Introduction : All Presidential candidates must be able to articulate a clear vision for our country. The vision is a statement (or a collection of statements) that describe the country we want to have and that, with the right leadership, the country we can have .
that, over the past generation or so, our leaders have made many very important
strategic decisions that have resulted in much harm to our country and, in some
cases, to our world. My Vision for the United States of America -- still
the greatest country the world has ever known -- encompasses what I believe are
fundamental principles and priorities, including the rights and freedoms of our
citizens; how we should treat one another (not just fellow U.S. citizens, but
citizens of our world); the proper role of our government and of our leaders;
the basic values we as a nation, and as individuals within our nation, should
have; the need to better educate and guide our youth, and to care for our youth
and other people of our country who cannot care for themselves; the benefits of
working hard, earning our place in this world, saving for the future, and
protecting our resources for future generations; maintaining a strong defense
and using it only to preserve peace; and improving the lives of all of our
people, not just a chosen few. I have articulated my Vision for our
country in more detail below.
My Vision [the nation
we want to have] for the
A nation which, first and foremost, respects all people , within and outside our borders, irrespective of ethnicity, race, religious affiliation (or not), sexual orientation, and economic status, and which embraces diversity and accepts and celebrates (not simply tolerates) our differences.
A nation that values and promotes the freedom of its people and the freedom of people everywhere.
A nation that understands that the rights of the individual must be protected, so that each individual is able to pursue his/her own life and goals without arbitrary or coercive hindrance from others.
A nation that understands the sanctity of human life and which recognizes that, as long as an individual is alive, that individual has the opportunity to contribute to our world and to live with dignity and self-respect.
A nation which understands we are all in this life together and, therefore, accepts differences of opinion and teaches acceptance and compromise .
A nation that encourages and allows each of us to capitalize on our strengths and overcome our weaknesses .
A nation that cultivates in its citizenry a drive and desire not only to care for oneself , but also to proactively care for those in need -- in our communities, in our nation, and in our world.
A nation that recognizes that its greatest hope for the future is its youth and which, therefore, places extraordinary value on education for and cultivation of its young people.
A nation that values education , hard work , entrepreneurialism, dedication, and passion, and which strives to ensure that, if we are educated and work hard, we will create a sustainable and robust economy, and each of us will have the opportunity to build meaningful economic security, achieve our dreams, and live meaningful, fulfilled lives.
A nation that understands that a healthy citizenry is a much happier and productive citizenry and that government plays an important role in promoting health and fitness.
A nation that understands we are stewards of our world , that sustainable policies and practices are required to preserve resources for future generations, and that we have an obligation to leave our world better than we found it.
A nation that maintains a strong defensive capability, balanced with robust diplomatic and intelligence capabilities, and is firm but fair in its dealings with transgressors against our safety and the safety of our world, but which never uses its superior capabilities to oppress other nations, groups, or individuals or to engage in a war of aggression.