11. Phase out fossil fuels through government incentives.
12. Provide free post-high school public education for students whose parent(s) have an annual income of less than $100,000.
13. Legalize commercial hemp, medical marijuana, and the private use of marijuana for adults on a national level. If marijuana is safer, why are we driving people to drink?
14. Call for a new, independent investigation of 9/11 with subpoena powers, especially in regard 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.
15. Provide incentives for back yard, front yard, or local, organic food production. Require that all genetically modified foods be labeled.
16. Show citizens of the 50 states how 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.
17. 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 this undertaking, 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.)
18. Require workplace democracy in companies that have seven or more employees. Workers will participate in determining the company's direction, employee wages, and the selection of bosses, instead of relying solely on a Board of Directors bent on making a profit for shareholders and the company's upper management.
19. Allow Americans to visit Cuba if they choose.
20. Stop the drone strikes, the Guantanamo torture prison, the abuse of the Patriot Acts and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), needless National Security Agency (NSA) spying, and excessive security checks at airports.
21. Make buses and trains more affordable and available, to reduce the number of cars and trucks on roads and highways.
It has been said that the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Well, that journey need not seem impossible. Consider that, for the first time, the American people recently expressed in the polls that they don't believe the current lies and disinformation about why the U.S. should bomb Syria.
As more and more Americans wake up and stop relying on the mainstream media in the formation of their opinions, there is greater opportunity to reach the masses, especially the millions of Americans who don't have jobs or work at jobs that don't pay living wages. The working class of America should and can be educated and recruited to demand that their members of Congress make these radical changes, or be voted out of office.
Not just in theory, but in the real world, the U.S.
Congress can implement the 17 proposals of the Democratic Socialists, the
ecological wisdom and social justice requirements of the Greens, and the
additional 21 demands that I have listed.
A new third party should form that combines all of the above proposals. It can be called the New Congress Party, because it has a specific agenda that shows how the U.S. Congress can lead the way to dramatically improve our local communities, our nation, and the world. The U.S. Congress does not have to be permanently despised. Instead, an educated and empowered citizenry can help it become a democratic ideal throughout the world.
The Occupy Wall Street movement failed, at least in part, because it could not agree on specific demands to make of Congress. Without a coherent goal and vision, short-term objectives can lose their true significance. That is why I want to launch another U.S. political party, the New Congress Party, to realize this more precise vision and goal.
Roger Copple is 63 years old. He retired 3 years ago in 2010 from teaching general elementary, mostly 3rd grade, and high school special education in Indianapolis. He now lives in the Bradenton, Florida. He is deeply grateful that he stuck it out to get a teacher's pension and started getting his Social Security early at age 62. He now hopes to make a contribution to society through further study, reflection, and writing. Roger's website: www.NowSaveTheWorld.com