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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Santorum and Faith

Continuing the theme from yesterday: the media is attacking Santorum for having politically incorrect beliefs, not that we should care, since we don't like our political leaders who determine - along with their media allies - what is PC. Santorum said in a CNN interview, in response to the media upheaval over him having mentioned God and Satan, "I'm a person of faith. I believe in good and evil. I think if somehow or another because you're a person and faith and you believe in good evil is a disqualifier for president, we're gonna have a very small pool of candidates who can run for president. Ronald Reagan talked very much in terms of good and evil and the fact of the matter is good and evil exists. Ronald Reagan recognized it. I think, again, vast, vast majority of Americans recognize it."

Right you are, sir.

Rush Limbaugh has kindly dug through the archives to pull out President Ronald Reagan's March 8, 1983 speech often referred to as "The Evil Empire Speech." I'll put all the Reagan quotes here in the order that Rush presented them. If you want Rush's response or explanation you can go to his website.

REAGAN: That shrewdest of all observers of American democracy, Alexis de Tocqueville, put it eloquently after he had gone on a search for the secret of America's greatness and genius, and he said, "Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the greatness and the genius of America. America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." I want you to know that this administration is motivated by a political philosophy that sees the greatness of America in you, her people, and in your families, churches, neighborhoods, communities, the institutions that foster and nourish values like concern for others and respect for the rule of law under God.

I don't have to tell you that this puts us in opposition to or at least out of step with a prevailing attitude of many who have turned to a modern day secularism, discarding the tried and time tested values upon which our very civilization is based. No matter how well-intentioned, their value system is radically different from that of most Americans. And while they proclaim that they're freeing us from superstitions of the past, they've taken upon themselves the job of superintending us by government rule and regulation. Sometimes their voices are louder than ours, but they are not yet a majority.

More than a decade ago, a Supreme Court decision literally wiped off the books of 50 states statutes protecting the rights of unborn children. Abortion on demand now takes the lives of up to one and a half million unborn children a year. Human life legislation ending this tragedy will someday pass the Congress, and you and I must never rest until it does. (applause) Unless and until it can be proven that the unborn child is not a living entity, then its right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness must be protected. There is sin and evil in the world, and we're enjoined by Scripture and the Lord Jesus to oppose it with all our might.

I urge you to speak out against those who would place the United States in a position of military and moral inferiority. You know, I've always believed that old Screwtape reserved his best efforts for those of you in the church. So in your discussions of the nuclear freeze proposals I urge you to beware of the temptation of pride, the temptation of blithely declaring yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault; to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an Evil Empire; to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil.

Let us pray for the salvation of all of those who live in that totalitarian darkness. Pray they will discover the joy of knowing God. But until they do, let us be aware that while they preach the supremacy of the state, declare its omnipotence over individual man and predict its eventual domination of all peoples on the earth, they are the focus of evil in the modern world.

I notice a few things. Reagan unequivocally and unapologetically forwards religion as a strength of the country. I agree wholeheartedly with him, or de Toqueville, as the case may be. This is the direct opposite view of religion from the left. Reagan says, rightly, that the vocal few opposed to the principles he spoke of where really in the minority and should not be allowed to change things against the will of the majority (i.e. Roe vs. Wade). Lastly, he strongly believed that the United States should maintain and military and moral superiority and that no one should put himself above the fray. That reminder ought to take the wind out of Ron Paul's sails, not that conservatives make up the majority of his base. The whole speech props up Santorum when he talks of religion or the existence of good and evil, or Mitt Romney when he talks about the greatness of America coming from its people and that a strong military means a free America. In the context of Santorum, it's obvious that the media tactics haven't changed since Reagan's day!

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