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There are a few basic elements of truth that regardless of our political affiliations we should all agree on. And I think this is something we should all spend a little more time talking about, but instead we are often too busy “towing the party lines” and focusing on our differences (that are usually far less significant than our agreements).
We focus on abortion, climate change, our personal religious beliefs, same-sex marriage, and the like – but those things only serve to detract us from the bigger, more overarching issues. So in the spirit of solidarity I want to make a list of five basic issues we should all agree on and that are more important than any of the “controversial” topics we like to debate time and time again.
1. The current state of the media is unacceptable.
A recent pew research center poll of Americans showed that, even with the advancements in communication, we are less satisfied than ever with the state of journalism.
2. The division between the “haves” and “have-nots” is too great.
Over time we have seen a constant, unfair, and unequal growth between the wealth/political elite class and the rest of the population. This has been magnified by corruption in politics and corporate interests (oligarchy), a failure of investigative journalist to educate the public, and media propaganda.
3. We can do a better job taking care of the planet.
This isn’t about climate change and to pretend that caring about the environment is only caring about climate change is a convenient mechanism used to stop conservatives from demanding corporations and countries treat the planet better. We are losing nearly 80,000 acres of rainforest a day (the actual figure is debatable, but everyone agrees that it’s a lot), many third world countries are suffering from polluted air and water supply, and worse. We have the technology and we can do better.
4. We need to improve healthcare.
Almost everyone agrees that the ACA is terrible and I agree, but I think everyone can agree that the world would be a better place if we are all healthy and cared for. Let’s figure out how.
5. American education is failing.
American education is terrible. We throw too much money at the problem without enough results. We don’t support our teachers and parents need to take responsibility for educating their children. We can do better. Period.