1. For democracy to happen, with economic growth, there must be an adherence to three underlying conceptual components:
Free enterprise is a private effort. It is based on people saying “I can bring better products or better services to a segment of the marketplace than presently exist.” They need to marshal their own resources. Some succeed. Some fail. But it is the marketplace that decides, not government bureaucrats or other people of power. Free enterprise has a long-term track record of being the most productive, efficient, innovative, adaptable and job-creating economic system, bringing the most prosperity and quality-of-life to the most people.
Honesty and integrity, together with the rule of law, is the second essential component for a thriving democracy. This brings both rules and certainty of the rules, which a fair marketplace depends on. In case of disagreements it provides through a judicial system the most honest resolution process.
That people accept responsibility for their own situation rather than looking constantly to government or others to solve their problems. America became the land of opportunity because we had a tradition of people coming to this country and accepting responsibility for their own situation. Often they did not know the language. They were poor. Frequently they had to sleep ten in the room. They were, in the main, less blamers and less complainers and instead, they sacrificed, worked hard, and had the discipline to develop the confidence to make many of their own dreams come true.
2. The understanding that there are three essential components necessary for a successful community:
Government, which makes the laws and maintains order. Government sets the rules and the tone.
Business, which creates the jobs and community wealth needed to bring economic opportunity and stability.
Nonprofit Institutions, which impact the quality of life including education, health care, arts and culture, youth activities, charitable concerns, and more.
3. When people consider moving to or staying in a community, they ask two key questions.
If the answers are negative, there is less opportunity to attract new people and more danger of flight from current residents.
4. Human rights
Equality of opportunity, based on competency, for all people in the community.