Debate: How Do We Best Sustain American Values?

FlickrOne of the main points that often separates Democrats and Republicans is the definition of 'family.'

Their separate points of view have come up again and again during this year's presidential election -- so this week we're asking our political bloggers the following question:

Are American values better sustained through church and family OR through citizens engaged with their government and participatory democracy? 

In the meantime, what do you think? Let us know in the comments.


Many Republicans believe that American values are best described as 'traditional family values,' which by their definition means Christian families in which a mother and father are married and present in the home. Many Democrats, on the other hand, prefer a wider definition of the word 'family' and are more likely to prefer that church and state remain separate. American values to many Democrats embrace families of all ethnicities, genders, and backgrounds.

Of course, not all Republicans have the same definition of traditional family values, and not all Democrats agree that church and state are best separated. But in general, Republicans and Democrats tend to fall into these categories. This probably has something to do with why so many Americans are now claiming to be independent -- they recognize that there are many shades of gray when it comes to political beliefs, and they don't want any party in particular to speak for them.

Here's what our political bloggers have to say on the subject:

Republicans Can Love Their Families & Be Smart Too

Americans: We Are 'The' People, Not 'Those' People

States Should Not Define American Values

Coming Together as a Community Helps Build Us Up as a Nation

What do you think?


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