It's one of President Obama's newest catchphrases: "American Values." He tends to bring up in the same sentence as phrases like "pay their fair share" as it pertains to the wealthiest Americans. This of course displays the real problem with Obama talking about American Values. The President apparently believes that his values ARE American values. He's very, very wrong.
Last week I outlined that, once again conservatives are still the political center in this country. Conservatism is the largest group ideologically in America, followed by moderatism and then way back in third place is liberalism. Can anyone argue that Obama is anything BUT a liberal? Only if one is arguing that the President is too far left to qualify as a liberal.
Redistribution of wealth via high taxes and welfare spending is not a conservative value, now is it? No. It's a liberal value.
Massive Healthcare laws that require people to purchase a certain product on penalty of law is not a conservative value or a moderate value, now is it? No. It's a liberal value.
Saying that the wealthiest 1% of Americans, who already pay 40% of the income taxes in this nation, aren't paying "their fair share" is not a conservative value or a moderate value. (It's also not mathematically logical.) It's a liberal value.
Requiring faith-based institutions and individuals of faith to perform abortions and other proceedures that they consider personally reprehensible is not a conservative value or a moderate value. It's a liberal value.
This is a small sample, of course, but it's also very descriptive of the logical failing of this catch-phrase by the President. Mr. Obama, you are not pushing American values, because 75% of Americans are conservative or moderate. You are pushing LIBERAL values. You are pushing your own values. And your values are not American values.