In service to Summit County, Democrats believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls. We believe we are stronger when we have an economy that works for everyone—an economy that grows incomes for working people, creates good-paying jobs, and puts a middle-class life within reach for more Americans.
We believe a good education is a basic right of all Utahns. We believe in guaranteeing equal pay for women. And as the party that created Social Security, Democrats believe in protecting every American’s right to retire with dignity. We believe that climate change poses a real and urgent threat to our economy, our national security, and our children’s health and futures. Democrats believe we are stronger and safer when America brings the world together and leads with principle and purpose. We believe our military should be the best-trained, best-equipped fighting force in the world, and that we must do everything we can to honor and support our veterans.
Above all, Democrats are the party of inclusion. We know that diversity is not our problem—it is our promise. We respect differences of perspective and belief, and pledge to work together to move this country forward, even when we disagree. We are proud of our heritage as a nation of immigrants. We believe in protecting civil liberties and guaranteeing civil rights and voting rights, women’s rights and workers’ rights, LGBT rights, and rights for people with disabilities.
The stakes have been high before, but in 2017, the stakes can be measured in human lives— in the number of immigrants who would be torn from their homes; in the number of faithful and peaceful Muslims who could be barred from even visiting our shores; in the number of allies alienated and dictators courted; in the number of Utahns who would lose access to health care and see their rights ripped away. The next election will be about more than Democrats and Republicans. It is about who we are as a state and a nation, and who we will be in the future.
What makes America great is our unerring belief that we can make it better. We can and we will build a more just economy, a more equal society, and a more perfect union.
To read the complete Democratic National Committee Platform click here.
The Utah State Democratic Party is in the process of updating its own platform. You can see the current draft here.