Family Life & Culture
The strength of our nation ultimately depends upon the strength of our families and communities. I have worked in Congress to uphold the rights and dignity of the most vulnerable in our society, to protect our first freedom of religious liberty, and to encourage families who are making a commitment to their children and communities.
We live in a socially fractured time. Many people feel alone, isolated from any shared endeavor, and alienated from society. America’s vibrant diversity is fading in the face of cultural chaos. More and more is expected of government, which can never adequately substitute a caring community, where the inherent dignity of every person is protected.
We must build a culture of compassion, mutual respect, and individual initiative that protects the rights of all Americans, that binds us more closely as a people, and that strengthens us as a nation. A truly strong society will unleash America’s potential, bolster our resolve, and fight off poverty and degradation. Our families and communities give us a common voice and a dynamic economy, and they are necessary for a properly functioning government and the public good.
The way forward lies in what I call social conservation: in preserving the conditions for order, opportunity, and happiness. A healthy society depends upon more than politics for the promotion of sustainable values. Washington cannot spend enough, fast enough, to fix deep wounds in our culture. Social conservation recognizes that family life, faith life, and civic life provide a continuity of tradition, giving meaning to life and creating stability, particularly for children. Those of us who have the scarring experience of broken homes know this intuitively.
The world is screaming for meaning, for imagination, for creativity. Upholding these traditions creates the space for the development of life’s potential.