Health care for everyone is a right, not a privilege. Affordable has no meaning with those left out of the system because of pre-existing conditions, high deductibles, or co-pays. Every other industrial nation (and most developing nations) deliver health care to all its citizens without bankrupting them at half the price we currently spend. Plus, we have poorer outcomes. Do not be deceived, we can afford it. After all, we declared we were going to the moon when we did not have a clue how to get there. We figured it out. And here we have the advantage of every other industrialized country that has.
Education is necessary for us to evolve into a civic and united society where everyone can benefit from a good education. Universal and equitable public education is the key. Successful industrialized countries ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to learn from cradle to grave. It is a common good not a profit center for business. Education should be affordable for everyone that wishes to pursue post-secondary education or training. Our schools should be run as centers of learning where teachers are respected and given the means to perform.
Agriculture: ensure farmers have the means to succeed. Farmers are stewards of the land. We need to move to regenerative, sustainable agriculture. We have incredible science and technology that can lead us in that direction while earning a living. We should envision policy where production isn’t king but as the FFA Creed expresses ( I was a former State Treasurer) “I believe… in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.” It does not say the corporate interest.
Climate change is real and a proven fact. We should have learned the scientific method in grade school. Test a hypothesis through experimentation and go where the observations lead you. Facts are verifiable. They standup under scrutiny. It is hard to imagine the suffering caused to society and the economy that stems from new pandemics, mass migration, starvation, wars over resources and barren zones that were once productive. It is challenging our humanity.
Will our great grandchildren look back in awe at our foresight and sacrifice to make the planet better or will they look back in shame and anger at their ancestors that destroyed their planet and lives for a few more years of greed and plunder while they made America Great for themselves regardless the consequence. We need to support people and businesses that are attempting to reduce their carbon footprint.
Climate change affects every aspect of our lives from health to the car we drive. If we keep our fixed on the future, we will succeed. We are in a state of transition, and Americans are very clever.
Justice for all is a broad category. We have grown accustomed to injustices between racial and economic groups, policing, and economic opportunities. The COVID-19 public health crises and subsequent collapse of the economy presents an opportunity to rebuild a more just society. The Republicans lead the charge to keep the status quo.
It makes sense to give communities the opportunity to decide how policing is to be done. We equip the police like the military. No wonder they behave as the military. Look around. In Europe, unarmed police patrol the streets, most of the time on foot. Yes, there are SWAT teams for extreme cases. When the Belgians caught the last surviving member of the terrorists that killed 140 people at the Bataclan Café in Paris in 2015, he was brandishing a handgun, but they shot him in the knee and took him into custody. How many cases have police pumped 7-20 rounds into unarmed people? In one case, a kid was carrying a toy gun. Let’s stop the nonsense. No one is defunding the police, but reallocating funds that will make policing a community-controlled police effort where citizens trust the officers to do the right thing.
When police are used to suppress the community and enforce the will of the elite minority, it is simply wrong. So cut the fear mongering and propaganda.
Incentives given to developers to build affordable housing is critical. The NIMBY principle (not in my back yard) is not up for discussion, although Republicans embrace it. City councils need to step up with zoning for affordable housing. Gentrification should not take away units that were affordable, albeit run down. New units need to match the affordability of those torn down or replaced.
America is great when citizens are in control. That means all of us. We need to correct the axiom of “one dollar, one vote”. We were founded on the premise of one white man, one vote. It has evolved to “one person, one vote”. Decision making should be done by a bunch of cronies sequester at the capitol but together with constituents. We can do that when YOU are empowered to make decisions that affect your wellbeing. It’s not a question of can we afford it. We can figure that out. It also demands that you take the time to sift through the propaganda and hype to get to the facts. That is what democracy demands of YOU. Otherwise we are at the mercy of the tyrants in the 1%. The founders of the country knew that well when they cut the strings with King George III.