July 1, 2005

Rick Santorum: It Takes a Family

Reserve your copy of Sen. Rick Santorum new book It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good.
It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good is the first book by Rick Santorum. Throughout, Senator Santorum emphasizes that it is the family and not the federal government that must be at the center of an ordered and just society. To advance the Common Good, public policy must act in accordance with this truth. It Takes a Family will reinforce Senator Santorum’s role as the leader of reform minded conservatives in America.
Here is a little sample of the preface of It Takes a Family...
Unlike most congressional Republicans, I represented a lot of people who were poor, but with rich traditions; bitter, but still proud. They also, increasingly, didn’t have much hope. My main district office was in the heart of one of those mill towns, McKeesport. Almost every day my staff and I dealt with chronic problems of poverty and despair that were the result of economic dislocation that was only made worse by a liberal vision of how to return these areas to their former glory. The liberal vision wasn’t working. So what was the conservative vision? What was my vision?

I came to the uncomfortable realization that conservatives were not only reluctant to spend government dollars on the poor: they hadn’t even thought much about what might work better. I often described my conservative colleagues during that time as simply “cheap liberals.” My own economically modest personal background and my faith had taught me to care for those less fortunate, but I too had not yet given much thought to the proper role of government in this mission.
Dr. Laura C. Schlessinger ...
“In this era of adult self-centered behavior, minimally concerned with the well-being of children, this book is a welcome response. I am amazed at the depth and breadth of information, wisdom, and sensitivity. This is the book that will soften people’s hearts to the blessing of commitment to family values.”
Capitol Buzz has read the first 39 pages of Santorum book ...
Santorum's argument (after reading the first 39 pages) is that if you're in a relationship and living with that person outside of marriage, you're a threat to society -- doesn't make a difference if you're gay, straight, bi, whatever. If you don't have a ton of kids, you're a threat to society because it will be easier for your marriage to unravel, etc.

We'll be posting some excerpts from the book over the next few days but we will tell you one thing: Santorum makes at least three references to the Lord of the Rings movies in the first 39 pages of the book so that tells you a little about where he gets his "scholarly" ideas.
For $17.50 you can read the Preacher Senator Rick Santorum sermonize advocate conservatives family values. Or, you can wait in till the book goes on sale. Buy one wing nut book and get the next one 70% or 90% off. Or, you can wait in till Santorum loses this Senate seat in 2006. In which he will personally give this presidential book away for free.

2 Comments:

At July 01, 2005 10:51 AM, Blogger DC Chak said...

"My main district office was in the heart of one of those mill towns, McKeesport. Almost every day my staff and I dealt with chronic problems of poverty and despair that were the result of economic dislocation that was only made worse by a liberal vision of how to return these areas to their former glory. The liberal vision wasn’t working. So what was the conservative vision? What was my vision?"

Aren't they still asking that in McKeesport? And, for that matter, much of population losing Pennsylvania?

 
At July 13, 2005 7:16 AM, Blogger Z said...

Let me tell you what he's all about - I work in workforce development, ie. retraining people to go back to work. Satan, er, Santorum's method has been to systematically reduce funding for adult and dislocated workers over the past four year period. How can we grow an economy...and mind you no one ever said we want to regrow the same old industrial base...when all of the funding in which to train people FOR growth industries is reduced to zero and what's left is met with such restriction that you serve only a small percentage of the population?????? The man is evil incarnate.

 

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