Recently, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson stated: “I cannot, and will not, vote for Rudy Giuliani in 2008. It is an irrevocable decision.” We, as social conservatives, feel this is the wrong decision.
Issues like abortion are very complex and delicate issues. Such heavy-handed tactics as Dobson’s have not worked in the past, and they do not take advantage of the broad support on all ends of the political and religious spectrums for reducing abortions and promoting alternatives like adoption. Mr. Dobson’s statements were rash and divisive. Not only do they foster an “us-against-them” attitude in the struggle against abortions, they immaturely disregard a huge range of other important issues for the sake of a very narrow slice of issues.
If other social conservatives and evangelicals follow Dobson’s lead, we could end up with a liberal President who will nominate two similarly liberal Supreme Court justices, who will expand the role and size of government, raise taxes, take us back to being on defense in the War on Terror, weaken our national defense, and create a less prosperous, less secure America for our children and grandchildren, all while setting us back years on the abortion issue. All this to avoid a President Giuliani, who would nominate strict constructionist judges like Roberts, Alito, and Scalia to the Supreme Court and keep the Hyde Amendment and Partial Birth Abortion Ban in tact, not to mention employ the Reagan principles of less government, less taxes, and peace through strength, and who would aggressively wage the war against jihadists to ensure a safer homeland for tomorrow.
James Dobson’s comments on Rudy Giuliani are extreme, short-sighted, and dangerous to the conservative movement.