Now as to class, well that's not working in the Republican's favor either. Not long ago I posted on 2012 Presidential exit polling data that suggested values (key marker: marriage) and having skin in the game (key marker: property ownership) predict voting behavior. As Steve Sailer observes, these two variables tend to move together, although values/marriage dominates:
[T]he influence of marriage and homeownership on voting is hard to disentangle, because a couple’s decisions to wed and to buy a home are often linked.
We can use the Reuters data to show which appears to be a stronger influence on voting Republican...
Among whites only, the Marriage Gap is...a massive 16 points when combining the sexes, and 18 points among white women.
Conclusion: within these apples-to-apples comparisons, we see that the Marriage Gap appears to be nearly twice as big as the Homeownership Gap.The problem for Republicans, and conservatives in general, is that both variables are on the decline. Marriage has been famously declining for years, and home ownership is of course a victim of the housing bubble burst, a bubble artificially inflated by central planning pols in an effort to invest racial and ethnic minorities in an "ownership society". For these politicians, it was more politically correct and frankly easier to entice racial and ethnic minorities to take out home loans and buy, rather than change their destructive marriage-avoidant behavior. To be fair, the former needed only an appeal to human self-interest, the latter had an entire power structure arrayed against it:
[Y]ou’re not supposed to say this in public, but the GOP traditionally gets most of its votes from people who more or less have their acts together, while the Democrats appeal most strongly to the various resentful fringes of society.
The prototypical Romney voter might be the loser’s wife, Ann Romney: married for 43 years so far, with five children and 18 grandchildren.
The prototypical Obama voter? Hard to beat the President’s late mother, Ann Dunham Obama Soetoro, impregnated at 17 by a passing African polygamist, briefly and bigamously married to him, then married for a while to an Indonesian. She finally died single and without her peeved son bothering to visit her. (I’m pretty sure this will not happen to Ann Romney.)
The fact that Ann Romney has 23 legitimate descendants seemed to strike many people, especially politicized single women in the MSM, as creepy, if not downright personally insulting. In contrast, they find Ann Dunham Obama Soetoro, with her lifetime of foolish, self-centered decisions, an inspiring role model.
How can the more conservative party to argue for conservative behavior when more than two out of five new babies are born bastards—including 29 percent of children born to white women?I long for the day when Republicans and conservatives (not necessarily the same sets of people) argue for marriage and stop being distracted by insignificant wedge issues like homogamy. I'd rather they go great-guns against divorce, that prolific engine of covetous Democrats, control-freak Leftists, and abundant human misery. If latest trends are any indicator, they have their work cut out for them. It all starts with ideas, with values. Focusing on materialism, thinking that more stuff will turn anti-social behaviors around, like former President Bush and Mr. Rove did, is a fool's errand.
I'll close with another quote from Sailer, suggesting that a systems approach to the marriage question may yield benefits and, unsurprisingly, pounds on the migration nail:
Benjamin Franklin pointed out in the 1750s that cheap land and expensive labor makes marriage and children more affordable. Franklin went on to note that the most obvious policy tool for pushing the supply and demand curves in the direction of affordable family formation is--immigration limitation.
The decline of marriage in America is obviously intertwined with the post-1965 immigration disaster. For one thing, Latinos have an illegitimacy rate of 53 percent. Moreover, the constant pounding down of wages and driving up of housing and education costs makes marriage and children less affordable for prudent Americans (i.e., natural Republicans).Marriage has become a bad deal for men, so much so that I recommend marriage only to religious men and/or men who want to have children. Making having children cheaper may go a long way toward shaping anti-natalist attitudes toward a more pro-child stance.