Dave’s career, from nuclear arms control to disaster planning to educating future national security professionals, has focused on our country’s safety. Now, with our democracy under foreign and domestic attack, Dave will make defense of our Republic his first priority.
Our Electoral College selects Presidents opposed by a majority of voters, and needs to be scrapped by 2024. When 44% of Americans identify as Independent, it is clear that our two-party system needs reform. Those issues need a champion in the Senate.
Super-majorities favor combatting climate change, affordable health care for all, common sense gun regulation, rebuilding our infrastructure, humane immigration reform, and making billionaires pay a fair share of taxes. To make that super-majority unstoppable, we need to combine bold visions with achievable steps.
National divisions have become poisonous. Restoring faith in our Republic demands economic policies based on inclusive prosperity, expanded national service programs that bridge racial and urban/rural divides, and a renewed commitment to educational programs that inoculate our citizens against demagogic attempts—and foreign ambitions—to drive us apart.
Accelerating change is reshaping our workplace, our society, and our security. To grapple with challenges from cybersecurity to gene editing to artificial intelligence, we need a domestic Department of Technology and a World Technology Organization. We must seize the opportunities and minimize the risks of world-changing advances in knowledge.
The great lesson of the 1930’s is that retreat from American leadership—consistent with our human rights values—endangers our security, our prosperity, and our freedom. Military power alone is insufficient; the U.S. must rebuild its alliances, refocus on diplomacy, and resume its role as a source of hope for those struggling to resist aggressive authoritarian powers.