Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Food to Ponder

An article in the McPaper (USA Today) today, which I was reading purely because I was looking at player info. for my NCAA tournament player draft (six billion times more fun and interesting than the brackets that bust in like a day). Anyway, its an editorial showing how conservatives are breeding like crazy and liberals are more likely to have one child or none. http://news.yahoo.com/s/usatoday/20060314/cm_usatoday/theliberalbabybust

It foretells of not 4 but 40 more years of Bush-es. They would be wrong because the planet wouldn't last that long and they could have hospitals because there would be oil dregs everywhere. This reminds me of watching the reality TV show about the Duggar family with 16 kids ...and counting. I shook my head at first learning of them but I have to say it was fascinatin to watch. At first, I was quick to judge them as religious fanatics pumping out babies for Christ (and big shock, they are Fundamentalist Christians.) Yes, the father's name is really Jim Bob. But the shining light had to be the mother and the level of organization and faith that it took to run that family. It wasn't a fiasco, they never seemed to allow the demands of bulk parenting overwhelm them, and their kids learned some interesting lessons about sharing and responsibility. As an educator, my biggest concern was the home schooling. Their world was so insular and I didn't see how the mom or dad could find time to teach them anything or plan what to teach other than, "hey come look at the house being built." I would worry about their socialization with peers and perceptions of "different people" and how their entire world is mediated through their parents, vaguely David Koresh-y. I guess daddy is running for senate. Gee, don't you have enough on your plate or some children to maybe give some attention to?

7 comments:

daddy in a strange land said...

Wait, you can't just talk about reading the paper over a week after posting that your wife was past due and not mention what's going on! Well? Is he here yet? Wassup, dude?

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Melissa said...

I agree with daddy in a strange land. Dude, baby or no baby?

But those people fascinate/scare me as well. The all J names is a little over the top.

Deanna said...

I like their philosophy in some respects, but the "J" names really irritate me. I am deliberately making sure (as my parents did) that none of my children have alliterating first names.

Anonymous said...

(A little demoralized sigh) . . . yeah. I've been thinking a lot about this too. I have no kids yet. But what madness would she or he encounter when it seems like humanity is sliding backwards through history and overpopulating the earth? Very discouraging.

So I was really happy to read your post. And then, in my more optimistic mindframe, realized this could be a hopeful trend since many progressive people were raised in very conservative families.

PS: Run for senate!

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