Is abandoning “social issues” the true key to success?

The kickback on the election is already starting and I’m reading some very disturbing trends.  Within the Tea Party, some elements are saying we should stop talking about the “social issues”.  It’s all about the economy they tell us.  Really.  Is that why the party that took a clear stand on defining women by their vagina’s won the day?  Is that why the party that took a clear stand on destroying traditional marriage won the day?  If it really is all about the economy, how could Obama possibly have won on the issue of the economy?

The Republican Party has been trying to get us to stop talking about these so-called “social Issues” for decades.  When the Tea Party formed we heard about RINO’s…members of the Republican Party with no real moral center.  Now some of those same people who claim to speak for us are telling us to abandon moral principle because it’s all about the economy.  When the Tea Party formed we heard about the Constitution and our Founders…sadly some of those making those claims still haven’t read either the Constitution or the words of our founders.

The economy is important but I am reminded of a Biblical parable…The Rich Man and Lazarus.  The Rich Man doesn’t even get a name in this story.  I am reminded of another parable….It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it will be for a rich man to get into heaven.

Now I have nothing against wealth obtained morally and ethically through hard work and industry.  I have a lot of problems with wealth obtained through theft and deception.  The fact of the matter is that there is no such thing as a purely “social issue”.  There are only issues and the way we approach those issues will be defined by our principles and values.  If you remove the principles and values…well someone wiser than me said it best “What does it profit a man to gain to the whole world and lose his soul!”

I think, before we surrender our morals…our principles and values…we should look back at our founders and their warnings to America.  We call for limited government, accountability and Constitutional Principles.  You can’t have the last two if you sacrifice morality or as Senator Folmer reminded us during the hearings on SB 1400 “We are sacrificing principle on the altar of self-interest.”

As a refresher, or perhaps as an introduction to those who have never heard these words here are just a few things our founders had to say on morality and those “social issues.”

The Continental Congress, 1778 – “Where as true religion and good morals are the only solid foundations of public liberty and happiness . . . it is hereby earnestly recommended to the several States to take the most effectual measures for the encouragement thereof.”

John Adams in 1798 (Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and Second President) –  We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion….Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Fisher Ames (who gave us the final wording of the first amendment)),  “[Why] should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a school book? Its morals are pure, its examples captivating and noble. The reverence for the Sacred Book that is thus early impressed lasts long; and probably if not impressed in infancy, never takes firm hold of the mind.”

James Wilson (Signer of the Declaration of Independence and 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.”

Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence said. “[T]he only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be aid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.  Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind.”  

Noah Webster, author of the first American Speller and the first Dictionary said,   “[T]he Christian religion, in its purity, is the basis, or rather the source of all genuine freedom in government. . . . and I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of that religion have not a controlling influence.” 

Gouverneur Morris, Penman and Signer of the Constitution.  “[F]or 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. [T]herefore education should teach the precepts of religion and the duties of man towards God.”

John Jay, Original Chief-Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court“The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.”  

Noah Webster, author of the first American Speller and the first Dictionary stated, “The Moral principles and precepts contained in the scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws…All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”

Robert Winthrop, Speaker 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.”

George Washington, General of the Revolutionary Army, president of the Constitutional Convention, First President of the United States of America, Father of our nation,  “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.” 

Benjamin Franklin, Signer of the Declaration of Independence “[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

This is just a small sampling of what our founders had to say on the subject of morality…on “social issues.”   Volumes could be published on the subject so before we throw principle out the window in order to win an election, ask yourself where you really stand.  Do you stand with the Founders and their interpretation of the Constitution and their vision for America or do you stand with those who tell us to abandon the moral cause?

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