Every Texan has inalienable rights: to vote, to health care, to privacy, and to fair and open participation and representation in the democratic process.
We believe in freedom from discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other improper grounds; to exercise civil and human rights; and of religion and individual conscience.
We believe in responsibility: that religion and individual conscience can never serve to excuse hate and discrimination, that people are responsible for their actions, that we, who have benefited so greatly from our state and nation, have a responsibility to support and give back to our communities and public institutions, and that corporations should not be used to shield individuals from the responsibilities of their actions.
We believe in equal rights guaranteed in Section III of the Texas Bill of Rights; equality under the law is guaranteed in Section 3A, and no state may deny any person equal protection of the laws or due process under the law as guaranteed in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
We believe in equal opportunity to receive a quality public education from preschool to college, to find a decent job with dignity, to breathe clean air and drink clean water, to have our voices heard, and not be drowned out by the power of unlimited money to influence or buy elections and legislation.
We believe a growing economy should benefit all Texans in a certain manner: that the people who work in a business are as important as those who invest in it; that every worker should be paid a living wage of at least $15 an hour; that good business offers a fair deal for customers; that regulation of unfair practices and rates is necessary; that the burden of taxes should be fairly distributed; and that government policy should not favor corporations that seek offshore tax shelters, exploit workers, pollute our environment, or harm all people, especially those with disabilities.
We believe that our lives, homes, communities, and nation are made secure: by appropriately staffed, trained, and equipped military, law enforcement, and emergency services; by retirement and pension security; by responsible gun ownership; by encouraging job security where it is possible and providing appropriate assistance and re-training when it is not; by the preservation of our precious natural resources and quality of life; by ensuring that families have easy access to good food with a clear understanding of the food's quality and source so they may make informed decisions on their family's health and well-being; by a compassionate policy that offers a safety net for those most vulnerable; and by family values that are promoted through policies that value all our families.
We believe in a Texas made stronger by the individual strengths of our diverse population, blessed with opportunities provided by agriculture, new and old energy sources, renowned medical and research institutions, and high-tech industries. We believe in the need for an honest, ethical state government that serves the public interest, not the special interests of those who pay to play.
We believe in an America made stronger by the men and women who put their lives on the line when it is necessary to engage our military to secure our nation, made more secure by competent diplomatic leadership that uses the moral, ethical, and economic assets of a powerful, free nation to avoid unnecessary military conflict.
A healthy democracy is based on free, fair, and transparent elections; our constitutional right to vote should be protected at all costs by elected officials who exhibit ethical public service.