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Ralph Reed: US on Path to 'Moral and Economic Destruction'

By Bill Hoffmann   |   Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 04:39 PM

The United States is headed for "moral and economic destruction" unless Americans spearhead a spiritual awakening, says Ralph Reed, founder and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition.

"Unless something comes along to reverse current trends, the United States is headed for moral and economic destruction," Reed told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"You look at a $17 trillion national debt . . . You've got $65 trillion in unfunded entitlement obligations, including Social Security and Medicare. No way to pay for it.

"You've got one out of every two marriages ending in divorce; four out of every 10  children in America being born out of wedlock, not knowing their father," Reed said Tuesday.

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But Reed, author of the new book "Awakening: How America Can Turn from Moral and Economic Destruction Back to Greatness," published by Worthy Publishing, says there is hope for the country.

"The good news is that there have been times in American history where we have been in similar trouble, and there's been a spiritual and moral awakening. It has happened before. It can happen again," he said.

Reed, whose nonprofit group is dedicated to "educating, equipping, and mobilizing people of faith and like-minded individuals to be effective citizens, is optimistic that conservatives have the ability to triumph in the next presidential election.

"If you look at the 2016 field . . . there are more not only solid pro-family and pro-life conservatives, but true champions like [former Sen.] Rick Santorum, who carried the partial-birth-abortion ban in the U.S. Senate, [and] also carried welfare reform," Reed said.

He also named former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, and "even" New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

"He defunded Planned Parenthood," he said of Christie.

Other names to keep an eye on include Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Reed said.

But politicians can do only so much to reverse the ebbing moral tide of the nation, Reed said.

"I no longer believe that what ails our country can be solved by throwing the bums out of Washington and replacing them with new people or by passing new laws," he said.

"I'm for repealing Obamacare, I'm for lowering taxes, I'm for a balanced budget, but if you did all those things and you still had families disintegrate like they are now, and you had this many millions of children growing up in broken homes without their fathers, abandoned by their fathers, it wouldn't mean much.

"What we need . . . [is] a moral and spiritual awakening. That's my game plan. It can be brought about by the prayers of the faithful, not just the prayers."

In the last chapter of Reed's book, he outlines a plan to reform the nation's politics and political system.

"First, you got to pray, and I talk about verses in Scripture that tell us to pray for elected officials and for government officials. Secondly, you have to participate, by which I mean you should get involved in the political party of your choice," he said.

"Today, it's very popular to just say there's not a dime's worth of difference, but the truth is that if you can't move a party, then you're not going to move a nation. Thirdly, I encourage people to get involved in public policy organizations.

"The Obama administration is trying to shut these groups down using the IRS as a bludgeon, but groups like Faith & Freedom, groups like the National Rifle Association, Americans for Prosperity — get involved in organizations to build the grassroots up."

Finally, Reed said, Americans should build a relationship with their elected officials.

"Don't just wait until you're mad and then call their D.C. office and yell at them. You should know who your legislators are. Your school board members, your city council members," Reed said. "Develop a personal working relationship with them so you can influence them."

Reed also suggests applying pressure to networks that air controversial remarks from talk-show hosts such as Bill Maher.

"I think that the same kind of organization that we're building at Faith & Freedom Coalition, and there are many others, to impact public policy, can also be used to impact these corporations," he said.

"Just look at what happened on 'Duck Dynasty.' Phil Robertson, because he had expressed some biblical views . . . [was] suspended and [the A&E Network was] deluged with hundreds of thousands of phone calls and emails. And what did they do? They reinstated him.

"You look at the fact that the [History Channel's] Bible series had over a hundred million views. There's cultural change coming if we will just make our voices heard."

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