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    What Are Our Common American Values?

    This is a poll with far too many possible answers to be accommodated by a list of ten. I will be taking suggestions and compiling a list of them within this thread and try to keep it up to date as much as possible.

    As I add suggestions to the list, debate is encouraged over it's validity for being on the list.

    Far too much effort and attention is given to what divides us, when the only thing that matters is what binds us as a free people... or should.

    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.

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    Re: What Are Our Common American Values?

    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
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    Re: What Are Our Common American Values?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    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
    Except for the 14th Amendment, of course.
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    Re: What Are Our Common American Values?

    liberty > life
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: What Are Our Common American Values?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Except for the 14th Amendment, of course.
    what does that even mean?
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    Re: What Are Our Common American Values?

    There really is no single set of values common to all Americans... as this thread will shortly demonstrate.

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    Re: What Are Our Common American Values?

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    There really is no single set of values common to all Americans... as this thread will shortly demonstrate.
    you are correct and it already has.
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    Re: What Are Our Common American Values?

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    There really is no single set of values common to all Americans... as this thread will shortly demonstrate.
    I think you're incorrect.

    I think that the values are just so common place, that we no longer see them.
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: What Are Our Common American Values?

    Awesome thread ...! I will just add something each day.

    "Promoting social and economic justice"

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

    "Individual rights"

    "Privacy"
    Last edited by Turin; 07-09-11 at 01:37 PM.

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    Re: What Are Our Common American Values?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    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
    I especially liked the one in bold ... haymarket.

    Oh on voting ... well one comment I would like to see that our government officials that we vote upon are those that rise as representatives of we the people and not the highest corporate bidder.

    Elected officials are our public servants not vehicles strictly for corporate interests.

    Sadly ... Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Roberts, Alito overturned the McCain-Feingold law assuring that the that voting for a chosen representative by the people is a lost American value.

    January 22 ... the day the music died.

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    Last edited by Turin; 07-09-11 at 02:03 PM.

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