Former Kentucky treasurer to speak at Lindsey Wilson

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By The Staff

With the 2008 election in high gear, Kentucky author and politician Jonathan Miller will speak at Lindsey Wilson College on 10 values essential to uniting America.

Miller will speak about "The Compassionate Community: Ten Values to Unite America" at 5 p.m. ET Tuesday, Feb. 19 in W.W. Slider Humanities Center Recital Hall.

His talk - which is free and open to the public - is part of the 2007-2008 Lindsey Wilson Cultural Affairs Series and also the college's Lecture Series on Civic Engagement.

Miller, who is former Kentucky treasurer and current secretary of the Kentucky cabinet for finance and administration, is the author of "The Compassionate Community: Ten Values to United America."

Published in 2006, "The Compassionate Community" is Miller's attempt to bring competing U.S. ideological and political interests together and work toward a common cause.

"The moral test of government is how it treats those who are at the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadow of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped," Miller writes in the book's introduction. "Today, however, when American voters talk about values, the standard emotions are not love and compassion. They are the very opposite: anger and fear."

Miller asserts a set of values that can address voters' concerns and also can unite most Americans. "I call it the Compassionate Community," he writes.

Miller's "Compassionate Community" includes what he calls "10 essential American values:" opportunity, responsibility, work, family, freedom, faith, justice, peace, respect and security.

"It has a simple theme: 'love your neighbor as yourself,'" he writes. "When we put aside our own selfish desires to act on behalf of the greater good, we create a Compassionate Community, a society that provides everyone who works hard and assumes personal responsibility an opportunity to share in the American Dream."

A Kentucky native, Miller earned a bachelor's degree and a law degree from Harvard University. In addition to serving two terms as Kentucky treasurer, Miller also was a congressional and gubernatorial candidate.

To read more about "The Compassionate Community: Ten Values to United America" visit www.thecompassionatecommunity.com.

For more information, contact Lindsey Wilson at info@lindsey.edu or (270) 384-8212.