10) Replace our Current Administration and Congress
The current crop of politicians running our country seems hell-bent on fostering violence and war. Along with the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq, the administration denounces real democracies like Venezuela .
In domestic policy, the vast majority have proven their loyalties by their complete disregard for we, the people in favor of corporations and elitists. Energy laws written by the energy industry. Drug plans written by pharmaceutical companies. Bankruptcy laws written by bank corps. The laws enacted over the past five years slap the face of democracy.
The good news is that a lot of U.S. citizens are ready to throw these bums out. The bad news is that these villains will not go quietly. The next few months are crucial and likely explosive.
9) End U.S. Sponsored Aggression
Few can doubt that Israel would be disinclined to pursue their current violent policy toward Lebanon and Palestine without tacit U.S. approval. Israel 's argument of self-defense rings hollow in light of the facts. (Google "Israeli aggression" if you need facts.)
Throw in Iraq and Afghanistan, sprinkle in the threatening behavior toward Iran, Syria, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba and others and what do you get? A clear picture of fascism. It may not be the Hitler kind, but it's fascism. And it must end.
8) Migrate to Sustainable Energy Resources
Can I get a big "duh?" Behind much of the conflict in the Middle East is our country's perverse compulsion to control global oil supplies. Then there's the inconvenient truth of global warming and the impact of oil dependency on our pocketbooks.
The Apollo Alliance provides lots of fodder for understanding how we can make the transition away from oil in a way that supports jobs and the economy, while obviously mitigating the current oil crisis.
Sustainable energy resources have added benefits in being more benign environmentally, which includes reducing global warming and resource use. We may get lip service from this administration and big oil, but we know their hearts are where the money is, and that's in oil.
7) Recreate our Communities
Communities have been the forgotten step-child in government efforts to enable "free trade" and a "global economy." Community issues are legion and diverse, from failing infrastructure to dysfunctional schools and loss of quality jobs. We haven't had serious attention to this issue since Lyndon Johnson's 'War on Poverty.'
Communities are the foundation of a healthy culture, and the state of our communities points straight toward the priorities and policies of our representatives in government.
6) Reduce Military/Defense Spending by 75%
The bankruptcy our country faces is not just an ethical one. We teeter on the edge of financial chaos, in large part due to the phenomenal amount of money we spend on wars, arms and defense-related spending. (Tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans is the other.)