In a speech at Hillsdale College, Jack Kemp quotes Pope John Paul II whose Veritas Splendor warns of "the risk of an alliance between democracy and ethical relativism."

Says Kemp: "Too often from our culture's commanding heights -- in government, the media, and academia -- we hear that all moral judgments are purely personal and finally equal. We are told the choice between Madonna and Mother Teresa is merely a matter of taste, that traditional values are relative to time and place. This is something different and deeper than a crisis of crime, a crisis of economy, or a crisis of welfare. It is a crisis of confidence in our own ideals. It is the strip-mining of our public spirit. It leaves men and women unable to believe in anything, even in their own courage and conscience."

Illustration from: Imprimis, August 1994