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It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good Hardcover – July 4, 2005
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In his book, Rick Santorum combines theory, principle, and practice. . . . -- The Hon. Stephen Goldsmith, former Mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana
Senator Santorum is one of the stalwart defenders of human life and the pro-family cause. . . . -- James C. Dobson, Founder and Chairman, Focus on the Family
Senator Santorum leads the way among elected officials in understanding and appreciating the importance of the family. -- Jennifer Roback Morse, author of 101 Tips for a Happier Marriage
[A] reaffirmation of the moral, spiritual, and ethical characteristics that have blessed America since its founding. -- Jack Templeton, President, John Templeton Foundation
About the Author
While Senator Santorum is proud of his accomplishments as a lawmaker and public servant, he is most proud of his role as a husband and father. Senator Santorum and his wife, Karen Garver Santorum, are the parents of six wonderful children: Elizabeth, John, Daniel, Sarah Maria, Peter, and Patrick.
Top Customer Reviews
In order to understand his mindset, you have to try to peel away all the different you've heard about him and read his words. Step out of Twitter, Facebook, Fox News, MSNBC and the news and let him explain himself. Then decide for yourself what you think. For example, there was great controversy about his position on the role of working women. If you read the book, however, you see that he is simply trying to say that stay-at-home motherhood is equally admirable as professional working women. That doesn't sound too hateful to me...but then again, I do lean conservative.
Anyway, this book is a good read for people who want to either:
(a) learn about Sen. Santorum and his base beliefs about society and the role of government. I personally was intrigued by his thoughts on "subsidiarity"...this should be mentioned more
or (b) people who seek to understand what conservatism is about. While his language and choice may upset more liberal-leaning readers, if you can bear through it you will learn there is much that conservatism has to offer beyond rhetoric.
It would be interesting to do a comparative study between this book and Hilary Clinton's work "It Takes a Village"...it may provide some insight as to why liberals and conservative never seem to agree on anything.
Rick Santorum makes it very clear that his book is an attack on Hilary Clinton's "It Takes a Village". His statements against the village "elders" derides the collectivist and relativist agenda that he concludes is destroying America. It would also be helpful to compare this book to John Kerry's platform agenda where both Kerry and Santorum are all about programs to restore America. However, Kerry's detailed ideas rely on government programs and financing while Santorum places heavy emphasis on citizen duty and non-profit organizations, if still receiving "faith-based" government funding.
Even if John Kerry's agenda was more politically comprehensive, touching even foreign policy and international trade, both Kerry/Clinton and Santorum debate an essential crux in political theory. How does one ensure that liberty and freedom do not beget self-indulgence? From Aristotle to Augustine to Hobbes and now 2016, philosophers have known that liberty without selflessness would be tempted to destructive indulgence. For Santorum, liberty requires duty.Read more ›
The book ignores that Democrats argue their policies can create strong families: policies such as family and medical leave that allow working parents to spend more time with their children, minimum wage increases that will allow many families to even fight rising above the poverty level, and protecting labor benefits, particular health care benefits, that will allow families, even high income families, survive devastatingly high health care costs. Few will, and no one should, argue that strong families are not important. Yet, strong families do not occur, as Santorum and conservatives think, by hoping they miraculously emerge. Santorum rejects the economic policies advanced usually by Democrats that will create the economic conditions for families to thrive. Instead, the "tax and spend" Republicans think that throwing a little bit of money towards the issue is the solution. This book heralds spending $300 million on a public education campaign boosting marriage . I fear it is simplistic to think that will solve society's problems.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rick Santorum takes on his opponent's It takes a village here are the differences!
1.Santorum is Pro Life Clinton is Pro Choice. Read more
Couldn't finish the book, so self serving. I am a conservative but had to set it aside and recycle it to Goodwill.Published on November 6, 2012 by jayson
This is an excellent read in which one can see the vision, leadership and strength of conviction Santorum has. Read morePublished on February 24, 2012 by JamieSK
I highly recommend reading this book written by our next president. You should also read Hillary Clinton's book to contrast her viewpoint that the more government involvemen we... Read morePublished on February 24, 2012 by dgh
This book is crammed with an array of ideas for technocratic meddling; even the author acknowledges that some people "will reject" what he has to say "as a kind of 'Big Government'... Read morePublished on February 6, 2012 by E. Roorda
First of all, I disagree with almost everything that is discussed in this book. But the issues are blown so out of proportion and some claims are so outrageous that it made me... Read morePublished on February 4, 2012 by Holly
Excellent book. I have new respect for Rick Santorum after reading this. I wish he could win and be our next president. All of the service on this transaction was top notch.Published on September 17, 2011 by Cletus J. Tauer
I was skeptical once I decided to read this book whether a political twist would overtake everything he had to say. Read morePublished on July 10, 2011 by R. Olson