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Don’t Buy into the Left’s Nonsense about Marriage

Dear Millennials,

Those of you in committed relationships heading for marriage, or those who are single but would like to be married someday, I may have some bad news for you.

A good conservative I recommend you read is Matt Walsh (formerly at Glenn Beck’s The Blaze), who recently joined the already solid team at Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire. His latest piece is about how there is no longer an America, defined by shared values. He specifically mentions the downfall of marriage, and this is where we need to talk.

On its true course to destroy everything that America values, the left via the New York Times has now Cntrl C’d their delusional definition of privilege, and Cntrl-V’d it into marriage. There are good points made in this article but one of the author’s conclusions drives me crazy (emphasis mine):

Marriage, which used to be the default way to form a family in the United States, regardless of income or education, has become yet another part of American life reserved for those who are most privileged.

Fewer Americans are marrying over all, and whether they do so is more tied to socioeconomic status than ever before. In recent years, marriage has sharply declined among people without college degrees, while staying steady among college graduates with higher incomes.

Currently, 26 percent of poor adults, 39 percent of working-class adults and 56 percent of middle- and upper-class adults are married, according to a research brief published today from two think tanks, the American Enterprise Institute and Opportunity America. In 1970, about 82 percent of adults were married, and in 1990, about two-thirds were, with little difference based on class and education.

A big reason for the decline: Unemployed men are less likely to be seen as marriage material.

“Women don’t want to take a risk on somebody who’s not going to be able to provide anything,” said Sharon Sassler, a sociologist at Cornell who published “Cohabitation Nation: Gender, Class, and the Remaking of Relationships” with Amanda Jayne Miller last month.

Like everything else the left touches, they’ve ruined the meaning of privilege, and turned it into a ruler used to whack everyday Americans across the knuckles and scold them on what bad people they are, or it’s used in air quotes as a punchline by everyday Americans to flip off leftists.

Sure, economics can affect marriage statistics, but could it be because we live in our materialistic, me-first society that has been told marriage is for the quaint, naïve, and unmotivated? Ask yourselves how many times you’ve said or heard, “I’ll be ready to marry when [insert milestone].”? When what, you make a million dollars? When you climb Kilimanjaro?

To be primed and fully ready for marriage, you will never have enough money, the right type of degree, the perfect house, or the right car. You will not have traveled to enough countries, or swum in the seven seas. You will not have accumulated the right number or type of memories in your closet. This also goes for having children after you’re married. What the left deems as privilege has zero to do with it.

In other words, don’t let lofty accomplishments keep you from marrying the one you love. In fact, if you match up on the important parts of hard work, good character, and grit, why not get married now and create those accomplishments together?

Do not let the left define you or anything about you.

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Michael Cummings

About the author, Michael Cummings: Michael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns. View all articles by Michael Cummings

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