A GOOD AND JUST SOCIETY

A good and just society seeks to serve all of its citizens, as well as respecting and caring for the well-being of people and life forms existing throughout the world.

A good and just society cares for and seeks to not destroy the natural environment not only in which it exists as a nation or community, but throughout the world , and other realities that may exist.

A good and just society does not bestow or allow privileges to be hoarded by a few at the expense of other people, society as a whole and the natural environment.

A good and just society seeks to provide public education to all of its citizens from preschool through higher education.  The focuses of this education should not be to teach to pass tests, but to encourage “critical thinking, historical knowledge and a love of learning in each child.”

A good and just society seeks to make sure that no citizen goes without basic needs of shelter, food, clothing and health care.

A good and just society seeks to keep all of its citizens informed through media, while free, is not monopolized and controlled by concentrated wealth and power.

The term, democracy (or representative democratic republic) is a positive form of governing of, by and for the people, not for the elite and wealthy.  The founders of our constitution believed that the greatest threat to democracy was concentrated wealth, and sought to put safeguards to keep democracy in control of the general population.  But over the past two centuries at various times the wealthy have succeeded in undermining the U.S. democracy at the expense of the well-being of the working and middle classes.  In the 1930, Franklin Roosevelt was able to pass the New Deal, which provided among other things, a safety net for workers and others in the general population.  Since Reagan, many of the key safe guards, regulations and safety net social programs have been either removed or reduced in scope and funding.  Currently, we are facing one of the worst inequities in income between the wealthy and the middle/working classes, and we are facing reduced funding for social programs, climate control, public education, health care, housing, etc.

We need campaign reform to resolve these issues, and to get us back to being a good and just society.

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