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Monday, November 2, 1998
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Family Values.
Some of you are not going to like this, but let's work it through together. Many people feel that politics and family values have the same relationship that exists between a ball and a game. But I disagree. Conservatives claim a lock on family values and yet as part of their theories they hold these following truths to be self-evident: public tax vouchers for private and public schools, endless calls for tax cuts, less government, and a variegated array of negative opinions of "politicians." Liberals rarely discuss "values" or the morality of society, but hold these following truths to be self-evident: public schools should supported publicly, private schools should be supported privately, government initiatives and incentives can make a positive difference, right-sized government (sometimes bigger, sometimes smaller) is a good thing, and they generally consider government service an honorable profession.

So when family values jump up, ask yourself: Is the person speaking using "family values" to denigrate another polician, or is the person speaking about programs, initiatives and his own personal involvement and record?

One last thing: the most important family value must be that each of us does not live alone, in a vacuum, on an island, with his or her own opinions, listening to no one, acting independently. No, the true basic family value must be working with others, living with others who are different and even difficult, and moving ahead together.

There's a family value for you: we are together for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, till death do us part.

No factions. No bad guys. Just living together.

When you hear a politician say something like that, vote for her or him. Or even more importantly, join in and work together. It'll be like a family.

See you. Next time?

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