2006-09-22 / Columnists

The Progressive

A Future For The Democrats
By John Paul Culotta

It will not be enough for the Democrats to be the Non-Republicans to gain control of the Congress and the White House. At this junction, the party appears to think attacking the failures of the present administration in Washington will assure the party's future. This nation's voters will seek a plan for our future and not just criticism of past mistakes, misdemeanors, and malfeasances. Nancy Pelosi needs to construct a positive message for the party to deliver this fall and for 2008.

The Progressive is giving the party and my readers my list of issues the Democrats should espouse that I feel will assure their political ascendancy for decades.

1.) Security is the main concern of the party and all Americans. We need to develop a secure border to thwart terrorists. Police forces need to be given the necessary resources, training, and investigative equipment to stop terrorist plans. A plan should be developed that will assure a proper distribution of funds regarding terrorist prevention. FEMA will be investigated and improved. The use of fear as a political tool should cease.

2.) Our nation will strive to settle international differences through peaceful means. As the most powerful military force in the world, our nation should avoid conflicts unless our own security is threatened in a demonstrative and definitive way. If we do not, this country will be perceived as a domineering war monger. Americans are not fond of war as a solution to economic and social problems. Terrorists need to be aware that military force will be used when the objective is clear and when this nation is threatened. We, though, should not engage in regime change. Our involvement in Iraq has made this nation less secure.

3.) Secure borders demand a concise comprehensive plan of immigration control that recognizes the economic needs of the country and is a path for citizenship for our immigrant workers.

4.) American labor needs a policy that encourages increased union membership in the growing private endeavors, for example, retail establishments, financial services industry, the hospitality industry, and medical services industry. Our government must develop a plan for workplace safety in our mines, the construction industry, and retail industry. American workers must share in any growth in our economy.

5.) Social Security must be saved by an increase in the cap of wages that are taxed. Not-for profits and religious organizations that hire people in order to provide their services to the public must ensure their employees their pensions in a manner that private employers are required to. At this time, these organizations are exempt. Many Americans work for these organizations and their employment should be recognized as any other field of endeavor.

6.) All sectors of our society (business, labor, state and local government entities, the medical service industry, etc. should be asked to give input as to how a national comprehensive medical plan can be instituted for all Americans. Medical costs must be controlled.

7.) All Americans are entitled to a free education including university and college level. Education research regarding learning disabilities should be encouraged. Our schools must teach in effective ways that unleash the creative potential of all the children in our nation.

8.) We must break our dependence on foreign energy supplies. Alternative fuel consumption needs to be developed in order to safeguard our environment and ensure peace.

9.) American adoption and foster care services need to have a major conference of all sectors of our society. A comprehensive plan between the federal government and the states and localities that can ensure our system is in the best interest of children needs to be developed.

10.) Scientists and scientific research should be encouraged to eradicate diseases. (AIDS, MS, diabetes, etc.)

Our nation wants renewal and reform. Americans are aware that their standard of living is at jeopardy. Fear can only win elections for a short period of time, as the Republicans will discover. Optimism is an American trait. Democrats need to become the catalyst of positive change and security.

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