I've always come across as brash. Writing online tends to make that even worse. One trick I learned lately is to write future statements. So today in the spirit of Elder Oaks advice, I'm going to share my political beliefs in the least confrontational manner I know how.
I hope for a strong and diverse economy where those who choose to work can find jobs that allow their families to live in comfort.
I hope we are able to fund our schools so that each child can have the individual attention they need to reach their full potential.
I hope for financial security and health care for the ill and old.
I hope for a better more accessible mental health care system.
I hope we can protect and preserve our air, water, land, and wild life for future generations.
I hope for an immigration policy that is compassionate.I hope all Americans will be able to practice their faith with tolerance and with out fear.
I hope for peace.
As long as the Democratic party stands for these values, I'm going to continue to try and convince my family, friends, and neighbors that they should be voting for the Democrats. I expect Republican to continue to try and convince me I should be a Republican. Please, let us focus on the policies and not spread hatred for each other.
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But like so many other things, the water we drink and air we breath cannot be protected in a piecemeal fashion. Child labor cannot be regulated state by state. Competition breeds a race to the bottom.
Bourgeoise individualism is naive… much like Marxism. It relies on an absurd notion of an invisible hand guiding the morals of the economy.
Society requires regulations and investments in its people for the purposes of its own success and security. We have elections to decide what the proper balance is.
None of this has anything to do with the gospel, other than that each of us has the “free will” to decide with our own conscience how our country should treat the least of these. We have a collective voice and will as much as we have individual needs and will. Our collective voice has the right to choose how we will act to better our collective state.
Funding for education, and support of public schools
Health care for those too sick to work
Compassionate Immigration Reform
I also support the constitution, but recognize like the founding fathers that it wasn’t perfect and never will be perfect(Alexander Hamilton said so in the federalist papers). It’s better than it used to be after all it now blocks slavery, state sponsored religion, and grants universal suffrage. You and I interpreter Article I Section 8 Clause 3 differently. Which is fine, the founding fathers didn’t even agree on it(look up A Bill For Manufactures in the Americas). Conveniently for me the Supreme Court tends to agree with me rather than you.
It’s interesting you refer to “since Woodrow Wilson”. While he’s often identified as a progressive, he wasn’t a very good one. He fired many federal employees simply because they were black. The president you should have started with was Teddy Roosevelt, since he supported many policies being moved to the national level. Some of this was because of how trains had made interstate commerce so much more common, but mostly it was because he believed a good law is a good law no matter what level it is passed at.
Personally I’m much more involved in state politics than I am in federal politics. I would like to see my state legislature allow more control at the local level than at the state level. State Democratic politicians generally support more local control than state Republican politicians.
I could say since I don’t always agree with the party, I don’t belong to it, but what does that get me. By participating in caucuses, being a delegate(for the last decade), participating in party leadership(precinct chair, leg sec, leg chair, regional director), running as a candidate(twice), and serving in caucus leadership(LDS Dems executive commitee member) I am able to help shape the party and have far more influence than I ever would by sitting out side throwing stones.
My bishop and stake president both know I am a Democrat. In fact I was invited to speak at stake conference specifically to assure members of my stake that it OK to be a Mormon Democrat. Here’s a story about a meeting two other LDS Democrats meeting with their bishop:
For now I’m going to listen to my priesthood leaders over you. I’m sorry for the insults other liberals have directed towards you and other conservatives. I posted this an attempt to change the dialogue and focus on policy.