Our lives and values may vary, but democracy unites us

Commentary | July 26, 2006 | By John Burbank | Tacoma News Tribune

Surveys that focus on worldview may help politicians hone their messages, but they get in the way of finding common ground. Most of us, in fact, believe in individual liberty and community, equality and hierarchy. We want the right to pursue our own individual paths to happiness, and we value our families, neighborhoods and communities. We believe that every kid deserves an equal shot in life, and we want strong leaders in tough times.

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