The Family and the Empty Middle
by Richard Kordesh on 02/22/17
With our political discourse devolving into polarization, the idea of a middle ground seems increasingly idealistic. But, the center, as empty as it seems to be when it comes to issues like education, crime, immigration, and others must be rebuilt if anything hopeful is to get accomplished.
How we frame issues, and why we frame them the way we do, tells us a lot about how ready we are for the kind of consensus that the middle ground affords.
How we frame a middle ground perspective on the family shapes not only how embracing we are culturally, but also how we see such related matters as how to know whether a community really has the capacity to educate its children effectively. The right tends to define the family too narrowly, while the left tends to ignore it, and deal with related issues such as gay rights, women's rights, and race. I try through my work on the loving, co-productive family to frame such a middle-ground view of the family.