In case you wonder why Mark Steyn and others think that the birth of the 300 millionth American is a good thing, take a look at this. You cant be a great nation if your numbers are dwindling. Ours arent . . . yet. And God willing, they wont begin to dwindle any time soon. But we should take great care to greet those who are willing to take on the challenge of parenthood with more respect than we tend to offer them. We should think seriously about a culture that glorifies the excesses of the single life over and against the rewards of family life.