The United States can and should be world leaders, willing to participate in a global effort of peace and collaboration for the well-being of all. At the heart of this effort is diplomacy. The days of perpetual warfare must come to an end, and the threat of military force should be a last resort. If we are to repair our reputation in the world as a nation of integrity and a beacon of democracy, our policies must be progressive and bold:
- Diplomacy should be our focus and we should significantly increase allotment for diplomatic resources.
- Instead of supporting regime changes throughout the world, we should implement a new Marshall Plan that strengthens regions in turmoil in order to stop the dominance of extremists. This effort should be a coalition of nations who work with regions at risk in order to meet the needs of its inhabitants, rather than forcefully overthrowing their governments.
- We must work with all nations of the world on global issues, such as climate change, pandemics, natural disasters, starvation, enforcement of international law, and terrorism. Similarly, coalition authority must prevail in times of violence, human rights violations, and acts of aggression. We must not arrogantly stand alone in the world. We are at our best when we are working closely with allies for a peaceful solution.
- Military intervention should be a last resort, and should only occur with congressional authorization, defined objectives and exit strategy, and a commitment to caring for our military when they return home.
- We must honor our agreements.
- If we are to be respected in the global community, we must set an example of civil and human rights, election integrity, caring for our citizens, economic stability and growth, environmental responsibility, and humane immigration policies, right here at home.
- We cannot turn our backs on refugees.
- The Proliferation of nuclear weapons must be stopped through a partnership of nations.
- U.S. involvement in International Trade agreements must not compromise American workers. We must rethink our trade agreements to promote trade that is responsible to the American economy and benefit the American workforce.