What does it say about America when its
president thinks it should be legal to kill a live, fully formed
Here's an excerpt from a letter I received the other day
from a college professor:
"Throughout this election I discussed with students the
differences between ideologies. The majority of them are on federal
financial aid. They are fine with more taxes as long as they will
be taken care of. It is disturbing to hear that they are willing to
spend their own money on tattoos and cellphones but cannot buy the
book for class until the financial aid comes in."
For those who see social conservatism as an annoyance and
argue that Republicans must purge this agenda from their party to
survive, I say: "Think again."
If Republicans want revival, we need an honest focus on
what's really wrong in America and what must be done to assure that
a great nation will be standing for our grandchildren and great
This kind of thinking is different from polls and focus
groups and clever schemes to manage media and voter
Leadership is about identifying the truth, believing it
and telling it in a way that people can grasp. Then they will
respond and follow.
The professor's letter provides a snapshot, a hint, of
what America's most basic problem is today. It's a problem of
character and values.
Having lectured on more than 180 college campuses over the
last 20 years, I have seen exactly what the professor is talking
Of course, government is too big. But how did it get this
way? Americans vote every two years. They voted every two years
during the whole period over which government grew to its current
With the majority of the country now on one kind of
government program or another, does anybody really think we can
change this without talking about the human attitudes and values
that produced it?
Democrats have a much easier problem than Republicans.
They are not trying to change America. The trends and attitudes
that got the whole country on welfare, that produced the moral
relativism that is destroying our families and character, is the
platform of the Democratic Party.
Democratic politicians have just one job: Deny the patient
Republicans, if they are going to be a real opposition
party, have a much tougher job.
With all the talk about this last election being driven by
demographics and turnout, the most basic point is the party and its
candidate did not step up as a serious, principled opposition
We can't save Medicare and Social Security. They are
bankrupt. Did we hear this from the Republican candidate? We heard
wishy-washy words about reforming these systems so we can save
Did we hear anything about how our public schools --
controlled by unions whose agenda is growing their benefits and
promoting moral relativism among our youth -- are destroying our
children and our future? No.
When Ronald Reagan was first elected in November 1980, 18
percent of our babies were born to unwed mothers. Today 42 percent
are. Anyone who thinks this is not a crisis of the first order can
just as easily vote for a Democrat as a Republican.
Americans just re-elected a president who opposed the
Supreme Court decision banning partial-birth abortion. The leader
of our nation thinks it should be legal in America to kill a live,
fully formed infant. What does this say about America today and our
There may be Republicans who think that we can ignore the
crisis in character and values that underlie our fiscal crisis.
There may be Republicans that think if we have a better tax system
it doesn't matter if we have a country of single mothers, sexually
ambiguous and confused men, and abortion and euthanasia on
Ignoring these things would mean not just the end of the
Republican Party but also the end of our country.
Star Parker (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an author and
president of CURE, Center for Urban Renewal and
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