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Some Good Some Bad

I have a late start to my day today. I’m sitting at my desk, drinking my cup of coffee, going through my emails and doing miscellaneous schoolwork/real work stuff. If I have time for all of that, I certainly have time for a post!

Did ya hear? Rick Santorum came out on top in Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado. WOW! Props to him. I really think he will come out of this race on top. (Fingers crossed and lips praying!)

And kind of interestingly, Mitt Romney is accusing Santorum of not being a conservative. (Look who’s talking!) But Santorum doesn’t let Romney get away with that… “That’s almost laughable for a moderate Massachusetts governor who has been for big-government programs” (Fox and Friends).

Here is the article on Santorum’s wins this week.

Up until now, Santorum hasn’t had to take A LOT of heat. Romney and Gingrich have  been too preoccupied with each other to pay much attention to Santorum (or Paul for that matter). But now that Rick Santorum is proving that he is an eligible candidate for the presidency, Romney (and probably Gingrich) will give it all their might and fight to discredit him.

 

Proposition 8 (the California law banning gay “marriage”) has been thrown out by a panel of 3 judges on the federal appeals court. Proposition 8 passed by a vote of 52%-48% by California citizens…

It was overturned because the proposition violated he equal protection rights of same-sex couples and violated the due process clause. It violated the Constitution.

My question is this: Where in the federal constitution does it say that anyone has a right to marriage? Where in the constitution does it say that same-sex couples have a right to marry? How does it violate the due process clause of the 14th amendment?!

The Due Process clause states that the government (state and local) may not take away its citizens life, liberty, or property without ensuring fairness. It essentially made the Bill of Rights applicable to state governments.

Is marriage states in the Due Process clause? Nope. Is the California government denying people the right to life with Proposition 8? I don’t think so… Is the CA government denying people the right to liberty? Not particularly. Is the CA government denying people the right to property? Noooo.

So what is the problem with Proposition 8 then? We’ve pretty much just disproved the excuse of it violating the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment. Marriage is a privilege, not a right, so Proposition 8 can’t take away a right where none existed in the first place.

As with the equal protection clause, gay people aren’t being denied rights nor are they being mistreated. Just because the government wants to uphold marriage between one man and one woman doesn’t mean they are taking away the rights of people. They are still being protected under the US Constitution and the CA constitution. They still have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (property).

But because our country’s morals are kind of going down the drain, a panel of 3 judges were able to overturn a law that the PEOPLE, the CITIZENS, of California voted to enact. That seems a little bit backwards to me. If you want to read up on the decision, here is the article.

 

Big stuff in the news today. I wonder what will happen tomorrow!

Have a great Wednesday everyone! Take some YOU time 🙂

~Lucy

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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

No Kidding Here

Facebook is a forum for politics. Facebook is a forum for LIBERAL politics.

The issue that I see the most of is gay marriage. Shocking.

One of my FB friends posted this on their wall. Describing it with: “Potential presidential candidate? Are you kidding me?”

 

To this post I respond…

Our PRESIDENT? Are YOU kidding ME?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6-e-pxc7gY (Let’s golf.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSEp77-NKE8&feature=channel_video_title (“Where [Congress] won’t act, I will.” Pretty sure that’s not how it works, but ok.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjiXrMR022Y&feature=relmfu (PASS IT RIGHT AWAY!!! You should pass this jobs plan right away. We need to pass this bill. Everything will be paid for. YAY! It’s free!)

 

So yeah… Really tempted to post the same video but praise Santorum’s remarks. Is that too obvious??

This is the time when Christians need to stand up for what we KNOW to be true. There is an ultimate truth. We need to be brave enough to take our stance and NOT back down. Be strong! Be vigilant. Pray for God’s help, for him to help you speak the right words, to discern when it’s time to speak.

Challenge the status quo! We don’t have to go with the flow! We don’t have to back down to liberals!

I’ll pray for all of you. Please pray for me.

~Lucy

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