25 October 2006

Three Hundred Million?


There was much media excitement recently as American celebrated the birth of her 300 millionth American - or did she? Maybe not, if Dr. Virginia Abernathy of Vanderbilt University is correct in her recent paper, “Census Bureau Distortions Hide Immigration Crisis.” According to this paper, the real population of America is now closer to 327 million, and America passed the 300 million mark about six years ago. Whether or not the Census Bureau is “fudging the numbers” to hide immigration statistics is beyond my ability to prove or disprove, but Dr. Abernathy’s report is worth reading.

Regarding our population, however, I would like to draw attention to something. Regardless of whether the current population is 300 or 327 million, what would our population be if we had not destroyed over 50 million of our own children during the past thirty-three years?

Only God knows the impact those children would have had on our society, for good or ill. I sometimes wonder how different our country would be now, with an additional 50 million inhabitants. Would we be a better nation? Would one of those children have grown up and discovered the cure to cancer, heart disease, or diabetes? Only God knows.

Hitler’s Third Reich put nearly twelve million people to death. Stalin’s purges killed upwards of thirteen million. The Khmer Rouge slaughtered millions in the killing fields of Cambodia. Mao Ze-Dong’s “Great Leap Forward” and “Cultural Revolution” resulted in the deaths of nearly fifty million, and only God knows how many babies have been, and continue to be, murdered in China due to their “one child only” policy.

We Americans like to take pride in the fact that we are a “Christian” nation, a “shining city on a hill.” Compared with the number of innocents killed by other countries, we do not look quite so shiny. In fact, we have just as much, or more, blood on our hands as do the despotic regimes of the twentieth century.