Mitt Romney made a compelling argument in support of high school graduation, full-time employment, and marriage before having children in an address to Liberty College on Saturday. He cited a Brookings Institution study while stating, "For those who graduate from high school, get a full-time job, and marry before they have their first child, the probability that they will be poor is 2%. But, if those things are absent, 76% will be poor. Culture matters." If these findings are true, this study boosts the case that culture indeed matters.
In a transcript of his speech, Mitt lauded the "conviction and confidence" that comes from "Moral certainty, clear standards, and a commitment to spiritual ideals will set you apart in a world that searches for meaning." He also cautioned that dedicating oneself to these convictions is not easy, and in fact, "the more you live by your beliefs, the more you will endure the censure of the world." Mitt Romney was quite unifying and presidential in his message. The bottom line is moral character is important for success, regardless of faith.
He said that this moral character is an individual path, and stated, "Men and women of every faith, and good people with none at all, sincerely strive to do right and lead a purpose-driven life." This idea rings true, as there has been a war on decency and integrity in America for quite awhile. Unfortunately, this insidious trend has impacted all walks of life, including the Capitalist System, which cannot work without integrity.
He continued to say that "from the beginning, this nation trusted in God, not man. Religious liberty is the first freedom in our Constitution. And whether the cause is justice for the persecuted, compassion for the needy and the sick, or mercy for the child waiting to be born, there is no greater force for good in the nation than Christian conscience in action."
It is refreshing that the presidential candidate speaks of character and values. Americans are deluged constantly with hypocrisy in the government and the mainstream media and the relentless polarization of her people, whether it is believers versus non-believers, right versus left, rich versus poor, black versus white, young versus old, etc.
The presidential candidate's message contrasts with the message from President Obama's spiritual advisor, that it's "just bad theology" to believe that America's founding was in Christianity, and that "We are accountable to God's purposes and God's principles but there's no special covenant with America here. It doesn't exist and to say so is really, well, it's a heresy. America exceptionalism, theologically, is a heresy." It also contrasts with President Obama's pro-abortion stance.
Romney also stated that the findings of Harvard historian David Landes give insight on why certain civilizations succeed, while others fail. He said that it is "not natural resources, not geography, but what people believe and value." This speech is reminiscent of the famous quote by Alexis de Tocqueville, French political thinker and historian "America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."
Watch the address here: