Saturday, June 1, 2013

Misguided Marriage Debate

Most people seem to want a debate on legalizing gay marriage, while I would rather argue that none of this is important.  Here's why:

Marriage is a religious institution.  Religion invented it, religious figures perform the ceremony, and religions view it as a way to stabilize their "flock."  Somehow, the government, which is supposed to follow the 1st amendment:  "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." created a federal tax code discriminates against people based on whether they're married and even how many living offspring they produce.  That is a law that respects an establishment of religion by offering different tax statuses based on participation in a religious institution. 

The marriage debate is a moral issue, but not the moral issue being focused on.  I personally don't give a warm fart what people do in the privacy of their own homes, and I don't think the government should either.  The moral issue I see at stake here is equality under the law.  Not equality for homosexuals, but equality for people whether they're married or not, or whether they've popped out a baby or two. 

The IRS is mostly unnecessary.  Our "progressive" income tax is also unfair, and punishes success and hard work.  I would prefer that the federal government abolish the income tax altogether, and adopt a national sales tax. 

Our current system reminds me of Animal Farm.  All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

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