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American Values

Celebrating Nosy Neighbors

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 06.03.2014 | Crime
Stuart Muszynski

As America becomes a country plagued by community violence, mass shootings, school shootings and missing children, we must also become a country of nosy neighbors. Vigilance works. It's really up to us.

Marriage and Happiness: David Blankenhorn Interviews Charles Murray

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Can Charles Murray help us be happy? Curmudgeon, yes. Conservative, yes. Happy? As Andy Kline succinctly writes: It is widely agreed, by friend a...

Is the Marriage Gap Driving Inequality? David Blankenhorn Interviews Lawrence Mead

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Marriage has become a profound, if paradoxical, bell weather of our culture; for 21st century Americans it seems that marriage is at the same time both indispensable and disposable, acclaimed by all and unachievable by a majority. Discerning why this is so requires honest and patient conversation.

Saving Lives Verses Driveway Mildew -- Our Skewed Values

Constance Spencer | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Constance Spencer

I had just left a group of the most compassionate and generous people, both villagers and visitors, in the poorest of areas who represented the best in human nature, to return to face the opposite in a country of such affluence. What direction has our society taken?

Look at America. What Do You see?

Wayne Baker | Posted 04.27.2014 | Media
Wayne Baker

I've learned that there is a way to calm those fears and get people to risk sharing their deep feelings about this country. One reliable way is to say: Just stop and look. Just stop and look at America.

Military Core Values: They Don't Exist

Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff

Military personnel must understand values all Americans share, but recognize how their responsibilities change with their oath. Every military initiative in the area of morals and ethics must be grounded in the core values that flow from that oath.

Grateful for the Lemons Life Gives Us

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Stuart Muszynski

How we each can lift ourselves above the fray -- life's circumstances, negativity and excuses -- is the true message of Thanksgiving that I see. Because, if we're truly thankful, then we will know that our lives have a higher purpose, and our expression of gratitude is to live out that purpose.

Incognito, Martin and the 'Rules of the Game'

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Stuart Muszynski

The Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin incident -- both on and off the field -- reveals a culture where the "rules of the game" at best tolerated and at worst endorsed a "Wild West" culture of meanness, hazing, bullying and anything-goes.

Have Some Fun, Smash a Slot Machine

David Blankenhorn | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
David Blankenhorn

Leaders like La Guardia smashed slot machines because slot machines take money from the vulnerable and poor and deliver a large portion of the take to politicians.

How Would America's Founding Fathers React to Syria?

Craig Considine | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics
Craig Considine

Arguably, by intervening in Syria's civil war, President Obama is ignoring Washington's advice and repeating the mistakes of the Bush administration in aggressively invading foreign countries that pose little threat to the direct security of American citizens.

Syria: A Question of Balancing America's Values

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Will we lead the world to prevent more chemical warfare, especially against innocent children or will we turn a deaf ear? Will we defer to our lowest values or lift up our highest ideals?

What Americans Can Learn from the Japanese

Monique Svazlian, CPCC | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Monique Svazlian, CPCC

I recently took a trip to Japan, and got a first hand look at this centuries-old culture. Although only there for a week, it was enough time to leave a hugely positive impression and inspired thinking about what we as Americans can learn from the Japanese.

Is There a New Form of Value Taking Shape in America?

Bob Deutsch | Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Bob Deutsch

When a culture of high expectations finds itself between mythologies, it really is between a rock and a hard place. Given America's vast resources, habitable landscape, and culture of plenty, we never needed to pause to reflect. We just keep on going like the Energizer bunny.

Can Trayvon Martin Be a New Tipping Point in the War Against Racism?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 09.14.2013 | Crime
Stuart Muszynski

We can and should start the conversation in America with race. This conversation should take place formally and informally in our schools, houses of worship, and homes.

Does the IRS Have a Values Problem?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

When officials who hold power positions act arbitrarily and without values like doing the right thing, fairness, equality, and respect -- values that we consider part of our national identity -- innocent people and ultimately the moral authority of government itself suffers.

Our Unethical Republic

William E. White | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
William E. White

Obedience to the law is not enough. Americans demand legal and ethical behavior from themselves and their fellow citizens.

Does Hate Live Among Us?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 07.08.2013 | Impact
Stuart Muszynski

If meanness and hate are ingrained, albeit unfortunate parts of human nature, we must create communities that reinforce our other natural tendencies toward kindness and against meanness.

What I Believe (About You)

Susan Piver | Posted 07.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Piver

A show of hands, please. What do you believe in? What are your values? What do you believe is at the heart of human nature? What kind of world do you want to live in?

American Crisis

William E. White | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
William E. White

We live in critical times. So has every other generation of American citizens. We cannot realize the promise of our American Revolution by restoring the past. We cannot become the "summer soldier and sunshine patriot" of Thomas Paine's The American Crisis.

When the World Is Going Crazy, Where Is Superman?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 06.19.2013 | Impact
Stuart Muszynski

This week, mildly put, has been challenging: the Boston Marathon bombing; ricin-laced letters; the unexplained explosion in West, Texas; nuclear threats from North Korea; and a noticeable lack of courage and leadership in Congress.

Other People's Children

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 06.08.2013 | Parents
Joanne Goldblum

Most people are committed to pointing their own kids toward a bright future. If we're able, we'll spend a small fortune on sports equipment and tuition. To ensure that our kids inherit an America like the one that we inherited, however, we need to start worrying about other people's children.

If You Were Dying, Would Anybody Help?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 05.19.2013 | Impact
Stuart Muszynski

Who is responsible for this "values cliff" and how do we get back on track to a shared expectation of decency, responsibility and citizenship that we all can say is the real America of our traditions, aspirations, hopes and dreams?

America's Values Cliff More Troubling Than the Fiscal Cliff

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 02.26.2013 | Business
Stuart Muszynski

Long before the financial meltdown of 2008, there was a values meltdown in the United States. Most people could sense this but by the time it caught up with us, it was too late.

Healthy Values Protect Your Kids From the Media's Unhealthy Messages

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 01.19.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

You can't just sit back and play defense when it comes to values. Popular media is just too powerful and omnipresent. You need to take your values directly to your children.

2012 Election Even More Hopeful

Brian Hardwick | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Brian Hardwick

Ultimately with his reelection, I'm more hopeful about the future of our country than I have ever been.