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SANCTITY SANTORUM



July 30, 2011

“Make no mistake, abortion-on-demand is not a right guaranteed by the Constitution. No serious scholar, including one disposed to agree with the Court’s result, has argued that the framers of the Constitution intended to create such a right.”

Senator Rick Santorum, (R) Pennsylvania

Where did all these kids come from?

Conferences, whether academic or political, are generally adult affairs.  You may see a few college-age kids, but rarely if ever children. The Western Conservative Summit was honored tonight with the presence of Rick Santorum. I have long admired Senator Santorum, who has a long and impressive career as a Representative and Senator from Pennsylvania.  Tonight I saw a depth of passion in him that is unique in presidential candidates.  His keynote tonight was not a stump speech. It was a plea from his heart in behalf of the children who were not present at the conference; children who should have been, and children who hope to be.

I spoke with a man named Richard afterward and told him how Rick Santorum had so moved me. Richard pulled his hands back in a “don’t touch the livewire” gesture and said, “but he’s stepped on the “third rail” of politics, abortion.”  Richard went on to say that there are too many Republican women that support the right to abort and that’s why Santorum would never get the nomination. This attitude always baffles me.  First:  If there is one position that is impossible to justify it is killing the innocent unborn.  If there is once stance that defies reason, it is the state-sanctioned killing of human offspring.  If there is one argument where an honest politician can win every time it is the argument that to be born is a self-evident and unalienable right. Second: Many of the Republican women of whom Richard speaks are mothers. What mother, having grown a baby in her womb-bonding, feeling the baby’s first fluttering movements at about 4 months, watching the baby stretch and roll around in her abdomen, seeing the baby and giving it a name as it takes its first breath-can reason that abortion is acceptable?  Baffling, truly.

But Santorum isn’t just boldly right on abortion.  He is the candidate of family.  He said tonight that government by the people is not built on individuals, but upon families. “A nation of separate individuals,” he said, “is like building a foundation on grains of sand. You must have something to bond it together so that it does not flow, unpredictably, in all directions when it is pressed upon. That bonding is family.”  This struck a deep chord in me.  I’ve always been mystified by assertions made by identifying a single sex; ” women’s rights,” “children’s issues,” and so forth.  Aren’t women and children, and men for that matter, part of a family? Aren’t a woman’s concerns also the concerns of those who care for her and are related to her? Aren’t children the charge of parents, and their issues part of a larger family interest?  The answer is Yes, that is the reality.  To think humans can maintain a thriving civilization while living separately as individual units is folly. Women’s rights are simply human rights. Human rights mean nothing without the family to give form and meaning to the exercise thereof.

The defense of children, to Rick Santorum and politicians like him who are willing to toe that “third rail,” is not an option. Children must be defended where they are most vulnerable, pre-birth.  They must be defended through the preservation of the one entity that was designed to give them the best chance at survival, the family.  The freedoms that are guaranteed under the Constitution must be defended so that the next generations can enjoy, as we have, liberty and accountability to themselves and to God.

Needless to say, Rick Santorum represents the godly aspirations of the American ideal.  He is not only right, but boldly righteous as well.  He is not self-righteous nor superior, but he is unafraid to articulate the necessary role of morality in our culture.  A return to simple virtue would eliminate a host of social and political ills, and as those ills are eliminated so to is the need for governmental regulation and control.  Rick Santorum is the spokesman for a moral culture; and in his simple formula, morality=liberty for all.

When the dust has cleared and the fight for liberty has been won, it will be leaders like Rick Santorum, who stood unequivocally for absolute truth and right, who did not negotiate the price of life, but who held the line between good and evil, that will be revered.  The pundits, pollsters, spinmeisters, and political strategists who regarded the life issue as nothing more than leverage for, or against, another, will be long forgotten.

As he spoke tonight, I felt in the ballroom the presence of children.  Children are the best reason that we fight to peel back the darkness of tyranny to reveal the full sunlight of our liberty.  Children are life’s greatest challenge and joy, the dichotomy of anguish and exaltation, and the embodiment of innocence. Rick Santorum can tell you all about that, he has 7 kids of his own.

By Marjorie Haun 7/30/2011

 




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