Donna K. Rice
The Role of the Family Unit
Civic Duty From One Generation to the Next
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Hey friends! Today let's talk a little bit about the role of the family unit and why defending that is so important in the Conservative Movement. Now, the first thing we want to do is consider the goal of our Founders when they were establishing America; that's important for understanding the family unit. Their goal was to establish a self-governing society. That phrase is so important, a self-governing society of citizens with the institutions necessary and convenient to sustain the vision of that self-governing society.
Okay, keep that in mind while we talk about the family. They saw, our Founders saw a key role of the family unit as being the procreation and then the education of children being born of a family unit of a husband and a wife. Within that traditional family, they saw these tendencies or characteristics: first of all, that new citizens were produced in the new country and they were the ones that would carry on the self-governance and the freedoms and liberties that were being established. Why? Because these kinds of things were instilled by a family unit: standards of societal behavior, an understanding of financial responsibility and stability, an understanding of maintaining physical health, a work ethic and an understanding of the importance of work, morality, a moral code that would govern how we treated one another, an understanding of the importance of education and academic performance.
Now think about those characteristics that tend to be naturally instilled by families working together to create responsible citizens. Those characteristics lead to a better community experience for all of us. It's safer, people tend to treat each other respectfully and decently, civilly, and it's a society that is able to govern itself because of these characteristics that are instilled in young children as they grow up and then go out to become the next generation of citizens.
The question I have for you today is this: Are we ready to explore more deeply the purposes of family in a free country? And, if you can answer yes to that, I want you to take a look at our show notes to the links to two articles, now these are long articles 35 pages each lots of footnotes and details to dig in deeper if you want to. But read these articles they really give a great picture of the family unit and what's happened in America over the last few generations that is really working against the family unit and why we cannot let that dissolve our country.