Saturday, April 23, 2005

The Decline and Fall of Liberalism

Judicial despotism is undermining the liberal society that it seeks to promote.

Consider abortion, which the Supreme Court has sanctioned right up to birth to protect the rights of the mother. The result is that Blue States that freely abort lose population relative to Red States that do not, and that has consequences. Today's Opinion Journal references this US Census spreadsheet forecasting population growth by state over the next 25 years.

The eight fastest-growing states are all "red," as are the two states, North Carolina and Arizona, that are expected to move up into the top 10 (supplanting Michigan and New Jersey).

The Associated Press says this is bad news for the most liberal region in the country: "New England stands to lose about 20 percent of its congressional seats over the next quarter-century as political power follows population booms in the South and West."

Liberals might argue that what counts in children is quality, not quantity. Well, we know this about raising children without fathers:

Statistics abound showing that children with absent fathers suffer a much worse fate than those whose dads stuck around. They're more likely to have low birth weight before they're more likely become obese, go to jail long-term, contract diseases, be treated for emotional problems, live in poverty, take drugs, and do badly in school.

Common sense and experience suggest that the same applies to raising children without mothers. And so the Commonwealth of Virginia framed a
policy

...prohibiting joint adoption by unmarried couples. Virginia law also prohibits same-sex couples from adopting.

But then (my elipsis):

...two male couples adopted (Virginian) children in Washington, D.C., and now live in Bethesda, Md., and Lancaster, Pa (sic). The other couple adopted in New York, where they still live.

The couples wanted the childrens' birth certificates changed to show them as the natural parents. Guess what?

The Virginia Supreme Court yesterday ruled that the state must provide new birth certificates for children born in Virginia and adopted by homosexual couples in other states.

"This case is about issuing birth certificates under the provisions of Virginia law," Justice Donald Lemons wrote for the majority. "It is not about homosexual marriage, nor is it about 'same-sex' relationships, nor is it about adoption policy in Virginia."

The court of Justice Lemons thus provides a simple mechanism for homosexuals to circumvent Virginia law - just adopt Virginian kids from out-of-state.

There is good news - while Europe, Russia and Japan lose population over the next 25 years, the US will grow by 30%.

Pity about those kids though.