Yes, I support that...
by Jerome Armstrong, Sat Aug 13, 2005 at 05:26:04 AM EDT
National standards for fair federal elections including a common ballot design and common 24 hour election day (10pm EST the first Monday in November to 10pm EST the first Tuesday in November, worldwide)
Nonpartisan congressional redistricting (and at the state level, nonpartisan legislative redistricting)
Fair and Simple progressive no-deductions income and payroll tax
Fair Social Security funding (lift the income limit, add progressivity) to guarantee solvency and meet our moral obligation
Health care for every child as a step to health care for every American
Expanding, retraining and reequipping the National Guard as our "first line of defense" for Homeland Security. Return the militia to its role of protecting its community.
"For the Troops" - Spend tax dollars on the military prioritized to support the soldiers, sailors and airmen, not enrich the defense contractors
Pass legislation to enforce equal protection under the laws for all Americans as guaranteed by the Constitution
Progress toward energy independence by applying American technology for common-sense conservation and the use of government grants and incentives to encourage purchase and installation of home and community based sources of solar, wind and other inexhaustible, renewable energy.What would you change of the above? Or, if you agree, how does it boil down into a single set of values that defines the worldview?
One of the big questions here, is whether we can distill the argument down to a core statement. Grover Norquist, when he introduces someone new to the Conservative movement, will ask "guns, babies, and taxes, where do you stand?" The irrationality of the extremists being allowed to fundamentally interpret the brand is put aside for the purpose of branding the Republicans with a consistent message to win elections with mediocre candidates.
Anyone who's paying attention to the Democrats at the state level recognizes that it's in the states with Democratic governors and state leg's that are more fiscally sound then those run by Republicans. Maybe that's why there continue to be more Democratic legislators nationwide than there are Republicans. But to become a national movement, Democrats will have to coalesque around a consistent worldview that espouses certain principles to advance.