A Platform for 2006: Dream Big, Democrats
by Matt Stoller, Fri Nov 18, 2005 at 02:22:17 AM EST
- Impeach the Secretary of Defense and all other responsible parties for incompetence and criminal negligence in the prosecution of the war in Iraq
- A Constitutional Right to Privacy
- A Higher Minimum Wage
- Universal Health Care
- Universal Free University Education
- National Mass Transit
- Full Corporate Governance Reform to End Corporate Corruption
- National Free Internet Access and Copyright Reform
We're for your right to privacy - an amendment says that. We believe in an information society - free internet access says that. And enough pay-to-play corporate corruption. Let's reform those massive creepy companies once and for all.
You want the union vote - how about a national mass transit system that unions will get to build? Oh yeah, we'll pay for it by getting rid of the massive transportation pork bill, which everyone knows is a monstrosity.
I'm going to lay out why these are much better than what is being bandied about among DC leaders over the next few weeks, but the most important piece is this. These proposals represent our dreams of a united America, and they cannot be coopted by Republicans because the Republicans simply do not agree with us on any of them.
UPDATE: I changed number one slightly. Here's the deal with Rumsfeld. John McCain has taken the torture issue away from us with his grandstanding and our fecklessness. The only way to take back being the party of principle is to say that torture has always been illegal, and we will hold ourselves accountable for it. That means impeachment and trial or those who allowed it to happen. Rumsfeld is one of them - we can't promise there are no others, so I added the investigation part. Hint. Hint.
Some people mentioned energy as an explicit issue, and maybe I should have thrown a windfall profit tax in there. But you have to realize, I'm not discussing means, I'm discussing ends, because that's what voters are interested in. They want to hear what your values mean, tangibly. Mass transit is the major real solution, as a genuine mandate to build a new infrastructure means we get to change the way we use energy and not talk about silly frivolous dreams like hydrogen cars. People in suburbs do want mass transit, they just also want the ability to drive a car.