We protect free speech because we are humble and not too quick to say that only our own ideas may be right.
We recognize diversity, of ideas and races, because we are humble and tolerant.
And we are optimistic, as we must be to trust ourselves and our fellows and to believe that all will always come out right in the end.
Unfortunately, the current Congress epitomizes some other verbs: delay, obstruct, scandalize, criticize, minimize, denigrate and divide. They have not actualized much of anything except a social issue agenda: oppose abortion and contraception with no exceptions; close Planned Parenthood; denigrate Health Care Reform but provide no alternatives; diminish rights of Labor, women, children, the poor, Muslims, students and minorities. Ignore comprehensive immigration, gun violence, the cost of wars; the over-incarceration of people of color; the plight of children living in poverty.
- We believe in the principle of the primacy of law over the wiles and whims of men, but we also believe that the consent of the People must be obtained to sustain such rule of law
- We believe that all deserve equal treatment, equal opportunity and equal justice under the law
- We also believe that citizens have a duty to obey those laws, but if they have a grievance they may make that known in peaceful protest
- While some assert ‘that government is best that governs less,” we actually believe that restraint and prudence are the guiding principles for government intervention or action, and that is why the Constitution puts restraints like warrants, probable cause, a man’s home is his castle, a writ of habeas corpus, the right to due process, the right to privacy and protection of property into our Constitution.
- We also believe in unity (out of diversity) and in cooperation between branches as well as among legislators in order to make our system work
- That cooperation has in the past been extended to other nations and to fair legislative consideration of Executive actions involving other governments
- We believe in paying for government programs by expecting that a fair tax system will be progressive but not disproportionate
- Our government is reluctant to be seen as infringing upon our freedoms
- The national government is protective of us all at times of domestic and international difficulties, when our states act contrary to our constitutional principles, when there is a need of such proportions that only the national government can address the circumstances, and when a small group needs protection against larger predators, or vice versa
- Our government is forbidden from establishing a national religion, or allowing one religion to be favored over another, but we are also a government that must not infringe upon the freedom to worship, or not to worship.
- We are an optimistic people, a charitable people, and a people who favor underdogs, probably because our Constitution and laws tend to encourage those attitudes and viewpoints.
Leaders dare to speak out against hate, against injustice, against discrimination and neglect.
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