“The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of bold projects and new ideas. Rather, it will belong to those who can blend passion, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the great enterprises and ideals of American society.”
– President John F. Kennedy
When we look to define “Real American Values” the question we are truly asking is what our core values are. No matter where you live, no matter your multiple identities, what do all Americans have in common?
Every one of us wants to prosper, we want our loved ones to prosper, our children, our friends, our neighbors, our state, our nation and our planet to prosper. This generosity of heart and mind is kept alive and growing when we have a sustainable mindset. Scarcity – whether real or forced upon us by others – leaves us susceptible to believing that what is given to one is being taken away from another. Too often this prevents progress toward a more just and equal world.
The strength of our side – those fighting for justice, equal rights and opportunity – is numbers. We don’t need to manufacture consensus with fake people and Twitter bots. Local, state and national groups and individuals are already doing much of the work. We need more organizations dedicated to amplifying their efforts. We need more organizations that strategically and consistently build on the work already being done for on-going voter engagement.
And we need more organizations that provide the place and methods for donors, elected officials and grassroots activists to all participate in meaningful conversation so that we can win elections and enact a positive policy agenda. That’s what Democracy Legacy is all about.
The strength of our side – those fighting for justice, equality and opportunity – is numbers.