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A Missed Opportunity ^ | January 28, 2012 | Ken Blackwell

Posted on 01/28/2012 7:22:40 AM PST by Kaslin

The official Republican response to the President’s State of the Union Address was fine—as far as it went. But Gov. Mitch Daniels missed a golden opportunity to put before the American people a better vision of family, faith, and freedom.

Interestingly, the only mention of family in Gov. Daniels’ response was his praise for President Obama’s own family. Let me stipulate: The Obama family is a model family, apparently devoted to one another. The president even lives happily under the same roof with his mother-in-law. Now, that’s devotion.
But Gov. Daniels could have noted that the policies of the Obama administration are the most antagonistic to the family of any administration in history. This is a fact. With 42% of American children born out-of-wedlock, a tragedy of fatherlessness is being visited on millions of homes. Bill Bennett rightly calls this “the broken hearth.” And broken hearths lead to broken hearts.
Does the president address this in his budget? No. Instead, he gives hundreds of millions to Planned Parenthood, the world’s leading trafficker in abortion. We know that the more sexual contacts young people have prior to marriage, the more likely they are never to marry, or to divorce after marriage. You cannot be pro-family and shovel money at this evil enterprise. This is one shovel-ready project we should reject.
Yet, President Obama has told Speaker Boehner that any cut in federal funds for Planned Parenthood is “a non-starter.” President Obama has relentlessly pushed abortion at home and abroad.  Obamacare is the most massive expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade. Under Obamacare, health care coverage will include abortion. Thus, we will all be forced to pay for the killing of unborn children.
The president is concerned, he tells us, about education. We must all share that concern. But he has taken over college loans, an unprecedented power grab. He does this even as his administration is menacing the liberty of every private and religious college in America. If your college does not want to push condoms in the dorms or dispense abortion-producing drugs at Student Health, the Obama administration threatens you with action.
Dr. Larry Arnn is president of Hillsdale College, a proud independent college founded by abolitionists in the 1850s. Hillsdale takes no federal funds. Dr. Arnn recently spoke of  how the intact family undergirds limited government:

The principles of our country stem from the laws of Nature and Nature’s God. This word “Nature” is full of rich meaning. It comes from the Latin word for birth, so of course the nature of man, and natural rights must be understood to include the process of begetting and growth by which human beings come to be…If families do not raise children, then the government will. What then becomes of limited government?

I offer Dr. Arnn’s eloquent analysis to President Obama. That terrible figure of 42% out-of-wedlock births shows up the false promises of those who said that abortion-on-demand would end welfare and poverty. When they said that, the out-of-wedlock birthrate was less than half what it is today.
Social scientist Charles Murray has written a new book, Coming Apart, in which he shows that the dream of upward mobility for millions is being lost. In this important work, he shows that marriage and religion are central to the economic well-being of millions of Americans.
The Obama administration is actively hostile to marriage, refusing even to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. That law was passed by a Democratic Congress and signed by a Democratic president. And Mr. Obama’s administration is seeking suppress the conscience rights of millions—including Catholics, Evangelicals, Lutherans, and Orthodox Jews. His radical demand that every federally-supported institution in the country dispense abortifacients is a grave threat to religious liberty.
To the fires of social discord this administration is adding fuel. To those on the lower rungs of life’s ladder, asserting their God-given right to rise, this administration is breaking the first rungs. These are the issues I’d like to see both of our major parties address in 2012.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: faithandfamily; mitchdaniels; sotu

1 posted on 01/28/2012 7:22:46 AM PST by Kaslin
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Gov. Daniels supported then-President Bush's efforts to amnesty illegal aliens using a guest worker program: "These people are here and are prepared to work hard.... We need to find a way to deal with those issues [that prevent them from staying legally]."
2 posted on 01/28/2012 7:29:41 AM PST by tsowellfan (If its between Obama and Romney, there isnt all that much difference - George Soros)
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To: Kaslin
Here's the problem with the squish RINO's like Daniels. They start out of the defensive. Why did Daniels feel the need to praise Obama's family values? Why? To show that, hey, I'm a not a mean person. Does any Democrat feel the need to praise a Republican? It never happens.

What even worse, is that Daniels is wrong. Obama doesn't have family values.

Case #1: Auntie Zeytuni - lives as an illegal alien, illegally receiving welfare benefits in public housing. Where's BO?

Case #2: Oyango Obama - another relative gets busted for DUI. Where's BO?

Case #3: Half-brother living in the hut in Kenya on $25 a year. Where's BO?

Where's BO's family values? When has BO seen any of these relatives the last time?

Squish RINOs delendra est.

3 posted on 01/28/2012 7:35:46 AM PST by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
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To: Kaslin; All

4 posted on 01/28/2012 7:39:44 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

We have a first lady in the WH who said “For the first time in my life, I am proud of America”...

Yeah that is a real role model....

5 posted on 01/28/2012 7:49:17 AM PST by Engedi (Hec)
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To: Kaslin

It’s the expected way in the August Bodies. One opens one’s remarks excoriating someone by saying how honorable and respected they are.

In his defense, everything Daniels said after that was spot on.

On the other hand, his delivery would put an insomniac to sleep.

6 posted on 01/28/2012 7:58:00 AM PST by altura
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