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Politics & Power

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Reforming America: Family Values

When most people hear the words "Family Values" they think of right-wing politicians talking about God and abortion and gay marriage. This is not about any of that. This is about valuing families of all types. This is about putting love ahead of hate and people ahead of politics. This is about making America stronger by acknowledging that regardless of your ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or marital status we all are members of families of one type or another and those family ties are important to each of us.

In the modern political arena the focus of much of our debate is what makes us different from one another. People are whipped into frenzies about who people marry or what religion they follow without any regard for the people being targeted by the rhetoric. This has done far more harm than good to America for centuries and it is only getting more intense with each successive election cycle. As politiciansí actual behavior in office does less and less for the constituents they serve the debate becomes more and more hateful to distract voters from their real self-serving agendas.

We as the people who are most affected by the actions of our leaders need to reject the politics of hate now more than ever. We need to embrace our fellow man and acknowledge the humanity of everyone. We need to remember that just because someone has a different idea of family than our familial reality it does not make theirs wrong and ours right. To a homosexual person, their partner is every bit as important to them as any spouse is to a heterosexual person. The children of Muslim families are loved every bit as much as the children of Christian families. It doesnít matter where you come from, what color your skin is, who you are in love with or what name you give to God family is family and we all want the best for our families. When someone tells you otherwise, call them on it.

Part of working for reform is trying to make our nation a better place to live in. If we want life to be better for our families we need life to be better for all families no matter their form. That means we need to stop fighting about why we are different and start working together for our future. If you put a bunch of toddlers in a room together with no adults around they will play together and have fun. They donít care about which kids are Muslim or Christian or who might one day be gay or straight. They donít care about color. We could learn from that. The differences that we spend so much time focused on are little more than figments of our imagination. We decide which differences and similarities we focus on in our lives. They are not inherent to our human condition. They are all choices and if we want things to get better we need to choose to focus on our common needs and the common good of the children we all love. We need to put all families first not just the ones that look like ours.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom | Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column. | Click icon to Digg this article



Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net





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