Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Liberals: Be fruitful and multiply. Now!

Forget the Middle East, I want to know where the Liberal leadership candidates stand on the following issue, and the answers may just change my support: we need a comprehensive, detailed plan to increase Liberal reproduction levels, and we need it now!

I read an alarming story in the Wall Street Journal today, and while its statistics are American I’d imagine the picture may well be similar North of the border as well. There’s an alarming baby gap: conservatives are having more babies than liberals, and the gulf is widening:

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. If you picked 100 conservatives, you would find 208 kids. That's a "fertility gap" of 41%. Given that about 80% of people with an identifiable party preference grow up to vote the same way as their parents, this gap translates into lots more little Republicans than little Democrats to vote in future elections. Over the past 30 years this gap has not been below 20%--explaining, to a large extent, the current ineffectiveness of liberal youth voter campaigns today.

I’d like to know what each of the leadership candidates are doing on this front. How many children do they have? Are their adult children having children? They need to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. Leadership by example!

As a preliminary measure, I propose the elimination of the GST on the following items: wine, oysters, and Barry White albums.

My fellow Liberals, we cannot allow this baby gap (note the lower case) to continue, and to grow. It’s time to take back the nation’s nurseries, before its too late. We must fight them in the beaches, in the bedrooms, and in the car backseats! We must never surrender!

UPDATE: The call to the cradles is already being answered. This evening Closet Liberal and his wife brought a new Liberal boy, Justin Alexander, into the world. Congratulations to them! And keep it up heroes, we can't afford to lose the baby race!

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Anonymous said...

Hey man, we're doing our part! See my post here.


Steve V said...

My wife is due in a couple weeks. Our contribution to beat back the conservative menace :)

Suzanne said...

I have a solutiion for you: eliminate abortion. Most women who have abortions are socially liberal.

Anonymous said...

Oh nice! Here we are, back in the days when women were just breeders.
Dismantle Status of Women, eliminate abortion and women's rights, make a whole buncha "socially liberal" women's babies into orphans. Make victims of rape, incest, molestation by kin or klergy bear the spawn against their will, only to sign the little "out-of-wedlock" people up on the conservative roll.
How soon the little women who spout off on blogs forget that it was with the blood, sweat and tears of MANY "socially liberal" and absolutely courageous, determined women who fought for the right of women in Canada (and around the world) to have a say AT ALL, let alone beak off the Rooster Policy from Henhouse Central on a blog, or any news source.
Go out and multiply yourselves! Look to your own henhouse and breeder factories where the Rooster(s) rules the roost.
This chicken has flown, all the way to Canada.

Anonymous said...

Put your money where your mouth is BC - have you got children.

WesternGrit said...

We need to have more wild parties... Gotta be some illegitimate young Libs being born in those scenarios.

Also... I think we're forgetting our strong French Catholic following (once we get it back)...

Anonymous said...

there are a few things stopping you from your goal. I know i;ll be speaking in general terms, but bear with me.
Liberal women tend to lead toward careers outside the home- having more than one child would be difficult to do. There is a (in)famous fem (dont recall her name), who suggests that women marry down (man makes less) and not to have more than one child in order to keep her working outside the home.
On the other hand, conservative women seem to be more likely to want to SAH with the kids (at the lest until they are in school full time) and this makes it easier to have more.
read a piece like this awhile back and it makes sense intuitively, which is why one author of a book discussing this predicts that there will be a conservative wave over the next 20 some odd years.

Red Tory said...

Four kids... all of them Libs. Hey, I've done my part!

Bailey said...

Looks like someone is trying to counter argue against the 2002 book "The Emerging Democratic Majority" by Ruy Texiera and John Judis.


Anonymous said...

I couldn't have children and age-wise it's too late. Does my cat count - he told me he is a Liberal.

My neice adopted 2 girls from China (she also is unable to have kids) and she promised me she'd influence them to be Liberals and I said "well I'll keep that in mind when I change my will. Really these 2 girls are such cuties and I think they are Liberal.

Have you been contacted by the Christian Coalition or something.