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A Party Platform on Race and Identity

(1) We support a broad interpretation of the right to free speech. Americans have a constitutional right to think and say what they want, free of government restriction. The only limitation would be in situations where speech is clearly linked to action injuring others. We promote forums of free speech where persons of differing views can express themselves freely and perhaps resolve their differences.

(2) We also support a broad interpretation of the prohibition against establishments of religion. Religion is not just an institution with recognizable forms of worship but also a system of compulsory moral belief. Government has no right to impose a particular set of beliefs on all citizens or to punish persons with politically disfavored views.

(3) Americans have a right to “hate” since private thoughts are beyond the scope of government control. Despite this, anger and hate are to be seen as a negative condition affecting individuals. Hate is primarily an issue for the person himself. Others can try to persuade him to change his mind but the hater is the only one with power to correct the situation. The best type of persuasion is personal example based on true forgiveness and love. Never is it appropriate for government to use force to make someone stop hating. That includes mandatory “training” sessions. To hate others who hate is not a proper response to that situation but is merely another example of hating.

(4) New Dignity Party does not take the position that any particular race, gender, religion, class, or other group is superior to another. There may be statistical differences among groups with respect to intelligence testing, crime rates, and particular abilities and disabilities, but these should not be used as the basis of general policies or laws adopted by government. On the other hand, it is also not our policy to suppress the free speech of individuals who think they are superior to others. It is not our policy as a political party to try to eradicate racism or other kinds of anti-social opinion. Instead, we encourage elected officials, especially of our own party, to treat all people equally and fairly as individuals rather than members of groups.

(5) This party generally opposes political correctness and the tendency to treat certain groups differently than others because of their different historical experiences. While slavery, the Holocaust, and other such experiences selectively affected certain groups of people in a traumatic way, they have little relevance to the situation today. There is no such thing as group guilt. We deplore the hateful uses of history including the writing of history to make certain groups look good and others bad or to create a sense of superiority or guilt among certain people. In addition to racial and ethnic slurs, we deplore the use of derogatory terms such as “racist”, “anti-Semite”, or “bigot” although they are protected as free speech.

(6) Majority status does not equate with power or privilege. Individual differences within racial and other groups are so great that no such inference can be made. Society’s leaders do not necessarily favor persons demographically similar to themselves. The concept of a “protected class” contradicts the American system of law where people are supposed to be treated equally.

(7) We need to respect other people’s personal identity and insist that others respect our own. Each person has a right to define himself or herself as the person wants; and that self-definition should be respected by others. With respect to groups of people, only members of the group have a right to define its identity; and no individual has a right to impose a particular view on the whole group. It is not appropriate for someone in one group to tell people in another group who they are or should be. We need to respect each other’s boundaries.

(8) In our own practice, we will define ourselves by what we ourselves have done, not by what some other person or group has done to us. We do not make ourselves attractive by casting someone else in a negative light. Group identity is best served by accenting the positive. As individuals, we find groups of people with which we identify. We find persons whom we admire. Healthy communities are formed by compiling and telling stories about persons or experiences in which we take pride. At the same time, we need to respect the cultures and values of others. People of all kinds can rightly feel proud of themselves.

(9) The government is our servant, not our master. Politicians have no authority to tell the American people who they are. We are not defined by our place in a particular government program or undertaking. Democratic government is instituted to make people free, not preempt their choices. American history is not synonymous with the history of the U.S. government.

(10) As a political party, we renounce the use of violence or force to achieve our objectives. Although the political system may at times seem rigged, democracy and the electoral process offer Americans a better chance to achieve their political objectives than solutions based on force.

(11) We also oppose coerced opinion. We question educational programs that seek to impose political values on a captive audience or attempts to control curricula and testing to advance certain points of view. We object to media bias where editors and reporters, operating behind an institutional veil, pursue private agendas. We pledge transparency in our own motives and deeds. We stand ready to compete freely in the marketplace of ideas.

Freedom - sweet freedom - that’s what we want! Freedom, dignity, and prosperity for all people.