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What Are American Values These Days?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 5, 2012

The Republican strategist and the Democratic pollster reflect on which core beliefs are still central to our lives.
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Penn: My hope this July 4th is that we focus as Americans in reviving our sport values – values that have made us great and can rekindle in our optimism for the future as they have done many times before. From Jesse Owens’s victories in the 1936 Berlin Olympics to the “Miracle on Ice” in Lake Placid in 1980, great athletic events have crystalized our faith in the country.

These days, sports are marred by scandals that go far beyond cheating, and it seems that every feel-good sports moment has its nefarious counterpart. Sports have always represented American values of fair competition, community, hard work, and the American Dream. But Americans believe our values are in decline, and while this is most clearly attributed to a lack of faith in political and economic institutions, perhaps our athletic institutions best demonstrate why we as a nation have become pessimistic about our values. Read the rest of this entry »

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