Some weeks ago I listened to a conversation between Dr. James Dobson and Sean Hanity on the Sean Hanity Radio Show. The debate was over Dr. Dobson's revelation that he would not be able to endorse Rudy Giuliani if he became the Republican candidate for president. Sean Hanity argued the point that Giuliani would be a better person to preserve our conservative principles than Hillary Clinton or Barrak Obama and Dr. Dobson's refusal to support Giuliani would mean a Clinton presidency. Hanity's argument was that even though Dr. Dobson had serious objections to Giuliani's moral record he should still support him because the alternative would be worse.
Listening to Sean Hanity's arguments proved to me that it wasn't James Dobson that didn't get it; it was Sean Hanity that doesn't get it! As a matter of fact, I have come to realize that the entire Republican Party doesn't get it! The Republican Party has forgotten that the conservative philosophies that make up the foundation of our party are anchored in the moral principles that this nation was founded upon and if you abandon that moral foundation it will be impossible to maintain our conservative principles in the long term. Already many Republicans are not looking for the candidate that best upholds our conservative principles instead they are looking for the person they think has the best chance of beating Hillary or Obama in November. I have already heard the argument that we Republicans are going to have to compromise some of our ardent moral principles if we are going to be able to compete in future elections. Many Republicans believe that it is worth giving up on abortion and homosexual issues in exchange for conservative economic and political issues. My question is, if we do abandon our moral principles in exchange for a more conservative secular agenda, what will we have? How will a non-moral Republican president be any different than a non-moral Democrat president?
If you look back at the Clinton presidency you will see that when it came to the economy and foreign relations our country actually grew both economically and politically on his watch. You are going to hear a lot in the general election about what a great president Bill Clinton was and how much good he did for our nation during his term. What you are not going to hear however is how much moral decay we experienced during his 8 years in office. Today, oral sex is not considered sex by most adolescents that are already becoming sexually active in their pre-teen years. Another contribution of Bill Clinton presidency is that now it doesn't matter what our president does in his personal life as long as he does a good job. The killing of innocent babies gained so much ground during his term that the chances of turning the Roe verses Wade decision is now become an insurmountable task. And I can go on and on about the moral decay of our nation, homes, children, and churches since Bill Clinton became president.
To underestimate the power of the president to influence morality in our nation is to make a life altering mistake and to think that we can maintain our conservative values apart from morality is an equally life altering mistake.
George Washington warned in his farewell address that "reason and experience both forbid us to expect that we can maintain our national morality without almighty God and His Holy Bible". What Sean Hanity and the Republican machine can't seem to wrap their brain around is that the lack of morality will destroy our conservative principles and if you are paying attention, has already destroyed a good portion of those principles. What James Dobson was trying to get Sean to see was that even though Rudy Giuliani looked like a better candidate than Hillary Clinton, in reality they were the same. If we are to have any hope of maintaining our conservative Republican principles then we must make up our mind and insist on a candidate that will uphold the moral principles our nation was founded upon in word and deed.
In 1787, when the Constitutional Convention had come to a place where it appeared that no agreement could be reached between the Federalist and Anti-Federalist, Benjamin Franklin rose and reminded those in attendance "….In the beginning of the conflict with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had prayers in this very room for divine protection, our prayers were heard and graciously answered. All of us engaged in this struggle experienced frequent instances of a super-intending providence in our favor. Have we now forgotten this powerful friend, or do we now imagine that we no longer need His assistance…." I believe that Republicans need to revisit Mr. Franklin's reminder and challenge and realize that without morality our conservative principles that we hold so near and dear will be lost forever.