We must recognize the responsibility of government and the rights which we must confer on the governed.
- The right to a fair government, one in which the people may assemble and associate for the purpose of making their voices heard, in which they can believe in fair elections and fair engagement, and in which they can trust the representatives in office, the candidates seeking office, and the press which amplifies the voices therein.
- The right to a public safety and corrections system which takes responsibility for our failures in protecting them from those hardships which draw a person to crime and civil disruption and, while protecting society from those who have become temporarily-dangerous to their community, makes every attempt for those driven to poor life decisions to restore them to their communities as the good and prosperous members they seek to be.
- The right to medical care such as a nation can provide within its economic means, which should be comprehensive in its provision of the usual and customary level of care to which a worker of average means would generally have access.
- The right to employment, to a share in our nation's productivity, and to that income which will support them in feeding and clothing themselves and their family, and which will afford them sufficient leisure time to rest their minds and bodies and retain their health.
- The right to a decent home, to food, to clean water, and to adequate protections from economic insecurity in old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment.
- The right to a good education and the vocational training which will provide them access to those jobs for which our stewardship of the economy must rightly support.
- The right of every consumer, worker, shareholder, and other stakeholder of businesses large and small to a fair and reasonable profit through trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad, and to the freedom from unfair labor practices and the right to organize and negotiate on fair grounds for fair terms of employment.
- The right to trust in the fiscal responsibility of their government, so that the least of the taxpayer’s money is spent to achieve the greatest ends, and so to supply all the services of government to the greatest effectiveness with as little taxation as achievable to such ends.
- The right of fair access to communication.
- The right to inherit their own cultural heritage, and to build the future of their society upon it.
I have begun to fold these rights into a set of policies for a future leadership organization, both to guide my Congressional agenda and to help organize the people of this Nation to call on others in Congress to take action.