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A 21st Century Vision for America" is a document that describes our country as most Americans would want it to be. It envisions an America that cares about people, protects our rights, provides opportunity for all, nurtures its lands and waterways, and serves as a good global citizen. This America serves as a beacon and model to the rest of the world, reminding everyone of what is possible when people of good will come together to do what is right.

Defining America

Inalienable and Constitutional Rights

An Economy that Creates Jobs and Pays a Living Wage

Healthcare for All

Making High-Quality Education Available and Affordable

Elections We Can Trust AND Easy Voting

Equal Protection Under the Law

Criminal Justice Reform

A Safety Net that Works

Respect for Life

Women’s Rights

Promoting Global Stability with Good Foreign Policy

War and Peace

Keeping Americans Safe from Terrorism, Foreign and Domestic

Immigration Reform

Environment: Clean Air and Water; Protecting our Natural Heritage

Science: Foundation for Good Policy and Human Welfare

Government that Works for the People

Taxes that Make Sense

Protecting American Consumers

Political Parties that Put America First.

Religious Freedom

Balancing Gun Ownership with Public Safety

Improving Relations with Native Americans

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Why this document?

Note to the Reader

Defining America

Today, there seems to be some consensus that we want an America where “…everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does his or her fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules.”1 That kind of America:

It’s an America that cares about people, nurtures its lands and waterways, and serves as a good global citizen. That America serves as a beacon and model for the rest of the world, reminding everyone of what is possible when people of good will come together to do what is right.

This document attempts to describe that America. Our rights and freedoms, and the workings of government with respect to criminal justice, the economy, consumer protections, the environment, and much more are all described in sufficient detail that a picture emerges of an America that every one of us can be proud of.

Each of over 20 topics starts with a brief description of context and then breaks into a series of bulleted statements. Each statement describes what we hope for in our country. This document is aspirational; much of what is described does not yet exist. It creates a vision of a possible future. All statements are phrased as if that future is already a reality so that we can more easily imagine the America we all want.

This document is not complete; it leaves room for expansion and detail. As we fill in that space, our vision for America will become more clear, and from that, we should gain better insights on how to move forward.

As you read this document, you may find that you disagree with some statements. That’s to be expected. What may surprise you is how much of this document resonates with your own principles, and this is what gives us hope. Most people will agree with most of this vision for America. So, focus on what you can accept. If we choose to work together where we agree, in time we will find a way to resolve our differences.

As an individual, please send us your suggestions on how to improve this document. As a defined group, consider adopting this vision document as your guide, or creating one of your own based on this one. Then start thinking about how we can meet these goals, and let us know what you have planned.

We all want a better America. Let’s turn this vision into a reality.

We can do this.

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Frontline: Left Behind America - Intimate stories of one Rust Belt city’s struggle to recover in the post-recession economy. FRONTLINE and ProPublica report on the economic and social forces shaping Dayton, Ohio, a once-booming city where nearly 35 percent of people now live in poverty.

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America Got Trumped; GOP Tax Scam Bilks Middle Class To Enrich Weathy Donors; Dems Play Good Cop And Do Nothing (As Usual)

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Joe: Donald Trump's Phony Crisis Created A Real National Security Risk

FBI Director on shutdown: 'I'm about as angry as I've been in a long, long time'

Velshi & Ruhle: Is President Donald Trump Closer To Impeachment? #NeedToImpeach

The Atlantic: Impeach Donald Trump -- Starting the process will rein in a president who is undermining American ideals—and bring the debate about his fitness for office into Congress, where it belongs.

The Invisible Children of the Trump Administration: According to a new report, the White House separated many more families than it had previously acknowledged—and failed to keep track of those it separated.

Making America Great Again (FOR RUSSIA) -- Trump's plan has been to destroy the nation from day 1 in office; uses excuse of border wall to bring America's economy down: The government shutdown is becoming a 'meaningful risk' to the economy -- GOP sighs: oh well; still gets Russian NRA money.

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‘Resign Or Be Impeached’

President Trump Directed His Attorney Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress -- No surprise as Cohen pleaded guilty in November to lying about the deal in testimony and statement to the Senate and House intelligence committees. Vanity Fair | Huff Post

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's first House speech breaks online viewing records

Traitor Trump Making Putin Proud: Shutdown Costs Double

“The President Has Been Acting on Russia’s Behalf”

Velshi & Ruhle: Why The FBI Might Want To Investigate President Trump’s Russia Ties

Morning Joe: FBI Opened Probe Into President Donald Trump's Ties To Russia

Colbert: Is Donald Trump Working For Russia?

A Closer Look: The FBI Investigated Whether Trump Worked for Russia

WaPost: Trump’s secrecy around Putin talks are ‘part of a much broader pattern’=

Is there Russian agent in the Oval Office?? NYT: F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia

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NPR: Depth Of Russian Politician's Cultivation Of NRA Ties Revealed

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Morning Joe: 'You Are Seeing The Actions Of An Autocrat'

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Chris Hayes: Country Feels On The Precipice Of Real Crisis

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WaPo: Our enemies are cheering Trump’s Syria decision. But it’s not too late. -- "Trump was right to denounce Obama for declaring victory against the Islamic State and withdrawing U.S. forces. So why is he now doing exactly what he criticized Obama for doing? The president needs to ask himself: Who is celebrating this decision? Answer: Iran, Russia, the Assad regime, Hezbollah, the Islamic State — and, in his prison cell at Guantanamo Bay, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed."

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Moring Joe: President Donald Trump Makes His Worst Geopolitical Move Yet

Rolling Stone: Yes, Bernie Should Run

Trump's Wall and Charity Were Scams

Climate Disaster Democrats Follow GOP Big Oil Agenda, Stall Green New Deal

Trump Administration Moves Closer To Opening Arctic Refuge To Oil Drilling re: #needtoimpeach

The Great Unraveling Of President Donald Trump's Defenses

The GOP Doesn’t Care if Their “Law and Order” President Breaks the Law

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President Trump Generates Crisis And Chaos: Fmr. CIA Director Leon Panetta

Joe: President Trump Sycophants Owe Robert Mueller, FBI And The US An Apology

Joe: When President Donald Trump Leaves Town, GOP Will Change Tune

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How democracies die, explained - The problems in American democracy run far deeper than Trump.

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Why 2020 Will Be the Year of the Woman -- In this post-Weinstein moment, Democrats are pining for the karmic justice of defeating Trump with shards from a glass ceiling. Here’s how it could happen.

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W. Bush lays out Trump’s false vision for America

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The Tax Bill And The Republican Social Vision For America’s Future - The current incarnation is very different: it firmly embraces the notion of the corporate state over that of the individual...the Republican desire to tie U.S. government interests with corporate interests, and to create a massive and radical new imbalance between corporate and individual tax rates.

Millennial Mormons Abandon Political Labels In The Age Of Trump - In interviews with HuffPost, Utah college students said they were increasingly turned off by both the Republican and Democratic parties.

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