They're Not All Crazy!

Valid Points from Across the Aisle

In these polarized times, it's easy to dismiss those who disagree with us politically as unreasonable or flat-out wrong. Both parties seem to be creeping towards the extremes, creating the corrosive perception that their members are becoming more extreme as well.

In reality, while both sides have their fair share of crazies, both sides also have positions grounded in truth and reason. We may not always like how those points are adapted—sometimes twisted—into policy, but when we strip those ideas back down to their core principles, we find plenty that we can agree on.

A woman has a right to sovereignty over her body. It's wrong to force a woman to keep a pregnancy.

Every human has a right to life. It's wrong to needlessly end a life, even if it's still developing. We don't know when a fetus becomes conscious.

For centuries, minority Americans have suffered under racist and discriminatory policies. It's our responsibility to achieve equality by undoing that lasting damage.

Affirmative Action

We cannot achieve justice or equality by disadvantaging others. Two wrongs do not make a right.

We are not alone in the world. Global leadership means conducting ourselves with respect and compassion for others.

"America First"

The United States—like any country—has the right and responsibility to protect its interests and its people.

Banks and financial institutions cannot  expose themselves to a level of risk that endangers unwitting customers and threatens the national economy.

Banking Regulations

We must accept that some level of risk is inherent to most banking and finance. Undue regulations can cause more harm to the industry than good.

Elections should be a battle of ideas, not wallets. Candidates should compete on a level playing field, and running for office must not be prohibitively expensive.

Campaign Finance

In principle, how you spend your money is up to you. Political contributions are a form of involvement and expression.

The United States must lead the world in a robust global response to climate change that limits carbon emissions and reverses environmental damage.

A viable, realistic response to climate change cannot involve massive economic disruption.

Any counterterrorism strategy must respect the rights of all Americans, regardless of heritage or religion.

Counterterrorism

The government needs sufficient authority and resources to keep Americans safe, including by preempting attacks and acting on credible warnings.

Deficit spending can be useful, and sometimes even necessary—you can't win a major war or beat an economic crisis without it.

Fiscal responsibility is important, and government must operate sustainably. Excessive debt is bad for the economy and bad for the people.

History shows that government involvement can boost economic output and raise the standard of living.

Economics

Supply and demand are readily observable forces of nature on which any successful economic policy must be based.

We must have a nationwide standard of education backed by ample funding to ensure our students are equipped for success at reasonable cost.

Education

Where possible, parents and students must have choice in school system and style. Schools must have reasonable latitude in deciding their curriculum.

National standards are important; if given the opportunity, some jurisdictions will underserve their people. Consistency aids in efficient government.

Federalism

The benefits of states' acting as 'laboratories of democracy' is very real. Different populations will need and want different policies.

Not everyone can be trusted to act responsibly with a gun. Those who can't shouldn't have access to guns.

Gun Control

Just because some people can't be trusted with guns doesn't mean no one should be allowed to have them.

In the United States, nobody should have to be without health insurance or bankrupted by illness or injury.

Healthcare

There is a danger that providing universal health insurance could make healthcare much more expensive for everyone.

Immigration is economically, culturally, and strategically beneficial. There is no reason we can't balance openness with national security.

There is no point in having immigration laws if we don't enforce them. National security demands we always know exactly who is in our country and from where.

Every American must be guaranteed a living wage that reflects the cost of living in the region where they live and work.

Minimum Wage

A one-size-fits-all minimum wage policy makes no economic sense. A poorly executed minimum wage raise would only spur inflation.

NATO's credibility and effectiveness stem from its mutual defense pledge, and doubt endangers members' security.

NATO

2% of GDP is not a lot to ask for first-rate defense. Member states must meet their agreed to obligations.

Oil pipelines present an environmental risk and support the fossil fuel market, which is a chief driver of climate change.

Oil Pipelines

The United States cannot afford to box itself out of the oil market. It is possible to build pipelines without jeopardizing our environmental goals.

Our society should value treating others with respect and dignity. There's no reason to be crass or offensive.

Political Correctness

Free speech must be protected, even when it's offensive. Excessive 'policing' of expression only invites backlash.

The separation of church and state is a founding principle of this country. A majority religion is fine, but must not be imposed on others.

Religion

American society should reasonably be expected to reflect its Christian-majority nature.

Nothing is free. Taxes enable us to achieve things we couldn't achieve by ourselves, and we must share the burden equally.

Taxation

People are entitled to the money they earn. Taxpayers deserve a reasonable say in what they are willing to fund.

In the world's wealthiest country, no one should have to go without necessities like food, housing, and medicine. We must take care of our own.

Welfare

Our welfare system should have two primary goals: reducing suffering, and helping people get off welfare.

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