Our Promise To America

The Democratic Party platform presents a powerful, pragmatic vision for a better future for our country and our fellow Americans.  If we help voters understand the differences between the vision presented in the our platform and the Republican agenda, more voters will vote for Democratic candidates and Democrats will win more seats in Congress and state legislatures. If the Democrats elected then work together to pass the legislation called for in the party platform, we will have a government that will fulfill its constitutional duty to “promote the general welfare.” We will take control of our government away from corporations and plutocrats and re-establish a government of, by, and for the people.”

As a member of the Democratic National Committee, Winston submitted a resolution (which was adopted by acclamation at the DNC meeting on October 21, 2017) that encourages Democratic candidates for Congress to actively support legislation drawn from the party’s platform.

That resolution is the basis for “Our Promise to America”.  Winston worked with other Democratic candidates, fellow DNC members, and activists in and around the Democratic Party, to determine what legislation should be included in the final document. The goal was to include the ten pieces of legislation, drawn from the Democratic platform, that will do the most good for the most people.

We are now in the process of encouraging Winston’s fellow candidates for Congress to join him in signing:

OUR PROMISE TO AMERICA

As citizens seeking election to Congress, we promise to actively support the following legislation:

    • A Full Employment Act that guarantees every worker in America a socially-useful job “that pays enough to raise a family and live in dignity with a sense of purpose.”.
    • The Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act and the “100 by ’50 Act” because we believe “America should be running entirely on clean energy by mid-century.” “We cannot leave our children a planet that has been profoundly damaged.”
    • An Employee Free Choice Act to “make it easier for workers, public and private, to exercise their right to form or join a union.”
    • The Choice Act because “Americans should be able to access pubic coverage through a public option (since) health care is a right, not a privilege, and our health care system should put people ahead of profits.”
    • A Public Education Act that provides federal funding for locally-controlled public schools, including community colleges and universities, because “Democrats know that every child, no matter who they are, how much their families earn, or where they live, should have access to a high-quality education, from preschool through high school and beyond.”
    • The Paying a Fair Share Act, to make sure “the wealthiest Americans and largest corporations…pay their fair share of taxes” amended to also “offer tax relief to hard-working middle-class families for the cost squeeze they have faced for years from rising health care, childcare, education, and other expenses.”
    • The Government by the People Act, “to amplify the voices of the American people through a small donor matching public financing system” because “our vision for American democracy is a nation in which all people, regardless of their income, can participate in the political process and can run for office without needing to depend on large contributions from the wealthy and the powerful.”.
    • The Fair Representation Act that “will bring our democracy into the 21st century by…ending partisan and racial gerrymandering” and make our government more genuinely democratic.
    • A Corporations are not People Amendment that will “overturn the Supreme Court’s decisions in Citizens United and Buckley vs. Valeo” and make it clear that corporations are not people and are subject to regulation by the governments of the United States and of the states.
    • A constitutional amendment to replace the Electoral College with direct election of the President and Vice President of the United States using ranked-choice voting.

Respecting the judgment of our fellow citizens, as we seek their support for our election, we hereby make this promise to America.