The Right Opinion

A Missed Opportunity

By Ken Blackwell · Jan. 30, 2012

The official Republican response to the President’s State of the Union Address was fine – as far as it went. But Gov. Mitch Daniels missed a golden opportunity to put before the American people a better vision of family, faith, and freedom.

Interestingly, the only mention of family in Gov. Daniels' response was his praise for President Obama’s own family. Let me stipulate: The Obama family is a model family, apparently devoted to one another. The president even lives happily under the same roof with his mother-in-law. Now, that’s devotion.

But Gov. Daniels could have noted that the policies of the Obama administration are the most antagonistic to the family of any administration in history. This is a fact. With 42% of American children born out-of-wedlock, a tragedy of fatherlessness is being visited on millions of homes. Bill Bennett rightly calls this “the broken hearth.” And broken hearths lead to broken hearts.

Does the president address this in his budget? No. Instead, he gives hundreds of millions to Planned Parenthood, the world’s leading trafficker in abortion. We know that the more sexual contacts young people have prior to marriage, the more likely they are never to marry, or to divorce after marriage. You cannot be pro-family and shovel money at this evil enterprise. This is one shovel-ready project we should reject.

Yet, President Obama has told Speaker Boehner that any cut in federal funds for Planned Parenthood is “a non-starter.” President Obama has relentlessly pushed abortion at home and abroad. Obamacare is the most massive expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade. Under Obamacare, health care coverage will include abortion. Thus, we will all be forced to pay for the killing of unborn children.

The president is concerned, he tells us, about education. We must all share that concern. But he has taken over college loans, an unprecedented power grab. He does this even as his administration is menacing the liberty of every private and religious college in America. If your college does not want to push condoms in the dorms or dispense abortion-producing drugs at Student Health, the Obama administration threatens you with action.

Dr. Larry Arnn is president of Hillsdale College, a proud independent college founded by abolitionists in the 1850s. Hillsdale takes no federal funds. Dr. Arnn recently spoke of how the intact family undergirds limited government:

The principles of our country stem from the laws of Nature and Nature’s God. This word “Nature” is full of rich meaning. It comes from the Latin word for birth, so of course the nature of man, and natural rights must be understood to include the process of begetting and growth by which human beings come to be…If families do not raise children, then the government will. What then becomes of limited government?

I offer Dr. Arnn’s eloquent analysis to President Obama. That terrible figure of 42% out-of-wedlock births shows up the false promises of those who said that abortion-on-demand would end welfare and poverty. When they said that, the out-of-wedlock birthrate was less than half what it is today.

Social scientist Charles Murray has written a new book, Coming Apart, in which he shows that the dream of upward mobility for millions is being lost. In this important work, he shows that marriage and religion are central to the economic well-being of millions of Americans.

The Obama administration is actively hostile to marriage, refusing even to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. That law was passed by a Democratic Congress and signed by a Democratic president. And Mr. Obama’s administration is seeking suppress the conscience rights of millions – including Catholics, Evangelicals, Lutherans, and Orthodox Jews. His radical demand that every federally-supported institution in the country dispense abortifacients is a grave threat to religious liberty.

To the fires of social discord this administration is adding fuel. To those on the lower rungs of life’s ladder, asserting their God-given right to rise, this administration is breaking the first rungs. These are the issues I’d like to see both of our major parties address in 2012.


TruthInAction in TX said:

"Non starter"? Great. May be the best way towards financial recovery.

Monday, January 30, 2012 at 6:10 AM

wjm in Colorado said:

Watch for the implementaion of the Obamao Youth Program, where the indoctrinated cretins can snitch on their consevative parents. Wards of the State to keep watch on us all. Far fetched you say? Vote for the democrats, and watch the rise of the fourth Reich!

Monday, January 30, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Craig Price said:

The demise of marriage, and thus the family , has a lot more to do with govt. idiocy than religion/abortion.It is financially dumb to get married under our welfare,food stamp, and subsidized housing, (etc, etc, etc forever) rules.IT'S THE GOVT THAT IS ALWAYS THE PROBLEM. JUST LIKE THE HOUSING "CRISIS" WAS BROUGHT ON BY GOVT STUPIDITY, NOT BANKS CHEATING, ETC.THANKS, BARNEY FRANK,(AND OTHERS).WHEN SOMETHING DOESN'T SEEM RIGHT, ALWAYS LOOK FOR THE GOVT CONNECTION AND IT WILL BE THERE EVERY TIME!

Monday, January 30, 2012 at 12:55 PM

billy396 in ohio said:

wjmccrindle: Once again, you've hit the nail on the head. Islam fits in perfectly with Obastard's world view... namely that a totalarian government should have omnipotent and ubiquitous control over every facet of human existence. This "man" is a classic narcissist in every imaginable way. He probably prays to himself every night, since he quite obviously doesn't deem anyone to be his equal in any way. This is the MOST important election in modern history and if the fools that still support this traitor don't wake up, the U.S. will cease to exist as a free country in any way.

Monday, January 30, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Terry Lee Moser said:

Mr Blackwell--Are you advocating more Government handouts for unwed mothers? That has not solved the problem in the past. Why do you think it will solve the problem in th furture? As long as the government pays unwed women to have babies, the birth rates for unwed women will not change. As long as fathers are not held responsible for their children, nothing will change.What do you propose?

Monday, January 30, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Holmes Simons said:

Until politicians and media pundits stop pandering to Obama, the world will never know the truth of the man, who is demonstrably a sociopathic egoist. Mitch Daniels must be on acid. The Obama family, with a racist, homosexual patriarch and a racist, anti-American matriarch, is hardly a "model family" for anything other than extreme dysfunction. "Obama is such a nice guy." "I disagree with his policies, but I like him personally." "He's doing a good job, I just disagree with him." "He is so cool, he just has a different view of America."When I hear a "conservative" politician say these things, I want to vomit.The man by his very words and actions proves daily that he is a duplicitous radical intent on destroying the very essence of America – individual sovereignty and freedom.

Monday, January 30, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming said:

I must have missed the part of the Daniels speech when he called Barry (or what ever the hell his real name is) a communist, which he is.

Monday, January 30, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Rushikesh said:

"All the truth about the Newburgh emaptrnent and bogus plot against NY synagogues isa coming out now." (UTS)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 3:08 PM