...From which the Left in exempt.
A dutifully ignored element of
the Roy Moore story is America’s changing customs of courtship. As you may know,
we habitually project today’s mores backwards, and hold our
predecessors strictly accountable to them. It’s a remarkably dishonest
cultural tic that someone should eventually write a piece about.
Pertinent to this topic was a conversation I had with an old friend
I’ll call Mike following the Roy Moore revelations. As boys, Mike and I
occasionally played at his grandparents’ sprawling farmhouse, with he
being one of some multitude of grandchildren that marriage ultimately
produced. While talking the other day Mike described how his
grandfather first approached his future father-in-law seeking permission
to court the woman who would eventually become his wife. His
grandfather was 32 at the time. His grandmother was 17. Her father
said yes. A 50+ year marriage was the result. So was Mike’s
grandfather a predator? Was his great grandfather a pimp?
If the answers are yes, then the old age homes are bursting with
malice. That’s because the median age of women at first marriage was
20.6 as late as 1970. I understand math is a less precise discipline to
liberals than raysis, though that figure suggests that half of all
marriages in America involved a teenaged bride within most adults’
lifetimes. Does anyone think some number of these completely common
unions didn’t involve men in their early 30s? Were all those people
child molesters like Roy Moore and Jerry Seinfeld?
Like every WaPo reporter, I know nothing of Roy Moore’s sexual
pursuits. Though the left’s replacement pursuits are quite a bit more
clear. Thus I tend to side with populist conservatives, even when they
are being attacked by the media organs who hate me. If the age 14
accusation were confirmed that would change. But it’s likely that
stealing an election is the only salve his accusers seek.