I am continually amazed at the attempts of political candidates across the country to co-opt issues in which they have no experience. Years ago, the Christian Right encouraged numerous politicians to have a “come to Jesus” experience and advocate platforms they neither agreed with nor could validate. If one could say something enough times and get his/her picture made with the right people, then… voila! you’re automatically an expert.
I have thought about this in relation to my lifetime of experience in socially conservative issues. Though these matters will always form the basis for strength in our republic, they do not currently rise to the top of the national discussion, except during Supreme Court nominee hearings before the U.S. Senate. The nation’s attention is clearly focused on overly big government, runaway spending, excessive debt, unsustainable entitlements, an open border, energy dependence, an unfair tax system, and two wars against enemies that wear no discernible uniform.
To make the record clear, let me describe my walk compared to my talk.