It Takes Families to Make Up a Village
Mona Charen Copyright Creators Syndicate, Inc., St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
The phrase "it takes a village to raise a child" gained currency several years ago. The African aphorism was invoked by those who sought to defuse concern about deteriorating families. The subtext was: If it takes a whole village to raise a child, it isn't such a big deal if a child has one parent or two.
Hillary Rodham Clinton seized upon the phrase just as it was becoming a cliche. But the phrase has gone beyond cliche - if Howard Fineman of Newsweek is right - and has become the heart of the 1996 campaign.
Robert Dole indirectly challenged Mrs. Clinton in his acceptance speech, saying, "It doesn't take a village to raise a child, it takes a family." At the …
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Publication information: Article title: It Takes Families to Make Up a Village. Contributors: Mona Charen Copyright Creators Syndicate, Inc. - Author. Newspaper title: St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO). Publication date: September 9, 1996. Page number: 15B. © 2008 St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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