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Which Comes First--The Family or the Village?

AP news has a story today being commented on at WorldMagBlog on Santorum's book, "It Takes a Family," aimed at countering Clinton's message and asserting liberal politics have weakened the American family.

According to the AP, Clinton had not commented on Santorum's book, but this Tuesday, the article tells of an exchange
...when the two senators passed each other in the basement of the Capitol.

"It takes a village, Rick, don't forget that," Clinton called out.

"It takes a family," he countered.

"Of course, a family is part of a village!" she replied.

The two continued on in opposite directions.

The 449-page book by Santorum tackles domestic issues ranging from home schooling to welfare reform, and promotes family over what he describes as the big government, or village, in Clinton's 1996 book.
I liked some of the comments on the blog discussion in response.

Hillary ruined the perfectly valid concept of a community being involved in the rearing of children, under the authority of the parents, by co-opting it to mean that the government and the community should rear the children without necessarily deferring to the authority of the parents.

Posted by Jane D. at July 13, 2005 10:15 AM

>>>"It takes the village to raise everyone with the right societal values as determined by the government. Not as determined by the village."

Spoken like a true Stalinist. Sorry dude, the government doesn't tell me what the right societal values are-- WE tell the government what the right societal values are. And we Christians are informed by the Bible, while you atheists invent it out of whole cloth.

Posted by Carlos at July 13, 2005 10:19 AM
Perhaps the question is which comes first? The family or the village? While it is true that there is value in seeking parenting advice from a counselor or a church pastor or a relative, I have to affirm the thought that the family is the foundation for the village. Without one, you don't have the other. Without families, we would be a anarchist society. So, yes Mr. Santorum. It takes a family to raise a child, build a village, and strengthen a government. It takes a family.

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