Ken Blackwell

Consider these examples of economic and social activity. Harry is a rock star. Or soon will be. Harry sleeps in his girl friend’s basement. He does a little dope. At night he is the lead singer in the band he has formed. He is soft-spoken and respectful of his elders. Harry’s parents shower love on Harry’s daughter by his girl friend. Jim is a young husband in the same city. He and his wife have three children under three. Jim has to work long hours as a lawyer, but he does so willingly. For now, he rents. But he has bought a van. Harry’s daughter is supported by his girl friend’s family and by his own parents. Jim’s three children are provided for by Jim.

Does it matter to America whether the rising generation follows the Jim model or the Harry model? Harry’s girl friend is successfully pursuing a career. She doesn’t do dope. She doesn’t have time. Jim’s wife is raising their expanding family.

Can America afford to subsidize the breakdown in the family? Planned Barrenhood thinks we can. They see a smaller America with smaller hopes. Just keep shoveling public monies to them and their family banning activities and all will be well.

President Obama is suing Texas, Indiana, and Kansas to keep the torrent of federal funds flowing to Planned Barrenhood. Not even state governments should be able, according to him, to stop subsidizing this death-dealing institution. In all the thousands of line items in the bloated federal budget, the one Sacred Cow for Mr. Obama is Title X, the cash cow for Planned Barrenhood.

Are we the blind following the blind? Have we so shackled ourselves to the dogmas of population control and no-growth “progressive” taxation and regulation policies that we cannot see the obvious way out? Strong families are the engine that drives strong economies. It’s that simple.

As my colleague, Dr. Henry Potykus, a Senior Fellow at FRC’s Marriage And Religion Research Institute, confirms, human capital is the key to our economic growth. Young marrieds--especially those who worship regularly—plus education generate the greatest amount of human capital.

Iowa has always had a strong base of intact families and a strong education system. If Iowans know this and appreciate it, it’s no small wonder the Iowa’s GOP Caucus-goers are strongly pro-life and pro-marriage. And they know that this administration’s economic policies are not working. Most Americans sense this. Socialism has never worked wherever it has been tried.

Ronald Reagan began his working life in Iowa, as an announcer on WHO radio. Reagan did not beat voters over the head with Scripture. But he did have fun with some devout evangelists of the Gospel of Marx: “Socialism might work in Heaven, but they don’t need it. Socialism would work in Hell, but they’ve already got it.”

It was Reagan who most successfully united social, economic, and defense conservatives. That winning coalition needs to be assembled once again.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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