To make a better America (in no particular order):
1. Allow gay marriage - it's time to realize these people have been a part of this country since its inception. We've even had a gay president (James Buchanan who had a 25 year relationship with Sen. Rufus DeVane King that lasted until King passed away).
And? Did that relationship produce a child? So then it provided nothing to society. I don't think government should be in the marriage business, period. Churches should decide who gets married. Its handout programs like Social Security and the like that even make this an issue.
2. Health care for every child in America. There is no way, in the richest country in the world, than any child should be denied health care because their parents are poor.
No emergency room in America will turn away a person in need. Then after the fact its often paid for through welfare insurance anyway so we basically do have universal healthcare and it still sucks. The people with money have to pay for their own insurance as well as everyone elses through taxes.
3. Strengthen protection for our National Parks and monuments that are being hemmed in by greedy land developers.
Land developers? Maybe loggers at one point but National PArks are protected by the constitution. However, if natural resources are needed, like oil, then i think we need to pursue these resources for the sake of the country.
4. Strengthen clean air and clean water measures (which means undoing all the damage the Bush administration has done).
So in 6 years, all the clean air is now gone in America? I'm all for environmental concerns like the obvious, not dumping polution into water supplies and limiting the toxins in smoke stacks, but environmentalists need to be realistic. 100% clean air is not a possibility ever again.
5. Really leave no child behind in education. This means giving teachers the training and the means to achieve. This means fixing crumbling buildings and improving security. This means increasing pay and benefits for school teachers.
I agree with the means to achieve and the security. Pay and benefits are NOT needed. The average salary for teachers here in PA is $55,000 and that comes in most towns with full benefits. Getting a job in PA as a teacher is almost impossible.
6. Eliminate capital punishment, or at the very least, make DNA testing mandatory in capital cases, and mandatory stays of execution in cases where new evidence is available.
I go back and forth. Capital punishment should be left to God in my mind but on the other hand, some people need to be removed from society, period. Some people can't even coeexist with prisoners and those people need to be removed if the crime suits the punishment (1st degree murder, REAL child rape, etc)
7. Strengthen protection for civil liberties from activist judges like Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito who want to turn this country into a police state.
:rotflmao: Ok. Yes lets stop the 1 judge thats been trying to keep the activists in check and the newest judge on the court who has yet to prove himself. Im sure you have proof of the activism right?
8. Fully restore the separation of church and state. This means "under God" out of the pledge of allegience, and the sacriligious "In God We Trust" off of money. God has a place in our government, that place is in the hearts of those who believe in whatever version of Him they believe in.
Church and state were never meant to be separated in your ideal. Separation of church and state is an idea that was fabricated long after the constitution was created. The original intent of the constitution is to not create any laws that restrict the practice of any religion. That was purposely worded to not allow a state run religion but still be able to allow government officials the right to practice their faith without discrimination from the government to do so. The only thing thats been wrong lately has been the judicial branches unconstitutional measures to discriminate against christian ideals by individuals within the government. These government officials and state run buildings have a right to display all materials that they deem fit. They do not restrict the fair practice of any other religion when a display of the 10 commandments are on the wall of a courthouse. They do not restrict the fair practice of any religion when a giant cross is on the hill of a city founded by christian missionaries in California. These objects of historical significance are being removed in the name of "separation of church and state" when they violate the fair practice of religion without discrimination from the government. The ACLU and those like them seek to create a theocracy of Atheism where worship of God is punished by the government in schools, government buildings, courthouses and any other place of government. This is the most unconstitutional thing to occur in the 230 year history of this country. The founding fathers would be disgusted at the current state of the judicial branch in this country.