Thursday, May 31, 2012

Hypocrites and Inverted Hypocrites: How Republicans and Democrats Send Mixed Messages about Marriage and Family

The Family in America: Newt Gingrich has provided the archetype with a public support for traditional family values and a personal life of infidelity and philandering. Gingrich fits only too well in what one journalistic commentator aptly labels “a long line of conservative Republicans who preach family values . . . but upon further inspection are found to be hypocrites.”

. . . Among Democrats, who at mid-twentieth century constituted the pro-family party, voters have frequently seen what might be called inverted hypocrites: California Senator Barbara Boxer exemplifies this not uncommon political species, reaping the benefits of an enduring marriage and stable family life while indulging in anti-family rhetoric and endorsing anti-family policies.

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