Providence’s First Babies
Yes, Providence Mayor Angel Tavarares is, by all evidence, a straighter shooter than his predecessors, and he’s more willing than Rhode Island’s political average to make difficult decisions. Still, he shouldn’t get a pass for this:
Congratulations to Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and his partner, Farah Escamilla. Their new baby girl arrived early this morning, just a few hours after her due date. …
Taveras has steadily dodged reporters’ questions about whether he plans to marry girlfriend Escamilla, a legal assistant in Providence.
Certainly, the mayor has the means and the background to mitigate the detriment to his child of being born and raise out of wedlock, but that is not true for many of his constituents, particularly those whom his liberal politics are ostensibly intended to assist. The good example of notable people — role models — could be worth untold sums in public safety net payments.
I note, for example, in what is beginning to feel like the norm, the first baby born in Rhode Island this year appears also to have been born out of wedlock:
Ezekiel may be Dassiel Ferrera’s second child, but he’s Rhode Island’s first for 2012. …
“I’m excited,” said the 25-year-old woman. “I thought he was going to be earlier.”
No mention is made of any fathers, husbands, or men at all. I know liberals and libertarians like to believe that the progress of Western Civilization has been built on economic dynamism and evolving enlightenment, but that’s simply not the case. As Mark Steyn puts it, “in the end culture trumps economics.” The intricate machines of modern government and industry cannot be operated on a floor eaten through with cultural rot.