Dan Quayle Worth Fighting for

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Worth Fighting for

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Looks at many of the issues that affect the United States and argues that it is time for America to reset its moral compass

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While ungenerous readers might be tempted to consider former Vice President Dan Quayle's criticisms of the liberal "opinion elite" (which he claims "has tilted the country's culture in a direction that is counter to middle-class values") a case of sour grapes over his status as a recurring butt of jokes in Doonesbury, you really won't find much bitterness in Worth Fighting For. Instead, Quayle lays out one of the most explicitly "family values"-themed platforms of the campaign for the U.S. presidential election in 2000. Nearly everything on his docket--from education reform to tax cuts, from pro-life policy to judicial appointments--has been developed in line with the question, "Does it strengthen the American family?" (And, also, "Is this a proper function of the federal government?") Cyberlibertarians will be interested to note that while Quayle echoes the universal lament that something needs to be done about online pornography, he also comes down firmly against surrendering electronic encryption keys to federal law enforcement agencies: "Frankly," he says, "our private lives are none of the government's business." Perhaps that respect for privacy is why, while he's resistant to legalizing same-sex marriages, he says nothing explicitly condemnatory of gays and lesbians, basing his objections to gay rights legislation on the principle that as American citizens homosexuals are already entitled to "equal and fair treatment." Quayle is an acknowledged long shot for the Republican nomination in 2000; though coverage of his campaign in the press is somewhat uneven, the publication of Worth Fighting For ensures that his agenda can in theory be made accessible to voters.

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Dan Quayle is the author of two books: Standing Firm, a memoir that became a national bestseller, and The American Family: Discovering the Values that Make Us Strong. The former vice president also writes a nationally syndicated newspaper column, serves on a number of corporate boards, chairs several business ventures and is chairman of Campaign America.

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