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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
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
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
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
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.
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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