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It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good

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Among politicians of national stature today, there is perhaps none more respected as a principled conservative than Rick Santorum. In It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good , Santorum articulates the humane vision that he believes must inform public policy if it is to be effective and just. An appreciation for the civic bonds that unite a community lies at th ...more
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Published April 30th 2006 by Intercollegiate Studies Institute (first published July 4th 2005)
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Jeff Stockett
I liked the general message of this book. There were a few points where I felt it got bogged down. Perhaps he was just trying to cover too wide of a range of topics. But still, I liked the overall theme of what he had to say.

He wrote this book in response to Hillary Clinton's book, It Takes a Village. I haven't read her book, but the tenet that he disagreed with and responded to was that our children are raised by a set of wise village elders (I.E. the government) and that these elders know more
I do not agree with Rick Santorum's politics whatsoever, but this book did not make me hate the world or want to puke the way that reading O'Reilly or Limbaugh does. It is thought-provoking in a good way, not in a 'I CAN YELL LOUDER THAN YOU' way. He sometimes slips into the same type of "other" bashing that many conservatives do, but there are also some decent arguments. He and I come to very different conclusions on pretty much everything, but I feel that he lays out his world view in an intel ...more
I loved this book! It resonates with good common sense about the importance of family-friendly legislation for our entire country. Senator Santorum speaks not just from his own ideology, but also from the experience of someone who has been instrumental in passing family-friendly legislation. He introduces the concept of liberal "no-fault" freedom and the horrific consequences that has brought to our society. Currently, Senator Santorum is a presidential candidate. This book is a good way to get ...more
Robert Federline
Even though this book was obviously written in response, at least in part, to Hillary Clinton's book, "It Takes a Village," this work easily stands on its own, and not merely as a counterpoint to her positions.

This book, now a decade old, still contains useful and well-considered insights into the importance and centrality of the family in society in history, and the consequences of its displacement today. Because of the author's perspective as a former United States senator, he brings to the ta
Every time I thought I was at the point where Rick Santorum and I could find some common ground, he had to come out and say something wildly offensive. Like when he pointed out that a big problem in our economy rests on the idea that women think they can have a full-time career outside of the home. Ah well. I suppose our similarities will have to rest at the intersection of Sweater and Vest.
James Smith
Reading as my first ever e-book!
Malin Friess

June 5th....not until June 5th do New Mexicans finally get to approach the polling booth and lend their voice to the future Republican Nominee for President. Only Utah votes after we do. Santorum will not be on the why did I read this book?

I finished (skimmed some) of this book the night before Santorum realized he would likely lose his home state of Pennsylvania and did the right thing (to assure a possible future in the Republican Party and a possible part in Romney's Cabinet) by b
Previously, I read Herman Cain’s “They Think You’re Stupid” and I had read Rick Perry’s “Fed-Up”. I liked they ideas and principles laid out by both of those authors and Presidential candidates. If they had remained in the race, I would have voted for either one of them. Unfortunately, they are no longer options. Every time I heard Rick Santorum on TV, I tended to agree with what he said, but I wondered why he wasn’t catching on as a valid candidate. I thought I should know more about what his t ...more
Delicious Strawberry
It is one thing to be fiscally conservative, but religion and conservatism do not go together well. Santorum is one of the many examples of that. There is a reason why church and state are supposed to be separate, and people like Santorum don't care about that. Santorum believes that the ideal family consists of one mom and dad. And of course, that family has to fit in HIS narrowly-defined idea of what constitutes a family.

It is true that a family with two parents is often more stable emotionall
Sam Mlyniec
An exceptionally awful book.
Mark Armstrong
I hate to say it because I love Rick Santorum, but this was a snoozer. But, I was glad to know exactly who the guy was that I was going to vote for. His views are awesome and I support them 100 percent. He's a good leader of our times. But his book stank.
The quality of Santorum's case for conservatism was surprising and thoughtful. Reading this book has helped me understand him better as a GOP candidate. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in his political and philosophical views.
Dawn Prickett
While I agreed with much of what he said, and found parts of the book very inspiring, the COMPLETE lack of footnotes or citations was just terrible. How am I supposed to verify your statistics?!
Stacey R
May 15, 2012 Stacey R marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Started but didn't get to finish it yet. Looking forward to picking it up again later.
This book is full of common sense. If only the country would do something about the problems explained in it,
A bit outdated by now, but still filled with an earnest desire to address the culture wars.
Interesting book. I agree with many of his positons.
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American Republican Party politician. He served as a United States Senator representing Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007, and was a candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination. On April 10, 2012 Santorum announced the end of his presidential bid.

Santorum holds socially conservative positions, including opposition to same-sex marriage and birth control.

In the Senate, he voted for
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