Ralph Reed thinks the U.S. is headed for "moral and economic destruction." He’s not alone.
Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, and Newsmax’s White House correspondent John Gizzi both told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV that the United States has moved away from its founding principles under the leadership of President Barack Obama.
Those sentiments were in line with those of Reed, chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, who spoke to Malzberg earlier to discuss his new book "Awakening: How America Can Turn from Moral and Economic Destruction Back to Greatness.”
Turner said the continuing erosion of family values is tearing at the nation’s fabric.
"We're moving away from that so that we wind up with a society that isn't working and we wonder why it is," Turner said. "Well, it's because the family and our value system and our system of individual responsibility have been compromised by bigger and bigger government," she said Tuesday.
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Gizzi said he has seen firsthand from the nation’s capital the government’s growing reach.
"My own experience in listening to President Obama is that he is someone who very much wants a much greater hand of government in the individual lives of people," he said.
Gizzi said the Affordable Care Act, the pursuit of the Common Core education curriculum, and the My Brother’s Keeper program are all indicative of the government’s growing reach into the realm of private institutions and families.
"The common denominator in all this is that these are worthy initiatives, but they could also be handled by individuals, by local government and by the family first," he said.
"[G]overnment cannot take over those roles, it's not going to do us as good a job, and it really undermines that sense of people coming together to help those that are most in need and most vulnerable in our society," she said. "The president thinks it starts with government? Government is sort of the last mediator in a civil society."
Evidence of the decline of U.S. society extends overseas and is evident in the standoff between the United States and Russia over the disputed Crimean region.
"It's not going to stop until the president asserts his power and shows that we are, in fact, the leader of the free world," Turner said. "And it didn't start with Russia and with Ukraine. It started with Syria and many steps before that where the president drew a line in the sand and then backed away from it.
"So, he's basically thinking that if he just says something, it'll happen. And he's realizing, both with domestic policy and foreign policy, no, you actually have to have good policies and action to back up your words," Turner said.
"That's the piece that's not connecting with him, and the world is now saying, 'how far can we shove America?’ Because it, of course, makes [Russian President Vladimir] Putin look that much more powerful if he can make us look weak."
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