Scary stuff. Maybe America is not 1933 Munich, but we are not a shining city on a hill, either. This rhetoric by smart, pragmatic politicians like Christie and Bush is dangerous. It shows how much both men will sacrifice to become president. They are willing to abandon all that was good about their public lives just to compete with a billionaire P.T. Barnum with straw-colored hair. Is this the only choice: The scarecrow or the straw man?
As marriage is a legal contract and you are either in a contract or you’re not, this is prima facie stupid, but culture warriors will no doubt think it’s a brilliant tactic to allow them to interfere in the private lives of others.
You may cringe to hear the nation’s response to the December 2012 massacre of 20 young children — six school staff members also died — at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., described in that fashion, but you can’t deny the brutal truth of the observation.