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January 8, 2012

James Wilson, Signer of the Constitution; U. S. Supreme Court Justice,”Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is divine. . . . Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other.”

The Burning City

Star Parker wrote a terrific article about young Republicans and the Ron Paul youth phenomenon. She made the point that the young people fueling the Ron Paul movement are not exactly the Ronald Reagan brand of idealist who see America as “a shining city on a hill.”  They seem to love the idea of “liberty,” but are uninterested in creating the actual conditions which are necessary for liberty to be realized. Star writes in her cognizant article, “Now, increasing numbers of my campus hosts ask that I not talk about “values.” Leave out the stuff about marriage, family and abortion, please, and just talk about the economy.”  This is not the good news from the cadet ranks for which we’ve been hoping.

The tenor of Ms. Parker’s article about the “don’t talk about values” facet of the young Republican movement is one of troubling discovery. One tends to hope when reading it that the “valueless” movement is short-lived. A movement within the Party of Lincoln–which was on hand, by the way, for the bloodiest American war fought over the value of Human Life–that seeks to jettison moral standards, is no movement at all. And it may become a disastrous trend that ultimately rends and destroys the Party of Lincoln.

Our Founding Fathers emphasized countless times the necessity for citizens to be a moral people. It appears that the young people Star is addressing want their freedom, but don’t seem to understand that Constitutional liberties are not unconditional. All liberties are conditional upon our moral restraint in exercising those liberties, otherwise liberty becomes license, and the  freedom of the body becomes bondage to bad behaviors. The freedoms of a society without moral restraint are a counterfeit of liberty, and thus very tenuous, and even dangerous.

Gouverneur MorrisPenman and Signer of the Constitution.  “For avoiding the extremes of despotism or anarchy . . . the only ground of hope must be on the morals of the people. I believe that religion is the only solid base of morals and that morals are the only possible support of free governments. Therefore education should teach the precepts of religion and the duties of man towards God.”

The “valueless” platform of the young Republicans/Ron Paul supporters of whom Star Parker writes, defies that which is efficacious and true in the perpetuation of a healthy Constitutional Republic.

Robert WinthropSpeaker of the U. S. House,  “Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.”

If the Republican Party is to survive as a viable political force it must maintain its values platform. Libertarianism is a different creature than the Party of Lincoln, and it is rightfully known across the country as the party of legalized drugs. The effort by the young Republicans and Ron Paul supporters, about which Star Parker writes, to redefine Conservatism to be the twin sister of Libertarianism, is toxic to the party in its divisiveness, and ultimately to the nation which it will leave diminished and dying in the hands of Socialist Progressives.

“Grassroots” is the new cool.  But a grassroots movement that dismisses the responsibilities that come with American liberties will have the negative impact of a social revolution that overturns our most basic values. It happened in the 60s and 70s, and it did not turn out well. It is essential that we are a personally moral people who are fighting to maintain the timeless religious values that gave us the Republic in the first place. Liberty and morality are indivisible, and they cannot survive exclusive of one another.

By Marjorie Haun 1/8/2012

 




  1. Danny Quinney

    LOVED the article. I wish I was able to copy and paste some of it. I LOVE the quotes.

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