Douthat: The Post-Familial Election


“you should have had more children when you had the chance.”

My maternal great-grandfather had five children, four of whom lived to have families of their own. His son, my grandfather, also had five children, two sons and three daughters, who grew up as part of a dense network of cousins.

On my father’s side, the families were a little smaller. But my dad was one of three siblings, meaning that I had six aunts and uncles overall.

Then the social revolutions of the 1970s arrived. There were divorces, later marriages, single parenthood, abortions. In the end all those aunts and uncles, their various spouses and my parents — 12 baby boomers, all told — only had seven children: myself, my sister and five cousins.

The Obama White House’s “Life of Julia” ad campaign in 2012 — featuring a woman whose every choice was subsidized by the government from cradle to grave, with a lone child but no larger family or community in sight — seemed to many conservatives like a perfect confirmation of our fears: Here was liberalism explicitly pitching the state as a substitute for kith and kin.

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2 thoughts on “Douthat: The Post-Familial Election

  1. Which means, for those of us w/out children who are in the Church, that the Church will in many ways become our family.

    And this also means that the Covenantal, quiverful Church, to coin a phrase, is also going to have to think a lot harder than it has about the singles (or childless) in our midst and where they belong. Tbh I don’t think it has done this.

    I am quite prepared to be ‘an alien and stranger in the world’, but I am not prepared to be one in the church as well.


  2. The author doesn’t give any thought to the LORD, His creative purpose and instructions to us. In the very beginning, He said for us to be fruitful and multiply. Having a family was a blessing but society has made it a curse. The Feminist movement was never about women rights, but for them to become men. No one is teaching true womanhood today. No wonder we have such a mixed up society today. It devalued family and motherhood. It has place fear into the hearts of many young women to not desire a marriage and family. Too many are living together instead and large families require a mom in the home raising them even though just one child requires that too. It is truly the same bait as Satan first confronted Eve with. Looks good, provides material blessing and to put ourselves in the place of the LORD as Satan did. In Titus 2:3-5 it instructs the older women to teach the younger women. Sadly not many older women out there who can teach what the LORD has for us women and sadder still are the young women who don’t want to listen. The church doesn’t teach in any depth and so don’t even see the picture of the relationship of the LORD and His people has been destroyed as we abdicate our calling to do as the world.


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