Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels took some pretty big hits a couple of years ago when he suggested that Republicans take a break on social issues for a while to focus on the monstrosity that our socialist-leaning economy had become. Many conservative voters took this as a cue that Governor Daniels could not be trusted to lead, and in my opinion this misstep was enough to derail his Presidential hopes. Today, Governor Daniels may be regretting his moment of candor because his advice seems to have been needless, because as a party the Republicans were already on the road to shelving social causes in favor of righting our floundering economic ship.
However, just because the political leaders of our party have filed away their concern over certain social issues, does that mean the voters who populate the party have? Any casual observer might think so, what with the prevalence of the Tea Party and its focus on being “taxed enough already”. Our party’s leaders are likely even thankful for this economic turn of events, because they play to our party’s electorate “strengths”, like lower taxes. It also allows our leaders to glaze over issues which they may see as a weakness, for example, our party’s stances on social concerns which chase away independent and “moderate” voters.
While our politicians may “forget” to talk about their stance on social issues we, the conservative voter, must remember to voice our beliefs. For me this comes down to one social issue more than any other, because of the heinous nature and proportion of the crime. It is also directly addressed in our Declaration of Independence – abortion.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
As the electorate in a heated primary season, we must not allow our political leaders to sidestep this most important issue. We must hold their feet to the fire and demand that they articulate their position on the question of life. Since 1973 when the Supreme Court paved the way for abortion to become legal and “barely” regulated around the country over 50 million children have been slaughtered. We look at history and rightly label Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Nero and others – monsters… what will our descendants say of us if we continue to allow the legalized murder of so many millions? As candidate Ron Paul says “If we can’t protect life, how can we protect liberty?” In 2012 research the candidates then choose one who will staunchly support the pro-life end abortion movement.