|Irresponsible Rabbits or Saviors of the Country and Church?|
Eventually, the Bear did find one, with a prematurely gray father, but it appeared to be the only one available. So he paid his nine bucks and bought it. Let his gray hair suggest wisdom. It is a myth that children cause gray hair. As the father of a family where "stop throwing that ax at each other" was heard more than once, the Bear can attest to that.
Contracepting Ourselves to Oblivion
The Bear has been on a tear of late about the west's empty crib syndrome. To put it bluntly, we are contracepting and aborting our way to oblivion. This is not speculation. It's simple math. Divorce, cohabitation, and waiting until later in life to marry or have a baby are also factors.
Studies show Catholics contracept at the same rate as everyone else. Of course, you know all this from Father's regular homilies on the evils of contraception, right? Do you think there might be a connection between one-or-two-child Catholic families and the vocation crisis?
America: Death In Our Lifetimes?
To repeat himself, the Bear reminds everyone that it takes 2.1 births per woman to just maintain a population. That's one for mom, one for dad, and .1 to make up for children who do not survive. Anything short of that, and the population is shrinking. Even if every woman really was having two kids, it's still below the replacement rate. But they're not. The Total Fertility Rate (TFR) is 1.88 in the U.S., and it has been trending down since 1960. Here's the kicker. No population has ever recovered once it dips below 1.80.
Soon the U.S. will join Poland, Germany, Italy, Greece and many other countries that are already guaranteed a place alongside dinosaurs in the Museum of Extinction. We can say with mathematical certainty that these countries will eventually disappear due to Total Fertility Rates too low to support a population, and there's absolutely nothing that can prevent it. Nothing. The TFR asteroid will have already struck.
The Necessary Certainty -- Immigration
So who will pick up the trash and take care of us the nursing home? The answer is unavoidable. Immigrants from countries with high TFRs. like many Muslim countries, and Africa. Over time, immigrants will simply replace the original population and take possession of America. Mosques will replace churches, the cry of the muezzin will replace church bells. It isn't a controversy, or a policy, it's a necessity and a certainty.
Of course, it won't happen in our lifetimes. We'll leave these problems to the diminishing number of children in future generations after we've irretrievably thrown it all away. More than two children are unthinkable in our culture -- and in Pope Video 3. The reason is that we value other things more than children, and it is simple to prevent having them. Career, vacations, or "sustainability."
Maybe in our lifetimes, the U.S. TFR will drop to 1.75, and that will be the end. No headline will mark a chapter in the biggest story in history: the death of America. The funny thing is, the ones shouting "death to America," won't have a thing to do with it. We are cutting our country's throat in our marital beds.