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Blackwell: GOP Must Face ‘Rapid Decline in Morality,’ Prioritize Social Issues

Former Ohio secretary of state tells PJM devotion to social issues “will solve economic issues."

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May 27, 2014 - 12:01 am
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WASHINGTON – Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell warned that Republicans ignore social issues at their peril in the upcoming November election, maintaining that the nation’s only path to a robust economy is an adherence to a strong moral code and the traditional family.

Blackwell, a senior fellow for family empowerment at the Family Research Council and a visiting professor of law at Liberty University, asserted during an appearance at the recent Right on Crime conference that the re-embrace of the “nuclear family” – married mother and father and children – will lead to recovery.

“Throughout history, in order for totalitarianism, Marxism or a welfare state to occur two things have to happen – the marginalization of the church and the destruction of the family,” Blackwell said. “When the state becomes the provider we have a muscular state that negatively affects those things.”

Devotion to social issues “will solve economic issues,” Blackwell said, asserting that the nuclear family offers an efficient economic unit that can’t be duplicated in any other way.

“The nuclear family is vital for upward mobility,” Blackwell said. “So is starting a business and going to church regularly. These things generate upward mobility. It is clear to me that families make all the difference in educational attainment and it’s needed if we want to move the economy.”

Without the benefit of upward mobility, spawned by family values, Blackwell said, “we will find ourselves locked into anemic growth.”

“It’s clear to me this is a debate that must be engaged,” he said.

For years, social conservatives have joined with economic conservatives to form a strong Republican Party coalition that has advanced moral issues, like opposition to abortion, while simultaneously supporting a business agenda that, among other things, opposed higher taxes.

That coalition proved successful. Beginning with Ronald Reagan in 1980, Republicans held the White House for 20 of the next 28 years. It also at various times has controlled both the House and the Senate.

But over the past few years, with demographics predicting a strong trend toward Democratic presidencies, some Republicans are urging a de-emphasis of the party’s social conservatism while advising a move toward libertarianism, which emphasizes smaller government and personal freedom.

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When immorality thrives, the people vote to steal their neighbor's money to provide themselves a safety hammock. You have it 100% backward.
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Let me try again. Culture trumps politics. A first-world culture generates first-world nations. There is no political or economic system that will help a self-defeating, superstitious, dishonest, and barbaric people.

Social issues are just as much cultural as political. And economic issues flow from social issues. Our banking system works on the concept of credit -- credit is based on an individuals' commitment to re-pay. Literally, a person commits in their mind to 30 years of payments for a home, and the Fed decides they believe that commitment, and as such, the money literally is spoken into existence. That involves all sorts of levels of trust.

Whether libertarian or progressive, the problem is that you think you can endlessly set the culture on fire. Culture matters, and the right culture matters. You wonder why you are getting strangled in a million little laws? Duh. It's because you are ignoring the Big Ones.

Saying, well, let's compromise with Moloch, that we may have Mammon, is not a political program that many of us are interested in.
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And you are a judgmental preening holier-than-thou jerk. You have no business making a statement about my morals, of which you are almost completely ignorant other than what I briefly referenced above, but you are still quick to judge and condemn. I don't know what your morals are, but I sure know people like you are anathema in America today.

People like you are the reason that social conservatives will never govern America as a social conservative state, or even run the GOP ... and as long as Republicans attempt to follow the exhortations of the author of this post, the GOP will continue to lose national elections.
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He is 100% right. Unfortunately his particular set of values are 1890's tent revival snake handling rather than the expansive Christianity of the Founding. The former gave us the Scopes Monkey Trial which unfairly branded American Christians backward small minded anti-intellectual hicks. The latter founded the most successful and powerful nation the world has ever known.

Faced with this, the author decides to defend the sanctity of the Kimye marriage by making sure a 50 year old gay couple can't sanctify their relationship of 20 years.
29 weeks ago
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This is a trap!
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As the late, great and very missed Irving Kristol once said, roughly,
"The singular political fact of the 20th century is the decline of faith".
From which ALL else flows. Hollywood culture AND Dem rule.
I wish I could see a way back but if 9/11 hasn't changed the collective mindset, what will?



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Ah, 'true morality' is based on _your_ list of behaviors. >:)
True morality is based on the survival of society, and hence
changes with the environment in which the society is embedded.
Lucius Cornelius Sulla was a moral man - in his time and place.
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Lucius_Cornelius_Sulla
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Prosperity is the long term result of good moral values, because well raised children will be productive adults. The causative delay between better social values and better economic outcomes is therefore one generation. But policies, wise and otherwise, are tinkered with more often than that, and in politics expediency can easily trump wisdom. There is a greater reservoir of wisdom in the population than there typically is in the governance. If the electorate does not take its job seriously, and fails to vet the candidates thoughtfully, we cannot get anywhere.

It's certainly not the politicians that can turn us into better citizens, but thoughtful voters can chose better politicians, and if there is an appetite for better social values, it is a safer bet to expect it from the electorate, rather than from a governance never punished for irresponsible behavior.
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[A poll conducted by inc./Women Trend on behalf of Freedomworks revealed a steady movement toward libertarianism among Republicans. The survey found that 78 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents characterize themselves as fiscally conservative and socially moderate.]

Baloney. This is such a bald faced lie to be laughed at.
29 weeks ago
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2012 presidential election showed there is no hope for USA.
Reelect Obama=suicide of a nation.
Free yourself from America.
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The federal government has an immoral degree of power and is therefore completely corrupt. One leads by example, not by preaching.
29 weeks ago
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I don't think this country even understands what constitutes morality any longer and how they pay directly and indirectly for immorality at every level of life.
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no one's kitchen table debate is consumed by the social issues. No one is looking at this economy and fixating on who marries whom. THAT is the growing libertarian strain among conservatives, the one that says a nanny on the right is no better than a nanny on the left. Either way, you have elected and appointed folks trying to tell you how to live.

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With the exception of the lives of unborn children, I totally agree with you. And even that (the lives of unborn children) needs to be addressed deftly (i.e, as a constitutional issue, rather than as a moral/religious cudgel used to lambaste those that do not agree).
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Remember? "Top Down/Bottom Up and Inside Out?" This was Van Jones' and Francis Fox Pivens' battle cry in 2009-2010. There are countless UTube videos of these two "Fellow Travelers" Instructing their ogling recruits on how "Hope and Change" are clarion calls for finalizing a century's worth of "incremental socialism" in these USA. Mr. Obama has definitely been very hard at work implementing Executive Orders designed to meet, satisfy and alter TOTALLY, historical evolution of these USA. The cadre of willing and cooperative Federal Union Workers "Transforming" America from a constitutional republic to a nationalist socialist oligarchy is on full display for all to see. Lawmakers, hiding in Congresses shadows now openly flaunt their Democratic Socialist' of America allegiances. Now, government is all knowing, all caring and all munificent. Every government agency (national, state, county, parish, or city) has received their marching orders,i.e., it's Obama's way or the highway. If Americans are satisfied with this reverting to 19th Century America and King George III type rule...so be it. If Americans totally discard this "Social Justice" mantra, then Join a Tea Party, register to vote AND VOTE. God Bless America.
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