Monday, September 26, 2016

Democratic Values (with a Capital D)

According to Doug Muder at The Weekly Sift, Elizabeth Warren spoke at a recent get-out-the-vote rally in New Hampshire. Her summary of Democratic values was:

  • Every young person is entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt.
  • No one who works full-time should live in poverty.
  • After a lifetime of hard work, people are entitled to retire in dignity.
  • “Let me say something that is deeply controversial in Republican circles: We believe in science, that climate change is real, and we have a moral obligation to pass on a livable Earth.”
  • Equal pay for equal work and a woman’s right to choose.
  • When Wall Street CEOs break the rules, they should go to jail like anyone else.
  • Money should not own our government.
Add in something to cover mass incarceration and racist policing, and the list would cover my range of values, too. I'm sure I'm forgetting something important (as always), but distilling a list like this is helpful. And the overriding thought behind all of this is that people, through government, can make these things happen so that the average person shares in the bounty of this country.

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