Jay Rogers
Director:
Jay Rogers

Recent Posts

The Forerunner

Robertson and the Reagan Gap

By Editorial Staff
Published April 1, 1988

Review of Time magazine article

by Garry Wills

An editorial columnist for Time magazine said presidential candidate Pat Robertson is striking a chord in the hearts of the American people – and that political analysts are making a serious mistake if they ignore Robertson’s message about the need for a return to traditional values. The articulate defense of the Robertson presidential bid (“Robertson and the Reagan Gap,” February 22, 1988) was unprecedented for a secular news journal like Time.

Garry Wills, a professor of American Culture and Public Policy at Northwestern University, said in his political analysis in Time, “A moral alarm clock is going off in America, and not many politicians hear it. Pat Robertson does, and so do more of his fellow citizens than we less godly folk have been willing to admit.”

Dr. Wills has written six books on American presidents, including his most recent Reagan’s America. Wills proposed in his editorial that much of what Pat Robertson has been saying about prayer in schools, abortion, collectivism, the Supreme Court, creationism, drugs, and homosexuality have all been a part of Ronald Reagan’s message at one time or another … “Only Robertson means it.”

In the 1984 elections, President Ronald Reagan’s support was primarily among the youth, and his message on the need for morality in the nation catapulted him into office. “Reagan did have an uncanny ability to address the spiritual discomfort of his followers, their sense that America was ceasing to be what it had always been in its own citizens’ eyes: a moral nation.

“Reagan renewed the sense of an America shaped historically by spiritual hungers,” said Dr. Wills. Belief in America and belief in God complemented each other in Reagan’s message. However, these beliefs which were the foundation of our nation’s institutions have been kicked out from under them, and today Americans see their children “growing up in an atmosphere abuzz with libidinous solicitings, sitting transfixed before Technicolor celebrations of greed and lust and violence, lured through many conduits toward experiment with drugs or rebellion.

“The signs of moral revolt have been there for some time,” said Wills, adding that Robertson is picking up these warning signs and addressing them in his campaign message. These signals include the undermining of parental authority by teachers who are “morally adrift as they continue to try to control student bodies bordering on thuggery,” pornography on cable television, divorce, open “living arrangements” by the unmarried, and acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle.

Even the Democrats have tried to attract this quiet yet growing movement toward morality, added Wills. An example is Jesse Jackson’s political program to curb teen pregnancy.“America has until very recently been a moralist and a moralizing country,” stated the professor.

“The most glaring evidence of a moral hunger in today’s electorate has been, as Robertson points out, the Reagan popularity,” continued Wills. Although Reagan accomplished little on social issues, his annual addresses to religious broadcasters and pro-life organizations went beyond Pentacostals or Evangelicals. “Most Americans nodded along with Reagan’s regular mentions of prayer, his claim that he survived assassination by a special providence of God, his assertion that all the answers to life’s problems can be found in the Bible.”

Today the Republican Party is suffering from a “Reagan Gap,” he said. “Robertson offers Reaganism without the actor’s human face. Those advocating writing off Robertson as a viable candidate,” Wills warned, “need to tread with caution.”

One of the common arguments against Robertson is “that he cannot go beyond his base of Pentacostals and Evangelicals.” Although this may be true, Wills affirmed that Robertson’s base is a large one. According to a Time poll in January of this year, one-third of Americans called themselves born-again. Fifty-seven percent agree with the statement, “We are a religious nation and religious values should serve as a guide to what our political leaders do in office.”

Robertson opponents also say that his voters are mainly first-timers who may be one-timers.“Robertson may be bringing in new voters, but they are people who have been specifically mobilized by a sense of mission, by the feeling that they must ‘take back’ this country for God,” Wills said. The lack of political sophistication or financial clout hasn’t stopped the movement from growing.

Robertson opponents also claim that his supporters have low income and less education, and are traditionally less active and influential in party politics. However, Wills pointed out that Robertson “got the youngest vote in Iowa, just as President Reagan carried the young in 1984.” Fifty-four percent of evangelicals are under 50 years of age, and these figures are in line with Robertson’s present support base.

Others dispute that the “kook factor will do Robertson in,” said Wills. However, he referred to a University of Chicago National Opinion Research council which reported that 29 percent of Americans have had visions of some sort, and 67 percent have experienced the supernatural.“Obviously, there are a lot of people out there who believe the Spirit of God is touching them,” he said.

“What makes Robertson a threat is not the medium but, precisely, the message,” Wills said. “Thus Robertson’s foes must be careful about overkill. Calling him an Ayatullah points to a truth not intended – that religion is a powerful national force, not only in exotic places but also in their own familiar country.”

Wills ended his editorial by stating that“Americans need to become more attuned to their country’s desires before concluding that today’s moral crisis is easily handled with secular expertise.”


Forerunner - Home » The Forerunner Newspaper » National Events

Your comments are welcome!

Textile Help

Dr. Francis Schaeffer - A Christian Manifesto (DVD)

That Swiss Hermit Strikes Again!

Dr. Schaeffer, who was one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the twentieth century, shows that secular humanism has displaced the Judeo-Christian consensus that once defined our nation’s moral boundaries. Law, education, and medicine have all been reshaped for the worse as a consequence. America’s dominant worldview changed, Schaeffer charges, when Christians weren’t looking.

Schaeffer lists two reasons for evangelical indifference: a false concept of spirituality and fear. He calls on believers to stand against the tyranny and moral chaos that come when humanism reigns-and warns that believers may, at some point, be forced to make the hard choice between obeying God or Caesar. A Christian Manifesto is a thought-provoking and bracing Christian analysis of American culture and the obligation Christians have to engage the culture with the claims of Christ.

$19.95 — ORDER NOW!

(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)

Click here for more information


The Silent Scream (DVD) Eight Languages

“When the lives of the unborn are snuffed out, they often feel pain, pain that is long and agonizing.” – President Ronald Reagan to National Religious Broadcasters Convention, January 1981

Ronald Reagan became convinced of this as a result of watching The Silent Scream – a movie he considered so powerful and convicting that he screened it at the White House. More recently, it was by catching just a glimpse of what this film reveals that Planned Parenthood director and abortion advocate Abby Johnson turned and became a strong advocate for the pre-born.

The modern technology of real-time ultrasound now reveals the actual responses of a 12-week old fetus to being aborted. As the unborn child attempts to escape the abortionist’s suction curette, her motions can be seen to become desperately agitated and her heart rate doubles. Her mouth opens – as if to scream – but no sound can come out. Her scream doesn’t have to remain silent, however … not if you will become her voice. This newly re-mastered version features eight language tracks and two bonus videos.

“…a high technology “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” arousing public opinion just as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 antislavery novel ignited the abolitionist movement.” – Sen. Gordon Humphrey, Time Magazine

Languages: English, Spanish, French, South Korean, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese

Running Time: 28 minutes

$17.95 — ORDER NOW!

(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)

Click here for more information


Freedom: The Model of Christian Liberty (DVD)

“Give me liberty or give me death!”

Patrick Henry’s famous declaration not only helped launch the War for Independence, it also perfectly summarized the mindset that gave birth to, and sustained, the unprecedented experiment in Christian liberty that was America.

The freedom our Founders envisioned was not freedom from suffering, want, or hard work. Nor was it freedom to indulge every appetite or whim without restraint—that would merely be servitude to a different master. No, the Founders’ passion was to live free before God, unfettered by the chains of autocracy, shackles that slowly but inexorably bind men when the governments they fashion fail to recognize and uphold freedom’s singular, foundational truth: that all men are created in the image of God, and are thereby co-equally endowed with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

This presentation is a similar call, not to one but many. By reintroducing the principles of freedom that gave birth to America, it is our prayer that Jesus, the true and only ruler over the nations, will once again be our acknowledged Sovereign, that we may again know and exult in the great truth that “where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17).

Welcome to the Second American Revolution!

This DVD features “Liberty: The Model of Christian Liberty” along with “Dawn’s Early Light: A Brief History of America’s Christian Foundations.” Bonus features include a humorous but instructive collection of campaign ads and Eric Holmberg’s controversial YouTube challenge concerning Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.

$14.95 — ORDER NOW!

(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)

Click here for more information


Go Stand Speak (DVD)

With “preaching to the lost” being such a basic foundation of Christianity, why do many in the church seem to be apathetic on this issue of preaching in highways and byways of towns and cities?

Is it biblical to stand in the public places of the world and proclaim the gospel, regardless if people want to hear it or not?

Does the Bible really call church pastors, leaders and evangelists to proclaim the gospel in the public square as part of obedience to the Great Commission, or is public preaching something that is outdated and not applicable for our day and age?

These any many other questions are answered in this documentary.

$19.95 — ORDER NOW!

(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)

Click here for more information


Massacre of Innocence (DVD)

Exposing The Occult Roots of Abortion

This presentation looks at the spiritual roots of abortion and exposes the myths surrounding child killing. Little known historical facts about abortion and how they relate to modern feminism are presented logically and accurately. Has been effective in converting many to a pro-life position.

Massacre of Innocence goes where no pro-life presentation has gone before in “tearing the lid off abortion” to reveal the spiritual realities we must battle if we will bring an end to this crime. The presentation is absorbing, fast-paced, informative and incredibly devastating to any attempt to justify abortion.

“… an extraordinary statement … a powerfully articulate presentation about what abortion really means, and why a great and moral nation like the United States must not allow the slaughter to continue.”
— Congressman Robert K. Dornan

Running time: 85 minutes

$19.95 — ORDER NOW!

(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)

Click here for more information

Share |

Search this site:
View CCNow Cart/Checkout
View CCNow Cart/Checkout

RSS
Subscribe to
The Forerunner

Have The Forerunner Weblog sent straight to your inbox!

Enter your email address:

YouTube
The Forerunner Channel on YouTube


Promote Your Page Too

Featured Product
If you like the articles on this website, you may also be interested in:

Featured Articles

Live Seminar!

Real Jesus
The Abortion Matrix DVD: Update

The Abortion Matrix:
Defeating Child Sacrifice and the Culture of Death

is a 195-minute presentation that traces the biblical roots of child sacrifice and then delves into the social, political and cultural fall-out that this sin against God has produced. You can order this series on DVD, read the complete script and view clips on-line...
continued ...


View My Stats