From the Winter, 1997 issue of Touchstone
america politics Is <title>A Bridge or an Abyss? by Vigen Guroian

A Bridge or an Abyss?

The Debate over the Family in the American Political “Village”

by Vigen Guroian

In his acceptance speech for the Democratic presidential nomination, President Bill Clinton said he wanted to build bridges to the future. And he promised that he would commit the federal government to a strong role in supplying the building materials so that Americans might successfully cross over into the perennially promised new era that American politicians like to reimagine every presidential election year.

During the 1996 presidential campaign Clinton and the Republican nominee Bob Dole linked almost every domestic issue to one theme—family values. Each nominee insisted he was the most committed to the American family and that . . .


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