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    Re: What Are Our Common American Values?

    One shared value could be freedom of religion. We might agree on this one in government, but not in the private sector. It gets very interesting.

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    Re: What Are Our Common American Values?

    Quote Originally Posted by OhIsee.Then View Post
    One shared value could be freedom of religion. We might agree on this one in government, but not in the private sector. It gets very interesting.
    Exactly ... OhIsee.

    Religious freedom and separation of church and state is a fundamental human right.

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    Re: What Are Our Common American Values?

    Quote Originally Posted by OhIsee.Then View Post
    Just a comment. I don't like the word ‘common’. How about ‘shared’?
    Curious... why not? The word was good enough for the founders, which is why it was chosen. But I would like to hear your argument. To me, common implies broad concepts, where shared would seem to paint with finite definition.

    The list so far...

    opportunity to advance ones self in the social structure

    free public education for all

    equal rights under the law

    no rigid class structure giving unfair inherited advantage from generation to generation / making you own way as your own person

    right to own private property

    Freedoms balanced with responsibility

    voting for our government officials

    limited government and checks and balances in our government

    respect for the rights of others

    hard work and a decent days pay for that hard work

    "Promoting social and economic justice"

    "The right of every citizen to pursue life, liberty and happiness"

    "Individual rights"

    "Privacy"

    Rule of Law

    Want lots of stuff

    freedom of religion


    Suggestions for combining or consolidating some of these into more broad concepts is greatly encouraged. So is challenging the inclusion or omission of an item.




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    Re: What Are Our Common American Values?

    Quote Originally Posted by Occam's Razor View Post
    Curious... why not? The word was good enough for the founders, which is why it was chosen. But I would like to hear your argument. To me, common implies broad concepts, where shared would seem to paint with finite definition.

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    Shared as in "used by multiple entities" wiki, I think, has a more precise meaning. Where ‘common’ has a bunch of meanings that you would not want used. And ‘common’ has Biblical meanings; which may have been the source of some of the founders word choice. I don’t think you are attempting to make that connection here.

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    Re: What Are Our Common American Values?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Exactly ... OhIsee.

    Religious freedom and separation of church and state is a fundamental human right.
    thx But, please tell us where you stand on religious freedom. In government only, or is it also really shared in the private sector?

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    Re: What Are Our Common American Values?

    The one thing that should bring us together like no other is The Constitution.

    Our values vary as will a lot other vaiables but it we would stick to the Constitution these are meangingless in the long run.

    Today some have begun to attack the Constitution and the values it should instill in all of us and that is crating a divide between us. This must stop.

    Ii see this as the result of a poor education system that has been going down hiil as political correctnes has grown.

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    Re: What Are Our Common American Values?

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    The one thing that should bring us together like no other is The Constitution.

    Our values vary as will a lot other vaiables but it we would stick to the Constitution these are meangingless in the long run.
    Occam’s Razor asked “The framers and founders declared the basic foundations of common interest to be self evident.. life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Without splitting hairs or cynacism, lets explore these and rediscover the uniquely American interpretations of these self evident tenets that bind us all.

    So, Councilman, what are they? Please give us the list from the Constitution. Please leave out everything else, e.g. education as a cause of ignorance about this. Thanks.

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