Voters often want to know, what do Democrats believe in? This statement, taken from the preamble to the Michigan Democratic Party’s 2010 platform, sums up the core values of our party that form the basis for Democrats’ specific policy positions.
“There was a time when Americans were challenged to ask not what their country could do for them, but what they could do for their country. However, in recent years, we seem to have become less interested in looking first to the needs of others –– especially the needs of the most vulnerable –– and more interested in meeting only the needs of ourselves. America is always at its best when we ask, ‘What can I do to give back?’ rather than, ‘What is in it for me?’
“The Michigan Democratic Party understands this basic principle. That is why Democrats in this state are seeking the Common Good –– the best life for each person of this state. We include everyone: the unemployed, the employed, the veteran, the student, the disabled, the sick, the healthy, the senior, the child, the wealthy, the poor, the citizen, the stranger, the first and the last. Seeking the Common Good is not difficult for Michigan’s citizens to understand. Just ask the woman who watches her neighbor’s son so mom can work to pay her heating bill. Ask the pastor, rabbi, or imam who walks the street at night praying for the crime in his neighborhood to cease. Ask the dentist whose staff keeps telling her she’s got to start charging families who don’t have insurance. The people of Michigan deserve leadership with the moral courage that matches their own.
“By holding ourselves to this vision of the Common Good, Democrats have their guidepost to deal with the great challenges that face Michigan today. We address Michigan’s economic situation while holding the “least of these,” our unemployed, our most impoverished, our least advantaged, at the forefront of our minds. We address security concerns while holding the “stranger” –– immigrants and our brothers and sisters who live abroad –– in the highest respect. We address our health care needs remembering the ill, the elderly, and the unemployed. In short, we do what is difficult, and we do what is right.”