- Fairness-- I want a world where the playing field is level where a poor black kid from Compton CA can do as well as a rich white kid from Greenwhich CT. I want wages taxed at a lower rate than wealth. I want all public schools to be fully funded and fully staffed. I want existing affirmative action laws enforced. I want labor laws enforced. I want equal acces to public accomodations for my wheelchair bound sister. I think we should be making things easier for the little guy not harder.
- Freedom-- I believe in the Constitution in general, the Bill of Rights in particular, and the right to privacy.
- Responsibility-- Alot has been said by the other side about personal resposibility. Its just talk. They don't mean what they say. When it comes down to it they haven't been responsible themselves. They say in their paternalistic way that a single mother shouldn't have anymore kids because she can't pay for them. All the while they have run up our collective debt over two trillion dollars in five years. I think government should pay its bills. I think corporations should pay their fair share. I think the rich should pay their fair share. I think government and big business need to keep their promises to the people. I think that the senate and the house of representatives need to do their job overseeing how the executive branch does its job.
- Morality-- I belive that this country was founded on the best of the enlightenment ideals.
Like most real Christians I believe we should act in a moral way toward other nations. That means no torture, no chemical weapons use, no attacking nations that haven't attacked us first. Here at home it means universal health care. It also means treating the poor in our society and the world with compassion and respect.
- The Common Good--While the other side points to rugged individualism as the source of our country's success. I believe working together is the source of our success and that we are all in this together. That means "provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity" I think Senator Barack Obama said it best in his keynote speech to the 2004 Democratic National convention read below or listen here. Get your Kleenex ready.
it's not enough for just some of us to prosper. For alongside our famous individualism, there's another ingredient in the American saga.
A belief that we are connected as one people. If there's a child on the south side of Chicago who can't read, that matters to me, even if it's not my child. If there's a senior citizen somewhere who can't pay for her prescription and has to choose between medicine and the rent, that makes my life poorer, even if it's not my grandmother. If there's an Arab American family being rounded up without benefit of an attorney or due process, that threatens my civil liberties. It's that fundamental belief — I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper — that makes this country work. It's what allows us to pursue our individual dreams, yet still come together as a single American family. "E pluribus unum." Out of many, one.
Yet even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes. Well, I say to them tonight, there's not a liberal America and a conservative America — there's the United States of America. There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America. The pundits like to slice-and-dice our country into Red States and Blue States; Red States for Republicans, Blue States for Democrats. But I've got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and have gay friends in the Red States. There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and patriots who supported it. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.