Freedom, Liberty, Equality
So new citizens are told.
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
So our Declaration of Independence states.
Equal Justice Under Law
So the motto etched on the Supreme Court edifice proclaims.
We herald the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights as our founding documents -- the intellectual backbone and the framework of the Nation. The Declaration is the statement of idealism. The Constitution describes the practical operations of a democratically elected representative government. The Bill of Rights enumerates the important individual liberties that our American governments (National, State, and local) are pledged to protect. But there is much left unsaid in these documents. While they were intended to embody the spirit, principles, and values of our Nation, the reality is that they confront citizens with ongoing struggles. How will the citizens of the Nation create a society that is inclusive, non-racial, and non-sexist given our legacy of past social injustices? This is our greatest challenge.
These are the issues and challenges we address in Platform One. Our answers to these issues will determine the course of our nation, our Democracy, our very life itself. Not that we haven’t gone through tough times in our past. We have.
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.” Abraham Lincoln
Those words stated at Gettysburg on November 19, 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln ring loud and clear today. The civil war of Lincoln’s time was fought with cannon and sword. The civil war of today is being fought with twitter and social media. But the issues at stake are the same. Can our nation, our Democracy survive?