Democratas (Democrats) are a new political project for Portugal, with the objective of forming a party, in full right, to be a real alternative to policies that have not worked in the last 40 years. It is necessary to draw a new path, with new people, and new proposals. To create, and implement new policies, which emanates from the center of the society, listens to our citizens and strategically rethinks our country.
Individual dignity and equal opportunities require the guarantee by the State of a quality education, which gives critical spirit necessary to citizenship, and also the technical skills required for success. Also, a health care and social net system are needed to guarantee the quality of life of each citizen.
All public expenditures should be covered essentially with taxes revenues, without concealment of expenditure. The State should strive to not mortgage the present in detriment of the future.
We reject economic interventionism. Simplifying the legal and fiscal system is the best aid the State can give to the economy. The State, more than strictly regulate the economy, have to create the conditions for citizens to generate wealth helping to build a better future for all and not just for some.
We believe that the moral sovereignty of the individual is the pillar to any free society. The State must be religiously neutral, guaranteeing not only the juridical equality of all citizens, but also the total personal autonomy. Principles such as freedom of expression and association, are fundamental pillars of our society.
We believe that globalization is a fundamentally positive phenomenon, extending the possibilities of all individuals to travel, work and communicate with other cultures. We have a cosmopolitan vision that builds upon ties with Portuguese abroad and with our integration in the European project. These ties are supported on democratic foundations and in the deepening of transatlantic alliance, not only military, but also commercial and economic. We advocate the gradual termination of all barriers to the movement between countries of people, ideas, goods, capital and services. Those interchanges are based on a democratic rule of law, with respect for human, civil and political rights, and the market economy.
We believe that Portugal has the potential to become a prosperous country, not exporting people, but ideas, goods and services.
And it is because of all this that we propose a new political project: pragmatic, constructive and progressive. A political project that seeks the ideas that best serve Portugal, creating solutions for a better future, that are realistic and sustainable.
You can read more about our ideas in http://democratas.pt/manifest/?lang=en
We need funds to make this vision a reality as fast as possible.
We have to perform several bureaucratic tasks before being formally accepted by the Portuguese Constitutional Court as a legal political party.
Right now we have to collect more than 7500 signatures (of portuguese people) sponsoring this project. This is were we will use the funds we are asking for:
- paying people to be on the street helping us presenting the project and collecting signatures
- creating some info material (flyers, posters, ...)