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In the Constitution of the United States of America
From the Preamble which defines the purpose of government
“We the people of the United States of America, in order to form a more perfect Union…
We believe justice must be extended to all persons within the boundaries of our country, and that includes, but is not limited to, transgender persons, members of the LGBT community, women, people of color, dreamers brought to this country as children, and parents of US citizen children. Justice does not rip families apart or encourage bullying and divisive hatred and behavior.
“Insure domestic Tranquility…
We believe domestic tranquility requires honest facts being presented, freedom for all religions, respect toward one another, willingness to listen to all sides, and willingness to compromise and cooperate while holding true to one’s core beliefs.
“Provide for the common defense…
We believe common refers to all of us, and defense connotes protection, safety, and freedom from fear.
“Promote the general welfare…
We believe clean air, clean, unpolluted water, free public education, universal health care, and care for the elderly and needy are the right of every inhabitant of our land. To that end, we believe medicare, social security, and the affordable care act must be continued. To accomplish this, some regulations and structures (ie, OSHA, EPA standards) are necessary as long as the motivation is people not profits.
“And secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…
We believe the blessings of liberty are not possible without the points mentioned above.
From the Body of the Document
We believe the three branches of government have different but equal powers to provide for checks and balances. Each branch must exercise its responsibilities and not stand in opposition as was recently demonstrated by the refusal of Congress to consider a Supreme Court Justice nominated by the President. That flaunts the constitutional guidelines. Each branch of government should do its job.
From the Amendments
We believe all the amendments have value and purpose, and thus should be followed. However, there are some that have particular importance for today.
We believe freedom of the press is essential. The media is not the enemy of the people. Thomas Jefferson famously said he would rather have newspapers without government than government without newspapers.
We believe all persons have the right of peaceable assembly without threat of prosecution or fear that one’s property might be confiscated due to non peaceable activities of others in the group.
We believe freedom of or freedom from religion is guaranteed by this amendment. One’s personal beliefs must not be allowed to overshadow or violate the personal beliefs of another.
We believe in the right to own and bear arms. But we are mindful that guns at the time the Constitution was written were vastly different in kind and accessability to those of the 21st century. We believe that some restrictions and regulations are needed to assure that dangerous or severely mentally ill persons cannot acquire weapons and that “ghost “ guns, mega magazine automatic weapons, and internet sales are closely monitored.
We believe that the right to unreasonable search and seizure prohibits “stop and frisk” and other demands to pull over for searches without probable cause or a search warrant.
We believe it is time to seriously consider a new amendment doing away with the electoral college.
We believe voter suppression laws, gerrymandering, making polling places fewer and less accessible (hours /days of operation), and requiring extensive ID are in violation of this amendment and, in essence, is similar to a poll tax prohibited in Amendment 24. With one of the lowest voting turnouts in the world, we must make voting more accessible.
We believe that Congress should stand ready to follow this amendment, particularly section 4, should it be necessary.
White Mountain Democrats
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