'In connection with the laws of his God'

Campaign 2012

The problem with Daniel, as far as his enemies were concerned, was that they couldn't get any dirt on him. Yet they were determined to ruin him in the political arena, so they had to get desperate and creative:

"Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him. Then these men said, 'We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God'" (Daniel 6:3-5).

Here's a hunch: Google "Santorum" and "contraception" for a preview of the modern satraps' possible strategy toward a former senator from Pennsylvania with no skeletons in his closet-neither marital scandal nor policy flip-flop. It will soon be whispered-and then shouted abroad-that a Rick Santorum presidency would outlaw contraception.

"When did you stop beating your wife?" is a question you can never shake, never mind that you have never beat your wife. All it takes is to ask the question publicly, and the seed is planted in a hundred thousand minds. The maligned party may run himself into the ground trying to refute it and prove his innocence.

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Santorum talks about repealing Obamacare, sending entitlement programs back to the states, reducing discretionary spending, making Social Security solvent, getting rid of federal control of education, repealing the proliferation of executive orders, and restoring sound monetary policy. Which of these do his political enemies want to engage him in? None. Like the underhanded satraps of Daniel's day, my guess is they will pour their energies into destroying him "in connection with the law of his God."

The headlines of today are full of celebrity news and gossip. Considering the readership level the national media chooses to appeal to, perhaps they cannot be expected to care about nuanced explication of Santorum's views on contraception and state government.

Andrée Seu
Andrée Seu

Andrée is the author of three books: Won't Let You Go Unless You Bless Me, Normal Kingdom Business, and We Shall Have Spring Again.


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