SEX AND POLITICS
by Bob Wheeler
The public has rightly been shocked at the revelation that Donald Trump openly bragged about groping women, and the subsequent claims by a number of women that he was indeed telling the truth – he actually had groped them. But on this score Donald Trump is virtually the clone of Bill Clinton, and Hillary was in some ways her husband’s enabler. It is a sordid state of affairs all the way around.
What is perhaps more disconcerting, however, than the private behavior of a pair of cads is the fact that on the matter of sexual morals the Democratic, Libertarian and Green parties are all basically the same – they have all openly embraced the “Sexual Revolution.” In some ways Mr. Clinton and Mr. Trump are simply practicing what these parties are all preaching as a matter of principle – all forms of sexual activity are condoned, as long as it is between consenting adults.
The Libertarian Party platform, for example, puts it like this: “Sexual orientation, preference, gender, or gender identity should have no impact on the government’s treatment of individuals, such as in current marriage, child custody, adoption, immigration or military service laws. Government does not have the authority to define, license or restrict personal relationships. Consenting adults should be free to choose their own sexual practices and personal relationships.”
What the Libertarian Party is advocating, in effect, is the abolition of marriage as a legal institution. “Government does not have the authority to define, license or restrict personal relationships.” According to them, people should not need a license from the state in order to have sex. People should be as free to copulate as dogs.
But is this policy either safe or wise? Virtually every human society since the dawn of history has defined, licensed and restricted sexual relationships, and for good reason. They recognized that the stability of society as a whole depends upon stable marriages.
First of all, sex involves an intimate relationship between two different people. According to the Libertarian Party it should be between consenting adults. But at what point does it cease to be consensual? Does “no” always mean “no”? What if one of the parties is under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Donald Trump would have us to believe that women simply couldn’t resist his advances.
But in a long term relationship the repercussions can be even more far-reaching. What about emotional abuse? Cheating on one’s partner? What if one partner wants out but the other wants to continue the relationship? What about finance and property rights?
But perhaps most serious of all are the consequences that our sexual behavior has on our children. The inability to form committed, long-term relationships has left a multitude of children growing up in single parent families without good role models. They are the victims of their parent’s irresponsible behavior. This, in turn, results in neighborhoods riddled with crime, poverty and drugs. And what should the government do about all of this? The Libertarian Platform is not explicit on this point, but given the party’s general opposition to government interference in either the economy or our personal lives we can only assume that the answer is “nothing at all.” Let them starve.
The plain fact of the matter is that because of our capacity to hurt each other human relationships must be governed by law. Rights and responsibilities must be defined. And ultimately democracy itself depends on the citizens being able to act responsibly in the family sphere. When the family structure breaks down a paternalistic and even tyrannical government fills the vacuum.
Our Creator knows what is best for human society and His intention in the matter is plain and clear: “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Marriage is supposed to be a formal, recognizable relationship, one that carries definite duties and responsibilities. And sex outside of marriage is absolutely forbidden. A man and a woman should make a formal commitment to each other first, and procreate afterwards. That way children are brought up in stable, two-parent families raised by their biological parents, not by a series of mom’s shiftless boyfriends drifting in and out of the household. The Libertarian Party’s policy is a sure prescription for social catastrophe.
In this election cycle there is only one political party committed to Judeo-Christian morality, the Constitution Party and its candidate for president, Darrell Castle. “The goal of the Constitution Party is to restore American jurisprudence to its biblical foundations and to limit the federal government to its Constitutional boundaries . . .”
“The law of our Creator defines marriage as the union between
one man and one woman . . . No government may legitimately
authorize or define marriage or family relations contrary to what
God has instituted.”
(Constitution Party Platform)