We have mistaken a temper tantrum for democracy. In these midterm elections, the rant of mad men passes for political discourse. The person who shouts the loudest on television or says the most inane things is considered a “spokesperson,” and the media thinks that balanced reporting requires that voices of moderation and reason are paired against people who think the President is not an American or a Christian.
In the eighteenth century people understood the distinction between civil marriage as a legally enforceable economic contract and holy matrimony, which was more or less forever. Nowadays, most people only discover the first principle when they forget the second. Modern brides and grooms are too busy planning their wedding to pay attention to the fine print in their marriage licenses until divorce. That’s when it hits them that when you say, “I do,” you are consenting to an enforceable contract with real financial burdens.
Is California Greece with better wine? California and Greece both have massive public debts, shrinking economies, and declining bond ratings that have made it difficult for them to continue to borrow.