Dr. Mark met with Congressman Kind for the Democrat Primary Debate
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Healthy People / Healthy Planet
What does Mark believe?
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.
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 child born into our world.
Parents know their children need to thrive much more than just simply survive. As a community, we will make a place where children can flourish into fullness of life. This extends to everyone. 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 we can live no more.
No one gets sick alone. We can only experience health together.
Our country must 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 too powerful and immensely wasteful of 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 only serve to 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 urges, before it is too late.
We will find a better way.
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 concentrate more wealth and power into the control of fewer people. Those who have some wealth are always able to expand their power more quickly than those who do not have wealth. This imbalance historically results in periodic violent revolution and wars that level the economic playing field. And yet, after these periodic crises, the cycle repeats itself.
It is time to find a better solution.
There is a way out of this repetitive cycle, but we must 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.”