Morality and the Economy

No Separating the Two

The next election should be all about the economy, right? Wrong in spades!

Listen Now | Download

Chuck  Colson

During the seemingly endless build-up to the Iowa caucuses, there was one consistent refrain repeated over and over. It’s like the big lie — the more you keep repeating it, the more people are going to believe it, but it remains a lie.

The lie was simply this: that the political parties have to choose between social issues and economic issues. This year, the media and the party machines are telling us ad nauseam that the only issue that matters is the economy.

So any candidate who wants to win the White House should just shut up about things like marriage, the sanctity of life, religious liberty, and those other annoying issues that distract us from focusing on jobs and the economy.

But that’s crazy! Doesn’t anybody get the connection between the social issues and economics issues?

One candidate who does, Rick Santorum had the courage to link the two in a recent Iowa town hall meeting. (And before I go on, please, folks, I’m not endorsing him or anyone. I never do.)

Here’s what Senator Santorum said:

“Yes, [the election is] about growth and the economy, [but] it’s also about what is at the core of our country . . . faith and family. You can’t have a strong economy, you can’t have limited government if the family is breaking down and we don’t live good, moral, and decent lives.”

Precisely right. And what does he get for his remarks? Backhanded compliments for his showing in Iowa and a stern warning from, among others, the conservative National Review:

Here’s what the National Review wrote online: “In a general election…where the focus is almost certainly going to be on economic issues, it is questionable whether Santorum’s relentless focus on social issues will play well with independent voters, especially in the crucial suburbs.”

Hogwash. If the nation’s current economic crisis has taught us anything, it’s that a healthy economy cannot thrive in the midst of moral breakdown. Ethical failures on Wall Street, Main Street, and Capitol Hill put us into this mess we’re in today, as I’ve said many times before.

But how about some facts? I’ll have the citations for you at BreakPoint.org: Take incarceration rates: something Santorum has alluded to and I’ve seen with my own eyes: “Young men who grow up in homes without fathers are twice as likely to end up in jail as those who come from traditional two-parent families.” And “70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes.”

How about education? 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. And children from low-income, two-parent families outperform students from high-income, single-parent homes.

I could go on and on.

Do you think that crime rates, incarceration, low educational achievement, out of wedlock births, affect the economy and government spending? Of course they do, and the statistics prove this!

If you want a healthy, thriving economy you’ve got to have a strong moral societal foundation. And any so-called “conservatives” who think otherwise are simply deluding themselves; the two issues simply can’t be separated

As Christians, we can’t buy into the lie that we can separate economic prosperity from moral behavior. And we can’t be afraid to hold the candidates’ feet to the fire on this, either.

Further Reading and Information

Statistics on Fatherless Children in America
Wayne Parker | About.com

Rick Santorum in Altoona, Iowa
Rick Santorum | C-Span Video Library | January2,2012




Santorum the only one?
Brother Coulson claims that Santorum is the only one that does so, per paragraph 5; however, Dr. Ron Paul, all his life as a husband, father and medical Doctor, always lived and spoke up to that high moral standard and did so also, ever since entering politics! I personally find it rather insulting on the part of Coulson for ignoring a man that always was the true representative of the Founding Fathers, in words and actions, while Santorum is ready to start another war, instead of doing what the Founding Fathers hopes and dreams were for America to follow for all generations. "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none". By Thomas Jefferson. "Overgrown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty". By George Washington. If America does not soon do what Ron Paul wants to do, which is in pleasing of the Founding Fathers, this nation will continue on the road to hell as a brutal Empire like all previous Empires did!
National health
Why do some people turn to the fallacy of simple solutions? Is it ignorance? Laziness? Confusion? Those who would exclude morality in order to focus on economics as THE ISSUE to concentrate on, are confused! Every aspect of society is important! Every part of the Body Politic must be cleansed, not just the tip of its nose. Morality just happens to be our foundation- the legs and feet we stand on! When it becomes too weak, America will fall with a mighty crash.
The stench and filth that is so evident in our national health is why we are rotting away; we have forgotten the armpits, between the toes,and certainly our ourbackside! Wake up, America! It's time for a TOTAL scrubbing! May God help us.
Strange Bedfellows
Thanks for a much needed article, especially regarding the fact that the MEDIA continues, ad nauseum, to 'push the idea' that it's all about the economy. I truly believe that this is a ploy to keep the focus off of what they are doing by pushing such a radical liberal social agenda in order to keep creating programs that they can 'mine' nuggets of so-called success from the data even as the long-term and overall research shows nearly every socially liberal program to be a dismal failure! They claim they are really 'helping make things better', all the while destroying marriage, families, relationships and people in the wake of the morally bankrupt social programs they push! When this happens they can point to the media and 'mined statistics' to pull the wool over people's eyes (easy to do when many are already 'blinded') and claim the need for more money and more of their great programs (socialism)?!? For more on this, if interested and in line with your article, see the second blog at this URL - http://gdubya31.blogtownhall.com/.

Thanks again for all you do and God bless in Christ!

Political compartmentalizing
Hopefully, if he gets the nomination, MR Santorum ( or any of the other candidates for that matter) will see the correlation between true morality and all of life. But of course this goes back to worldview, doesn't it?