Establishing justice and ensuring domestic tranquility means that we must take a hard look at the problems that we face and work relentlessly to fix them. The well-being of the the nation and its people, and protecting their rights is built into the organizing creed of our country.
I am of a mind that balance is what upholds a just and free society, and that our nation has become deeply, deeply imbalanced in just the lifetime of my generation.
When I talk of balance, it’s essential to understand that society does not exist on a line that goes from the Public Sector (the state) and stretches to the Private Sector (corporations and business). Rather, society is like a plate on a stick, balanced by the Public Sector, the Private Sector and the Plural Sector.
These are national issues, but they are issues where we in Maryland have all the leeway we need to chart our own course. To change the nation, and change our society, we must build the future we want community by community, and state by state. It’s the hard way of doing things, but it’s a future worth fighting for.
One of the great sources of imbalance in our society is the staggering amount of money that flows through our political system. What makes this corruption so hard to tackle is the fact that it’s completely legal, under the guise of “campaign contributions.”
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
After climate change, the wage and wealth inequality that has grown into a chasm over the last 30-or-so years in America is the single largest problem that we face as a society. It’s time that Democrats remember that they’re supposed to be the party of the people, and start acting like it.
Real talk: It makes me angry that I even need to write this one. The culture of fear, which leads to discrimination, is alive and well in our nation despite all the progress we have made. I’m no coward like Donald Trump; we can face the future and solve our problems without degrading ourselves as a people.
A woman’s body is her own. It is out of this principle that I am pro-choice, and will vigorously defend women’s right to abortion services.
For me, “family values” means exactly what it says, valuing the family. Strong families make for strong communities, which make for a strong society.
Maryland’s schools are among the best in the nation, and Montgomery County’s are among the best of the best. Though there is much room for improvement, especially in the achievement gap between students from affluent and poor families, our schools remain a shining example of success statewide.
Democracy itself has found itself under attack by both parties. Eliminating corruption would be a major step in the right direction, but there are structural issues that also must be addressed.
In Montgomery County, we have three key transportation assets, all of which serve District 39: Metro, MARC rail, and I-270. We need to invest in all three to enhance their service to reduce the congestion that is a blight on our quality of life.
It is impossible to talk about justice in society without addressing some of the failures of our criminal justice system.
Healthcare costs continue to rise for every American, including those of us here in Maryland. The gains we made with the Affordable Care Act are now tenuous, as congress and the new administration weigh their options with the stated goal of eliminating the ACA altogether.