Don’t miss Dr. James Dobson’s Opinion piece in today’s New York Times: “The Values Test.” He writes about the decision that was reached by a subgroup within the Council for National Policy. He writes:
“If neither of the two major political parties nominates an individual who pledges himself or herself to the sanctity of human life, we will join others in voting for a minor-party candidate. . .
“I firmly believe that the selection of a president should begin with a recommitment to traditional moral values and beliefs. Those include the sanctity of human life, the institution of marriage, and other inviolable pro-family principles. Only after that determination is made can the acceptability of a nominee be assessed.
“The other approach, which I find problematic, is to choose a candidate according to the likelihood of electoral success or failure. Polls don’t measure right and wrong; voting according to the possibility of winning or losing can lead directly to the compromise of one’s principles. In the present political climate, it could result in the abandonment of cherished beliefs that conservative Christians have promoted and defended for decades. Winning the presidential election is vitally important, but not at the expense of what we hold most dear.”
I am hoping that it won’t come to this. Pundits in the media are declaring that Religious Conservatives are splintering. I don’t think this is the case at all. If the Republicans nominate Rudy Giuliani for President, everyone will see that Religious Conservatives will be fairly unified in removing their support from the Republican nominee.
The group that is most at risk of splintering in the near future is not Religious Conservatives; it’s the coalition of voters that elected a Republican for President for two straight terms. If the Republicans choose Giuliani, that coalition will be history.
(HT: Sam Hodges)