You may have noticed that we recently adopted a new statement of our core values:
• Freedom • Fairness • Opportunity.
It is not easy to capture the core values of the Democratic Party in three words but we concluded these three are an excellent expression of what we have stood for in the past and what we will continue to stand for in the future. Here are three quotes from past and present Presidents that illustrate this point.
President Franklin D Roosevelt on freedom: “In the future days which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded on four essential freedoms.” • Freedom of speech and expression. • Freedom of every person to worship God in his own way. • Freedom from want. • Freedom from fear.
President Bill Clinton on fairness: “In our hearts and in our laws, we must treat our people with fairness and dignity, regardless of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.”
President Barak Obama on opportunity; “People don’t expect government to solve all their problems. But they sense, deep in their bones, that with just a slight change in priorities, we can make sure that every child has a decent shot at life and that the doors of opportunity remain open to all. They know we can do better.”
I am proud to be part of this ongoing heritage. The work is not done but our values continue to guide our way.
Dick Bingham KAD Chair