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Counterintuitive Man Says...

This polygamist thing confuses me -- why would any rational man want more than one wife? And how is that anyone else’s business as long as the adults consent -- as unlikely as that may seem? Our Man Flint had four women, and was revered, do we have our sensibilities screwed on right?

When the “news” calls your home a “compound” you’re screwed blued and tattooed, even if you call it a ranch (which reporters will ignore, there’s just no sensationalism there).

Remember -- a compound has barracks, the polygamists lived in dormitories. Dormitories are found on a campus, which is what the aerial views looked like (but there’s even less zip in dormitory than ranch).

Polygamy is a religious choice, or at least used to be in the land of the free. A leading panel of experts could find no powers granted to Congress in the Constitution to regulate polygamy, or marriage in any form. The correct term, long forgotten, is “holy matrimony,” clearly implying no basis for government interference.

Abuse of minor children however is a separate issue, and a legitimate criminal matter.

At least, the obsession with these people is squeezing out any mention of the billions missing from other people in the Bear Sterns scandal, and the execs who cashed out just prior to the “unexpected” collapse and subsequent bailout with taxpayer money.

Speaking of polygamy dangers, whatever happened to the killer bee threat that was going to ruin life as we know it?

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