May 27, 2012

BUT DON’T EXPECT ANYONE TO, YOU KNOW, APOLOGIZE OR ANYTHING: “Twenty years later, [Dan] Quayle’s words seem less controversial than prophetic.”

Ann Althouse pushes back, and she has a point. But watch a few episodes of 16 and Pregnant, and you might think that “it’s wrong” is a useful heuristic for people incapable of fully understanding what “it will be hard” actually means. At any rate, after twenty years of hearing SUV drivers described in terms more applicable to Himmler, the 1992 condemnations of moralistic language from political leaders ring particularly hollow.

Of course, contra the Quayle argument is Jim Bennett’s observation that people who breed without thinking of the consequences are turning out to be demographic heroes.

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