We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
~ The Declaration of Independence
“Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains. Those who think themselves the masters of others are indeed greater slaves than they.”
1. Free, Fair, and Democratic Elections:
We cannot say we are upholding the Constitution without ensuring free, fair, and democratic elections at all levels of government, and we cannot call ourselves a “democratic republic” without the same.
End the unconstitutional fabrication of “corporate personhood” created by corrupt Supreme Court “Justices” (starting especially with the corrupt “Justice” Lewis Powell, author of the Powell Memo) by passing a 28th amendment to the Constitution.
In the unjust taxation system that currently exists in the U.S., our elections are determined/bought by the ultra-rich among us; and therefore, they are in control of our government in the most unconstitutional manner in our history. We no longer have taxation with representation, as is evident by the fact that a great burden of the taxes fall unfairly upon the lowest and middle-earners in the U.S. through sales and property taxes, as well as income taxes. Even many school levies are currently being funded through the sale of lottery tickets, which mostly the poor and middle-earners purchase.
Restore the rights of the federal, state, and local governments to regulate the amounts of campaign contributions, and establish a fund to finance election campaigns, making grants from it contingent upon candidate popularity as proven by initiative signatures. Create a system of mail-in ballots for all elections and keep all ballots for some period for double-checking. Create a national, state, and local database of voters so they can log in and double-check that their votes were tallied correctly.
2. Corrupt Influence over Government Officials:
End the corrupt practice of private interest lobbying of our elected and appointed officials. End the revolving door between government posts and private business and lobbying by creating extensive time periods government officials must wait to accept positions in the business fields they regulated or represented.
3. Freedom of the Press:
Our modern-day press consists not only of newspapers and periodicals, as it did at the time of the ratification of our Constitution, but also of television and internet shows, radio shows, podcasts, blogs, movie studios, and Internet service. The Internet is not only a basic and important means of communication for Americans, but it is also a basic and important means of assembly as well.
4. Anti-Trust Enforcement:
Break up all monopolies and powerful oligopolies — which are in violation of the constitutional mandate against trusts. If any business sector is found to be naturally dominated by a monopoly or powerful oligopoly, acknowledge that it is a natural monopoly/natural powerful oligopoly and put it under the regulation/ownership of a democratically appointed and governed public utility.
5. Freedom of the Press:
Break up the large media corporations that own and control all of the mainstream media companies — 90% of all media companies (the U.S. press) into at least the number that existed before Reagan started allowing the consolidation of the media plus a number proportional to the percentage increase in U.S. population since that time (around 1980); and restore the Fairness Doctrine.
Place all cable companies under one national cable company: it is a natural monopoly — with the difference that different monopolies operate in different regions of the U.S. Remove the right of cable companies to charge fees for their services, as they make much more than enough money through advertising. Place limits on the number of minutes and the absolute number of commercial breaks in television advertising. Make broadband accessible to all U.S. residents, subsidizing it for those who cannot afford it.
6. The Banking System/The U.S. Treasury Department:
Restore the authority to print and lend money to the hands of the U.S. Treasury (take it from the privately owned Federal Reserve), as it was at the founding of the U.S., and as it was after Presidents Kennedy, Lincoln, McKinley, and Jackson ordered it to be — and were all targets of assassination attempts shortly after, with only Jackson surviving such an attempt.
If there were ever a corrupt and powerful and pernicious monopoly set up with the power to collude and control vast amounts of wealth in the U.S., it was the Federal Reserve, and the other privately owned central banks in the past U.S. history. Giving permission to a privately owned central bank to issue and lend money at interest is a design to ensure usury and theft.
Make U.S. hospital companies nonprofit, as they were before Nixon reversed this policy. Do the same with pharmaceutical companies. Institute a universal healthcare program/Medicare for all that covers all necessary medical needs for all U.S. residents, including dental, visual, and hearing needs. All other industrially and technologically advanced countries have a universal healthcare system in place. It is a monument to the corruption spawned by the ultra-rich in the U.S. that we do not. That percentage of over-payment Americans are extorted to pay for necessary healthcare goes to the top employees and owners of the hospital and pharmaceutical corporations.
Place the A.M.A. and other professional medical associations under the control and guidance of democratically elected or appointed officials, so they may establish fair and wise standards of care and policies not based on potential profits but on the medical interests and needs of the people.
8. Public Education:
End the unjust and tragically wasteful policy of funding public schools from local property taxes (which levels vary widely); fund all public schools equally through federal and state spending. Fully fund all public schools from preschool through college with federal and state spending, and make all education at public educational institutions free for all students (as it is in most industrially advanced countries). In the interest of reparations, restore some affirmative action admissions policies and remedial educational programs. Make all school lunches free — integrate them into the general costs of running preschool — grade 12 public schools.
In this way, all children will be given the opportunity for a high-quality education, and all will have a much greater opportunity to reach their potential. This will benefit not only the individual students, but he country as a whole.
9. Law Enforcement/The Prison System:
Establish democratically elected or appointed, citizen-run oversight and regulatory boards for all police departments and correctional/prison/criminal justice institutions that are closely connected to their local communities with supreme oversight and decision-making authority.
For too long, the criminal justice system, from the police forces to the penitentiaries, has operated in an unjust and destructive manner. These reforms will help to ensure that the criminal justice system and law enforcement will work to bring about justice and help keep our communities safe.
10. Labor Rights and the Minimum Wage:
Set the minimum wage at what it would be if it had kept up with rises of inflation and productivity, with a starting point of the highest level it ever reached in the 1950s or early 1960s, in order to counter the theft of wages that the ultra-rich and their corrupted government officials perpetrated from the mid-1960s with the advent of extensive corruption of government officials. Establish a maximum ratio of wages of the highest salary to lowest salary for all workers of any single company.
The ability of U.S. labor to organize and unionize, and possess fair representation and bargaining rights, was unfairly obstructed by corrupt government officials starting especially in 1980 with the Reagan administration, but actually in the works since the early mid-1960s from the time of the Kennedy assassination/coup.