I Support Amanda Marcotte Who Says Children are ‘Time Sucking Monsters’

Amanda Marcotte attacked Republicans and those opposed to abortion in a recent post at Marcotte is an atheist, and a foul-mouthed one at that. Here’s a summary of the story at WND:

“Let me just put a stop to this **** right now,” Marcotte wrote. “You can give me gold-plated day care and an awesome public school right on the street corner and start paying me 15 percent more at work, and I still do not want a baby. I don’t particularly like babies. They are loud and smelly and, above all other things, demanding.

“No matter how much free day care you throw at women, babies are still time-sucking monsters with their constant neediness.”

I’m all about freedom to believe, think, and say what you want. I’m also about the freedom to take a person to task for what he or she might believe, think, and say. It’s what I do for a living.

There was a time when the courts ruled that it was OK to sterilize people. The 1927 Buck v. Bell case written by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. comes to mind:

“[T]he Court ruled that a state statute permitting compulsory sterilization of the unfit, including the intellectually disabled, ‘for the protection and health of the state’ did not violate the Due Process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The decision was largely seen as an endorsement of negative eugenics—the attempt to improve the human race by eliminating ‘defectives’ from the gene pool.”

Adolf Hitler followed a similar policy. “At the Nuremberg trials after World War II, Nazi doctors explicitly cited Holmes’s opinion in Buck v. Bell as part of their defense.”

While I am opposed to “eliminating ‘defectives’ from the gene pool” by the force of law, I am not opposed to people voluntarily eliminating their defective genes from the gene pool.

So Amanda Marcotte can rant and rave all day long about not wanting to have any children. At this point, her not having children is a good decision. Her radical ideas will stop with her. Her blog might actually convince others to engage in negative eugenics.

In the mean time, presently, my wife and I have six grandchildren with more most likely to come. My business partner has seven children. Our employees are also having babies at a pretty good clip. It seems that every week at church there’s a new announcement of another child on the way.

If this continues, we’ll win the number’s game.

Some liberals have noticed:

“[F]or the past 30 years or so, conservatives — particularly those of the right-wing red-state Christian strain — have been out-breeding liberals by a margin of at least 20 percent, if not far more. . . . One theory goes like this: Libs are generally more socially conscious and hence tend to actually give a modicum of thought to what it means to pop out a brood of children in this modern overstuffed age. Also, many other liberal bohos [Bohemians] are (admittedly) happy selfish suckwads who want all the modern booty for themselves and won’t want to give up the Ducati [motorcycle] and the plasma [television] and the biannual trip to Cinque Terre [Five Lands on the Italian Riviera] for the sake of a pod of rug rats and 15 grand a year (each) for private kindergarten. Translation: Libs just aren’t procreating like they could/should be.”1

Near the end of her article, Amanda asks: “Don’t I sound selfish? Hedonistic? Isn’t there something very unfeminine about my bluntness here?”

Not at all in terms of her atheism, since selfishness is fundamental to her worldview. Evolution and atheism are all about self. Richard Dawkins said so in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene. She is being consistent. I admire that.

In one sense, however, Amanda Marcotte is not being consistent. By not reproducing, she is thwarting the evolutionary process. Her genes stop with her. When she takes her last breath, all that’s Amanda Marcotte will cease to exist.

Maybe in time she’ll change her views. Other hardened atheists have recovered from the blind-eyed stupor of a worldview that argues for a cosmos without meaning beyond the self where there is “no design, no purpose, no evil and no good. Nothing but blind pitiless indifference.”

I can’t be too hard on her. She is spiritually blind. I was once that way.

So I’ll pray for Amanda Marcotte that her eyes will be opened. I don’t think she’s a lost cause, but if she is, then her ideas die with her while mine will continue through my children, grandchildren, and beyond.

  1. Mark Morford, “When Liberals Rule the World: Stats say the GOP is dying. But red-staters are breeding like drunken ferrets. Who wins?,” SFGate (March 28, 2007). []
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