Ask yourself this question: if everyone believes a theory to be a fact does that absolute belief somehow make of that theory a fact?
Most scientists believe in the Big Bang. They believe that Man evolved from one-celled organisms that were themselves spontaneously created from a fortuitous bolt of lightning, or perhaps on the back of a lucky crystal. Does the popularity of a theory prove that theory's validity? What if everyone—every single person on planet Earth—what if everyone believed that the Earth was flat? You go sailing out across the ocean and you never come back. That's because you fell off the edge of the world you stupid ninny. Everybody knows the Earth is flat. If everybody knows it's true, does that make it true?
Parenting is hard. Here's why: you can't control your children when you're not watching them. They leave your care and go outside to play. They leave your care and go to school, or to camp, or to soccer practice. All you can do is hope and pray; hope you've taught them well, and pray that God will keep them safe. I bet you don't want them smoking or drinking? I bet you don't want them having sex? I bet you don't want them experimenting with drugs? If you're the kind of person reading this blog, I bet you're the kind of person who knows that:
1. God watches out for fools and children.
2. God helps those who help themselves.
These two statements are not contradictory, because only fools and children can't help themselves. God knows parents can't always be there; that's why he watches out for the children. God even watches out for the children of fools who can't even help themselves. Fools and children would gleefully stampede off the edge of a cliff playing follow the leader. The rest of us should know better. Finally, this brings me to the incredibly destructive behaviors that everyone is now saying are okay for adults to engage in, but if this popular wisdom of children and fools is followed, we’re going to end up going right over the edge of the cliff.
A vigorous., vibrant, and prosperous nation requires children, lots of children. Not a few children, lots and lots and lots of children! In the beginning God told us to: Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. In recent years we have failed to follow God's very first commandment.
The U.S. birth rate slid by 8% in recent years, reaching 63.2 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age in 2011, according to a report from the Pew Research Center. That is half the peak birth rate recorded in 1957, which was smack in the middle of the baby boom. This is the lowest rate since at least 1920, the earliest year for which there are reliable numbers.Why do you think our birthrate is falling here in the USA? Do you suppose it's because we're having less sex? No, that's not very likely in my opinion. It's probably because of birth-control and abortion. There is of course one other thing that's happening and it's something that absolutely destroys any society when it begins to become commonplace. I'm talking about homosexuality. Two men can't have babies. Neither can two women.
Maybe you've noticed the big push to turn everybody gay? Apparently there's this major overpopulation problem? They say it's not a problem yet, but everybody knows that sooner or later, unless something is done, it will be. So I guess everybody has decided that turning gay will solve the overpopulation problem...that we don't have yet. You ask what my problem is with two consenting adults doing what they want to do? It's this: How dare you? If Republicans give up on the sanctity of marriage then I don't think there's anything left. Once the edge of the cliff is behind you, there's not much else left, except to let gravity finish the job.
On gay marriage, meanwhile, Gingrich argued that Republicans could no longer close their eyes to the course of public opinion. While he continued to profess a belief that marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman, he suggested that the party (and he himself) could accept a distinction between a "marriage in a church from a legal document issued by the state" -- the latter being acceptable.Forget the Bible if you want to. Forget morals and character and time-tested human sexuality. Forget—if you can—the scourge of sexually transmitted diseases that are most prevalent wherever you find men and women fornicating in the most sinful and degrading ways that you can possibly imagine, and many ways that you'd never even dream of. You—yes, I'm talking to you—you owe it to society to not only have children but to raise them, and raise them properly. You rode mommy's and daddy's coattails for at least eighteen years. They let you ride them because they too in their time owed society children. Every generation owes the previous generation the next generation. This is a sacred debt and a solemn duty. It's a debt that you can't shrug off. It's a debt that must either be paid or you can just kiss America good bye.
"I think that this will be much more difficult than immigration for conservatism to come to grips with," he said, noting that the debate's dynamics had changed after state referenda began resulting in the legalization of same-sex marriage. "It is in every family. It is in every community. The momentum is clearly now in the direction in finding some way to ... accommodate and deal with reality. And the reality is going to be that in a number of American states -- and it will be more after 2014 -- gay relationships will be legal, period."
Do you really believe that America can continue like this? Do you believe that children should be taught that fornication to the point of abomination is acceptable? Do you really and truly believe that just because someone has reached the age of consent—whatever that age happens to be in your state—they should be allowed to engage in vileness and depravity beyond even the imagination of the Marquis De Sade? If your daughter tells you that she's eating her lesbian lover's feces, that she enjoys it and furthermore everybody's doing it, well...it's too late to explain why it's not okay. I'm sorry dear parent, you've failed in this, your most sacred duty, raising up a child of God. When I turn on my television—which is more and more seldomly—I see a nation whose parents have failed.
Hey, don't beat yourself up over it. I'll tell you what, let's all just move to Colorado, and we'll all spend the rest of our short but blissful days smoking bong hits and fornicating with each other. After all, we're all adults here; we can do anything we want to, can't we? Everybody else is doing it.
President Barack Obama says his administration won't go after recreational marijuana users following passage of pot legalization measures in Washington and Colorado -- but he carefully avoided saying whether he'd allow widespread legal sales of the drug in the two states.
In an interview with ABC's Barbara Walters that was released Friday, Obama said that "we've got bigger fish to fry" than to go after marijuana users.
"It does not make sense from a prioritization point of view for us to focus on recreational drug users in a state that has already said under state law that it's legal."