What does "Faithful Citizenship" say about the family?
"Respect for the family should be reflected in every policy and program. It is important to uphold parents' rights and responsibilities to care for their children, including the right to choose their children's education." #46
"The family is the basic cell of human society. The role, responsibilities, and needs of families should be central national priorities.... Policies on taxes, work, divorce, immigration, and welfare should help families stay together and should reward responsibility and sacrifice for children. Wages should allow workers to support their families, and public assistance should be available to help poor families to live in dignity. Such assistance should be provided in a manner that promotes eventual financial autonomy. #70
"Children are to be valued, protected, and nurtured." #71
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (November 2007)
For more, see Catholic social teaching on the family.
What does the Democratic National Platform say about the family?
"Many Americans once worked 40 hours a week for 40 years for a single employer who provided pay to support a family, health insurance, and a pension. Today, Americans change jobs more frequently than ever and compete against workers around the world for pay and benefits.
"The face of America's families is also changing, and so are the challenges they confront. Today, in the majority of families, all parents work. Millions of working Americans are also members of a new 'sandwich generation,' playing dual roles as working parents and working children, responsible not only for their kids but for their aging mothers and fathers. They are working longer hours than ever, while at the same time having to meet a new and growing set of caregiving responsibilities.
"Our government's policies--many designed in the New Deal era--have not kept up with the new economy and the changing nature of people's lives. Democrats believe that it is time for our policies and our expectations to catch up. From health care to pensions, from unemployment insurance to paid leave, we need to modernize our policies in order to provide working Americans the tools they need to meet new realities and challenges."
What does Barack Obama say about the family?
"We're going to have to help ordinary families be able to stay in their homes, make sure that they can pay their bills, deal with critical issues like health care and energy, and we're going to have to change the culture in Washington so that lobbyists and special interests aren't driving the process and your voices aren't being drowned out. Second Presidential Debate, October 7, 2008For more, see barackobama.com "Family."