Could the ‘Childfree Life’ Kill the Democrat Party?

TIME magazine’s “Childfree Life” issue might explain why Democrats are pushing so hard on immigration reform. They are looking down the demographic road and are seeing a big voting sink hole.

Ben Wattenberg called it the “Birth Dearth” in a book of the same name. Economist Robert J. Samuelson gets it right: “By not having children, people are voting against the future — their countries’ and perhaps their own.”

Lauren Sandler’s story “The Childfree Life” is featured in the August issue of TIME asking this question: “Does having it all mean not having children?”

“From 2007 to 2011, the most recent year for which there’s data, the fertility rate declined 9%. A 2010 Pew Research report showed that childlessness has risen across all racial and ethnic groups, adding up to about 1 in 5 American women who end their childbearing years maternity-free, compared with 1 in 10 in the 1970s.”

Europe is also experiencing a similar “birth dearth” related to the devaluing of marriage and the family, two factors in the maintenance of stable societies. Europe’s fertility rates have fallen below replacement levels.

Muslim birth rates could supplant Europeans. The most popular name in England is Muhammad. Islamists are not integrating into European society. It’s becoming a demographic waiting game.

“Here are the estimated 2005 TFRs [Total Fertility Rate] for some major countries Germany, 1.4; Greece, 1.3; Italy, 1.3; Japan, 1.4; Spain, 1.3; and Russia, 1.3. Low fertility rates don’t instantly lead to population declines. They can be offset by immigration, longer life expectancies and greater numbers of young mothers. But ultimately low fertility rates suggest falling populations.”

All of this could be good news for conservatives who still value marriage and are having lots of children. Our sixth grandchild is on its way. My business partner has seven children. Two of my employees are about to have numbers four and five. You get the picture, and at least one liberal has noticed:

“[F]or the past 30 years or so, conservatives — particularly those of the right-wing red-state Christian strain — have been out-breeding liberals by a margin of at least 20 percent, if not far more. . . . Translation: Libs just aren’t procreating like they could/should be.”1

All the right people are going childless. We should be happy for them (and for us).

Amnesty will give Democrats what they desperately need: a political future because theirs is dying.

  1. Mark Morford, “When Liberals Rule the World: Stats say the GOP is dying. But red-staters are breeding like drunken ferrets. Who wins?,” SF Gate (March 28, 2007). []