Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.
I was born and raised in the high desert of Nevada in a tiny town called Searchlight. My dad was a hard rock miner. My mom took in wash. I grew up around people of strong values - even if they rarely talked about them.
Almost anything can be dealt with if people are of good will and light hearts and strong values.
America is a country of strong families and strong values. My life's been blessed by both.
I think I was raised in a solidly upper-middle class family who had really strong values and excess was not one of the things that my family put up with.
You can't have a strong nation without strong values, and no one is born with strong values. They have to be taught to you in strong families and reinforced in you in strong communities.
My mother's side of the family is Methodist, which is how I was raised. It was conservative in that I had strong values - sitting down and eating with the family every day, listening to authority and going to church every week and having perfect attendance at Sunday school.
I am proud to say how many people I employ. And the United States first, second and third generation Mexicans are just beyond reproach, spectacular, spectacular hardworking people. I have such great respect for them and their strong values of family, faith and community.
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