The grand old values are the ones Ithat used to be learned growing up in a small town in the U.S. Midwest during the fifties. That town may be somewhat fictional, mythic, or romanticized, but the grand old values are not. The grand old values also are not necessarily what currently is fobbed off as family values or even Christian values. To be more accurate, a great many people trumpet grand old words about grand old family values, and those people gain many followers because the words sound wonderful. The problem is, what those people do betrays the emptiness of the trumpted words -- sound and fury signifying nothing beyond a desire to be in power. Their actions, their policies, and their votes trumpet forth a testament to the hypocrisy of their words. So, this store is one moderate Deomcrat's way of, at one and the same time, spoofing the hypocrisy and calling out the hypocrites,
When living by the grand old values, someone who needs help is not scorned and treated as an outcast. People do not absolve themselves with the excuse that those in need irresponsibly create their own messes and should be held accountable for cleaning it up themselves. When living by the grand old values, family, friends, neighbors, and the larger community withhold judgement and help each other through difficult times. Many make sacrifices in their own lives and finances to help others, taking in younger siblings, nieces, nephews, or even whole families without thought because, according to the grand old values, the right thing to do is to get up and help, not sit down and judge.
People living by the grand old values understand that high moral character is not at all assured by wealth. It is no surprise to those living by the grand old values when a poor man or woman proves to be more honorable and behave more responsibly than a rich one.
When living by the grand old values, wise small town business owners do not treat employees as faceless, disposable, interchangeable plug-ins to the business. Wise small town business owners value hardworking employees and understand the contribution such employees make to the business and to relations with customers. Wise small town business owners recognize the value of such workers as assets to the business. Wise small business owners understand that the good worker is worthy of his or her hire and that retaining good workers through raises, bonuses, benefits, promotions, and even partnerships builds employee loyalty, customer loyalty, and community relations, and all of those elements work together to build the bottom line, not diminish it..
Wise citizens of small towns understand that city services make their small town a pleasant, safe, and desirable place to live. Wise citizens of small towns support their police and fire departments and their schools, their teachers, and their libraries. Wise citizens of small towns understand the need for creating and maintaining city parks, for road maintenance, for snow removal, and for sanitation workers and sanitation departments. Wise citizens of small towns understand that, while the small town does provides those desirable services to everyone, the services are not free. Wise small town citizens understand that they pay for those services through their taxes. Wise small town citizens understand that, as the costs of providing the services increases or as the tax base decreases, the small town will need more money to continue to provide the same desirable level of services. Wise small town citizens understand that a reduction in taxes necessarily means a reduction in those desirable services, and a corresponding reduction in the pleasantness, safety, and quality of the desirable life they have been living in that small town.
Civic pride and civic duty are important parts of living according to the grand old values, and civic duty entails being knowledgable about the issues facing the small town, the county, the state, and the nation. Civic duty entails a refusal to settle for catchy quips and sound bites that sound good on the surface but which are meaningless or possibly even insiduously detrimental in intent. Civic duty entails an insistence that each political party and each candidate return to offering clear and detailed solutions to problems based on that party's and that candidates political philosophy. Wise citizens understand that personal attacks, ad hominem attacks, are the weakest response in a debate. Wise citizens will question whether candidates resorting to personal attacks does so because he or she lacks strong, issue based reponses or whether he or she does so because he or she wants to avoid disclosing the actual plan of action he or she will follow once he or she is elected.
Candidates living by the grand old values will act as statespersons concerned with the long-term good of city, county, state, or nation and not as politicians; as perpetual candidates continually running for re-election by opposing the opposition; or as pawns of lobbyists; corporations, or campaign donors.