What do you tell your kids? Teach them American values

These are American values. All candidates exhibit the best and worst of all of us, so teach them the good stuff. Modeling anxiety and fear doesn’t help them or you.

  • Tell them that America used to be a mean place that didn’t think everyone have the same abilities and chances that others had. But America became a better place. People in the past didn’t think that women or people with different skin colors could vote. Now, we have a black President. A woman nearly won.
  • Every person in our country can be successful if they work hard. Sometimes you may lose, but you get back up and try again. You may lose again, but along the way you’ll make a difference. Effort is never wasted.
  • Not everyone will treat you fairly. It doesn’t matter what others think of you as long as you love yourself and have people around you that love and support you.
  • People will disagree with you. Debating ideas are a good thing. If someone disagrees, you don’t have to feel emotional about it. People can be wrong while still being good.
  • The President says some things that aren’t nice, and you shouldn’t be like that. There will always be people around you that do or say things that aren’t good, but you don’t have to do what they do. Be your own person.
  • Teach them that character isn’t tested when you’re doing well. It’s when things are hard that defines whether you’re a good person or a bad person.
  • Teach them the government is irrelevant and that taxation is theft. We don’t need it if we just live by the Golden Rule. (Ok, as a libertarian, I am hoping you’ll teach them this.)

Chris Spangle is the publisher and editor of We Are Libertarians, a news site and podcast that covers national and Indiana politics from the libertarian perspective. Spangle previously worked in marketing for the Englehart Group on behalf of the Advocates for Self-Government. He also served as the Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Indiana and producer of the Abdul in the Morning Show. He now works as the web director of a nationally syndicated morning show.