Contrary to politicians who want to call a truce about social issues, there is absolutely no way to separate social and fiscal issues; they are locked in a tight political embrace. Politicians who say we can ignore social issues or avoid talking about them, are really saying that they have no plan to cut federal spending and the growing national debt.
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution contains two clauses addressing religious liberty: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
The "social issues" have popped up in the Republican presidential campaign, courtesy of Rick Santorum, causing Democrats to drool, left-wing pundits to twirl their broadswords in the air and various Republicans to turn green, fearful of alienating key voting blocs. The horror, the horror -- can't the party's candidates just keep their searchlight trained on the economy?
In 2008, Rick Santorum spoke at Ave Maria University in Florida. There, he tackled the crucial issue of moral decline in America and did so in explicitly religious language. "Satan has his sights on the United States of America," he said. "Satan is attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition.
There is another horripilation on the campaign trail. Someone has told a joke that has roused the virtue police.
A succession of high profile left wing decisions and initiatives of recent weeks drive home the extent to which the left is changing the face of America.
The Obama administration, predictably, is not calling a “truce on social issues,” as Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) suggested that the next president should do.
For the past three years I have worked on a book project dealing with the 30-year failure of the Religious Right to win on a single policy issue despite all of the elections its won, the money its raised, and the headlines its generated.
Santorum may be dragging up the rear in the line-up of Republican presidential candidates, but I am grateful to him for being the only candidate who insists that the so-called “social issues” remain an integral, explicit part of his agenda.
Just when you think you’ve heard it all, something even more bizarre and disturbing occurs, and you can only scratch your head and wonder, “What’s next?”
"The Ides of March," the slick new movie with George Clooney as an unethical presidential candidate, is a morality tale for our time.
Kate Bolick stares out at the world from the cover of The Atlantic magazine. She's wearing a black lace evening dress. "What, Me Marry?" asks the headline. She isn't smiling.</
The famous humorist Will Rogers once said, “We always want the best man to win an election. Unfortunately, he never runs.”
"It gets down to that family... I shouldn't try to tell them what decision to make."
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