Progressive Agenda for Iowa
(Very Very Early Draft)
By Sam Garchik
As <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Iowa Progressives, we propose not just to change our state’s policies, but even more important, to restore the bonds of trust between the people and their elected representatives.
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That is why, in this era of official evasion and posturing, we look for a detailed agenda for state renewal, and a written commitment with no fine print.
This election offers the chance to bring to government a new majority that will transform the way our leaders work. That change would be the end of government that is too remote, too intrusive, and too easy with the public's money. It can be the beginning of a government that respects the values and shares the faith of Iowans across the state.
Like Henry Wallace, Iowa's foremost progressive, we believe that the political parties are of value only insofar as they make it possible to put into action certain principles of social justice.”
To do so, we aim to restore accountability to Government, end its cycle of scandal and disgrace, and make us all proud again of the way free Iowans govern ourselves.
Iowans running for office in this need to support the following principles:
- FIRST, support citizen access to government and media outlets;
- SECOND, condemn the uses of the death penalty in all cases;
- THIRD, support an unlimited access to abortion;
- FOURTH, support open and verified voting systems;
- FIFTH, condemn a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage;
- SIXTH, support development of proven alternative sources of energy;
- SEVENTH, support responsible budgets, which include increased funding for education and social welfare programs;
- EIGHTH, support greater cooperation between candidates and campaigns in Iowa;
- NINTH, support increased uses of sustainable agricultural practices;
- TENTH, consider peace as much an option as war in international dealings.
Candidates promising to uphold these planks must bring action on these items as soon as feasibly possible.