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5.  Abolish the Electoral College System for electing a president. A president must win by a majority of individual votes (not just a plurality of votes) using the method of Instant Runoff Voting, in which each voter will rank slated candidates from most preferred to least preferred. It may take two or more rounds of voting to eliminate the candidate with the fewest votes, until eventually one of the remaining candidates captures at least 51 percent of the vote.   

6.  Limit the terms for Supreme Court judges to four years, but allow judges to serve multiple terms.  

7.  Implement a decentralized, non-hierarchical, or grassroots, approach to public schools: The neighbors who live within the boundaries of each public elementary, middle, and high school will be forced, or allowed, to democratically establish their own school philosophy and curriculum, using public funds. There will no longer be federal, state, county, or township control of neighborhood schools. This should improve neighborhood togetherness, as neighbors ideally become tribal, in a new and modern way.  

Local neighborhood groups would probably search the Internet and study the most effective schools and various school curriculums. Residents would be forced to think independently and philosophically. In the process, neighbors would get to know one another better, and they would build a close-knit community. Parents, other residents, and senior citizens would become effective tutors and better educated citizens. The current reliance on public school "experts" to dictate when, how, what, where, and who can teach has not worked well for teachers, students, parents, or our society.  

8.  Abolish the Federal Reserve and allow the Treasury Department to oversee a publicly owned banking system, such as the Bank of North Dakota. Currently, the Federal Reserve has pumped $16 trillion into the central banking system, as many people wonder, "Where is my bailout?"

9.  Strive to establish a democratic world government that provides equal pay for equal work, with no one earning more than three times the wages of the lowest paid worker. This will eliminate the extremes of poverty and wealth, and provide adequate food, housing, and jobs for all citizens of the world. All workers in companies with seven or more employees shall have democracy in the workplace.  The world map can be divided into 500 rectangular-shaped, legislative districts of equal population. The World Legislative Council could then make executive and judicial branch appointments.  

Until the World Legislative Council is established, the United Nations should be changed so that all nations can participate in making all decisions, giving each nation one vote. The five nations that are permanent members of the Security Council within the United Nations have too much power. All nations should participate in Security Council decisions. 

10.  Implement a Progressive income tax up to 94 percent for any income amounts over $100,000, with a simplified tax code.  

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 with respect to Building 7 of the World Trade Center. That building was not even hit by a plane, but fell at the speed of gravity into its own footprint at 5 p.m. on that tragic day. Yet, Building 7 was not even mentioned in the initial Official 9/11 Commission Report, an investigation that was not done until two years later and then by government insiders, with an extremely limited budget. 

Nano-thermite explosives were gathered from the World Trade Center debris shortly after the towers fell on 9/11 by Physics professor, Dr. Steven Jones. He and a team of nine scientists published their paper in the Bentham Chemical Physics Journal, which is respected by Nobel Laureates and other members of the scientific community. Also, the majority of 9/11 Commissioners now say the government lied about 9/11, according to the website www.investigate9ll.org .

15.  Provide incentives for backyard, 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 all state levels can be voted out of office by the voters in the precinct, township, or county from which the representative came. 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. 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.)

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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 also middle and high school special education for the other half in the public schools of Indianapolis. (more...)
 

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I wish I thought there were a possibility of our g... by Diana L on Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013 at 9:54:19 PM
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