Philosophy

Here's why Jim Devine is a Democrat and where he believes America & the world must go if we are to survive in the future

Freedom & Security

Putting People First
Police have a natural relationship with all life that is often forgotten as we engage in practices that divide society from the world in which we exist. We must love one another, or at least trust and respect every person to make our planet a place worth living in.

Open & Honest
The Four Freedoms articulated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 6, 1941 in his 1941 State of the Union address.
Roosevelt proposed four fundamental freedoms that people "everywhere in the world" ought to enjoy, including Freedom of speech, Freedom of worship, Freedom from want, and Freedom from fear. There exists some international consensus on the values of democracy and self-determination for all people. The benefits of democracy include economic opportunity, employment, security, and the promise of adequate nutrition, health care, and shelter. On a broader level, these are the promises of justice, peace, liberty and prosperity. Roosevelt endorsed broad human rights to security, opportunity, social advancement and economic development. He also included the "freedom from fear" against national aggression, an idea envisioned by world leaders and allied nations with the establishment of the United Nations.

Human Accountability
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948 represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. Fundamental human dignity requires universal respect for the worth of each person and observance of freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion.

Stop Violence
In the nuclear age, war is not an option for settling political disputes among nations and other collective groups of people. Mankind has the capacity to obliterate our planet's ability to sustain life and none of us justify action that threatens extinction for our species or any other.

Tax Fairness

Justice
People are valuable, so there is no reason for anyone being overcharged for government services or underpaid for labor and other contributions to society.

Expose & Discourage Greed
We are all in this together. Smart negotiations and effective environmental enforcement can create good jobs, cleanup toxic contamination, produce massive government revenue and stop the cycle of greedy business practices or chasing profits without concern for the cost to society.

Think Globally, Act Locally

End Politics As Usual
Democrat Jim Devine intends to advance progressive policies in order to arrest climate change, restore the American Dream and prevent the destruction of democracy in line with American values and ideals.

End 'Too Big To Fail'
A longtime supporter of the Move Your Money project, Democrat Jim Devine would invest more of the public's dollars in banks committed to stopping foreclosures, and pull taxpayer money out of those that continue to kick families out of their homes, deprive small businesses the credit they need to survive and engage in other unscrupulous practices.

Short Circuit Foreclosures
By employing a strategy to protect honest homeowners from crooked greedy bankers, we can and must stop foreclosures and restructure mortgages.

An Economy That Works
Democrat Jim Devine intends to make sure we have a global economy that works for people who work for a living and benefits the objectives of peace and prosperity. The first steps require us to end the corruption of political establishments by financial influence and to develop a sustainable and clean source of energy.

Be The Change We Want
Democrat Jim Devine will exhibit fundamental American values as fairness, opportunity, good government and moral courage. A great leader must reflect in actions a love for people who are part of our human family because we are all in this together.

Polluters Pay
Require corporations to rectify environmental damage on property they own or owned and lobby to reestablish the federal Superfund petrochemical industry tax system.

Political corruption, inequality, education and clean energy are the issues of our time.

We need to take the power to sway elections away from the greedy rich billionaires and put it back in the hands of the people. We need to make life livable so impoverished families are not at the mercy of uncaring politicians and greedy corporations. We need to restore faith among people that government can be a force for good and the first step would be stopping the government from doing so much harm.

I do not know how to solve all of the world's problems but I know we cannot afford to ignore the really big ones, like climate change and the destruction of democracy. Education is essential to democracy and we must resolutely develop free or cheap energy that can be relied upon for the long term.

I know some people care so much about themselves that they do not care if you live or die, if our children are educated, if senior citizens live with dignity, if our bridges remain standing, if our drinking water is clean or if our brothers and sisters endure minimal suffering. That kind of thinking is destructive and deadly

As President Johnson declared in 1964, "These are the stakes: To make a world in which all of God's children can live, or to go into the darkness. We must either love each other, or we must die."

Amazingly, we survived the Cold War yet we have failed to make a world where people can live together in peace and everyone has enough and differences are respected. We must see the big picture to do a better job carting away our garbage, protecting neighborhoods and ensuring that taxes are fair. Everything is connected. The universe is vast but we occupy only a tiny blue rock and our behavior threatens our home.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

PREAMBLE

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,

Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,

Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

Article 1.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2.

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3.

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 4.

No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

Article 5.

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 6.

Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Article 7.

All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Article 8.

Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Article 9.

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 10.

Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Article 11.

(1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
(2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.

Article 12.

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Article 13.

(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

Article 14.

(1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
(2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 15.

(1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.
(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

Article 16.

(1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

Article 17.

(1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

Article 18.

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 19.

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Article 20.

(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
(2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

Article 21.

(1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
(2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

Article 22.

Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.

Article 23.

(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
(3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

Article 24.

Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

Article 25.

(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Article 26.

(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

Article 27.

(1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
(2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

Article 28.

Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

Article 29.

(1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
(2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
(3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 30.

Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.