"You can't be a fiscal conservative and not be a social conservative."
--- U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, (R-SC), arguing that moral decline has had fed the growth of government. Fox News, November 9, 2010.
I agree with Sen. DeMint. I disagree with the Tea Party Patriot organization and other in the Tea Party Movement that we focus exclusively on fiscal matters, as important as those are. Their emphasis and focus is strictly on fiscal issues and they shun social issues. I think they do a good work up to a point. However, they are missing a key ingredient of Conservatism, the social issues. This is what separates conservatives from libertarians or liberals.
In a February 2011 CitizenLink.com article, "Cost of Discipleship," DeMint is quoted as saying, “I think, increasingly, while some are calling for a separation of the social and fiscal issues, more and more people realize that [many] of our fiscal problems in this country are related to the breakdown of families, unwed births, as well as other problems, such as school dropout, drug use, juvenile delinquency,” he said. “You cannot really ignore it if you are a fiscal conservative. We need to recognize that good social policy is really important to the fabric of our country.”
We currently have a wicked social policy. We have big government who wants be God. DeMint is further quoted, “American believers know that their rights come from God, and they sense that our government is trying to displace God as the rights giver. People are not coming to ask the government to become more religious — or even to promote morality — but to stop promoting immorality and to stop purging faith from the private sector.”
It behooves Americans to listen to a true statesman, a true leader, Senator DeMint. What a contrast he is to the person who currently occupies the White House!