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It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good Paperback – April 30, 2006
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“A very serious, smart work of political science.” —Washington Post
“This book is worth taking seriously for several reasons, not least of which is that it is a serious book. . . . Santorum wrestles intelligently, often impressively, with the biggest of big ideas: freedom, virtue, civil society, the Founders’ intentions.” —Jonathan Rauch, National Journal
“In these days when politicians’ pronouncements are mostly the focus-grouped bland hoping to (mis)lead the voting blind, Rick Santorum dares to try to say something that actually matters.” —Maggie Gallagher, nationally syndicated columnist, author
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Santorum's book "It Takes a Family" is nothing like that. Instead, you will find a coherent, logical foundation for the ideas that Santorum believes will revive our nation. For each of his proposals, he backs it up with examples and statistics (yeah, we all know about those) that illustrate his points very well. He doesn't just say what he believes, but why he believes it. In this age of soulless politicians, it's refreshing to find one who actually has some values and can explain them.
If you want to know what makes Santorum tick, read this book. You may be surprised to find that he's not the wild-eyed lunatic conservative that some in the media would have you believe. Even if you don't agree with him, I think it's a good exercise in political thought.
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 ›
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Interesting to see that there's about an equal number of lovers and haters of this book. It's 10 years old and I just read it for the first time and I thought it was great. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Naya P
This proves the best Republican Candidate tells us all of the full truth as common sense and our Judea-Christian heritage reveals.Published 24 months ago by Dr. Donald Chisholm
Written by Santorum shortly before the last predential election to let everyone know how he stood on issues as a family man. Read morePublished on March 29, 2014 by Charles P. Poole, Jr.
I had the pleasure of seeing Rick Santorum in person not long ago. Very impressive guy. He is a seriously conservative politician, and that's not for everyone. Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by J. Fulwiler
Mr. Santorum is masterful as he explains the conservative vision for America and the moral implicatications for liberal theology. Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by teacher for 4
It is one thing to be fiscally conservative, but religion and conservatism do not go together well. Santorum is one of the many examples of that. Read morePublished on May 2, 2012 by M
If you are an open minded big government supporter this could change your mind....otherwise you will hate it.
I loved Rick's fact based arguments for his view points. Read more