- The purpose of our government is to achieve healthy people and a healthy place to live.
When we have the courage to make our government so that it is “of the people, by the people and for the people,” we build communities of healthy people living on a healthy planet. For democracy to work it depends upon people who recognize one another as neighbors caring for one another and for the shared place where we live.
Medicare For All
- Single payer, publicly funded, national healthcare insurance is the most economical and most equitable way to achieve full healthcare services for all people.
Human wellbeing is the birthright of every baby born into our world. Every mother giving birth knows that her newborn takes that first breath to grow and thrive to the fullness of life. Parents know their children need to thrive way more than just simply survive. As a community we make a place where children can flourish into fullness of life. As a community we must care for one another and provide comprehensive healthcare services to all members of our society. Healthcare services for us all make it possible for us all to thrive and live wholesome lives into our elder years. Until that last day when we can live no more. It is true: no one gets sick alone. It is true: we can only experience health together.
- Our country needs to be on the vanguard leading the way within the community of all nations on earth to mount an effective response to our climate change emergency.
All life on our planet is experiencing huge stress from our rapidly changing climate caused by the increase of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. Fortunately, we can do something about this by working together to control the emission and accumulation of greenhouse gases. It is incumbent upon all people sharing life on earth to respond to this climate emergency. We must do what we can to mitigate the effects of environmental damage that have already occurred. We need to manage, with fairness for all on earth, the many climate changes that are yet to come.
- We need to engage in dynamic international collaboration and diplomacy in place of threatening militarism as a way to strive for achieving world security.
The earth is too small and too frail for reliance upon wars to solve problems of human discord. Military weapons are way too powerful and too wasteful of immense resources for them to ever be used again in any all-out war. At the same time the simple threat of war and the exercise of clandestine military interventions to obtain questionable goals of geopolitical importance waste time and attention from committed and effective diplomatic interventions. The earth faces a climate emergency and all nations must collaborate to meet the challenge of responding to that emergency. Attempting to rely upon militaristic solutions will never get us to where we need to go as a human family inhabiting our small world. We need to move beyond our militarist urge. We need to find a better way.
Oligarchy Replacing Democracy
- The disparity of wealth and power among our citizens is our greatest threat to successful democratic government. For the sake of continuing our democracy we must respond effectively to resolve this threat.
In every age human economies always tend to concentrate wealth and power into the control of fewer people. Those who have some wealth are always able to gain more wealth and power more quickly than those who do not have wealth. This economic imbalance historically results in periodic violent revolution and wars that produce a leveling of the economic playing field. After these periodic crises the cycle of wealth accumulation by a minority at the expense of a loss of power by the majority repeats itself. It is time to find a better solution. If unable to do so, democratic governance will be displaced by oligarchic rule. This is not good.
There is a way out of this repetitive cycle, and we need to be courageous enough to find it. At Gettysburg our 16th President Abraham Lincoln spoke about this same challenge that is still before us. "Our founders brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all are created equal." We are not a nation of lords and serfs. We are not a nation of two classes for those who have power and those who have not. We are a nation of equals. Our President at Gettysburg went on to challenge us to "here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."