Opinion: Time for a New Republican Party and New Republican Party Candidates
As a Nation we have lost our moral compass and we are dangerously close to losing our freedom
The idea that we can ever separate moral issues from fiscal issues is a serious error. There is a moral basis to every political and social concern, including economics.The Republican Party is once again at a crossroad. What is needed is a New Republican Party and New Republican Party candidates for this hour.
Lies, Truth, and the Call of Conscience.
CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) - I write as a private citizen and a reluctant Republican. I left the Democratic Party many years ago, after its leadership was taken over by the current morally incoherent coalition of social and cultural engineers. However, I am concerned about some in the current leadership of the Republican Party retreating from defending the moral foundations of a free society.
We are living under the effects of what Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) once called a Dictatorship of Relativism. Relativism is a philosophy which says there are no truths. When there is nothing objectively true - which can be known by all and form the basis of our common life - then there is no basis for true freedom. Freedom can never be realized, nor can it flourish, unless it is exercised in reference to choosing the true and the good.
As a Nation we have lost our moral compass and, as a result, we are dangerously close to losing our freedom. When a society fails to recognize that persons are more important than things, when it loses sight of the primacy of the inviolable dignity of every single human person at every age, every stage and of every size, it soon devolves into a form of practical materialism, worshipping a new golden calf. It uses the language of human rights but has lost its true moral content.
I write on the evening of the fortieth anniversary of the horrid US Supreme Court decisions of Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton. Those two decisions opened the floodgates to the killing of nearly sixty million children through legal abortion. When there is no recognition of a preeminent right to life, there soon follows an erosion of the entire structure of all human rights. Human rights do not exist in a vacuum; they are goods of the human person.
There is a hierarchy of rights. Without acknowledging the preeminent right to life, all derivative rights and the entire infrastructure of human rights is placed in jeopardy. Without the freedom to be born, all of the talk about compassion for the poor and the promotion of freedom throughout the entirety of life, and how we attain it, is hollow and empty.
Failing to recognize that our first neighbors in the womb have a right to be born and live a full life in our community is a foundational failure of our obligation in solidarity to one another and the entire ethic of being our brothers (and sisters) keeper. There can be no enduring lasting solidarity in a culture that kills its own children and then calls it a right. We face a moral crisis in America, and a serious leadership crisis which flows directly from it.
In 1994 Mother Teresa put it clearly: "America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father's role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts -- a child -- as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience."
"It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters. And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual partners. Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign."
In addition to defending Life we must also defend authentic marriage against those who seek to redefine it out of existence. Marriage and family have been inscribed by the Divine Architect into the order of the universe. Truth does not change, people and cultures do; sometimes for good and sometimes for evil. Marriage is the first society into which children are to be born, learn to be fully human, grow in virtue, flourish and take their role in families and communities.
Children have a right to a mother and a father. Of course we should care about the single parent family and the many broken homes. However, their existence does not change the norm necessary for a stable and healthy society. In tact marriages and families are the glue of a healthy and happy social order.
Morally based positions are not simply religious. They are based upon a Natural Moral Law which can be known by all men and women through the exercise of reason. Acknowledging the existence of such a Natural Moral Law is the ground upon which every great civilization has been built. It is the source for every great and authentic human and civil rights movement.
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