Another liberal value is energy conservation. You can be certain that liberals appreciate our high standard of living. Many Americans have warm, comfortable homes that use natural gas, oil, and/or electricity to cook food, clean clothes and run lamps. Liberals also understand that there is a finite amount of energy available to support our way of life. In order to sustain our fortunate wealth in the long-term, we will have to be a lot smarter about how we use energy. At the very least, the words “reduce,” “re-use” and “recycle” have an important place in our lives---as liberals and as Americans.
The value of efficient transportation is closely linked with energy conservation. We need local, regional, state and federal transportation planning that makes it easier to get around. Are daily traffic jams on I-95 good for our economy? Liberals also understand that communities should be walkable and bikeable. Right now, there are a smattering of disconnected sidewalks near schools---and no bike lanes. How many of our neighbors, whether conservative or liberal, would like their children to be able to walk or bike more safely to school?
Liberals value public education. Public education exists to cultivate individual freedoms that are attuned to social responsibility. A rich civic life is possible through direct experience with arts, athletics, humanities, math, sciences and vocations. The possibility of a rich civic life may be compromised when you have disparate funding of public education. In the 2006-2007 school year, Radnor, PA spent $17,105 per student while
Upper Darby,PA spent $9,727 (Report Card on the School-2007; Philadelphia Inquirer: http://inquirer.philly.com/specials/2007/report_card/. What can we do, as a society, to maintain Radnor’s excellent educational programming while providing comparable funding to less wealthy districts?
These are five values that liberals often agree on. Sometimes, conservatives may agree with the value but not on liberal policies that support the value---and that’s okay. It is rich and informed discussion about these values that will help
to be a tremendous place to live, work and raise families. Interestingly, some of these secular values have their roots in Jewish, Christian, Islamic or other religious texts that emphasize compassion, caring, and civic engagement. America ’s great tradition of secular values will ensure that we will continue to grow and prosper as a vibrant, diverse, and healthy democracy. America