Sunday, December 2, 2012

Destroy the family, and you destroy society." (V. I. Lenin)

Destroy the family, and you destroy society." 
(V. I. Lenin)

From Ken Connor at in Restoring the Foundations of Civil Society:

"Family defines continuity. Enough families taken together form a community. The common culture of the community is a multi-generational heritage that shapes the identities of their children. Take away the family and you have rootless individuals looking for tribes to affiliate with, clumping in artificial groups based on some common characteristic and economic interest. And that is the Democratic Party."

Defending the family as the foundation of civil society has been a hallmark of the Republican Party for generations. While we champion the importance of individualism as it pertains to economic liberty and political freedom, we understand that the bonds of hearth and home are essential to the formation of virtuous citizens and are what makes our country strong. It is our families, neighbors, churches, and other vital human relationships that unify us, not our Social Security numbers. If the Obama campaign machine and the larger Democratic Party organization are correct however, and America's fundamental identity is shifting from "one nation under God" to "many tribes under Caesar," then the implications for America's future are dire.

It is undeniable that America's unparalleled diversity has contributed greatly to our strength as a nation. The success of our democratic experiment rests on our recognition that all men are created equal regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or religion. This collective recognition of our God-given liberties and the embrace of traditional norms and values are what enable our diverse multitudes to thrive as one nation. E pluribus, unum – out of many, one. If we reject everything that binds us together in favor of a ghettoized existence in which the only constant is the omnipotent hand of Uncle Sam, our nation as we know it cannot survive. Perhaps this is what the Democratic Party wants. Perhaps a loose collective of competing interest groups with no loyalty to anything but the federal government is exactly the kind of America they envision. It is certainly the kind of America that will vote the blue ballot every election day.