Posted 12 years ago on Oct. 6, 2011, 7:16 p.m. EST by Commoner
from Oakland, CA
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H E A R T H Principals
Common Rights in Support of Our Common Good
H ~ Health Care for All. The United States is the only developed country in the world that does not provide health care for all its citizens. This is unacceptable. American citizens should not have to worry about their ability to stay and get healthy. Our female citizens should have the right to make reproductive decisions in confidence with their medical physicians and in keeping with their own personal beliefs.
E ~ Environmental Life. No one should harm the air we breathe, the water we drink, the soil that nurtures life for us. Our natural environs and our unique constructed historic icons are for all of us to enjoy, cherish, and preserve for future generations. We should support our regional economies and conserve our resources.
A ~ Academic Quality. A healthy society cannot thrive without an informed, well educated, and trained citizenry. It is essential that each of our youngest citizens be provided a high quality education which identifies and makes the most of each child’s unique potential and abilities.
R ~ Realistic Fiscal Policy and Resource Allocation. Compensation, taxation and profits should balance individual gain with that which is needed for the greater good. Our elected officials should represent the citizenry and not special interests. Those that benefit the most from a free society should also be willing to contribute the most
T ~ Thrifty Trade Practices which are Fair, Honest, Harmless and Just. Trade of raw materials, finished products, and labors should balance the needs of the makers and the needs of the recipients in a true fair market manner. We should reduce our wasteful, consumption based behaviors and reinvigorate our thrifty and resourceful nature.
H ~ Honor Our Home. Our citizenry should have access to safe housing and our country should be a true safe haven for all those wishing to honor and abide by these democratic values. We must protect, help and defend each other from natural and manmade disasters. We should meet our needs at home and do locally what we preach internationally. As we journey through life, we should practice tolerance and merge etiquette.