Romney’s Values (Liberty & In God We Trust) vs. The Left’s

“Election Day 2012 will not be a presidential election. It will be a plebiscite.

“Americans will not only be voting for a president (and a House and a third of the Senate). They will be participating in a plebiscite on the definition of America.

Dennis Prager / Credit:

“If Americans re-elect the Democrat, Barack Obama, they will have announced that America should be like Western European countries — governed by left-wing values. Americans will have decided that America’s value system — “Liberty,” “In God We Trust,” “E Pluribus Unum” — should be replaced.”

[Incidentally, Wikipedia describes “E Pluribus Unum” as follows: “Originally suggesting that out of many colonies or states emerge a single nation, in recent years it has come to suggest that out of many peoples, races, religions and ancestries has emerged a single people and nation—illustrating the concept of the melting pot.”]

Above are the three opening paragraphs to Dennis Prager’s May 1st editorial. I have mentioned Prager a few times in this forum as my preferred conservative, nationally syndicated radio talk show host. In my opinion, Prager is the most articulate spokesman for American Judeo-Christian values in all of media today (read his columns here). Prager continues to describe the core issue of the November election:

The left knows what is at stake. And the most left-wing president in American history knows what is at stake. Candidate Obama announced shortly before the 2008 election, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

He described the left’s aim perfectly: to fundamentally transform America. It seeks to replace Liberty, In God We Trust, and E Pluribus Unum.

That is what “fundamentally transform” means. In fact, those words are proof that American values and leftist values are fundamentally opposed to one another.

The right, on the other hand, seeks to maintain America’s values. Conservatives want to improve America, but, as its name implies, conservatism seeks to conserve, not transform.

From this date forward and until November 6th, I will tag the end of every post I publish with a phrase that goes something like:

Values, distinctly American: “Liberty” — “In God We Trust” — “E Pluribus Unum”

With this post, I give complete credit to Dennis Prager for my use of these three values in my published posts. Prager succinctly defines these:

“Liberty” means, first and foremost, limited government — because bigger government means less individual liberty. “In God We Trust” means that America must be rooted in Creator-based values. There are no inalienable rights if no rights derive from God. And “E Pluribus Unum” means the assumption of an American identity by all citizens regardless of their racial, ethnic or national background.

Please read Prager’s entire May 1st column for an outstanding explanation of what drives the Left in this election and how its values oppose those described above. Governor Romney gave a speech at the commencement ceremony of Liberty University as the keynote speaker. Dennis Prager described Governor Romney’s understanding of these uniquely American values in his May 15th editorial in which he quotes from the Liberty speech. Dennis Prager’s assertion of Romney’s deep understanding of core American values is unambiguous, simple, and elevating. These are but a few quotes (Romney’s quotes are followed by Prager’s editorial):

Romney: “Moral certainty, clear standards, and a commitment to spiritual ideals will set you apart in a world that searches for meaning.”

The death of God has not only led to moral uncertainty; the secular left actually boasts of its moral uncertainty. Unlike the religious, who have a black and white view of moral issues (so the left tells us), those on the left struggle with moral complexity. But this is self-delusion. The left is as morally certain about its positions as the most fundamentalist Christian. Where is the left’s moral uncertainty about same-sex marriage? About abolishing capital punishment? About race-based affirmative action? About higher taxes? Indeed, about anything the left believes in?

Romney: “That said, your values will not always be the object of public admiration. In fact, the more you live by your beliefs, the more you will endure the censure of the world.”

Is that ever true. Those of us who adhere to Judeo-Christian values and live a religious life are mocked as fools when not dismissed as dangerous. If you believe that nature was designed by a Creator, you are regarded as an anti-science buffoon. If you get your values from the Bible, you are considered a living anachronism.


Romney: “Central to America’s rise to global leadership is our Judeo-Christian tradition . . . .”

Exactly right. Every free country on earth was formed by Christianity or shaped by a Christian country that imposed it (India and Japan, for example). And the freest of them all, America, has been the most Judeo-based Christian country in the world.


Romney: “From the beginning, this nation trusted in God, not man.”

This is why one of the mottos of this country is “In God We Trust.” This is the heart of the cultural civil war in which America is now engaged. Do human rights come from the Creator or from men?

Romney: “People of different faiths, like yours and mine, sometimes wonder where we can meet in common purpose, when there are so many differences in creed and theology.”

A very significant statement — a major Mormon figure stating that mainstream Christians and Mormons have “different faiths.” But even more important is his truly American realization that all Americans, of every faith (including Islam, one might add), and even those who have no formal religion, “can meet in common purpose.” And that purpose is living by and promulgating the American value system: “Liberty,” “In God We Trust,” and “E Pluribus Unum.”

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” ~ The Declaration of Independence — The United States of America

Values, distinctly American: “Liberty” — “In God We Trust” — “E Pluribus Unum”

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Victor is a businessman working in the healthcare industry. He and his wife of 33 years have five children and four grandchildren. Vic has been blogging for Mitt Romney since 2007.
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3 Responses to Romney’s Values (Liberty & In God We Trust) vs. The Left’s

  1. AfricansforRomney says:

    Excellent article.
    Oh, man, oh man, the gaps never been wider. The lefts are making our choice much simpler. Obama-Pelosi-Harry Reid’s agendas are making me sick. I want the Govt to get the hell out my life.

    I vote Liberty! I vote Freedom=Gov Romney!
    We may need to consider Gov Rick Perry’s idea TERM LIMIT for SCOTUS. It is not a bad idea after all :=)

  2. Cathy says:

    Dennis Prager is truly a light in a dark world and both Mitt and Dennis see a vision for America through the eyes of enlightenment and faith in God.

  3. Roumiana says: