I was surprised by the statement made by former Florida governor Jeb Bush at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference in 2013. “Immigrants create far more businesses than native-born Americans. Immigrants are more fertile, and they love families, and they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population. Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity.” (Aaron Blake, Jeb Bush: U.S. Economy needs immigrants because they’re ‘more fertile,’ Washington Post, June 14, 2013)
Washington Post reported that, “for the first time, white deaths in the United States outnumbered White births. Population grew because of growth among Hispanics, African-Americans and immigrants.” The non-Hispanic whites as reported by the Census Bureau represent 63 percent of the population and the number of deaths vs. births was a paltry 12,400 when compared to the 198 million non-Hispanic whites.
Demographic suicide of the west is certainly proven by birth statistics. Few of the western nations are having 2.1 babies per family needed to replace the ageing population. The fertile explosion in the birth rate of legal and illegal immigrants brought into Europe from North Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East will replace the senescent western population as early as 2025 in some countries.
The Congressional Research Service, which has been informing Congress on various issues for 100 years, has released a report recently on non-marital births in the U.S.
Carmen Solomon-Fears, Specialist in Social Policy, reported that the percentage of non-marital births has remained steady at 41 percent for the past six years, a dramatic increase from 1940 when such births were a low 3.8 percent. What changed?
Societal attitudes about fertility, contraception, abortion, and marriage driven by the “sexual revolution” made it acceptable and legal to use abortion as a contraceptive, while men evaded the responsibility of marrying the women they’ve impregnated.
More than half of non-marital births are of couples who live in a cohabiting relationship. The shame of producing offspring out of wedlock disappeared when churches started celebrating pregnant teens on Mother’s Day and the federal government became the Daddy and gave generous welfare and medical care to single mothers. According to Solomon, “Women ages 20-24 currently have the largest share of non-marital births.” (CRS R43667, July 30, 2014)
Solomon-Fears said, “The entry of more and more women into the paid labor force also made childbearing outside of marriage more economically feasible.” The belief that “parents should stay in unhappy marriage for the sake of the children” began to disappear after the 1960s.
Divorce became acceptable as adults centered on their happiness as opposed to the health and happiness of their children. “Marriage is now more likely to be viewed through a framework of adult fulfillment rather than through a framework of child well-being.” (Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas, “Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage,” University of California Press, 2005, p. 136)
The typical age for first marriage in the U.S. is 27 for women and 29 for men. Even though cohabiting relationships are less stable than marriage, lasting two years as opposed to 8 years for marriage, “cohabitation has now become a common method of family formation.”
Unwed mothers’ characteristics are:
Statistics for 2013 show that:
(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Vital Statistics Reports, vol. 63, no.2, “Births: Preliminary Data for 2013,” by Brady E. Hamilton, Joyce A. Martin, Michelle J.K. Osterman, and Sally C. Curtin, May 29, 2014)
Gary Cobb, the former NFL linebacker, who is now running for office in New Jersey, attributed the success of his siblings and his family to the fact that, no matter how poor, their father was always there to discipline them and give them proper guidance.
He described President Lyndon Johnson’s ‘Great Society’ anti-poverty program as a destructive force in black families, encouraging many black fathers to leave their families when single mothers were given more aid than a married couple in a family unit. “It was an incentive for the man to leave the home, and it’s destroyed African-American families throughout the country,” Cobb said in a recent interview.
There are many variables that contributed to the breakdown of family values, of family in general, and the degradation of society.
The family must now exist and function in a country that is no longer a constitutional republic but a crony system of third world banana republic corruption with 100 million Americans unemployed or on the dole. The family is looking up for salvation to a president who is a head fundraiser, in perennial community organizing mode, promising to fight for the middle class against the very policies he has implemented that are destroying the middle class economically and morally.
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