Published: Sunday, Oct. 20 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
I didn't realize that families and civil societies were non-liberal
institutions; I just thought they were building blocks of successful
communities.According to the definitions we have created that have
divided so many people in this country, I grew up in a conservative family. The
strange thing, however, is that I learned the liberal concepts
"self-mastery, independence, moral responsibility and law-abidingness"
from my conservative parents. I am so sad to see that being
conservative has now been defined as someone who looks after their own self
interests and being liberal has become known as the having an entitlement
mentality. For most people, neither one of those stereotypes is true. It's
time Utah become a leader of change in this division that is rotting away the
core of this nation. We need to come together, honor ALL families, learn and
honor self-reliance, and take care of the most vulnerable in our communities. We
can do this.
He's not doing anybody any favours by trying to make this an extension of
liberal v. conservative mudslinging.
Deseret News has had several articles on this same topic, citing the exact same
study since July 2013. "Salt Lakers have better chance of
moving up economic ladder than others, study says"(DN July 22,
2013)"Upward mobility depends on location, study says"(DN July 23, 2013 and Sept 20 2013)"Hoping to get ahead?
Location, location, location!"(DN Aug. 9, 2013 and Sept 20, 2013)
"...namely, the success of liberalism may depend in part on thriving
non-liberal institutions, including family and civil society." Well, intact
families are vital - everyone knows that or should. I came from a relatively
poor (economically) background on the Salt Lake near westside. But this was in
the days when families could be intact regardless of economic hardship. I had
the opportunity, like many of my friends, to attend a first rate university and
have a fairly successful work life. But is the notion of intact families a
"liberal" idea? I don't think so. I am a socialist (note: not
liberal) and I believe nothing takes the place of intact family life - no
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