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I explained to him that our votes were precious to us, and not to be taken for granted, that i am sick and tired of people telling me it won't work, can't work, shouldn't be tried etc.
Well just call me a silly idealist, but i for one am willing to go down with my principles intact, than go down voting for the lesser of two evils. since when is that a choice?
i maintain that it is no choice at all. trust me when i tell you that if we keep doing what we have been doing, then we will keep getting what we have been getting.
i am tired of sitting here and saying oh well what can you do. Is that what our founders did, hell no. they stood against the world, conventional wisdom and held firmly to there principles and changed human history, so i wonder, am i so cowardly that i cannot at least use the tools they provided us and stand against tyranny?
I say that no congress shall pass a budget that exceeds it's income....
I say that no congress shall have the right to tax it's citizens using a progressive scale,
are the rich more American than I? I will pay my 10% they can pay there 10%. no more no less, make it an amendment to the constitution itself.
I say that terms of service are too long and need to be altered.
congress shall be a term of 2 years, not to exceed 2 terms
senate shall be 4 years and no more than 2 terms
presidents shall serve 6 years and 1 term
senators should go back to being chosen by the states they represent.
no judge shall be appointed for life, 5 years and they are done. and a manner of impeachment shall be available.
I say that there shall not be one dollar spent on "foreign aid" if you want money from the good ole USA then you had better apply for statehood...
I say that the first thing to be funded and the last thing to be cut is military spending.....
I say the our precious veterans receive the same medical and retirement package that congress now enjoys.
I say that abortiion is a matter for the states to control, and they should be left to there authority.
I say that immigration to the US had better be legal, and any one found to be aiding an abetting criminal behavior themselves should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
I believe that if the us is in need of more immigrants that we should be wise and prudent enough to provide a legal means to fill any voids. To do less is immoral, to foster and support a system that dehumanizes people is repugnant, but we reserve the right to be able to verify that the people who come here are willing to shed their previous allegiance and swear allegiance to their new home.
I believe alot more as well, and if you ask i will share. if not i will shut up
I have posted this suggestion before, and i will do so until someone convinces me that it won't work.
A third party that begins not at the top, but at the grass roots level, down here in the trenches is our only viable solution that i can see. I still believe that there are good and decent people who ran on principles and went to Washington believing they could make a difference. John Mcain while not among them still illustrated to us all how a small minority in the senate could wield all the power, if there were only a 15% shift in the house, where all spending originates that minority could hold up all legislation, and weed out the garbage. they would have to be tough, strong minded strong willed and morally founded individuals, but people like this do exist, and would be supported whole heartedly by us. Never wavering. We may not get there the first election cycle, it may take awhile, but if we never start, its a pretty safe bet we'll never get there.
we need to begin forming up our values and principles into a solid small platform that we can use as a measuring stick, a way for us to know whether or not the people we put forth are going to hold true.
now while the 9 12 is a good starting point, i believe that the top 50 wish list should begin our search. let us see the results of that straw poll, choose out what are the most important to us, what really defines us, then debate them here, refine them until they are rock rib solid, and begin building our future, or maybe more precisely lets rescue our future and restore our country.
whew! i get a bit long winded at times :)
If you read the whole post, thank you for hearing me out