This is the key to understanding the underclass here and in Europe. But it is the antithesis of what is taught at American universities. They — and the rest of the Left — teach that it is not values or culture that most determines human behavior. Violent crime is not caused by a murderer’s lack of moral values, father, self-discipline, church life, or marriage but by poverty and/or racism.
Romney: “Central to America’s rise to global leadership is our Judeo-Christian tradition.”
Exactly right. Every free country on earth was formed by Christianity or shaped (India and Japan, for example) by a Christian country that imposed it. And the freest of them all, America, has been the most Judeo-based Christian country in the world.
Romney: “The American culture promotes personal responsibility, the dignity of work, the value of education, the merit of service, devotion to a purpose greater than self, and, at the foundation, the preeminence of the family.”
And each one of these values has been under siege by the Left. The Left undermines personal responsibility by excusing the irresponsibility of all but white Christian males, undermines the dignity of work with ever-increasing entitlements, shifts “the merit of service” from individuals and communal institutions to the state, and weakens the family by strengthening people’s reliance on the government and by removing all stigma to unwed motherhood.
Romney: “From the beginning, this nation trusted in God, not man.”
This is why one of the mottos of this country is “In God We Trust.” This is the heart of the cultural civil war in which America is now engaged. Do human rights come from the Creator or from men?
Romney: “People of different faiths, like yours and mine, sometimes wonder where we can meet in common purpose, when there are so many differences in creed and theology.”
A very significant statement — a major Mormon figure stating that mainstream Christians and Mormons have “different faiths.” But even more important is his truly American realization that all Americans, of every faith (including Islam, one might add), and even those who have no formal religion, “can meet in common purpose.” And that purpose is living by and promulgating the American value system: “Liberty,” “In God We Trust,” and “E Pluribus Unum.”
Barack Obama would not have given this speech. Making that clear will make Mitt Romney the next president.
— Dennis Prager, a nationally syndicated columnist and radio talk-show host, is author of Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph. He may be contacted through his website, dennisprager.com.