The Campaign for American Values is a Super PAC, and as such, it likes to keep a lot of secrets. There are a few things that the Campaign for American Values is up front about, however, and those include its agenda, which is to… uh… support American values.
What are American values, anyway?
The United States of America is a democracy, which means that our society is set up to encourage people to have vigorous, open disagreements about the values that they regard as important. American values center around a diversity of opinion. No single organization, therefore, could honestly claim to represent American values.
That makes the Campaign for American Values inherently incoherent…
… unless, maybe, once upon a time, when the nation was smaller, and newer, all Americans agreed upon the same values. Maybe, an organization could claim that by representing these original universal values, it is representing authentic American values. So, then, maybe the Campaign for American Values could find representatives of American values from that time, from among the founders of our nation, and support a return to their values.
Let’s see, who was among the famous founders of our nation. How about Ethan Allen, leader of the Green Mountain Boys, who took Fort Ticonderoga from the British? Ethan Allen certainly had values. He even wrote a book about his values, called The Oracles Of Reason, in which he declared, “I am no Christian,” complained that, ”we are under the tyranny of priests, since as it ever has, it will be their interest to invalidate the law of nature and reason, in order to establish systems incompatible therewith,” and commented, ”That Jesus Christ was not God is evident in his own words.”
So, does the Campaign for American Values PAC take up these old-fashioned American values of repudiating Christianity? For some reason, no. The largest recipient of money from the Campaign for American Values in 2014 is an organization that is dedicated to preventing Americans from getting married.
That’s a curious thing, because, try as I might to find an historical figure from the days of the American Revolution who believed in stopping people from getting married, I just can’t find one.