“People, not government, are the source of America’s strength. There is no place that is more important to the future strength of America than the American home. The work that goes on within the walls of a home is the most important work that is ever done in America. And if we want to strengthen America, we need to strengthen the American family.” - Mitt Romney 2/22/2007 Spartanburg, SC
Summary: Mitt Romney on American Values and Culture
- The strong family has been, and should continue to be, a source and foundation of American culture.
- Couples should get married before they have children. Children benefit greatly from having both a mother and father at home.
- Abstinence education should be given to students.
- Pornography and sexual promiscuity are great threats to families and our culture.
- The United States has always valued hard work, education, and belief in God.
- Initiative, risk taking, and opportunity need to continue to be key values of American culture. Dependency is culture killing.
Videos: Mitt Romney on American Values and Culture
Mitt Romney Talks About American Culture at 2008 CPAC
Mitt Romney Discusses Family Values on 60 Minutes
Mitt Romney on the Importance of Morals, Family, and Marriage
Quotes: Mitt Romney on American Values and Culture
Mitt Romney on Values of American People:
“We’re at a critical time in our nation’s history. America must not lose faith in the values and virtues that made the American way of life possible.
We must not allow big government activists to exploit the financial crisis that they themselves unknowingly enabled – to substitute their ideology for the wisdom and good sense of the American people.” - 9/19/09 at Values Voters Summit
Mitt Romney on American Culture:
“What is it about America’s culture that’s led us to become the most powerful nation in the history of the world? Well, we believe in hard work and education. We love opportunity. Almost all of us are immigrants or descendants of immigrants who came here for opportunity. Opportunity’s in our DNA. Americans love God, and those who don’t have faith typically believe in something greater than themself, a purpose-driven life, if you will. And we sacrifice as Americans everything we have, even our lives, for our families, for our freedoms and for our country. These values and beliefs of free American people are the source of the nation’s strength, and they always will be.
The threat to our culture comes from within. In the 1960s, there were welfare programs that created a culture of poverty in our country. Now, some people think we won that battle when we reformed welfare. But the liberals haven’t given up. At every turn, they tried to substitute government largess for individual responsibility. They fight to strip work requirements from welfare, to put more people on Medicaid, and remove more and more people from having to pay any income tax whatsoever.
Dependency is death to initiative, risk-taking and opportunity. Dependency is culture killing. It’s a drug. We’ve got to fight it like the poison it is.
The attack on faith and religion is no less relentless. And tolerance for pornography, even celebration of it, and sexual promiscuity, combined with the twisted incentives of government welfare, have led to today’s grim realities: 68 percent of African- American kids born out of wedlock, 45 percent of Hispanic kids, 25 percent of white kids. How much harder it is for these kids to succeed in school and in life. A nation built on the principles of the founding fathers cannot long stand when its children are raised without fathers in the home. The development of a child is enhanced by having a mother and a father. Such a family is the ideal for the future of the child and for the strength of the nation.” - 2/7/08 at 2008 CPAC