Paleoconservatives, Libertarians, Greens and Socialists
By Roger Copple
This is a tentative survey; the results of its final version can be used to help our nation, the United States, become the best that it can be. Proposed amendments and laws that have strong support from CAN’s voting participants will be used as the platform or foundation for upcoming regular Marches on Washington D.C. and protests at city government buildings until members of Congress act accordingly, or be voted out of office.
What is needed at this point is an official organization with a website that has the software capacity to assimilate the information below in a confidential way in order to prove to Congress, the mainstream media, independent polling agencies, and any other organization that the statistics gathered are accurate—and not fabricated—and can be verified with a paper trail printout. Participants should be able to go to the website, complete the survey, and cast their ballots online, on all the important issues. The organization’s website could be called CoalitionAgainstNeocons.com.
- Neoconservatives (Neocons, for short) are for an interventionist foreign policy: they believe it is necessary for our government to police the world with a strong and very costly military; this policy is supported by the majority of Republicans and Democrats.
- Paleoconservatives (Paleocons, for short) believe in capitalism, and they are socially conservative, but they are against the interventionist foreign policy of the Neocons.
- Libertarians are often laissez-faire capitalists and socially liberal, but they are against the interventionist foreign policy of the Neocons.
- The Greens are an environmental group who are socially liberal; promote social justice mostly through capitalism; and they are against the interventionist foreign policy of the Neocons.
- Leftists are socially liberal, anti-capitalists, who often support ecological wisdom; they either promote socialism, communism, or anarchism; and they too are against the interventionist foreign policy of the Neocons. See Paleoconservatives, Libertarians, Greens, and Socialists:
Circle 1 of the 4 groups below that you identify with the most:
- Paleoconservatives (Paleocons)
- Leftists (Socialists, Communists, or Anarchists)
For each of the following 26 potential amendments and laws that can be demanded of members of Congress:
- Write 1 in the blank if you Disagree with the Demand.
- Write 2 in the blank if you Agree with the Demand, but think it should be modified slightly.
- Or write 3 in the blank if you Totally Agree with the Demand, as it is written.
____ 1. Dismantle all nuclear weapons and nuclear energy power plants, simultaneously and voluntarily, the world over as soon as possible.
____ 2. Bring home all U.S. troops and close down the government’s 700-1000 military bases around the world. Even with such a drawdown, it would retain more than enough capacity to defend its own borders. The money previously spent on the military would be used to create jobs and rebuild our nation’s infrastructure: “[A]nd they shall turn their swords into ploughshares.” (Isaiah 2:4). Military ships, submarines, and planes can be used for low-budget travel and tourism.
____ 3. Establish Single Payer Health Insurance with the federal government as the single payer.
____ 4. Remove the influence of money from politics.
____ 5. Elect the U.S. House of Representatives through a system of Proportional Representation, and abolish the U.S. Senate: Why should California and Wyoming have the same number of senators when California’s population is about 70 times greater? The seven largest, national political parties will be empowered in a single-chambered, national legislature. Under proportional representation, the National Green Party may get 15 percent of the vote, for example, in the 435-member House of Representatives, and Indiana’s population allows it to have ten members in the House of Representatives. But it may be that of the seven national political parties, the Indiana Republican Party will get to select five of Indiana’s ten representatives in the House of Representatives because Indiana is a conservative state.
____ 6. Abolish the Electoral College System for electing a president. A president must win by a majority of individual votes (not just a plurality of votes) using the method of Instant Runoff Voting, in which each voter will rank slated candidates from most favorite to least favorite. And it may take two or more rounds of voting to eliminate the candidate with the least amount of votes, until eventually one of the remaining candidates captures at least 51 percent of the vote.
____ 7. Allow Congress–not the president–to select Supreme Court judges who will serve for 4 year terms. Judges may serve multiple terms.
____ 8. Implement a decentralized, non-hierarchical, or grassroots, approach to public schools: The neighbors who live within the boundaries of each public elementary, middle, and high school will democratically establish their own school philosophy and curriculum, using public funds. There will no longer be federal, state, county, or township control of neighborhood schools. This will improve neighborhood togetherness and community solidarity.
____ 9. Abolish the Federal Reserve. Congress will oversee a publicly owned banking system like the Bank of North Dakota.
____ 10. Strive to establish a democratic world government that provides equal pay for equal work, with no one earning more than three times the wages of the lowest paid worker. A system of workplace democracy will be instituted. The world map can be divided into 500 rectangular-shaped, legislative districts of equal population. The World Legislative Council could then make executive and judicial branch appointments.
____ 11. Implement a Progressive income tax up to 94 percent for any income amounts over $250,000 with a simplified tax code.
____ 12. Abolish compulsory education—learning is a choice.
____ 13. Phase out fossil fuels through government incentives.
____ 14. Provide free post high school, public education for students whose parent(s) have an annual income of less than $100,000.
____ 15. Reduce taxes for small businesses; increase taxes on large corporations.
____ 16. Provide more restrictions on the ownership of firearms–with comprehensive registration, background checks, and national standardization.
____ 17. Legalize commercial hemp, medical marijuana, and the private use of marijuana for adults, on a national level.
____ 18. Call for a new, independent investigation of 9/11 with subpoena powers, especially in regards to Building 7, which was not even hit by a plane, but fell at the speed of gravity into its own footprints at 5 pm on that tragic day. And Building 7 was not even mentioned in the initial Official 9/11 Commission Report, an investigation that was not done until 2 years later and then by government insiders, with an extremely limited budget.
____ 19. Provide incentives for local and organic food production and alternative health practices. Require that all genetically modified foods be labeled.
____ 20. Allow citizens of the 50 states to restructure their state governments from the bottom-up, not the top-down: from the neighborhood block club, to the precinct, township, county, and state levels. Each level of legislative government can make executive and judicial branch appointments. Representatives at a state level, for example, can be voted out of office completely at all levels by the voters in the precinct, township, or county that the state representative emerged from. Representatives at each level would vote among themselves to send a representative to the next level above it. State constitutions can be rewritten using a democratic process.
____ 21. Increase abortion rights and the rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals.
____ 22. Empower the seven largest, national political parties, using a system of proportional representation to elect 100 individuals to meet at a Constitutional Convention to rewrite the U.S. Constitution, in which the delegates will work for three entire months to get a 51 percent or higher approval of any proposed, new constitution. (In other writings, this author has laid out a 23-month timeline for this process to occur).
____ 23. Establish workplace democracy in companies that have seven or more employees.
____ 24. Allow Americans to visit Cuba if they choose.
____25. Bail out the people—no more bailouts of the big banks.
____26. Stop the drone strikes, the Guantanamo torture prison, the abuse of the Patriot Acts, needless NSA spying, and excessive security checks at airports.
Readers of this article are encouraged to make comments to help this project get started. The author’s previous article entitled “Can Paleoconservatives, Libertarians, and Leftists Unite Against the Neocons?” provides more information as to why the Coalition Against Neocons (CAN) is urgently needed. Please print and circulate this survey, and discuss it among family members and friends. Submit it to your elected officials.