Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Defending People with Two Wives: It's Big of Me (Get It?)

What's the big deal with polygamy?

Personally, I think it's the ultimate in hubris for any man to imagine that he could actually deal with more than one wife. For most of us, trying to keep one woman happy is at least a bit beyond our capabilities, so the idea of more than one wife is really crazy. Still, I don't see where it is the government's business. To me, it's like gay marriage. It's not my cup of tea, but if it's someone else's and it doesn't hurt anyone, then why should the government care? As far as I'm concerned, the government should get out of the marriage business and just endorse civil unions. It's reasonable to make polygamists pay on a per-spouse basis for health insurance and other things for which they'd be getting more than their fair share, but so what?

All I'm saying is that I'm not sure why polygamy is such a big deal. The only thing I can think of is that it's like limiting the number of hours people work. In France, they limit the hours each person can work and have long vacations so that more people can be employed. Similarly, those who think polygamy is bad are probably just ensuring that more of us can find wives. If polygamy were legal and accepted, then Tiger Woods would have a dozen wives and that would mean 11 more single men out there wearing clothes that don't match, drinking beer and playing video games to all hours of the night, and just generally being uncouth.

Anyway, if bigamy is good enough for Groucho Marx, then...

Soundtrack: Led Zeppelin (Houses of the Holy)


Sasha said...

omg ... this one made me laugh out loud. I agree with you 100%.

Anonymous said...

I almost agree with you. Government should stay out of the marriage business. Only the polygamy is greater issue than marry two or more wives. Most of these men who exercise their marriage vows with multiple wives are usually only indoctrinating only the latest 13, 14 or 15 year old that has been capture in their cult. That is why these groups of zealots hide away on a compound fenced off from the rest of the world. Like white supremest who whispers his hate because he is truly ashamed of it.

reston kid said...

Actually, marrying a kid is not polygamy. That's child abuse.

I didn't make any references to the current group of nuts in Texas because I only meant to question government's denouncement of polygamy in general. Those nut jobs in Texas should be strung up for what they are doing to their kids.