It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good

It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good

by Rick Santorum

In It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good , Santorum articulates the humane vision that he believes must inform public policy if it is to be effective and just.

Moreover, Santorum demonstrates how such an approach to political, social, and economic problems offers the most promise for those on the margin of life: the poor, the vulnerable, and minorities who have often been excluded from opportunity in America.Santorum argues that conservative statesmanship is animated by a sense of stewardship for an inheritance.

But what do we inherit as Americans?

And he presents innovative policy proposals for the renewal of American society at all levels.Throughout his book, Santorum emphasizes the central role of the familyin contradistinction to the metaphorical village of the federal government, as promoted by Hillary Clintonin achieving the common good.

It Takes a Family further establishes Santorum as the leader of reform-minded civic conservatives in America.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Politics
  • Rating: 3.48
  • Pages: 467
  • Publish Date: July 4th 2005 by Intercollegiate Studies Institute
  • Isbn10: 1932236295
  • Isbn13: 9781932236293

What People Think about "It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good"

I haven't read her book, but the tenet that he disagreed with and responded to was that our children are raised by a set of wise village elders (I.E. the government) and that these elders know more about what you need than you do. His thesis is that the family should be the core unit of society. He presents the case that government should exist to strengthen and support families and not the other way around. 219 "As a result of abortion, for more than thirty years over a quarter of all children conceived in America never took their first breath." p. 356 "In America's experience, strong families are the seedbed of virtue, and that includes public virtue. He is not a perfect presidential candidate, but he definitely understands the role of government as well as the role of the family.

He and I come to very different conclusions on pretty much everything, but I feel that he lays out his world view in an intellectual and interesting way.

Senator Santorum speaks not just from his own ideology, but also from the experience of someone who has been instrumental in passing family-friendly legislation.

Having now read his book, I can confidently cast a vote for Santorum, now having a better of idea of what he believes, and what his approach to policy would be. Although he is self-admittedly not a libertarian, he believes in the concept of subsidiarity which Wikipedia defines as: Subsidiarity is an organizing principle that matters ought to be handled by the smallest, lowest or least centralized competent authority. In Rick Santorums view, the family is the appropriate level for most responsibility for choices and actions, and policies should support, reinforce, and enable the family unit in fulfilling its role.

Now it is considered to be the individual, with society viewing the family, with its influence in the areas of religion and social mores and even civil and civic interaction. Santorum ably sets forth the chain of legal decisions issued by the courts to impair the importance of the family and thwart its natural influence in the lives of our children and the shaping of society.

I finished (skimmed some) of this book the night before Santorum realized he would likely lose his home state of Pennsylvania and did the right thing (to assure a possible future in the Republican Party and a possible part in Romney's Cabinet) by bowing out of the race (even after winning 11 states).

It is one thing to be fiscally conservative, but religion and conservatism do not go together well.

He served as a United States Senator representing Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007, and was a candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination.