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The Family Pitch

Pitch Type:  Emotional 

The Family Pitch invokes the family and family values to bolster an argument. In its most extreme form, it paints opponents as being enemies of the family.

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A pitch is a label for a commonly used argument or persuasion strategy.

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Instances

Barack Obama    United States President
Let me be as clear as possible... I think people's families are off-limits, and people's children are especially off-limits. This shouldn't be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin's performance as governor or her potential performance as a vice president. ... How a family deals with issues and teenage children, that shouldn't be the topic of our politics...

Osama Bin Laden    Former Leader of Al Qaeda
And as I looked at those demolished towers in Lebanon, it entered my mind that we should punish the oppressor [i.e. the United States] in kind and that we should destroy towers in America in order that they taste some of what we tasted and so that they be deterred from killing our women and children.
Context: Is revenge OK?

Osama Bin Laden    Former Leader of Al Qaeda
The US today as a result of the arrogant atmosphere has set a double standard, calling whoever goes against its injustice a terrorist. It wants to occupy our countries, steal our resources, impose on us agents to rule us based not on what God has revealed and wants us to agree on all these. If we refuse to do so, it will say you are terrorists. ... The US does not consider it a terrorist act to throw atomic bombs [killing] women, children and elderly people [...] in Japan.

Osama Bin Laden    Former Leader of Al Qaeda
And as I looked at those demolished towers in Lebanon, it entered my mind that we should punish the oppressor [i.e. the United States] in kind and that we should destroy towers in America in order that they taste some of what we tasted and so that they be deterred from killing our women and children.

The Catholic Church    Largest Christian Church
Homosexual unions are totally lacking in the biological and anthropological elements of marriage and family which would be the basis, on the level of reason, for granting them legal recognition. Such unions are not able to contribute in a proper way to the procreation and survival of the human race. The possibility of using recently discovered methods of artificial reproduction, beyond involving a grave lack of respect for human dignity, does nothing to alter this inadequacy.

Barack Obama    United States President
I trust women to make these decisions in conjunction with their doctors and their families and their clergy.

Barack Obama    United States President
...equality in relationship, family, and adoption rights is not some abstract principle; it’s about whether millions of LGBT Americans can finally live lives marked by dignity and freedom. That’s why we have to repeal laws like the Defense of Marriage Act. That’s why we have to eliminate discrimination against LGBT families. And that’s why we have to extend equal treatment in our family and adoption laws. I’ll be a president that stands up for American families – all of them.

American Civil Liberties Union    (ACLU) Lobbyist
One does not have to look too closely to realize that this legislation [to ban gay people from adopting] is about politics, not protecting children. Prohibiting lesbians and gay men who wish to become parents from doing so goes against decades of science and child welfare practice. Moreover, it does nothing to alleviate our current child welfare crisis. We need more permanent families for our foster children, not fewer.

The Catholic Church    Largest Christian Church
We reaffirm the rights and dignity of all children. They should never be neglected and abandoned on the streets. They should be protected, especially when threatened by exploitation through prostitution, pornography, child-labor, drug trafficking, homosexual adoption and immoral "sex education".

A. Dean Byrd    Clinical Professor
Studies demonstrate that there is, in fact, a difference between non-heterosexual and heterosexual parenting. Children raised by non-heterosexual parents are placed at risk. They are more apt to experience gender and sexual confusion; they are more apt to become promiscuous; they are at greater risk of losing a parent to AIDS, substance abuse or suicide. They suffer more depression and other emotional difficulties. They are also more likely to engage in same-sex behavior. ...

George W. Bush    United States President 2001-2009
Ages of experience have taught humanity that the commitment of a husband and wife to love and to serve one another promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society. Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society. Government, by recognizing and protecting marriage, serves the interests of all.

Sarah Palin    Former Governor of Alaska (Republican)
I would never presume to know God's will or to speak God's words. But what Abraham Lincoln had said, and that's a repeat in my comments, was let us not pray that God is on our side in a war or any other time, but let us pray that we are on God's side. ... I send my first born, my son, my teenage son overseas with his Stryker brigade, 4,000 other wonderful American men and women, to fight for our country, for democracy, for our freedoms.

George W. Bush    United States President 2001-2009
My Administration published its first National Drug Control Strategy in 2002, inspired by a great moral imperative: we must reduce illegal drug use because, over time, drugs rob men, women, and children of their dignity and of their character.

Bill Gates    Microsoft Cofounder, Philanthropist
Providing greater access to existing vaccines and making new vaccines available quickly could save 8 million lives by 2020. ... I’ve given kids the polio vaccine myself – it’s just a couple drops in the mouth. It’s quite magical knowing you are helping prevent a terrible, disfiguring disease. As a parent, I have a choice to provide my children with something that has the potential to prevent illness or even death. I want parents everywhere to have that same chance.

Sarah Palin    Former Governor of Alaska (Republican)
The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil. Health care by definition involves life and death decisions. Human rights and human dignity must be at the center of any health care discussion. ... [It's] Orwellian thinking...