Fox & Friends is a true barometer of what's hot in the Christian right. The new cause for concern, among God's real chosen people, is the decline of marriage rates in the US which, according to the homophobic hate group and Fox fave, the Family Research Center, is because of the nefarious gay agenda. This must also be a concern for the thrice married Roger Ailes as Fox & Friends ("the morning happy-talk show that Ailes uses as one of his primary vehicles to inject his venom into the media bloodstream) has tackled the topic twice. But things didn't go as expected on the first go round, when the Fox guest wasn't sufficiently outraged about this decline of connubial bliss. So this past week-end, a more accommodating guest was brought in to validate Tucker Carlson's VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE that children do best within the confines of a male/female marriage.
It isn't just Fox & Friends that has tackled this topic. Bret Baier did a segment on Special Report which was heavy on the religious right reaction and ended with Shannon Bream suggesting that this could be attributed to people wanting welfare. The leggy ladies on Outnumbered claimed that because of Pres. Obama's economic policies, it's cheaper "to live in sin." But this recent Fox & Friends piece was all about the children.
The chyron set the message that this decline is a bad thing: "Wedding Woes, Marriage Rates Declined 11% Since 60's." The divorced and remarried Clayton Morris reported the decline in marriage rates to the point where OMG 20% of Americans have never married. Carlson, who married his high school head master's daughter ("the cutest 10th grader in America") right after his college graduation, warned that "there are major consequences to this trend." Carlson, who thinks that single mothers represent "the ultimate in negligence," asked "what's happening to marriage and how can WE DECREASE this high percentage of people who have never been married." He introduced his guest, the author of "All Pro Dad" and the president of "Family First," Mark Merrill.
Merrill, sporting a Bradley Cooper semi-shaved look, responded to Carlson's statement that "there are no more unmarried women than in recorded history." Merrill, who was formerly the president of the anti-gay Florida Family Council an affiliate of the homophobic hate group, the American Family Association, drawled about how this decline is due to people living together and OMG how having children "out of wedlock," is no longer stigmatized. Merill agreed with Morris that the high divorce rate might be scaring folks; but claimed that "co-habitors" are more likely to suffer from the pain of dysfunctional relationships "because there's no long term committment."
When Carlson last tried to push the pro-marriage agitprop, an actual sociologist informed him that not all single parent families have socio/economic problems and that many married couples do. But during this Fox set the record straight session, Carlson, NOT a clinician, played one on TV: "We know conclusively, conclusively that it's better for kids when their parents are married." Not wasting an opportunity to slam the Pres. Obama, Carlson provided this non-sequitor: "Why is it so hard for the President to say that, I don't think he's ever said that." FACTCHECK- Obama has addressed the issues of absent black fathers.
Merrill preached "that's what we really need in our country, we need people to stand up in leadership and say sure there are situations where he can't be helped where a child is raised in a single parent home." While acknowledging that these families should be helped, he asserted that leaders, entertainers, and those in the media should be saying "it is so much better for children to be raised in a loving home with a mom and a dad." Carlson nodded his head and said "yes, a married mom and a dad."
Hey Tucker, the 50's called. They want their obsolete hetero-normative mores back. Seriously, to say that a child does best in a household with a married "mom and dad," is so insulting to same sex couple who are doing a wonderful job in rearing their kids. It's also insulting to those evil "co-habitators" who are also doing just fine. I guess trust fund baby Tucker thinks that if you're getting slammed around by your lawfully wedded husband, you need to stay together for the kids.
But if poor Tucker wants to know what may be behind this trend, he might want to read the Slate article which posits that there is dearth of marriageable men. Consider this - Tucker Carlson is an example of a happy heterosexual upbringing. Nuff said...
Ya see, Tucky is not a fan of conservative talker Roger Hedgecock. Daddy T ran against him in the San Diego, CA mayoral election in the early 80s and loss. It was a nasty race.
According to our source who knows Tucky and Daddy T, they are not fond of Hedgecock to this day.
Tucky is a bitter, spoiled little brat. Like father, like son.
Man — I feel for the kids of