Single Moms With Family Values

Assistant history professor Molly Worthen writes a piece at the New York Times about single mothers who are changing the landscape by rejecting the politics of their liberal peers.

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University of North Carolina assistant history professor Molly Worthen writes a piece at the New York Times about single mothers who are changing the landscape by rejecting the politics of their liberal peers.

When Jennifer Maggio was in her early 20s, she was raising two children by herself on the $750 per month that she earned as a manager at a furniture store in Vidalia, La. She went to college at night and was living in subsidized housing when she felt God urge her to make an unexpected choice. "I started tithing. To tithe while I was living on food stamps — that was a tough decision," she said. "The conversation I had with God was: 'You've got to be kidding me. This is about the pastor wanting a new truck.' " ...

She later married and founded Life of a Single Mom Ministries to help other women. She hates talking politics, but says she has always been an "extremely conservative Republican."

Politically speaking, Ms. Maggio is unusual: in 2008 and 2012, three-quarters of single mothers voted for President Obama. It's tempting to dismiss a Republican single mom as a dupe persuaded to vote against her own interests, a victim of what Thomas Frank called "the politics of self-delusion."

This assessment is misguided. One polling firm called single mothers "the largest progressive voting bloc in the country," but Democrats should not take single moms for granted, even as Republicans have shown that they would rather sabotage the basic functions of government than extend the social safety net.

Read Molly Worthen's entire piece the New York Times. 

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