As we celebrate motherhood today, there is a significant trend worth noting. We often hear “think of the children” when an unpopular or unwise piece of legislation is being proposed. And yet, few of our leaders have “skin in the game” when it comes to their nation’s future:
Emmanuel Macron founded a new party, and his election as France’s president is said to herald the “revival of Europe.” Interestingly, Macron has no children.
This is not that notable in itself. After all, George Washington had no biological children. But across the continent Macron wants to bind closer together, there’s a stark pattern:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also has no children. British prime minister Theresa May has no children. Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni has no children. Holland’s Mark Rutte has no children. Sweden’s Stefan Loumlfven has no biological children. Luxembourg’s Xavier Bettel has no children. Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon has no children. Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, has no children.
This is too remarkable to ignore. While Macron is young—39 years old—the rest of Europe is being governed by childless Baby Boomers…
It’s clear which side has political power now. But the demographics point to a different future. In 2009 Phillip Longman noted that in France (for example) a tiny minority of women are giving birth to over 50% of the children every year. These women are either practicing Catholics or immigrant Muslims.
Contemporary childless leaders, however ascendant they feel today, may be the last gasp of secularism. The future is won by those who show up, and only the religiously orthodox are having children.
Those still swimming in the ancient streams of Faith and Culture in France will have the observant offspring of two rival religions living within the borders of one nation. The second Battle of Tours, (or Vienna, or Lepanto) might be extra bloody due to the policies of today, but the authors of those policies will not be around because they will be dead, and their offspring will not be around, because they do not exist.
Surely Macron, Merkel, Juncker, and the rest would argue that they can do their crucial jobs better because they don’t have children to distract them. C.S. Lewis provides the rebuttal: “Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.”
The elite have long been insulated from the effects of their piously pie-in-the-sky policies by doing such things as living in gated communities and sending their children to high-priced private schools. As this article points out, they have even less reason today to worry about the effects of their futile utopianism. This is probably a key reason why our leadership seems so out of touch with the people they allegedly lead, especially in the area of immigration. It won’t be their children suffering from the resurgence of long-controlled diseases like measles and whooping cough. It won’t be their children who will either have to fight or conform to alien ideologies that were allowed in through millions of adherents’ migration. It won’t be their children who face falling wages due to competition from cheaper labor overseas and immigrant labor at home. They can afford to wear utopian blinders in a way no parent can.
While I’ve excerpted a good bit, read the entire piece for yourself here.