Friday, 17 July 2009

Obama puts families at the heart of reform

Obama's speech to the NAACP carried a message that would not have been entirely welcome to all of that audience; that America's minorities must stop whingeing and looking for handouts and look to themselves to change their situation. It was not an Obama speech I imagine will be quoted by his supporters on the left here in the UK, but chimes with Cameron's views on the importance of the family as the fundamental building block of a fair, just and equitable society. Just a short quote - full text here;
Now, I know some say I’ve been too tough on folks about this responsibility stuff. But I’m not going to stop talking about it. Because I believe that in the end, it doesn’t matter how much money we invest in our communities, or how many 10-point plans we propose, or how many government programs we launch – none of it will make any difference if we don’t seize more responsibility in our own lives....

... That’s why if we’re serious about reclaiming that dream, we have to do more in our own lives, our own families, and our own communities. That starts with providing the guidance our children need, turning off the TV, and putting away the video games; attending those parent-teacher conferences, helping our children with their homework, and setting a good example. It starts with teaching our daughters to never allow images on television to tell them what they are worth; and teaching our sons to treat women with respect, and to realize that responsibility does not end at conception; that what makes them men is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one. It starts by being good neighbors and good citizens who are willing to volunteer in our communities – and to help our synagogues and churches and community centers feed the hungry and care for the elderly. We all have to do our part to lift up this country.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My god! Can you imagine the pasting in the press this would receive if the same had been uttered by a Tory?