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American Births Reach All Time Low

November 30th, 2012 by Adam G.

Citizen birthrates have dropped by 6% and immigrant birthrates have dropped by 14%, according to a Pew study.

Spiritual sterility, selfishness made into a life philosophy, and moral corruption are root causes. But none of those have increased that much over the last couple of years. What has happened is that the economy continues to drag and dither, the government continues to impose an ever finer web of anarchically-applied regulations, and the result is stagnation and something like despair. Meanwhile our entertainers continue to try to profit off on degradation, getting their profit now at the cost of continued decline and immiseration–apres moi, le deluge–, and our media and politicos continue to be completely ignorant, even willfully ignorant, of the single greatest source of America’s current problems and the single greatest future threat.

We Mormons are not immune. Everywhere one sees a broken society, a people who by the most basic metric have failed, and no one cares, no one can be brought to take the failure seriously, the gravest of ills are dismissed with shop-worn slogans rotely recited, or even embraced as some kind of perverse good.

How long will God let us stink in His nostrils? Why doesn’t he strike us down? He will let us stink until our decay is complete. He doesn’t strike us down because we are striking down ourselves.

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November 30th, 2012 13:42:15
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John Mansfield
November 30, 2012

I’m not sure how willfully ignorant the Democrats are about this. Long, long term, they know nothing of prophesied calamity they’re helping along, but the last election showed that marriage is not good for them and singlehood favors them. They acted like they understood that more Julias is what they want.


MC
November 30, 2012

“Parents often are the ones saying ‘please, don’t’ to their kids saying ‘I do’ too soon. At BYU, Willoughby said, he finds about a third of the women in his classes say their parents have not only urged them to delay marriage but also incentivized them to do so, offering them cars and trips if they can stay single through graduation.”

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/55309787-80/mission-women-dating-lds.html.csp?page=4

Because, you know, if you don’t put off marriage and child rearing until after graduation, you might not be able to someday afford to give your daughter a car or a trip so that she can put off marriage and child rearing until after graduation.


Adam G.
November 30, 2012

John M.,
I prefer to think that they haven’t faced up to the fact less marriage and more singlehood is bad for the country. My guess is that they are in denial.


John Mansfield
November 30, 2012

Good for the party yet bad for the country is a dilemma that would gave many politicians about 3 milliseconds’ pause, but denial could be a better explanation than indifference.


Zen
November 30, 2012

I think you gentlemen are implying that these considerations are even in their thoughts.

Frankly, most people put off kids because kids are hard work and cost money, and instead fun is FUN! It is desire for careers and degrees and material things and the honors of men, and time for yourself, etc, that keeps people from delaying marriage, or kids, or avoiding them altogether. Both marriage and kids require maturity and sacrifice.

Two last things, at the current rate of change, the marriage rate will reach 0 in the year 2045, give or take.

Second, Joseph Smith prophesied that the time would come, when none but the women of the Latter-day saints would have children. In his day, that would seem incredible, yet we see that is the way the world is going.


Bookslinger
December 3, 2012

Rev Wright had a point. We are giving God reasons to damn us.

And there are those repeated passages in the Book of Mormon about how the inhabitants of this land need to serve God, or e land will be cursed, and the people swept off.


Adam G.
December 3, 2012

Except in this case, Books, we’re sweeping ourselves off. No action by the Great God is required.


Agellius
December 4, 2012

Zen writes, “Joseph Smith prophesied that the time would come, when none but the women of the Latter-day saints would have children. In his day, that would seem incredible, yet we see that is the way the world is going.”

It may also seem incredible that there is a wing of the Catholic Church that really believes birth control is sinful and acts accordingly, resulting in families of 8, 10, 13 children or more, many of whom I know personally.

Of course these are the more conservative, tradition-minded Catholics, which at present may be a small proportion of the total number worldwide. However, it’s a proportion that can only get bigger. : )


Zen
December 4, 2012

Angellius,

I hope you are not offended when I post things like that. I do see more spiritual health and power in serious Catholics than I see in most other entities.


Agellius
December 6, 2012

Zen:

No offense taken, but thanks.


Adam G.
December 10, 2012

Ross is right.

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