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Can Paleoconservatives, Libertarians, and Leftists Unite Against the Neocons?

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The Occupy Movement could have been more effective if the diverse elements had united around ten specific demands.  What is now needed is for one organization such as the Fellowship of Reconciliation to serve as a headquarters for upcoming, regular protest marches and the assimilation of each protester's list of ten demands.  Bayard Rustin, who was the organizer of the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, was a member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), a pacifist group.  FOR is not yet even aware of my idea for this type of coalition.    

What if 25 amendments and laws were agreed upon by all three groups, and from that list of 25 demands, all participating individuals at protest marches could register and vote to select their own ten demands.  Then the ten most common demands would be determined and publicized.  Every six months there could be a new election, as the number of participants increases, and as previous voters change their priorities.  Naysayers will state all kinds of reasons why this strategy will not work, but it is urgent at this point that we focus on solutions and not just complaints.  Readers can start thinking about their own ten most important demands to make of Congress. 

Here are fifteen more demands that could be added to my ten to make a proposed list of 25 demands:

11. Implement a Fair or Flat income tax, as opposed to a Progressive income tax, to simplify the collection of taxes. 

12. Implement a Progressive income tax up to 94 percent for any income amounts over $250,000 with a simplified tax code.   

13. Abolish compulsory education--learning is a choice. 

14.  Phase out fossil fuels through government incentives.

15. Provide free post high school, public education for students whose parent(s) have an annual income of less than $100,000. 

16. Reduce taxes for small businesses; increase taxes on large corporations. 

17. Provide more restrictions on the ownership of firearms--with comprehensive registration, background checks, and national standardization.

18. Provide fewer restrictions on the ownership of firearms with comprehensive registration and background checks. 

19. Legalize commercial hemp, medical marijuana, and the private use of marijuana for adults, on a national level. 

20. Call for a new, independent investigation of 9/11 with subpoena powers.

21. Provide incentives for local and organic food production and alternative health practices. 

22. 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 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.    

23. Increase abortion rights and the rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals.

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Roger Copple is 64 years old. He retired in May 2010 from teaching general elementary, mostly third grade, for half of his teaching career and middle and high school special education for the other half in the public schools of Indianapolis. He (more...)
 

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Well said.... by Judy Swindler on Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 at 3:33:45 PM
Thank you, Judy.  That is what a writer longs... by Roger Copple on Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 at 4:38:17 PM
There is much Roger Copple suggests that I, a pale... by David McElroy on Sunday, Aug 11, 2013 at 12:56:09 PM
David,Thanks for your comments.  You are maki... by Roger Copple on Sunday, Aug 11, 2013 at 2:11:46 PM
If the four groups--Paleoconservatives, Libertaria... by Roger Copple on Sunday, Aug 11, 2013 at 4:59:51 PM
... but I think you should limit it to one: ending... by Don Smith on Sunday, Aug 11, 2013 at 11:07:42 PM
Response to Don Smith Dear Don, In this... by Roger Copple on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 6:01:45 AM
When the Green Party was getting off the ground i... by Roger Copple on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 6:06:07 AM
Divided we are weak.  United, we are of cours... by Samson on Sunday, Aug 11, 2013 at 11:52:39 PM
Dear Samson,I agree that your approach is still le... by Roger Copple on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 6:23:31 AM
They are tied to each other.  Any attempt to ... by Neal Chalabi Chambers on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 2:28:41 AM
Dear Nesatince,You seem very astute and have a goo... by Roger Copple on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 6:45:52 AM
Speaking for the libertarians here I can tell you ... by June Genis on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 2:09:33 PM
Dear June, I appreciate your input.  Do... by Roger Copple on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 3:18:30 PM
I agree that there are new left-right possibilitie... by Jim Kavanagh on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 3:41:01 PM
Dear Jim,I clicked on the link you provided.  ... by Roger Copple on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 7:09:13 PM
Roger (and Rob Kall) have written in defense of de... by Don Smith on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 3:41:52 PM
Don,We may have to agree to differ on this one. &n... by Roger Copple on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 5:11:14 PM
In my opinion, this fine article by Roger Copple, ... by Daniel Penisten on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 6:01:53 PM
1. Dismantle all nuclear weapons and nuclear energ... by Daniel Penisten on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 6:34:38 PM
"5. Elect the U.S. House of Representatives throug... by Daniel Penisten on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 6:58:59 PM
"6. Abolish the Electoral College System for elect... by Daniel Penisten on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 7:02:57 PM
"7. Allow Congress, not the president, to select S... by Daniel Penisten on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 7:16:17 PM
"8. Implement a decentralized, non-hierarchical, o... by Daniel Penisten on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 7:30:25 PM
"9. Abolish the Federal Reserve.  Congress wi... by Daniel Penisten on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 7:35:41 PM
"10. Strive to establish a democratic world govern... by Daniel Penisten on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 7:49:02 PM
Daniel, I read your bio, and I was not aware ... by Roger Copple on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 7:55:32 PM
Is floundering. But it still has a website. It has... by Daniel Penisten on Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 11:24:36 AM
Tribalism, as part of Evolution, can become More a... by Daniel Penisten on Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 11:37:15 AM
In trying to cover all the important ways that our... by Roger Copple on Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 8:56:11 AM
Good structuring Mr. Copple. Nothing to add right ... by Daniel Penisten on Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 10:59:14 AM
Coalition Against the NeoconsCircle  1 of the... by Roger Copple on Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 10:01:38 AM
As near as I can tell, politically I identify with... by Daniel Penisten on Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 11:05:26 AM
Coalition Against Neocons (CAN)It would be fine wi... by Roger Copple on Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 11:25:48 AM
Coalition Against Neocons (CAN)I have just now sub... by Roger Copple on Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 2:39:06 PM
I Haven't Been Able To Locate This Continuation Of... by Daniel Penisten on Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 3:05:44 PM
Dan, I submitted the article yesterday, but I... by Roger Copple on Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 3:40:40 PM
I will read it there.... by Daniel Penisten on Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 5:34:34 PM