Tuesday, January 17, 2006

300 Millionth American

An article in last week's New York Times on the upcoming arrival of the 300 millionth American in October 2006. Though the article claims that the child will most likely be born in the mid-west by a Hispanic or Anglo couple, the 300 millionth American could very well arrive across the border, not the birth canal. Knowing his biology, though, the author of the article is careful to note that the child will be conceived this month, but of course, will only become an American, let alone a person, once he or she is born.

The article highlights the demographic changes that America has endured since the birth of the 100 millionth American in 1920 and the 200 millionth American in 1967 and includes some interesting statistics. First of all, America's population is the third largest of any nation, behind China and India, who each have over one billion in habitants. Second, there are about 11,000 births daily in the US; the article fails to mention, however, that there are about 4,000 abortions in the US per day in the US as well. Third, the growth rate for America right now is about 1 percent annually.

The best statistics, however, concern the way in which the population growth is happening:

The [Census] bureau estimates that with a baby being born every 8 seconds, someone dying every 12 seconds and the nation gaining an immigrant every 31 seconds on average, the population is growing by one person every 14 seconds.

Right, America is a land of immigrants. Most of the population are decedents of immigrants of the past 300 years, unless they have moved to the US within their lifetime. However, in his weekly briefing on Dec 29, 05, Joe D’Agostino of the Population Research Institute, a pro-life group that focuses on debunking the over-population myth, stated the following concerning the rapidly declining native birthrate in Italy, a concept that applies nicely here:

This is death by another method—-replacement of a country’s native population with unassimilated, largely Muslim foreigners. The UN Population Division has said that countries such as Italy will have to increase their already-high immigration rates by an astonishing 15 times to maintain the same worker-to-retiree ratio that she had in the 1990s. This is what is called an unsustainable development.

Unsustainable development? Yes, when a country kills itself through contraception and abortion like the US, Italy, Japan and many others are doing, it must rely on the immigration or illegal assimilation of a population from another source.

I must say, however, that I was mostly impressed with the tone of this article as well as the content. The article does not mention the over-population scare that has all by died recently, though it does mention "crowding" in certain areas. The over-population scare is mentioned as just that- a scare. Popular during the latter part of the 20th century, it is now clear that there is not an over-population scare, but an under-population scare. The article even mentions the fact that Japan is now suffering from a declining population due to lack of immigration.

(On that note, I am increasingly impressed with many things coming from the NY Times recently, such as this article on post abortion syndrome and healing. Though slanted, the article at least mentions the fact that PAS exists, and that is a very important step for women and the entire pro-life movement.)

(Another NY Times article of interest is from Sunday's NY Times Magazine on a phenomenon known as "hikikomori," wherein mostly young men will shut themselves in their rooms for months and years on end due to excessive social and personal pressure.)