We must do better:
- by caring for our citizens. All of them, not just those who are employed and can afford health insurance.
- by enforcing a living wage. No one who works full-time should be struggling to survive. No business should be enriching its upper management and board while letting its lowest paid employees live in poverty.
- by treating every citizen equally, under the law. Public businesses must not discriminate against their employees or customers.
- by providing equal opportunities under the law. Marriage equality, fair housing, public education for all citizens, and more. Regardless of the color of their skin, their religion, their sexual preference, gender identity, or anything else. All citizens are valuable to our nation, and must be treated with respect.
- by allowing people freedom to engage in any religion, so long as it does not harm others. Or no religion at all, if they so choose. Freedom of religion ends where it imposes on another.
- by getting money out of politics. The amount of money spent to elect our federal government officials is disgusting, and could be used for the greater good, rather than to improve the status of a few.
- by voting in elections, holding our elected officials accountable for their actions, and electing people who truly wish to serve their constituents, rather than corporations and lobbyists.
- by caring for those with mental illness, without treating them as less than.
- by treating victims of violent crimes and sexual assault with compassion, rather than judging them or dismissing their experiences.
- by caring for those with less than enough to get by, without judgment or criminalization.
- by offering real methods of rehabilitation for those who have been incarcerated, and allowing them a chance to improve their lives, reducing the incidents of repeat offenses, once they have been released.
- by treating visitors and immigrants to our country with respect rather than fear or hate. Our parents, grandparents, and ancestors came to this country to improve their lives and those of their families. We should not be looking down on others who wish to do the same.
- by acknowledging our shortcomings, and striving to improve.