There has been a lot of controversy about Julia as we trace her life from infancy to old age. The interesting thing about this Obama campaign interactive graphic is that no men appear in Julia’s life and she makes it through retirement all by herself. Well, not exactly: she has the government as her daddy. You can rail and fume over this culturally and politically misguided theme, but that is not the point of the graphic. The target is single moms. This observation is from the Washington Post:
In 2007, the United States passed a significant demographic milestone, when the census reported that the majority of American households were headed by unmarried people. It was the crest of a wave that had been building for some time. Since 1960, the percentage of the population that is over age 15 and unmarried increased from 32 percent to 45 percent. If this trend continues, singles (including unmarried people who are cohabiting) will make up the majority of Americans in less than 15 years.
And in this nation of swinging singles, women are dominant. Because women live longer than men, there are about 10 million more single women than single men, and their ranks are growing. While the number of voting-eligible married women grew by 7 percent between 2000 and 2010, the number of voting-eligible single women increased by 19 percent. This election year, unmarried voting-eligible women are estimated to number 55 million, more than 25 percent of the voting-eligible population.
As much as the Republicans cry about declining family values, it appears that 55 million American women aren’t listening (yes, I understand that many single moms are divorced, moral people, and who made intelligent decisions ab0ut their lives, but due to circumstances …). Julia is exemplary of the problem that Democrats wish to perpetuate. She was created to fit a demographic that, my guess is, will vote for Obama rather than Romney.
Everything about this graphic is wrong. It gives you a picture of the rise of the welfare-nanny state, the breakdown of traditional social values, and how it pervades our lives.
I despair the social trend toward single-parent families. I think there are a lot of reasons for it, but, if you look at the birthrate, it has been going down since the 1970s when more women started going into the workforce. Women went to work because families found that one paycheck wouldn’t cover the bills. The reason for that was inflation which is always a function of our central bank. Inflation impoverishes us. Yes, there are other factors such as birth control, education, the breakdown of the family in black communities, social acceptance of unmarried mothers, etc. It’s not a simple phenomenon.
Hey, Julia, who’s your daddy? Barack Obama, of course.
Here is the entire graphic.
Watch her grow, go to school, change her hair color and hair styles, become sexually active, have a kid, gain weight, and eventually go gray and retire.