Pro-Family Groups Enthused with Bush Pick for U.S. Domestic Policy Advisor
By Gudrun Schultz
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 26, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - President Bush has chosen a new advisor on domestic policy with a history of pro-family interests, reported Focus on the Family's CitizenLink yesterday.
Karl Zinsmeister is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and has been editor of American Enterprise magazine for the past 12 years. The 47-year old husband and father has pro-family groups optimistic about his approach to life and family issues.
"Karl is a very bright man, an intellectual, a conservative in the very broad sense of that word," Gary Bauer, one-time domestic-policy adviser to President Reagan, told CitizenLink. "He's somebody that has, over the years, devoted a lot of time and energy to writing and speaking about family-related issues."
"I'm assuming he will reach out to social-issue conservatives, pro-family, pro-life conservatives," he said. But, he said, Zinsmeister is not someone who "has devoted a significant part of his energy" to life issues.
"But in the broader sense Karl understands that the family is the bedrock of American society, that marriage is the union of a man and a woman and the importance of values to democratic capitalism."
"He has written and spoken about those things extensively, and I think will be very sympathetic to most of the items on the pro-family agenda."
In an article entitled "Faithful Community Life," published on the American Enterprise Online, Zinsmeister wrote:
"Thankfully, some invisible spring (which has gone dry in Europe and other places) keeps refilling American breasts with religious convictions and truths."
"There are a great many forces today-from complex cultural clashes to simply the frantic pace of modern life-that discourage human fraternity. Amidst all that, religious faith is one of the most reliable inducements to unity, an orderly and wholesome society, and real feelings of community. Isn't that something to be guarder, not tossed away?"
Marvin, Olasky, editor of World Magazine, told CitizenLink, "It's very easy in the White House to become insulated from what's really going on around the country-not only the president, but also his advisers. You live a different kind of life there. And unless you're careful, it's easy to start confusing your own dream, wishes and aspirations with reality. I suspect that Karl will be a jolt of at least fresh air and probably cold water."