- 1. In response to a pronounced and unmistakable shift toward the ideological right in US politics within the last three decades,
- 2. In response to greatly diminished representation of the needs of the marginalized left, the underprivileged, and all Americans of Moral and Social Conscience*,
- 3. In response to numerous challenges and abuses leveled against our constitutional rights, privileges, and protections as Americans,
- 4. In response to numerous contentious international actions and policies undertaken and promoted by the government of the United States in Our Name,
- 5. In response to the unprecedented, and undemocratic influence of wealth and corporate finance upon our political system,
and *Defining Moral and Social Conscience as a desire for:
- a) Sustainable living, responsible use and maintenance of the world's collective natural resources, and the protection of the viability and diversity of all life on Earth.
- b) Impartiality in the implementation of the rule-of-law, and equal accountability for all citizens regardless of wealth, title, or class, to laws established democratically by We The People.
- c) Restoration of the spirit of the social contract which honors the protections and privileges bestowed upon individuals by the state; these being the Right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness, and interpreted as the right to equal representation, fair taxation, social security and universal health-care.
- d) Balance and regulatory oversight for market practices, with the intent of eliminating: monopolist Capitalism, exploitative profits, risky and fraudulent speculative practices, financial loopholes and tax shelters.
- e) Belief in transparent, honest government accountable to the people, with free and open elections, a distinct separation of coequal powers, and proper inter-departmental oversight as envisioned by the founders.
- f) Repudiation of the doctrine of pre-emptive war against sovereign nations, and a return to the precedents of international law as established by the Geneva Conventions and other treaties signed in good faith by the United States.
- g) Maintenance of a distinct separation of church and state, and the honoring of scientific method and due-process, not religious or doctrinal decree, as the basis for determining public policy.