____ 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. If marijuana is safer, why are we driving people to drink?
____ 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. This demand could be encouraged until #9 above is implemented: Support the National Emergency Employment Defense Act (N.E.E.D. Act, HR 2990), introduced by Dennis Kucinich, which could produce U.S. Notes, specifically for infrastructure, Social Security, and universal health care. Reducing the debt crisis with debt-free United States Notes was actually done under President Lincoln with the original "Greenbacks" to defeat the South during the Civil War, when the New York City Banks wanted 24-36 percent interest. Currently the Federal Reserve has pumped $16 trillion into the central banking system, as many people wonder, "Where is my bailout?" (As of August 2013, this bill, unfortunately, has died in committee.)
____ 26. Stop the drone strikes, the Guantanamo torture prison, the abuse of the Patriot Acts and NDAA, needless NSA spying, and excessive security checks at airports.
____ 27. Make buses and trains more affordable and available to reduce the number of cars and trucks on roads and highways.
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/Sarasota area of 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