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A New Social Agenda

One of my professors sent the class this article in an email. It pertains to some of the material we are learning about. The author, David Brooks, is supposedly a conservative writer for the NY Times. However, he starts the article with how he is “to Rick Santorum’s left on most social issues,” including same-sex “marriage” and abortion. So he supports gay “marriage” and is pro-Choice. Doesn’t sound like a conservative to me, but y’all can decide.

 

A New Social Agenda

By DAVID BROOKS

I’m to Rick Santorum’s left on most social issues, like same-sex marriage and abortion. I’m also put off by his Manichaean political rhetoric. He seems to imagine America’s problems can best be described as the result of a culture war between the God-fearing conservatives and the narcissistic liberals.

Like most Americans, including most evangelicals under 40, I find this culture war language absurd. If conservative ideas were that much more virtuous than liberal ideas, then the conservative parts of the country would have fewer social pathologies than the liberal parts of the country. They don’t.

But having said all that, I’m delighted that Santorum is making a splash in this presidential campaign. He is far closer to developing a new 21st-century philosophy of government than most leaders out there.

One of Santorum’s strengths is that he understands that a nation isn’t just an agglomeration of individuals; it’s a fabric of social relationships. In his 2005 book, “It Takes a Family,” he had chapters on economic capital as well as social capital, moral capital, cultural capital and intellectual capital. He presents an extended argument against radical individualism. “Just as original sin is man’s inclination to try to walk alone without God, individualism is man’s inclination to try to walk alone among his fellows,” he writes.

Communities breed character. Santorum argues that government cannot be agnostic about the character of its citizens because the less disciplined the people are, the more government must step in to provide order.

His political philosophy is built around the Catholic concept of subsidiarity — that everything should be done at the lowest possible level. That produces a limited role for Washington, but still an important one.

Over the years, Santorum has sought to use the federal government to nurture healthy communities. Welfare reform, which he helped lead, was a paternalistic way to use state power to encourage hard work.

He seeks to triple the size of the child tax credit, to make families more financially secure. He has supported flex time and transportation policies to make life easier for working parents. After initial opposition, he came to support AmeriCorps, the federal community service program.

Santorum believes Head Start should teach manners to children. He has supported efforts to police the airwaves and corporate marketing campaigns. He believes that felons should recover the right to vote if they stay out of trouble for five years after their release from prison.

Santorum’s policies on tax reform, entitlement reform and the other big issues are similar to Mitt Romney’s and most of the other Republican candidates. But he seems to understand that simply cutting is not enough to build a healthy society. To avert decline, America has to restore its values.

Santorum understands that we have to fuse economics talk and values talk. But he hasn’t appreciated that the biggest challenge to stable families, healthy communities and the other seedbeds of virtue is not coastal elites. It’s technological change; it’s globalization; it’s personal mobility and expanded opportunity; it’s an information-age economy built on self-transformation and perpetual rebranding instead of fixed inner character. It is the very forces that give us the dynamism and opportunities in the first place.

Santorum doesn’t yet see that once you start thinking about how to foster an economic system that would nurture our virtues, you wind up with an agenda far more drastic and transformational.

If you believe in the dignity of labor, it makes sense to support an infrastructure program that allows more people to practice the habits of industry. If you believe in personal responsibility, you have to force Americans to receive only as much government as they are willing to pay for. If you believe in the centrality of family, you have to have a government that both encourages marriage and also supplies wage subsidies to men to make them marriageable.

If you believe social trust is the precondition for a healthy society, you have to have a simplified tax code that inspires trust instead of degrading it. If you believe that firm attachments and stable relationships build human capital, you had better offer early education for children in disorganized neighborhoods. If you want capitalists thinking for the long term and getting the most out of their workers, you have to encourage companies to be more deeply rooted in local communities rather than just free-floating instruments of capital markets.

I doubt Santorum is going to win the nomination. Main Street Republicans like Romney usually beat social conservatives like Santorum because there are just so many more of them in the Republican electorate. But social conservatives and libertarians often provide the ideas that Main Street leaders co-opt.

America is creative because of its moral materialism — when social values and economic ambitions get down in the mosh pit and dance. Santorum is in the fray.

 

When I sent it to my Grandfather, he told me that he didn’t think Santorum could win the Presidential nomination. Unfortunately, I have to agree with him. I strong believe, however, that he is way better than Gingrich or Romney.

This is my response to my Grandfather’s email (sorry for the weird formatting):

I really like Santorum. A lot of people (**cough** liberals) dislike him because he has a very strong, Catholic faith and he lets people know that. He doesn’t separate his faith from his politics, because it is essentially impossible to do so. What kind of Christians would we be (would Santorum be) if we practiced our faith in private but acted differently once in the public sphere? Santorum would be a horrible Christian and wouldn’t be able to be taken seriously. He has my vote. I pray that America wakes up. I pray that conservatives realize what a risk it is to nominate Romney or Gingrich. Neither of them have great track records, nor are they true conservatives. Look at Romney… legalized gay marriage in Mass. Passed a pro-choice bill, was pro-choice but now realizes he’s Pro-Life? How can we trust him? He passed RomneyCare, but disliked ObamaCare which was influenced by his health plan in Mass? It would be an illogical decision to nominate him as a Pres. candidate under conservative values. And Gingrich just has a lot of personal issues. Too much baggage, too much uncertainty.

Time to pray folks. Pray for the candidate that is going to help restore conservative values to this great nation!

~Lucy

Help is Not on the Way

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Church/Default.aspx?id=1472222&fb_comment_id=fbc_10150390555149785_19456400_10150390859344785#f35be8b48

Why is it that Catholics (and other Pro-Life, Christian churches) are seen as horrid and damnifying simply because they do not condone abortion?

Jesus taught us all to help those less fortunate than us, to help the poor and needy, the sick and hungry. He calls us to help the hurt and the suffering.

That is exactly what the Catholic church was attempting to do when it requested the money to help victims of human trafficking. BUT. Because they would not provide abortion services or birth control, the Catholic church was denied the money and it was redistributed to various other organizations who would probably inflict more hurt and pain upon those victims through abortions.

I would be interested to see what these other institutions are that received the money. They might think that they are looking out for the best interests of trafficking victims, but they are not.

Those individuals (mostly women I’m going to assume) have already been beaten, humiliated, raped, and worse. They have been exposed to psychological damaging circumstances. And the government feels that the best way to deal with these issues is to provide them with abortions? Which are also physically and emotionally scarring?

It’s like they’re saying, “You’ve probably been through heck and back. But hey! What’s one more traumatizing event? We’ll abort your baby for you and now not only will you have to deal with the memories of your trafficking experience but also of your baby who will never experience life.”

That’s great.

Sorry to be so blunt and crude, but this is reality. No point in trying to hide it or make it into something it’s not. The issue of abortion is not about sunshine and rainbows. It’s about murder, taking the life of an innocent being without any regard. It’s so incredibly disturbing.

~Lucy

“And the King will answer, ‘In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.'”
“Then he will answer, ‘In truth I tell you, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me.'” (Matthew 25: 40 & 45)

My Parents!

In criminology, we are learning about what might cause people to engage in illegal behavior and violent/white-collar crime. One of the theories we studied talks about the types of bonds that delinquents lack; one of those bonds is a close relationship with their parents. And so, I am going to brag about my parents.

They are the best parents a girl could ever ask for.

They are great listeners.

I can tell them anything and everything.

They give it to me straight. They tell me the truth, the brutally honest truth, whether I want to hear it or not. Who wants someone who tells you what you want to hear all the time?

They are patient, and kind, considerate, and compassionate.

They have been great role models to my sisters and me.

My parents live their life, their marriage, in God. Nothing happens without Him, and I’ve learned that through them.

They have great, conservative morals and values.

They respect all human life, from conception to natural death.

I hope that one day I can find a guy half as great as my dad. (And that will still be pretty great!)

Mom and Dad would do anything for anyone.

They have great relationships with their parents. I hope that I can be as great a parent to my children as they have been to me.

They give me so much.

They support me in everything that I do. They want me to be great!

They are beautiful people. 🙂

I would rather spend the night with my parents and my two little sisters than go out on the town with my friends. I am a rather big homebody.

We have so much fun together.

They make me laugh. They make me smile when I’m sad.

My parents give great advice.

They know when I’m feeling down, even if I try my hardest to hide it.

I would not be the person I am without my Mommy and Daddy.

They are smart. They are hardworking.

They have great laughs, the kind of laugh that is addicting, and I can’t ever help but laugh along with them.

They taught me what is right and wrong.

They taught me to put others before myself.

They taught me to love with all my heart. To never settle for mediocrity. To be the best I can possibly be.

They tell me I’m beautiful, even when I feel ugly.

They love me unconditionally, despite all my flaws. And I love them unconditionally.

We fight. We argue. We yell. We don’t always see eye to eye. We need our personal space. But at the end of the day, my parents are my best friends. I would not be the person I am today without them, and for that I am so eternally grateful.

I thank God every night for them.

Love you Mom and Dad!

~Lucy

Why Can’t It Be Different

I’m going to switch this post up a bit. Instead of ranting on about the politics of today’s world, I think I’m going to write a little post about my life.

I recently just broke up with my boyfriend of a… wait for it….. whomping two whole months!! I know, I know. I live a dangerous dating life.

Nevertheless, I am sad that it has ended. I’ve like this guy for many many months now (more than I will admit to you folk), and when we finally started dating I was super-duper excited. And of course I thought it would last more than two months… It didn’t.

Plus, seeing as we are both Resident Advisers in the same residence hall, our little fling was a bit illegal. It was a closet, under the table, sort of relationship. Definitely not exactly what one might call “healthy.”

We bickered somewhat often. He never took me on a date. We could somewhat hold a conversation, but nothing too serious. We didn’t have the same outlooks on life. We didn’t share the same values. We didn’t care about the same politics (meaning, he didn’t care about politics at all). We didn’t have the same interests; he was a video game person… I couldn’t care less. He doesn’t know what he wants in his future. I know exactly (or so I think) what I want. He didn’t know what he wanted in the relationship. I knew I wanted more.

And at this point your asking… Lucy, what did you have in common? What attracted you to each other? NO IDEA.

Still, I am sitting here in my dorm room, quite sad. And I’m trying to figure out why.

What have I lost really? I’m still healthy. I still have God. I still have my family, my friends. My sanity.

Perhaps I’m sad for superficial reasons. Maybe I just liked the idea of having a boyfriend, even if he wasn’t exactly up to par. I could definitely fit in with my friends better, seeing as all of them except for 2 are dating someone.

Maybe I’m sad because I wasn’t the oddball out in our group and now I am again.

I know it’s not their fault, but sometimes my friends make me angry. When the group of us hang out, there’s always PDA, almost to the point where I either 1) tell them to knock it off because it’s disgusting or 2) just get up and leave because I can’t take it anymore.

I realize this could be me being too uptight or too selfish or too self-pitying, but sometimes I feel like my friends are just flaunting their relationships in front of me, almost like a “Hey. I’ve got someone. Where’s yours?” kinda thing. I know that sounds ridiculous… I know I know. And I hate that I’m even thinking it, but our dinner conversations consist of their boyfriends and girlfriends, of them holding hands with each other and kissing and, I don’t know, being flirty and all PDA-y. Of course, I’m fine with listening. I’m glad my friends are happy. Sometimes though, I don’t care. Can anyone empathize with me on this?

Even though I’m saying and thinking these things, I do know one thing: God has someone so special out there for me that I can’t even imagine him. I hate that I have to be so patient! I hate that I don’t know when I will meet him, or how I will meet him. I wish I could have him right now. God has different plans. I have a lot more growing up to do. I have many things to accomplish before I get to meet my special someone.

I complain a lot. I whine. I feel sorry for myself. I cry and scream and ask “Why me?” I pray to God for someone. But at the end of the day, even though I don’t want to admit it, I know that I have a fantastic life. And the only person I NEED in my life is God and my family. He will provide all the rest. It all comes down to PATIENCE. Ugh… that horrible word! It’s SO HARD!

I know that God will help me through anything. I know that God will give me exactly what I need, but not necessarily what I want. I know that it comes down to God. I can do nothing without God in my life.

My prayer for you and for me is this: That we may trust in God to help us get through the difficult things in life. That he grants us with the patience and understanding to realize that God does have a plan for our lives; we will find out sooner or later what it is. I pray that God helps us wait for the person we are supposed to spend the rest of our lives with. I pray that He helps that other person wait for us. We should make the most out of our lives and stop feeling sorry for ourselves. I pray that we do everything for the glory of God in the Highest. Amen.

~Lucy

What’s Marriage to You?

Hey y’all! Happy September. Can’t believe August is over already. It just flew by.

I know it’s been a bit since my last post, and for that I am extremely sorry. I’m sprinting trying to keep up with school and life, but I’m doing my best. Hope y’alls week is going fantastically 🙂

Just a quick follow up on my classes…. Problems with American Democracy is going to be hard. Law and Justice is going to be hard. Criminology is going to be hard, but that’s the class I am most excited about.  It’s going to be a rough semester, let me tell you folks. But I promise if anything interesting happens, I will tell you. Unfortunately, nothing interesting has happened yet. It’s in that dry, introductory phase still. Yeah, I know… Lame.

Anyways. The Republican Presidential candidates are going to be debating on Sept. 7, Wed. I am actually REALLY excited. I missed the last one (*sigh*), but I don’t plan on missing this one. And you can bet your bottom there will be a post afterwards, so be ready.

Found this really awesome article this afternoon. http://www.catholic.org/hf/family/story.php?id=42620

I would ask that you check it out. The article is about family and how, in this post-modern era, so many woman do not want a husband or children because it hinders their independence, or “freedom to be selfish.” It always makes me kind of sad when I hear my peers (mostly girls) talk about how they don’t want children. Or they don’t believe in marriage; they want to keep their freedom, their independence, their happiness.

But I agree with the author. I want to be married because I want to keep my happiness, I want to stay independent. I don’t think you lose anything when you get married and have children. Sure, things change. But life is about change. What you gain is more important. You gain love, happiness, innocence, knowledge.

I look forward to that time in my life when I find the man I want to spend my entire life with. I look forward to the time when God blesses him and me with children. It makes me all smiley every time I think about it. I hope that someday these women realize that what you gain with marriage and children is more than you could ever lose.

~Lucy

Campus Ministry Drops “Christ”

Let me ask y’all one question. How can you have a campus christian ministry, that preaches the great word of God, that is ashamed of having Christ in the ministry’s name?

Ya can’t.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/07/21/campus-ministry-drops-christ-from-name/?test=latestnews

I find this story very interesting because there is a Campus Crusades for Christ at my university. They are huge, in fact. I believe that it is the biggest  Christian student organization on campus. And I will see first hand the decision to change its name to “Cru.”

Cru. What is Cru? It’s absolutely nothing. It’s meaningless.

The Vice President was interviewed in this article about the name change. The group’s decision to change its name is laughable.

Let’s go through the reasons.

  • The name was getting in the way of accomplishing their mission. (Which is? How was it getting in the way?)
  • Christians and non-Christians like were being alienated by the name (By the name of Christ? Which is who you preach for? Interesting… And why were they feeling alienated? In what ways?)
  • Overseas sensitivity (Sensitivities to what? Sellers doesn’t expand on this point.)
  • It was becoming a hindrance because people were referring it back to the middle ages- forcing Christianity on the world (Christ’s name as a hindrance? I would like to know how many people feel offended hearing the word “crusade”)
  • Taking Christ out of their name would help them more effectively serve their mission and teach the Gospels
  • It will enable them to have conversations with people who would otherwise be turned off by a more “overtly Christian name.”
This last point that Sellers makes is extremely laughable. They cry, “Oh. Taking Christ out of our name doesn’t change our mission!” Well, it kind of does. It seems as if the Campus Crusades for Christ is embarrassed by having Christ in their name. They’re a bunch of pansies. They’re cowardly. They’re being oh so politically correct. They’ve completely lost it.
They are no longer a voice for the Word of God or for Christ. Jesus said, “For is anyone is ashamed of me and my words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when he comes in his own glory and in the glory of the Father and his holy angels.” (Luke 9:26)
“Because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelations 3:16)
The former Campus Crusades for Christ are lukewarm. They are ashamed of Jesus and his word. They are pitiful beings with no spines. I hope they receive a wake up call soon.
And I do hope and pray that students at my university will look for a new ministry that is more committed to Jesus Christ. Maybe the Catholic Campus Ministry. 🙂
~Lucy

Atheists Challenge “Seven in Heaven”

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/07/06/atheists-oppose-heaven-on-new-york-street-sign/?hpt=hp_t2

My goodness. As if we don’t have more important things to worry about.

New York City has put up a street sign (Seven in Heaven Way) to commemorate seven firefighters who died on September 11, 2001 trying to save the victims in the Twin Towers.

A group of atheists, New York City Atheists, has challenged the street sign, saying it’s in violation of the separation between church and state. They are prepared to sue if the city does not change the sign. Their proposal: “We Remember the 7-911.”

How lame is that name? It shows no emotion. If the families of those firefighters had an issue with the sign, I might lean more towards taking it down. But it doesn’t seem they do.

The group also claimed that “heaven” is a “clear reference to Christianity.” It may be, but Judaism and Islam also believe in a heaven and refer to it as “heaven.” So the group is false in claiming it is only a reference to Christianity.

I hope and pray to God that NYC does not change the name of that street sign. I think it’s a great reflection of the morals and values our country was founded upon. It the group sues the city, I pray to God that the judge sees that it’s not in violation of the separation of church and state. It’s what our country is. The sign is honoring those firefighters in a respectful, powerful way, acknowledging the good that they did brought them to eternal bliss is heaven.

~Lucy

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven: whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19)
 

 

 

 

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