Of Covers and Kids

This is cool if you haven’t seen it. When the President got back to Joint Base Andrews and walked across the tarmac to Marine One, the rotor wash apparently blew off one of the Marine honor guards’ cover. Then this happened.

Look, this is neither the Apocalypse or the Millenium. It’s just the boss guy trying to do the right thing for one of the guys. That it didn’t go so well just adds to the charm. I do think it speaks well of Trump that he did this, especially since it was obviously a spur of the moment thing. Not all that many senior folks do, anymore.

This is rather remarkable. From PowerLine.

James McPherson, writing in the Washington Examiner, makes a remarkable observation: the leaders of Europe have no children. France’s Emmanuel Macron has none. Same with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British prime minister Theresa May, Italian prime minister Paolo Gentilon, Holland’s Mark Rutte, Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon, and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission. Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Lofven has no biological children.

The prime minister of Luxembourg is also childless. I mention him not to cherry pick, but because it means that of the six founding members of what evolved into the European Union, five are now led by childless prime ministers or presidents. As George Weigel says, this would have been unimaginable to one of the founders of modern “Europe,” Konrad Adenauer, who was the father of eight.

It’s also unimaginable in the U.S., at least for the time being. President Trump has five kids. There hasn’t been a childless American president in my lifetime.

Some people can’t have children. Others choose not to, a decision I fully respect.

Still, there’s something eerie about the fact that Europe has no many childless leaders, even if you don’t agree with McPherson that those who lead nations should have skin, in the form of descendants, in the game. It seems extremely unlikely that a Europe that valued children highly would elect childless leaders in country after country. The electoral success of such leaders heightens the suspicion, supported by declining birth rates among non-immigrant Europeans, that Europe is committing demographic suicide.

May or may not be the end of the world, but it is rather strange, I think. Of course, it also could be argued that it is a reflection of their society, which may well be true. I like McPherson’s point, that leaders should have skin in the game, Kids to carry on, as it were. If I recall it was John Maynard Keynes, the economist that made deficit spending so popular, to the point that countries are going broke from it, that said, “In the long run we are all dead”. True enough, of course, we all will be. But it sounds a little different when one realises that he, too, was childless, and so one could argue that kicking the can down the road to avoid pain, was, for him, a valid strategy. Whether it was, or not, for countries that intended to go on into the future is a different question.


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6 Responses to Of Covers and Kids

  1. the unit says:

    Am I seeing things and hearing fake news about the U.S. and Europe getting browner? As far as leaders with/without children, I read there’s a young man claiming Slick Willie helped with the browning.
    Oh well, who would take the kids to the zoo if there were only Polar Bears there…with white privilege? 🙂
    And another thing! Many senior folks can’t stoop so low anymore. Oops,… well you know what I mean. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      In Europe, very much so, here some, but not as much, other than Cali, of course. Who really knows, though?

      Yep, I don’t know if I could have picked it up anywhere near as gracefully, and I’m a bit younger. 🙂

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  2. the unit says:

    It’s raining here today. Since I’ve nothing better to do, it was a man made air current change that blew the cover off, not the natural, gusty wind. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      Pretty much. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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