November & December 1996In the mid-nineties, Charmaine wrote a column for Policy Review magazine. One of her articles reviewed the Family Policy Councils. The FPCs are state based non-profits considered faith-based, cultural and economic conservatives.
A conservative president usually needs Ohio to win. And the embrace of the Family Policy Councils.
These state-based organizations work somewhat with the Family Research Council in DC and Focus on the Family in Colorado.
Originally published in 1996; and even more important today.
State Groups That Fight for Mom and Dad
by Charmaine Crouse Yoest
Rudy Gonzalez, a “cowboy poet” with a handlebar mustache and a home-on-the-range accent, strummed his guitar, then launched into a joke. The crowd relaxed into laughter as he regaled them with tall tales and folk wisdom.
This is the Idaho Family Forum’s annual summer fundraiser, the Spud Bake, where this group of moms and dads marks the end of summer by eating baked potatoes. Lots of them. Followed by spud-shaped ice cream.
But cowboy poetry soon gave way to public policy. U.S. Senator Larry Craig rose to address the group, and the question-and-answer session that followed was brisk and well informed. The Idaho Family Forum (IFF) and its supporters are dedicated to changing cultural trends that are undermining the stability of families — from no-fault divorce to teen pregnancy to chronic welfare dependency.
Led by executive director Dennis Mansfield, a former businessman, the IFF is part of a growing national movement of independent, state-based policy organizations called Family Policy Councils (FPCs). There are now more than 30 such organizations across the country, loosely affiliated by shared goals, common strategies, and mutual support. In order to win the ears of lawmakers, the media, and academics, they prefer research over rallies and education over activism.
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Thank you (foot)notes:
Full Disclosure: Your Business Blogger served on the Board of Directors for The Family Foundation, a Family Policy Council in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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So I ask Charmaine, isn’t Britney Spears a God-fearing Jesus-loving celebrity superstar? Or is it Christina Aguilera?
“Britney Spears,” says Charmaine, who knows all things cultural. Charmaine has the female X-chromosome, which, as scientists have proven, is absorbed from the inner pages of People Magazine. “She is oh-so spiritual,” she says.
Not Christina Aguilera?
“I don’t think so,” says Charmaine.
“Christina, Britney — How would you know the difference?” I ask.
Charmaine says, “Britney is pregnant…”
“…And bare(foot) — just the way I like ’em.”
Charmaine doesn’t laugh.
Britney, the church-going-girl might be making money, but she’s not making a difference.
“So, there’s no ‘Christ’ in Christina?” I ask.
Charmaine still doesn’t laugh, “You’re still not funny.”
But she gives a thin smile.
I reply, even as my my extra Y-Chromosome rebels, “Yes dear.”