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"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 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Rick Santorum has served in the United States Senate since January 1995, where he has been elected to a second term as Republican Conference Chairman, the party's third ranking leadership position in the Senate. As Conference Chairman, Senator Santorum directs the communications operations of Senate Republicans and is a frequent party spokesman. He is the youngest member of the leadership and the first Pennsylvanian to hold such a prominent position since the 1970s.

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.


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Statistics convinced me. 29. Februar 2012
Von scrappin g - Veröffentlicht auf
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Before buying this book I read some of the 5 star reviews and more of the 1 star so I was expecting sexism, racism, homophobia and other negative stereo types to be portrayed throughout this book. However, upon reading it I found very little of it. It makes me wonder if the 1 star reviewers actually read the book or just wanted to "hate" on a conservative. Because if they would have read the book they would have at least had to credit Sen. Santorum for having the statistical data to back up his arguements. For instance, in close to 50 years of welfare, we have not moved the poverty line 1 percentage point. In 1975 39% of black children lived in poverty. 1995 41%. Has our methods of caring for the poor helped their situation any? Statistics would tell us not. So why are we afraid of making changes, trying something new? Because we have created a society where we all feel entitled to something. Myself included. But Santorum points out we are a generation that takes what we can now. Votes for the candidate that will best give us our wants and needs. We focus little on the end results or what will happen in the future. We care little about sacrificing for our children and the generation to come. "Let them figure out the finacial mess we are in". We are 13 trillion dollars in debt. Gas his higher than ever. Unemployment has not dropped in the past few years. We are in as many wars. We all want change but are we willing to sacrifice for that change? Of all the political and econmics books I have read, Santorum is the one candidate who comes up with a clear plan to cut government that will be initated during his term. Not proposing things to happen in 2022. Granted there are alot of politician who can give a great speech or who have what some would consider more "Media" appeal, kind of "rock star" persona. But is that what is necessary to lead? No it takes courage to speak against the political norm, to not nod your head and agree with all sides. Sen. Santorum is not perfect. (He admits so much himself). But atleast he can back up his ideals with firm evidence (statistics) not just audacious hopes.
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A Conservative Vision for Our Future 11. Juni 2012
Von Bob - Veröffentlicht auf
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If you read many of the books written by conservative "stars", you may feel as I did that they're long on promise and short on substance. They typically throw story after story at the reader, in the hope that somewhere in there will be a coherent narrative. Unfortunately, that rarely works and we're left wishing we could get the time back that we invested in reading the book.

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.
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Read and decide for yourself 7. Juni 2011
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There are two truths I want to point out in regards to this book. The first, if you're conservative you'll love it, the second, if you're liberal, you'll hate it.

If you're in between, please disregard many of the one star rating and the oversimplified reviews that believe Rick Santorum to sexist, etc. His basic premise is this: the ideal family consists of a loving mother and father, and the government should do what it can to support that.

Those who somehow read that Santorum wants all women in the home and not working have not read this book. The chapter they often misquote from actually argues that somewhere along the line our country stopped valuing the women who choose to stay home. He does not attack women who work outside of the home, only rightly glorifies those who are able, and do make the choice to be with their children.

Yes, he is well known as a social conservative. He's taken a few "arrows in the back" because of that, especially for being from the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a very purplish-blue state. If you don't like conservatism and are as hateful as many of the people who have "reviewed" the book, then either don't read it and don't comment on it, or read it and then make an intelligent and factually-based opinion. For those believing in the conservative movement, consider this a manifesto on what it means to be conservative. Read it. Reread it. See how this man has made the country better, especially through his fight to reform welfare in the nineties.

If you happen to be somewhere in the middle. Maybe economically conservative and socially liberal. Or just unsure of what you really believe is best for this country. Ignore the hateful comments made before me. Ignore what I've written. Read it yourself and decide.
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Powerful wake-up call 31. März 2012
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It doesn't really matter if you consider yourself a right-winged conservative or a free-thinking liberal; this book remains a very compelling explanation of the family centered conservative position. The author represents a large portion of our American population and, therefore, cannot be lightly dismissed. This is an important book to read at this difficult time in our nation's history. Conservatives will find this book absolutely inspiring and liberals may discover in it a marvelous opportunity to exercise their tolerance for diversity. I'm buying more copies of this book to share with my adult children because of the practical advice the author provides for raising a culturally rich family. I really encourage everyone to read this book.
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Well written & well argued. Easy read. 15. Februar 2012
Von Tank - Veröffentlicht auf
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You can tell that Sen. Santorum wrote this for the conservatives and independants. At times he his aggressive towards liberalism, which according to his principles (which he is entitled to have) he is justified in doing so. He tries to fully explain why he believes what he does.

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" may provide some insight as to why liberals and conservative never seem to agree on anything.
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