I am honored to be able to write one of the first blogs in the new DeFo Area Progressives blog space. We hope that it will soon have lots of company!
I will have a great deal to say about framing and stuff on the environment (especially mining), also education (I am in favor of the public variety), government, politicians, philosophers (some of them dead), economists and a variety of other stuff. What follows is MY personal opinion. Please do not take it that I speak for all members of this organization, much less for all Progressives.
I believe that all people have value, that all people have rights to clean air and water. I believe that all people have the right to a living wage when we are working and that we also have the right to a secure retirement. I believe that all people have the right to healthcare at reasonable cost without concern for preexisting conditions. I believe that all people have the right to know what is in their food, their clothing and in the buildings in which they live and work.
I believe that all people have the right to vote and have their votes counted as they intended. I also believe that human beings who are born and breathe are the ones whose speech is protected by the Constitution of the United States, not the organizations created by the laws promulgated under that same Constitution. In other words, a creature of the law should not be able to claim the same rights as the creators of the law.
I believe that every human being has the right to control what is done to, on or within his or her own body. This includes the right to end one's own life at such time as one chooses and the right to accept or deny treatment or procedures of any kind. I believe that without such absolute control over oneself, no one can be truly free.