Skip to comments.Santorum Right About Morality and Economy
Posted on 11/07/2011 5:38:36 AM PST by Kaslin
Rick Santorum has announced his Faith, Family, and Freedom tour in Iowa.
Santorum may be dragging up the rear in the line-up of Republican presidential candidates, but I am grateful to him for being the only candidate who insists that the so-called social issues remain an integral, explicit part of his agenda.
Thats not to say that the other conservative candidates disagree with Santorums take on these issues traditional values, abortion, marriage but Santorum has been the only one to insist that you cannot consider the economy independent of the way the individual human beings that make up the economy behave.
Even Polk County Republican Chairman Kevin McLaughlin in Iowa takes issue with Santorums insistence on pushing the social agenda.
McLaughlin says and hes far from alone on this that candidates at this time should just be talking about the stuff that is putting money in peoples pockets.
Santorum insists that there is a moral component to economic problems and that claims that one can be discussed meaningfully without the other are bogus.
Consider for a moment the morass in which Herman Cain has found himself in recent days.
Lets look beyond what Herman Cain may or may not have done. Lets just look at the platform from which he is being attacked and which, at least for the moment, is giving indigestion to his explosively successful presidential run.
Sexual harassment and sexual discrimination law is part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The definition of sexual harassment has expanded and become increasingly vague over the years, and increasing power has been granted to complainants to sue for damages.
What has happened is, like the whole agenda associated with race, that a profoundly serious, moral issue has become politicized and, rather than the law being the focal point for dealing with a bona fide moral problem, it is has become just another entitlement platform.
We now live in an entitlement culture where at minimal personal costs to the claimant, one can frivolously sue for what they claim is their due.
A journalist writing about the Cain case noted that in his own office, he avoids all personal statements about appearance with female employees, like commenting about a new hairstyle.
In an interview segment, CNNs Erin Burnett asked Newt Gingrich if it is fair game to be checking morality in a presidential candidate.
But is this really about morality?
No. Its about is a society which on the one hand wants to claim that there is no place for traditional values in the public space. Yet at the same time wants a society that is fair and just.
If religion and traditional values are not the standard and if personal responsibility is not the means, how do you get from point A to point B?
The answer is politicians and bureaucrats write laws and regulations that allegedly achieve these just ends.
The result is we get a society that spends almost a trillion dollars a year on lawsuits, a trillion and half dollars a year complying with regulations, and less and less moral quality.
We get a society that tolerates a million abortions a year but will bear hundreds of billions of dollars of costs in frivolous lawsuits, motivated by alleged fairness and justice.
We live under the very costly illusion that we can write rules and laws that will displace traditional truths and personal responsibility.
Oilman J. Paul Getty once said that he didnt believe in contracts because if he was dealing with an honest man he didnt need one and if he was dealing with a crook, it didnt matter.
I think it is a sign of our deeply troubled and lost society that so many dont grasp the validity of Rick Santorums claim that morality and economy cannot be separated.
“...I am grateful to him for being the only candidate who insists that the so-called social issues remain an integral, explicit part of his agenda.”
Exactly! He well understands the foundation of a healthy society....and that we need God’s help to make that foundation strong.
You know, “And if “something” should happen to so and so the zillion dollars will go to...”
When Sarah withdrew her people went mostly to Cain. When Bachman and Perry poofed theirs went mostly to Cain as well. Mitt and his GOP RINO establishment elite hope “something” will happen to Herman Cain as well and have been, with the assistance of the evil Left and their MSM-now including Fox News, laying mines everywhere he goes.
Unfortunately for McRomney, he will have to “dispose” of ALL the conservative candidates to rise above that 25% ceiling he is stuck under. I don't think he can do it—but he is sure trying REAL hard.
Of course Paul and Hunstman have nothing to fear.
Rick would make a fine president if “something” should happen to so and so.
Santorum is right about everything, that isn’t his problem.
His problem is that he is a jerk who feels compelled to attack everyone else running.
I think Santorum would make a good VP
Yep. Except that Perry went poof with amnesty and the TTC years ago and the short lived nature of his aspirations was set in stone then.
He’s my choice of the field now, but I expect him to drop out soon. People just won’t consider him; it’s like he isn’t there. He has paid a price for listening to GWB regarding Specter.