Published July 01, 2012
A lie told often enough becomes the truth. – Vladimir Lenin
I’ll get right to it, because I know you’re a busy person, and that the interwebz is serious business. In response to my latest column supporting young marriage, many leftists brought up what they believed to be a brilliant counter-point in the form of the fifty percent divorce rate. There’s only one problem; it’s not true. As a matter of fact, it’s less true today than it’s ever been in decades. Even worse, the liberals who perpetuate this lie know it.
It’s one thing for an individual to make a statistical error. People slip up when doing their homework all the time. As a matter of fact, I’ve come to expect it from most in the mainstream media. If they were to do their job properly, I’d likely be disappointed.
They’re like Charlie Brown; part of the fun is hoping that they stop screwing up, but ultimately knowing that they never will. It’s an entirely different thing however, to repeatedly cite a well-debunked statistic that, if accepted as truth, will ultimately be harmful to an entire generation of easily influenced dunce-caps.
When you proactively lie to people, insisting that divorce, that failure, is the norm… well ultimately people will accept it as such.
Maybe those in the media and entertainment industry lie in order to feel better about their own shortcomings. Ironically enough, the one place where a fifty percent divorce rate is likely accurate, would be in the media/entertainment industry itself. It must be a hard place to be, realizing that failure isn’t the norm except for when applied to your own sad, empty little lives. To be faced with irrefutable statistics regarding marriage success rates simply whispers, “Pssst… the problem is you!”
Think about it for a second. Tinseltown really likes to think that they have a handle on all things “love.” After all, they’ve turned it into a billion dollar industry with romance films, trashy TV shows and “who’s-dating-who” tabloids. The media loves to follow suit (like the lackeys that they are). Then, in the face of overwhelming data, they realize that when it comes to love, they’ve got it dead wrong.
So what do they do? Well, they do what any bully with insecurities would do of course! They try to make others feel just as small and hopeless as they are. They decide to not only perpetuate, but to proactively grow a lie in an attempt to spin it into reality.
Here’s the truth. If you get married in the United States, chances are that your marriage will last. Getting divorced in this country is abnormal, and should be considered so. Anybody who tells you otherwise is either lying, or really, really dumb. So put down the remote control, throw away the “Us Weekly” and go spend some more time with your spouse, reveling in the fact that you’ll very likely be partners for life.
Steven Crowder is a comedian and Fox News contributor.