- There is too much racism in law enforcement and sentencing and government at all levels should mobilize to address this.
- There is too much money in politics and Citizens United should be overturned.
- There should be strict separation of Church and State in government and the Hobby Lobby decision should be overturned.
- LGBTQ rights should be respected and those populations should be protected by government.
- Global warming is real and American policy should be to combat global warming internationally and domestically, including by supporting the American renewable energy industry.
- Womens' rights should be protected, particularly in the areas of choice, equal pay, equal access to promotions, and maternity issues.
- Israel should withdraw from the settlements and/or compensate the Palestinians for them and the Palestinians should get a state.
- America's (and the world's) wealth is way too polarized, so government should take steps to distribute wealth way more evenly than it is currently distributed.The wealthy should be taxed at higher rates.
- All Americans should have health insurance, preferably single payer, and all Americans should have access to health care.
- Minorities have their political, economic, and educational access artificially limited in all sorts of ways. Government should expend more effort on reversing this.
- High speed internet should be equally available to all Americans and net neutrality should not be replaced by a commercially based tiered system.
- The firearms industry should face more regulation than it currently does in order to increase public safety, including requiring background checks on private firearm sales.
- The petroleum industry should not be subsidized and should be held accountable for environmental damage. Environmentally dangerous and damaging actions by the petroleum industry should be curtailed, including fracking, pipelines in environmentally sensitive areas, and offshore drilling.
- The environment in general should be more protected than it currently is, as seen in places like Flint, Michigan.
- There is insufficient transparency in campaign funding, so we don't always know who is backing whom, and the public should have access to that information.
- Government should respect the privacy of Americans and not spy on us.
- Government should respect and protect the rights of Native Americans, including on issues involving pipelines routed through sacred areas.
- Government should not increase the privatization of government functions in general. Where privatization has started to occur, we should reverse that trend, including in prisons and military contracting. American highways should not be sold off to the private sector, nor should Federal lands. Social Security should under no circumstances be privatized.
- Antitrust actions should be used way more than they currently are.
- There should be stricter FCC limits on how few companies can own how many media outlets in any given market. Standards used to be stricter and we should return to that. Media companies have become too powerful because they have become too close to monopolistic.
- Corporate officers who break the law, particularly in areas that cost taxpayers millions/billions, should be held personally responsible by the law. "Personally responsible" means doing time for egregious offenses, not just paying fines. Deterrents need to be significant enough to actually work.
- Financially predatory practices and risky financial practices on the part of banking and insurance institutions should be heavily regulated.
- The government should not be in the business of supporting private k-12 education but should be in the business of supporting public education more, particularly in poor areas with insufficient tax bases to educate their kids adequately.
- The Federal Government should hold States accountable for election practices that disenfranchise Black voters disproportionately.
- The Federal Government should take action to end Gerrymandering. Districts must not be drawn by one political party.
How many of you can name half a dozen members of Our Salon who disagree with any of the above points?
The truth is that there is remarkable political unanimity on Our Salon when it comes to what people would like to see happen, with very few exceptions. Though there are a ton of political arguments here, that's not what they're about. They often pretend to be about allegedly assuming that others here don't hold these priorities, but that assumption is usually false. The arguments are sometimes about which of these priorities are more important to any given individual than others but the real core of most political arguments here involves how to get there.
Sometimes it helps to remember that.