Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Researchers: Liberals are not breeding

In happier news: Arthur C. Brooks in the Wall Street Journal writes

Liberal politics will prove fruitless as long as liberals refuse to multiply.

The midterm election looms, and once again efforts begin afresh to increase voter participation. It has become standard wisdom in American politics that voter turnout is synonymous with good citizenship, justifying just about any scheme to get people to the polls. Arizona is even considering a voter lottery, in which all voters are automatically registered for a $1 million giveaway. Polling places and liquor stores in Arizona will now have something in common.

On the political left, raising the youth vote is one of the most common goals. This implicitly plays to the tired old axiom that a person under 30 who is not a liberal has no heart (whereas one who is still a liberal after 30 has no head). The trouble is, while most "get out the vote" campaigns targeting young people are proxies for the Democratic Party, these efforts haven't apparently done much to win elections for the Democrats. The explanation we often hear from the left is that the new young Democrats are more than counterbalanced by voters scared up by the Republicans on "cultural issues" like abortion, gun rights and gay marriage.

But the data on young Americans tell a different story. Simply put, liberals have a big baby problem: They're not having enough of them, they haven't for a long time, and their pool of potential new voters is suffering as a result. According to the 2004 General Social Survey, if you picked 100 unrelated politically liberal adults at random, you would find that they had, between them, 147 children.
The possible causes of the low birth rate are to numerous to list here. Possible causes could be
1) basic misanthropism as evidenced by in the article:
As one liberal columnist in a major paper graphically put it, "Maybe the scales are tipping to the neoconservative, homogenous right in our culture simply because they tend not to give much of a damn for the ramifications of wanton breeding and environmental destruction and pious sanctimony, whereas those on the left actually seem to give a whit for the health of the planet and the dire effects of overpopulation.
2) high average income as evidenced in certain Massachusetts towns.
3) inability to conceive (see picture)
4) high rates of abortion (note Democrat Party positons)
5) high rates of birth control/late marriage.

The abortions (being murders) are the cause of much grieving. I've come accross women who spent their 20s and a good chunk of their 30s taking pills which prevent birth. This not only leads to high rates of breast cancer, but also causes obeisity and depression. Ultimately it plays right into infidelity, divorce, an unhappy middle age and a desperate old age.

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