Saying No to Kids, Covid shots, Joe the Radical
The Worship of Self
I am at a point in life in which my two children, who are ages 19 and 21, are essentially adults. This stage of parenting has caused me to look back a lot recently over the years remembering all sorts of memories of them as they grew up and the many blessings they both bring to our family. I cannot imagine how empty my life might be without them.
While I would like a Porsche and Mrs. Clark would like a lake house, and we might have missed a trip or dinner out due to a sick child, not for one split second would we consider going back in exchange for a “fun” life with just the two of us.
I guess that is why a story titled “Why Some Americans Don’t Want Kids” shocked me. This comes on the heels of Georgia Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams’ astonishing comment implying that the reason to support free abortions through all nine months is that having a child is expensive and the issue of inflated groceries and gasoline wouldn’t matter so much to parents if they had aborted some of their children.
The story from the Institute for Family Studies dissects new survey results that seem to reveal that changing cultural values are a significant driver behind the decline in fertility rates in America. The most cited reason men say they do not want children is finances. That’s no surprise. However, among women, the strongest factor impacting their decision not to have a child was their desire to “maintain their personal independence.”
In other words, many women think that having a child will reduce their quality of life, rather than enhance it. They see a loss of personal independence as worse than the benefits children bring to a parent. The survey also notes a gender difference in a sharper decline in desire among women to be married than among young men.
It seems that the culture of self-worship in which we now live is harming family formation and impacting fertility rates because our society does not value marriage and family, nor does it teach the ideal of short-term self-sacrifice for a more lasting good (delayed gratification) anymore. This is a problem that could have many negative consequences in the decades to come if the love of self continues to deepen beyond material stuff or leisure time, and into more important life pattern decisions.
Covid Shots to Go to School?
The fifteen-member advisory committee on immunization practices for the Centers for Disease Control has unanimously recommended the Covid-19 vaccination become a part of school immunizations for students to attend public schools.
This controversial move comes over the complaints of many physicians who question the need for this when we now know that schools were not “super spreaders” of the virus. Moreover, children are among the lowest risk groups for not only death but any lasting effects of Covid.
Many wonder what good requiring these vaccines would do with a changing virus (read as questionable effectiveness of the vaccines now, and a weakening virus over time). Some wonder if the risks of the shot outweigh the benefits for a group with such a low risk of disease effects.
For example, Dr. Marty Makary, a Johns Hopkins medical professor, told Fox News host Tucker Carlson about the CDC committee’s vote: “There has never been a vaccine added to the child immunization schedule without solid clinical evidence that reduces disease significantly in the community. The Covid vaccine in children will be the first, it will be added with no clinical data. And many of us that are saying, ‘Hey, let’s see the data.’ We’re basically told, ‘Stop asking questions.’”
I spoke with Senator Jim Tomes from southwest Indiana about this matter. He has already begun to work with the Legislative Service Agency attorneys to draft a bill to allow Hoosier parents to exempt their children from this mandate. It will be filed in about a month for the 2023 session which begins in January.
He’s Just Varvelous
Indiana is home to the greatest editorial cartoonist in the nation. You probably have seen the work of Gary Varvel many times. I could fill this email with praise for the work of my friend but let me just say that Gary is someone I greatly admire for his Christian witness. You probably know that facet of him too as he was “salt and light” at The Indianapolis Star for decades, particularly with his holiday cartoons.
What you may not know is that Gary is also a phenomenal writer. I would encourage you to consider subscribing to Gary’s newsletter here to read his excellent commentary, see his latest cartoons and his artist’s thoughts on why he created them: https://garyvarvel.com/store/varvelous-membership
Mr. Unity is Out of Touch
You may have heard of an interview President Biden gave over the weekend with a liberal panel of news reporters for NowThis News. A panelist, and transgender activist, asked the President about a few states that are moving to prevent minor-aged children from such life-altering genital surgeries. “I don’t think any state or anybody should have the right to do that—as a moral question and as a legal question. I just think it’s wrong,” Biden said.
The President wasn’t saying that mutilation surgeries and risky puberty-blocking drugs for young kids were wrong. He is saying the states trying to act on behalf of protecting children and parents’ rights are wrong.
He also added that any male with sexual and mental confusion should be able to use a girl’s restroom or locker room regardless of privacy concerns for women and children. “I feel very, very strongly that you should have every single solitary right, including use of your gender identity bathrooms when public,” Biden said.
These radical positions come from the man who ran on unifying America. Biden’s worldview is woefully out of touch with the vast majority of Americans.
A newly released national poll conducted October 8-11th from The Trafalgar Group asked, “Do you believe underage minors should be required to wait until they are adults to use puberty blockers and undergo permanent sex change procedures?” An overwhelming 79% said children should be required to wait until they are adults before taking such drastic measures.
I am including a cartoon someone made from an old Family Circle cartoon. It demonstrates the illogic that children need to wait until they are 16 to drive a vehicle, wait until they are 18 to vote, wait until 21 to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights or wait until 21 before they can buy a beer. Yet, we are supposed to instantly agree that a 13-year-old girl should be able to get a double mastectomy because she has been indoctrinated at school, or “feels” confused at the moment about her biology, which is written within every cell of her body? No, Mr. President, that is wrong and it’s immoral – come on man.
In Their Own Words:
“You can’t have a limited government if the family breaks down.” – Former Senator Rick Santorum