Rick Santorum is Right, It Takes a Family. Now, It Will Take a President
I have followed the 2012 Presidential primary campaign closely because I believe the 2012 election is the most important Presidential election in my lifetime
The American dream is threatened - not because the American people have lost that dream, but because we have the wrong leaders in political office. The 2012 presidential election will help determine whether that dream is resuscitated and secured - or usurped and replaced by something not worthy of the American experiment in ordered liberty.
WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - Like many Americans I am deeply concerned about our Nation. The dream called American is threatened. I share the growing sense that it is not because the American people have lost that dream, but, at least partially, because we have the wrong leaders in political office.
Finally, I share a deep sense that the 2012 presidential election will help determine whether that dream is resuscitated and secured - or usurped and replaced by something not worthy of the American experiment in ordered liberty.
I am disturbed to once again hear and read the mantra of the main stream media that the 2012 Presidential campaign is over. You know the drill; that Mitt Romney is the nominee to face President Obama and anyone who feels differently should stop their efforts and sing the song of the establishment.
The lyrics have gone through revisions. He has been the presumptive nominee, the inevitable nominee, the probable nominee and now the nominee by default based on "the Math". It is the same old song and I am tired of it.
On the eve of the Wisconsin primary, I have to speak out. I am a "reluctant Republican". I was raised in Massachusetts in a blue collar family who believed the Republican Party had a silver spoon in its mouth and had no concern for people like us. However, I left the Party calling itself "Democratic" when it was taken over by the strange coalition currently leading it.
That coalition purports to care about the poor while they fail to hear the cries of the poorest of the poor, our first neighbors in the womb. They contend to be concerned for blue collar workers while they foment class warfare and push Statist economic and political policies which are a grave threat to true liberty.
That coalition pays lip service to marriage and family while it promotes a cultural and social counterfeit masquerading under the same name. They do not respect the first freedom of religious freedom and are treating my Church with complete disregard for its proper and important role in promoting the common good.
However, the Republican Party is threatened by its own caricature. The effort to control that Party by the old guard "establishment" smacks of a return to the days of corporatism and an economism. It also fails to assert the primacy of the person, marriage and the family and society founded upon it. Finally, it does not seem to understand that the true source of our liberties, including economic liberty, is found in our shared moral values.
While many are looking for a "consistent conservative", I want a candidate who has moral coherence; and recognizes the necessary moral foundations of a free and just society. There is a political dualism in establishment Republican circles - the idea that there are "social" and "economic" issues and they must be kept separate. They cannot be kept separate. Only free people with moral values can ensure a truly free market. Freedom is a good of the human person.
I find such a moral coherence in Rick Santorum. He does not separate social and economic issues. He knows that the reason we care about expanding economic opportunity is because we respect the dignity of every human person. His economic policy seeks to expand participation in the market economy while respecting fairness in competition. He affirms the dignity of all work because of the dignity of the human worker. He insists that economic policy respect human initiative, promote mediating structures and be built from the bottom up.
His advocacy of smaller government is cut from the same cloth. He calls for the proper application of the ordering principle of subsidiarity. That entails respecting the primacy of the family as the first society, the first government, the first church, first school, first economy and first mediating institution. That principle insists that government begin with the smallest unit, the individual and the family, and that all other government then exists to provide them the help and assistance they need.
He rejects the notion there is a "right" to an abortion even if the positive law currently protects the wrongful act. Every procured abortion is the taking of innocent human life and the denial of the true Right, written in the Natural Law, the fundamental and inalienable Right to Life. He would place respect for the dignity of every human person front and center, using it as the lens through which every other issue would be approached.
What I find in Rick Santorum is the whole package. That is rare in American Politics and I cannot let the moment pass. To my dismay, the efforts to caricature and marginalize his candidacy have come from both sides of the aisle. That is because he is not an "establishment" candidate. He threatens establishment leaders in both major political parties.
Ironically, that is one of the greatest assets ...
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