North Carolina has passed an amendment to its state constitution banning gay “marriages” by a wider-than-expected margin of 22 points. The sentiment among leftists is muted triumphalism: you’ve won the battle, but we’ll win the war; in 150 years everyone will roll their eyes and laugh at this; that sort of thing.
Well, no, you probably won’t win. I think we all intuit the natural instability of leftism. They’re contracepting, aborting, and sodomizing themselves into nonexistence. I think of two close friends of my girlfriend, both of them devout, married Catholics. One couple, in their late 20s, has three kids, and will almost certainly have more. The other, in their early 30s, just had their fifth, and will probably have at least one more. These folks aren’t exactly of the SSPX or FSSP sort, but they’re the kind who pray the rosary for an end to abortion and vote accordingly, and the kind of folks whose families tend to produce vocations. By contrast, among my leftist friends, fertility is exactly zero. Not a single one of them has a child. Of them, I think maybe two-thirds will die childless and the rest will, maybe, consent to engineer one designer baby when they’re 42.
Truly devout Christians are an extreme minority everywhere right now, but so what? That puts us in the position we were in during the early Roman Empire, at worst. And like the Roman Empire, the numbers are trending all the wrong ways for our enemies. How long can institutional liberalism survive when its committed foes are outbreeding it by ratios of upwards of 5:1 or 6:1? When we are doubling in size every generation while they are declining slightly year-over-year? When they are kept alive only by a vast, intrusive system of economic patronage — affirmative action, sexual harassment seminars, state-subsidized indoctrination at leftist universities which are, in turn, kept in high demand only by an endless flow of government makework jobs for womyn’s studies majors — all of which is now unraveling as the monstrous debt bubble blown into the economy over the last few decades deflates? The only leftist constituencies that aren’t sterile and geriatric are the ones too incompetent to lead leftism once the Professor McGillicuddys, Senator Squarejaws, and dagger-faced lesbian nuns have all died.
The more intelligent leftists, I think, know this. I suspect that’s why they’re upping the stakes with each successive generation, sharpening their knives in preparation for the intensification of the persecution they’ll inevitably have to undertake to delay this collapse. Personnel is policy, and their policies are getting (understandably) desperate. But again — so what? They aren’t worthy opponents of us. There’s not a Marcus Aurelius among them. They can send us singing to our martyrdoms by the hundreds, and we’ll still wait them out. We’ve done it before, and in the face of far greater odds and more dangerous enemies than this band of gangly, hollow-chested, degenerate, pervert misfits.
(All of this is probably unduly triumphalist, but then, the only point of this exercise was to demonstrate that we have more cause for celebration than our enemies).