The Do List
I believe our nation has all the resources needed to revitalize our communities, provide hope to our children for a better future, and to usher in a government that can again work for the people.
We have the ability to replace high-paying jobs lost through automation, off-shoring, and monopolistic corporate concentration through truly reinvesting in our country.
We can come together to repair, maintain, and provide 21st-century infrastructure. From bridges to main streets and renewable-based smart energy grids to advanced communication pathways. We can do this while providing a return of skilled living and prevailing-wage jobs.
We can improve the health of all people through proactive community health and nutrition models and by ensuring that all people are covered by networks of the most advanced providers and facilities in the world.
We can provide the resources and autonomy needed for our educators to assist us in fostering the most skilled and empowered youth in the world, and through a system that’s lead by teachers, not legislators. We also must increase the compensation these valuable teachers receive.
We can ensure that our nation continues to attract some of the brightest and hardest-working individuals from around the world, embrace avenues to keep them here as vital contributors to our economy and culture, and welcome those in need at the moments they most need our help.
We can break down the barriers of ignorance and ensure that all people — regardless of gender, race, orientation, and ethnicity — are provided equal opportunities. Regardless of nationality, we must affirm all of the civil rights that our Bill of Rights provides.
We can ensure that we put our soldiers in harm’s way only in the protection of our nation, not to further destabilize the world or strive for short-sighted economic expansion. And we can compensate them and their families accordingly, including the post-service support they deserve.
We can do these things if we make the challenging but necessary decision to come together as neighbors and communities. To find common ground, not in the status quo that continues to transfer the wealth of our families and communities from the bottom to the top, but in the vision for progress that returns wealth and power to the people. If, collectively, we reject sensationalist media that is in business to keep us divided, we can affirm our similarities rather than differences.
We as a nation must demand that our legislators remain committed to representing people over profits and communities over corporations. We can do this if we understand that as a sovereign-currency nation we will never fall short of funding this progress and that our greatest failure will be the mires of ignorance and inaction. We can do this if we demand increased transparency, dialogue, and accountability at all levels of our representation; if each of us agrees to step up and do our part and serve our time to be the politic.
I commit to you to act on these visions with all that I have. To work hard, remain transparent and engaged, and above the corruption of wealth and power. If we go forth boldly together, we will indeed be the change our families, communities, and nation need. Now is the time to throw off the constraints that have divided and disempowered our citizenry.