Livin’ on a Pledge

Just when I thought Sarah Palin had taken all the space in the cuckoo’s nest, Michelle Bachmann has to go and one up the entire GOP by being the first to sign the  “The Marriage Vow: A Declaration of Dependence upon MARRIAGE and FAMILY” (emphasis in the original).  A pledge drafted by Bob Vander Platts, failing Iowa politician, it requires several acknowledgements, or vows,  by the signer.  The vows include, among others, the usual “defense of marriage” rhetoric.

What makes this pledge a stand-out, though is the unfounded statistical and historical “facts,” such as married men and women (to each other, of course) having better health, lower addiction rates, and less legal trouble.  But, with a divorce rate in the U.S. now over 51%, one is left to wonder:  if they are so much better off, why not stay married?  Also, the last I checked, divorce would be included in “legal troubles.”   The pledge also goes on to promote “robust childbearing” as a fix-all for all that seems to be going wrong in the U.S.

If all this doesn’t have you banging your head against a wall yet, just wait.  Did you know that slavery actually promoted a healthy family life for children?  Indeed.  As is stated in the pledge:

“Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President.”

So…the Obama family promotes a more negative family structure than the average family in slavery.  Clearly.  Let’s not pay attention to the factual evidence of most husband and wife slaves being sold to different slave owners, as well as the rate of master-slave rape resulting in pregnancy.  Nope.  Let’s glance over the terrible conditions of being owned by another person, and praise inaccurate “historical facts” of better times for African Americans.  It’s clear that all that is going wrong in our country has to do with the color of our president’s skin, so we must promote racist dissent.  Indeed.

I am left to wonder one thing:  If Michelle Bachmann has hopped on this bat-shit crazy wagon, how will Sarah Palin be following up?

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