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Terminating The Republican Right 11/20/2003

Political guru Dick Morris has seen the future of the Republican Party and it is Austrian.  Well, not so much from Vienna as much as it is in the mold of now Governor Schwarzenegger.

The reason Arnold won, Morris recently asserted on FOX's Hannity & Colmes, is because he is conservative on financial issues, but liberal on moral issues. In other words, lower taxes and less spending combined with homosexual marriage, abortion on demand, strident environmentalism and excessive gun control. He insists this model is the only way for the Republican Party to continue to exist as a major political force. The problem with this vision is, of course, the large chunk of Republicans that the media critically labels the "religious right"; that is, anyone with firm, family-centered moral values 

So is Arnold just an aberration on the electoral map or is it the end of days for the Reagan-era marriage of family values and limited government? Is this a secular revolution or a simple evolution?

Christians, and Americans in general, tend to adopt a "live and let live" philosophy. Certainly, there are a few moral police in pulpits- -and the media love to focus on them -- but for the most part this country was built on the idea that all men and women are free to pursue happiness however they wish. After all, even our Creator put us on earth, gave us guidelines for right and wrong, and left the choice up to us. It is God's nature to let us choose our own path. At the same time, it is an irrefutable fact that our choices have obvious and undeniable consequences.

Morris overlooks one significant fact when he implies that the days of those committed to moral absolutes are gone: Most people don't like being told how to live their lives. Whether sitting in the local bar or the church pew, people want to live according to the values they have come to embrace.

The pendulum of thought has swung from right to left over the last 40 years. The societal pressures of my generation were strongly against divorce, abortion, homosexuality, and other historically aberrant or undesirable behavior. Perhaps too strong and insensitive, some may argue, and rightly so. For example, the young woman who became pregnant was typically shunned from the church and hidden from the public eye. Or the man struggling with homosexual desires was ridiculed or physically assaulted instead of counseled or otherwise helped. Society, attempting to right a wrong, gradually shifted away from this overzealous, hypocritical standard.

Now society is at a tipping point. The pendulum has swung so far to the left that politicians, judges and the media are invading people's lives again, telling us to change our sacred religious institutions such as marriage and family, and pressuring us to accept things like promiscuity and homosexuality as norms, even in our children's public schools.

Most Americans don't like it.

True, they don't want to be the morality police, rounding up those with whom they disagree and placing them in re-education camps, but they just as strongly do not like being on the receiving end of it, either.

It is one thing to say, "I'm going to do whatever I want in my bedroom." It's another to say, "What we do in the bedroom is the same thing as what you do." It is fine to say, "We want to teach our kids whatever we wish," but it is beyond offensive to say, "We are going to teach your children that it is acceptable to have sex with anyone and everyone -- and here's a condom!" It is perfectly understandable to say, "It's my body, I can do with it what I wish," but it is incomprehensible to say, "It's not a real human being inside of me, so I can kill it if it pleases me."

Here, Dick Morris fails to see that society is clearly swinging back the other way. The '60s generation said, "You're not going to tell us how to think!" Now many of those same people are trying to tell us how to think.

The Republican Party, or any political party for that matter, cannot afford to cast off all principles. If we forsake the unshakable absolutes that made this country strong, then the freedom and comfort we have known will soon be gone. Our future success will not come from eradicating the moralists, but from embracing the morals.

Author: James Robison

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About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, an international humanitarian aid ministry; host of the television program, Life Today; and author of The Absolutes. For more information, log on to

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