Issues

 

Preamble

Now, more than ever, this great nation is facing new and profound challenges.  Our brave men and women are still in harm’s way fighting an unnecessary war, our government threatens to deny those seeking a better life in the United States opportunity, couples are denied privileges based on their sexual orientation, and the nation continues to drive itself further into inefficient practices that harm our nation, and our planet.  We demand a change, one that does not challenge the liberties and values guaranteed to us by our Founding Fathers, but rebuilds and strengthens them.

  • War

    Due to the unattainable goals that the current administration has sought in the War on Terror, we move that all US troops begin to be withdrawn immediately, using a timetable that ensures the safe return of our troops.

    A. No more American lives will be unnecessarily ended for a cause that is not in the best interest of the American people.

    B. It is for the American people that we bring our troops home.  We are grateful for the service that they have provided to our great nation, but we refuse to subject anymore of our citizens to an unjustified war whether it be at home or abroad.

    C.  After failing to find Weapons of Mass Destruction, the war in Iraq has served as nothing more than a distraction.  Our original intention of fighting a war against terrorism and those of al Qaeda who attacked our nation on September 11, 2001, has been overshadowed by this needless endeavor.

    D. Though it has been the current administration’s agenda to coerce the American way of life upon the peoples of the Middle East, forcefully imposing democratic values upon these people, we are denying them the liberties we as Americans value in a democracy.

    RESOLVED: The US should begin the immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, to be completed by December 31, 2008, in an orderly fashion as to guarantee the safety of our forces.  These forces will then be available to take the fight to Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaeda forces responsible for the September 11th attacks.

  • Immigration

    We propose that all undocumented aliens (immigrants) be granted a blanket amnesty.

    A. The United States is a nation of immigrants, and denying current and future immigrants the opportunities for which our ancestors migrated here years ago denies them the liberties we value as Americans.  Our Founding Fathers believed that everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and we beseech the government to recognize this and grant blanket amnesty to all those who are seeking a better life by living, working hard and paying taxes in the United States.

    B. It is unwise and impractical to arrest and deport the roughly 12 million undocumented workers.  In addition, such deportations would divide families, as children of these undocumented aliens, born in the U.S., enjoy birthright citizenship.

    RESOLVED:  As a part of a larger immigration reform, which shall stress border security and holding employers responsible for hiring undocumented workers, the United States shall grant amnesty to all undocumented aliens currently in the country.

  • Gay Rights

    It is vital that federal legislation be established allowing civil unions between same-sex couples. 

    A. As Americans we strive to provide equality among all citizens.  Denying these couples privileges that all Americans enjoy, for example adoption, authority over a domestic partner’s well-being in the case of illness or death, child custody, and hospital visitation rights, undermines and devalues their legitimacy as a couple.  Furthermore, denying these basic liberties, we are denying citizens the equality they deserve as Americans.

    B. We insist that the Federal Government follow in the footsteps of major corporations, which now allow domestic partners to serve as beneficiaries of health and employee benefits, and offer the same opportunities to its employees.

    RESOLVED: The U.S. Government shall recognize civil unions between same-sex couples and offer the same benefits to such individuals as are extended to married persons. 

  • Environment

    We move to increase fuel and energy efficiency levels across the nation.

    A. Increasing fuel efficiency standards on American consumed vehicles will assist in reducing our dependence on foreign fuel consumption.  In doing so, we will also be strengthening the Clean Air Act, thus ensuring a cleaner, healthier environment for generations to come.

    B. We will work to preserve all national wildlife preservations and national parks.

    C. The United States comprises a mere five percent of the world’s population, yet manages to be one of the largest contributors to the depletion of the world’s natural resources. The United States is an integral actor in the effort to improve the damaged global environment, and it is time that our nation take responsibility for its actions, and lead the crusade for a cleaner environment.

    RESOLVED: The U.S. Government will require that all automobiles/SVU’s sold in the United States must average a minimum of 35 miles per gallon by January 1, 2011.