Op/Ed: Benjamin Franklin wrote, “…only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” Similarly, Daniel Webster remarked, “To preserve the government we must also preserve morals. Morality rests on religion; if you destroy the foundation, the superstructure must fall. When the public mind becomes vitiated and corrupt, laws are a nullity and constitutions are waste paper.”
As Americans, we must not sit idly by and allow the moral decline of our society and government to destroy our Constitution nor our Republic. This is why it is necessary to assert again, with a new found vehemence, the profound words of the Declaration of Independence: “…We hold these hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Rick Santorum refers to this declaration as the Why of our nation, and the United States Constitution as the How. He acknowledges that dependence on a Higher Law, a universal absolute Truth, is what distinguishes our form of government from others and enables our nation to exist. Further he concludes that anything short of such dependence would reduce our nation to a relativistic society ruled by those who consider themselves to be elitists responsible for asserting their will on the masses.
Just as a building is incapable of standing without a solid foundation, nations likewise crumble into oblivion unless grounded on unchanging absolutes. Santorum’s explicit acknowledgement of such a foundation for our nation and the need to restore it to its prior splendor, gave credence to his agenda for taking back our nation from the hands of those who prefer an Orwellian debacle.
Included in his agenda for his Presidency are these points:
• Repealing Obamacare – Repealing this unconstitutional law is necessary not only because it forces free citizens to purchase a commodity regardless of their freewill, but primarily because it would forever create a populace enslaved to government dependency.
• Dignity of Human Life – Senator Santorum attests to not only the belief but the certainty that life begins at conception. In addition to defending the rights of the unborn he also defends the dignity of every human life whether elderly, infirm, or limited by other physical or cognitive impediments.
• Job Creation – Creating a favorable environment in which the private sector is able to create and expand jobs. This reduces the unemployment rate, increase the GDP, and serves to regain our nation’s prominence in the global economy.
• Tax Code Simplification – Simplifying the personal income tax to just two flat rates of 10% and 28% and cutting the corporate tax rate from 35% to 17.5% (and for business moving their operations back to the States it could be as low as 0%) can revitalize our nation’s economy and move us into economic growth rather than decline.
I doubt anyone with a conservative political orientation questions the overwhelming significance of this Presidential election. This is why our votes in State caucuses and primaries are equally critical. In order to take back our country and return it to the principled and just nation our Founders intended it to be, we must nominate a candidate and elect a President who is committed to upholding our Constitution and the Greater Law upon which it is established. By a electing such a President, we can boldly assert with Lincoln “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
For a complete overview of Santorum’s plan for his Presidency, visit http://www.ricksantorum.com/issues.
- Benjamin Franklin, Letters to Messrs. The Abbes Chalut and Arnaud, April 17, 1787.
- Daniel Webster, Oration at Hanover, NH, July 4th, 1800.
- The Declaration of Independence, from the Preamble, July 4th, 1776.
- President Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863.