American Values and the Next President

A Times editorial series on the values and issues that will shape the 2008 election. Click here to read Editorial Page Editor Jim Newton's introduction to the series on the Opinion L.A. blog.

The blessings of liberty
This editorial concludes our examination of the values that have historically defined our nation, and moves us to the next phase of our rumination on the 2008 presidential campaign: focusing on the candidates themselves.

A more perfect union
An introduction to The Times' editorial series on American values and the election.
The 2008 discussion on abortion, capital punishment and stem-cell research.
Liberty & Justice
Personal freedom, federalism and the future of the Supreme Court.
Pursuit of happiness
Taxation, economic policy and technology.
Powers of the earth
Key environmental issues of the day, and where the candidates stand on them.
Domestic tranquility
Urban policy, poverty, insfrastructure and disaster response.
Common defense
The reconstruction of
American power and prestige post-Iraq.
General welfare
Education, immigration and healthcare.