As a parent I’m convinced that my best, most vital contribution to this nation will be the four people who learn in my home that their American citizenship is both a blessing and a responsibility; it’s not meant to be a free ride, but rather the freedom to make the most of themselves.
There may not be much I can do about the ill-conceived government programs that will most assuredly burden our children with an incomprehensible pile of debt, so instead I’m focusing on infusing our nation with civic virtue, delivered in measured doses around the kitchen table. If we don’t like the direction our nation is taking, it’s not enough to just shake our heads and express frustration; we have to train up the folks who one day will lead it.
“We the parents” are a powerful presence, indeed. By teaching our children to have self-discipline, forbearance, humility and honor, to live with moderation and civility and magnanimity, and to value their independence and liberty, we can offer the one and only long-term solution that will reinvigorate the vision of America as it once was: virtuous American citizens.