Ken Graves is a Heritage Foundation member.

This summer’s town hall meetings showed American politics at its best. Local communities came to life as Congress debated an issue of national importance. With health care on everyone’s mind, citizens armed themselves with the facts to hold their elected officials accountable.

That’s why I am a member of The Heritage Foundation’s Atlanta Community Committee. Heritage provides quality, discussable and deliverable information. I love that. The organization also delivers its message and research to everyone — it puts knowledge and sound information into the hands of individuals for them to synthesize and act on as they wish. This is truly taking politics local.

I am also involved with the Georgia Family Council. My time with this particular group has brought about some of the most meaningful days of my life outside of growing up. I was on the board for several years, and even had the opportunity to serve as chairman. The organization was struggling financially at the time but now it has grown into a truly different organization. It is more focused, more agile, more caring and more effective.

There is a saying, “As iron sharpens iron, so does one man sharpen another.” The current president of the Georgia Family Council has truly done that for me as he has helped me through some very difficult times in my life — and I have tried to be there for him as well. Some people seem to think the government is the best entity to help struggling people. But I think government is often times a mirage for helping people; big government seems like it can help but it really can’t. Bigger is not always better and, in fact, most things taken in abundance begin to break down at some point.

Someone once said it takes a village to raise a child. But my question is, Why do we try to involve a whole country when families do it best? Villages, as the African saying originated from, were not populated by unassociated persons — they were filled with families with history of being together.

My family, especially my wife and two sons (22 and 19), is my life and I want the best for them. I don’t believe the government can help my family as well as we can help each other.

What do you think: Is the government more capable of providing help than families? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

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