Rimini, Italy, Aug 30, 2012 / 10:12 am
Mary Ann Glendon, the former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, believes that the 2012 presidential election will be a historic crossroads for the United States.
"I think this may be the most important election in many, many years, and the reasons for saying that are both economic and cultural," she told CNA on Aug. 24.
Glendon says American voters face a choice between a Democratic Party that is "very devoted to and willing to give priority to what I would call the 'lifestyle liberties,'" and a Republican Party that is more supportive of "the family and the small institutions of civil society and religion."
As a grandmother of six, she also worries that the current level of government debt "is going to impose a burden on the next generation and the generation after that," such that, "contrary to the American dream our children will not have a better life than we have had."