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15 Proposals that Could Make Our Nation and the World a Better Place

It has always deeply frustrated me that political writers and activists and third political parties never effectively unite together on anything! Either they can't agree on anything, or if they do agree, they only represent a fringe element in society. This article lists 3 demands that masses of Americans, including some Republicans and Democrats, can agree on right now in order to Maximize Democracy. In a previous article, published at OpEdNews, entitled "What Happens After the Massive Demonstrations in Every City," I elaborate on these 3 demands and what we can do.

Here are the 3 demands that masses of Americans can agree on right now:

1. We demand that corporations not be allowed to make contributions to political campaigns for presidential elections.

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2. We demand that the political spectrum be broadened by equally empowering multiple national political parties, not just the Republicans and Democrats. The 7 largest national political parties must be represented in all presidential public debates that involve more than one political party in all future presidential elections.

3. We demand that the Electoral College System for electing a president be abolished, and that a presidential candidate can no longer become president unless he or she captures a 51-percent majority of the popular vote, using the system of Ranked Choice Voting.


What is needed are massive, nonviolent demonstrations in cities throughout the nation in which demonstrators focus primarily on the above 3 demands until they are implemented into law by the federal legislature. As the movement grows exponentially, any elected official who refuses to support these 3 demands, will be voted out of office. Political organizations that help organize the demonstrations should be allowed to speak briefly about their organizations at each event, but the main, unifying purpose should be to focus on the 3 demands.
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This article is primarily about 15 needed proposals that could dramatically improve our nation and the world. Unlike the 3 demands above, these 15 proposals are a hard sell because they primarily address what Americans need, individually and collectively, rather than what they currently want. These 15 proposals will be difficult to adopt because they pertain to how the oligarchs, the wealthiest one percent that controls our government and the mainstream media are still keeping us enslaved. These 15 proposals, though now revised, were originally elaborated on in a longer article of mine published at OpEdNews entitled "We Need Intellectuals More Than Meditators." These 15 proposals are needed if we want the human race to survive, and if we want a sustainable future for our children and grandchildren:

1. Require workplace democracy to allow workers to participate in all the decision making at their place of employment: one person, one vote for all companies that have 5 or more employees. The workplace does not have to be a dictatorship.

2. Provide free health care and free higher education for everyone. The best way to encourage higher learning is to make it free.
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3. Dramatically improve public transportation and make the use of buses and trains free within our cities. Expand the use of trains for commercial shipping. Put a moratorium on the production of new cars and trucks on the nation's highways. Place a steep tax on fuel for cars to encourage individuals to use buses and trains. When appropriate, municipalities can use small buses that run more often, instead of using big buses that often have very few passengers. Provide incentives for local production for local consumption to decrease commercial shipping across long distances.

4. Reduce military spending by 90%, and as other countries reciprocate, it can be reduced further. The U.S. will take the initiative in getting all nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants dismantled. The U.S. will bring home all military personnel and close down the government's 700 military bases around the world. "And they shall turn their swords into ploughshares (Isaiah 2:4)." Many of the existing military ships, submarines, and planes throughout the world will be used for low-budget travel and tourism to promote goodwill among nations. With less than one percent of what the world spends every year on weapons, we could put every child throughout the world in school. In 2015, the U.S. accounted for 37 percent of the world's military spending.

5. Provide a guaranteed income of $12,000 per year to all U.S. citizens over the age of 18. Set the minimum wage at $15 per hour. For individuals working a 40-hour week at a minimum of $15 per hour, the annual salary will be $30,000. To promote a system of radical egalitarianism, here is the new federal income tax schedule for individuals: Any income up to $25,000 will have a 0% federal tax. Income from $25,001--$30,000 will have a 5% tax. Income from $30,001--$35,000 will have a 10% tax. Income from $35,001--$40,000 will have a 15% tax, and so forth. An income above $120,000 will be taxed at 100%.

The ratio of the highest earning income to the lowest income will be 10:1. This degree of egalitarianism should reduce crime and the need for a large police force in our communities. Here are 11 amazing facts about world poverty. Social problems increase to the degree there is a gap between the rich and the poor within a nation and among nations. If everyone on the planet consumed as much as the average American, it would take 4 earths to sustain them.

The current corporate tax rate has fallen from 35% to 21% in a flat tax system, but large corporations, especially transnational corporations, should pay a much higher percentage of taxes than smaller companies. We can implement some of the corporate tax recommendations of the organization called Americans for Tax Fairness.

6. Phase out the use of fossil fuels in 10 years. Implement the Ecological Sustainability goals of the Green Party, including zero waste policies to the maximum degree possible. However, some Left Greens argue that current Green New Deal proposals are not going far enough to reduce massive growth and neoliberalism.

7. Equally empower the 7 largest national political parties and allow them to have equal public exposure in future presidential debates involving more than one political party. Corporations shall no longer be allowed to donate to political campaigns in presidential elections. State governments are also encouraged to equally empower the 7 largest state political parties and eliminate corporate financing in state elections in this same manner.

8. Demand that the Electoral College System for electing a president be abolished, and that a presidential candidate can no longer become president unless he or she captures a 51-percent majority of the popular vote, using the system of Ranked Choice Voting.

9. Abolish the Federal Reserve and allow the Treasury Department to oversee a nationwide public banking system.

10. For medical, therapeutic, spiritual, and recreational reasons: legalize marijuana at the national level and also psychedelics.

11. Provide incentives for organic and composted food production in backyards. Provide incentives for farmers and food cooperatives that provide locally grown food. Ban all genetically modified foods. Encourage veganism for environmental, ethical, and health reasons.

12. Allow United States citizens to visit any country they wish. All existing U.S sanctions and embargoes on any country shall be removed.

13. Let the American people vote to determine if they want a Constitutional Convention for a new constitution at every presidential election. If approved by a 51-percent majority of the American people, allow all national political parties that capture at least one percent of the national vote be represented through Proportional Representation at a Constitutional Convention to work together to create a better, updated constitution. One hundred delegates will meet for 3 months, and if they create a new document approved by 51 percent of the delegates (a higher percentage will be even better)--it will be ratified later if a 51-percent majority of the American people approve of the new constitution in a referendum vote. Each of the 50 states can be encouraged to create a new state constitution using this same method.

Here is what I would recommend in a new Constitution for the United States: 1) Encourage state governments to consider implementing Direct Democracy--instead of representative democracy--at the township, city, and county levels. 2) Implement a unicameral federal legislature (after abolishing the U.S. Senate altogether) in tandem with a system of Proportional Representation for electing the one-house federal legislature. 3) Make it much easier to pass future laws and future Amendments in the new Constitution. (I have created a 24-month procedural timeline for creating a new constitution in this document. I have also written a constitution for the United States called the Third Constitution of the United States; our first constitution was the Articles of Confederation.)

14. Eliminate the unfair Security Council of the United Nations and make the General Assembly of the UN more powerful than any nation in order to create a Democratic World Government. The weight of any nation's vote can be determined by its population.

The Earth Constitution (also click here) and other organizations have also proposed models for a Democratic World Government. Dr. Glen T. Martin, the president of the World Constitution and Parliament Association, in this article entitled "This Changes Nothing: A Review of Naomi Klein's book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate" argues that Naomi Klein's recommendations truly change nothing for they recommend transforming the global capitalist system without defanging its militarized ally: the lawless system of nation-states. To read Dr. Martin's article at academia.edu, click here and then scroll down to "Read Paper." Note: In the Preamble of The Constitution for the Federation of Earth, or the Earth Constitution, amended in 1991, it mentions that we are "on the threshold of a new world order," but this is most likely nothing like the type of "new world order" that the first George Bush envisioned when he used the term in a speech to the nation.

15. Encourage the self-determination of local communities whenever possible. Scott Peck, author of the book The Road Less Traveled, shows in this article how to build authentic community. Another way to create cohesive communities is by providing incentives for the neighborhood control of public elementary schools in pilot projects.

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Calling all Nonviolent, Anti-War Organizations and Third Political Parties to Unite to Change the World!

Nonviolent, Anti-War Organizations and Third Political Parties of the United States are invited to support 3 Demands to maximize Democracy, the foundation for creating world peace.

Here are the 3 demands that masses of Americans can agree on right now:

1. We demand that corporations not be allowed to make contributions to political campaigns for presidential elections.

2. We demand that the political spectrum be broadened by equally empowering multiple national political parties, not just the Republicans and Democrats. The 7 largest national political parties must be represented in all presidential public debates that involve more than one political party in all future presidential elections.

3. We demand that the Electoral College System for electing a president be abolished, and that a presidential candidate can no longer become president unless he or she captures a 51-percent majority of the popular vote, using the system of Ranked Choice Voting.

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I just emailed 14 political parties and shared a link to my article and listed the 3 demands. I also shared the following information:

"Contact Information about the above 14 political parties was found at www.politics1.com/parties.htm or from a political party's website. I hope you will read my latest article above entitled "15 Proposals that Could Make Our Nation and the World a Better Place," published at OpEdNews, and let me know if your political party will support or help organize this endeavor. I am reaching out to political parties first. I have not written to any political organizations yet. In my article, I mention 15 proposals that I endorse. I do not expect that all of the political parties in this list will support all of those 15 proposals. I am just sharing how I see the world. I am just one voice. However, I do believe that many of us can endorse the 3 Demands above. I hope to hear from you. Best wishes, Roger Copple"

I wonder if the online community at OpEdNews could help spearhead this endeavor.


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The other side that likes to have constitutional representation of the small states will fight the "abolish the electoral college". They fear this will further the flood of illegal immigrants who will go to the Sanctuary big Dem cities and the census will change so that the illegals will increase the numbers for dem districs for their district lines and eventually the Illegals will get the right to vote as non citizens as well.

If the college is abolished or not, ranked voting is a great idea for now and a better chance to pass. The other side will say all your ideas will give all the power to the big Dem states and cities so that big Candidates won't bother to try and get the small state vote. So I am not ready to abolish the Constitution's College yet, I used to before I understood that there are more than two sides to all this.

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Hi Jim. Thanks for responding.

wikipedia on the electoral college

Archives/Federal Register on the Electoral College

HuffPost on the Electoral College

A lot of people are for or against the Electoral College solely on the basis of whether it will help or hurt their preferred political party. To me, I don't even think in those terms. The idea that the candidate who wins the most votes in a state wins all the state's electoral votes just doesn't seem fair to me.

For example, if there are 3 candidates and Candidate A got 34%, Candidate B got 33%, and Candidate C got 33%, should Candidate A get all of the electoral votes? I say it does not seem fair.

Moreover, the Electoral College is a very complicated process, which we could make a lot simpler for average American voters who want to understand and participate in the political process. I support requiring that a president win by a 51-percent majority of the popular votes, using the system of Ranked Choice Voting.


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Hi, again, Jim Glover: I just pasted the link to your public bio history into my address window and hit Enter. I didn't know I was corresponding with a noted American peace activist and folk singer. I also read about you at wikipedia. Moreover, you and I live in the same small town! I hope and pray that you're not trying to keep a low profile about all of this.

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Thanks Roger for your bio and this article. You and I have many things in common. You may click on my bio to obtain more information.

My mantra comes from Marharishi Mahesh Yogi. Good experience but not effective for me.

I agree with you about this site. One finds great people such as yourself to promotes peace and lifting of sanctions which many of them are illegal.

We agree on most points you have listed. I will pay more attention to your articles in the future.

Thanks for taking time to write.

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Thank you, Mohammad Ala, for your kind words. I read your bio and it is clear that you have already accomplished many things in your life. I also like your favorite quotes, especially "Happiness isn't where you find it. Happiness is where you create it."

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I completely agree 100! The biggest problem are the super filthy rich WILL not stand for it! They are the ones that control this nation 100% and have since 1776.

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Think it was the fall of 2007 when figured that unless the people demanded all troops come home as soon as reasonably possible and we get out of the Federal Reserves fiat trash cash, nothing domestic would ever get fixed. So far have been right.


Those were 2 key issues had hoped people could get behind Ron Paul on. Am not quite the Libertarian, nor fee market fixes everything kind of guy. Ron does say him and Dennis are good friends and their differences could easily be worked out. I just saw 12 years ago that those 2 core issues could solve many of my domestic concerns.


Around that time had first heard of Public City and State Banks. See them as a great way to fund buying my first love: Worker Owned Companies modeled after Mondragon Cooperative of the Basque in Spain. We could settle for a 30-30-30 (10% to State.) worker-community-private ownership set up. Mondragon owning it's own Bank and Collage could go a long ways towards putting DC out of business, after it's done repainting (And mean repainting.) from corporate enslaving the world by that year of jubilee party in Isaiah 25 (when veil is lifted from all nations' and peoples eyes'.) serving thanks giving dinners by "mind their own business religions" protected by military's last mission as we convert military bases into MASH type units. With of course Mini-Woodstocks all over the world.

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I agree entirely agree with #2 and that is precisely why I disagree with #2. I explain my thinking in a series of articles here on OpEdNews. IRV does lend comfort to voters who want to cast a vote for a candidate who has little chance of winning but that candidate still is along shot. There are many better voting systems.

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Thanks, Paul, for sharing. I can see you have written many articles on the subject, showing there are a lot of complex issues to consider in all the different methods of voting. So, what would be your 3 Demands that masses of Americans can endorse to improve the system?

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Pentagon Using Microsoft to Take Over U.S. Elections

Israeli Intelligence and DHS Deeply Involved in "Election Guard" Software Already Being Used for 2020

After watching the above videos shared at OpEdNews by lila york and Devil's Advocate, I don't think we should ever trust any computer vote count again. We should count all votes by hand.


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That surely is a challenge, but let me give it a try.

1. As for changing the voting system, I of course would prefer a balanced system. But I think we need some real-world experience with them. With 50 states, we could be doing a lot of experiments and I think we should get on with that.

2. We need to put term limits on the federal courts, especially the Supreme Court. Twelve or eighteen years should be enough, though we might consider a second term through a nationwide popular up or down vote.

3. We need an informed as well as an empowered electorate so big media needs to be cut down to size. Monopolies, particularly media monopolies need to be ended. The Sherman antitrust law is still on the books and we need to insist on enforcement of it.

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Thanks for sharing that, Paul Cohen. I could easily add your #2 and #3 to my original list, but I thought it might be good to keep the list short. Maybe having 5 demands is not too long. But if the changes require adding a new amendment or two to the constitution that would be much more difficult.

If we have to add a new amendment or two, I would point out all the important changes that need to be made, including the ones that you have listed, and then seek to pass #13 in my list of "15 Procedures that Could Make Our Nation and the World a Better Place" that lets the American people decide every 4 years if they want to have a Constitutional Convention based on proportional representation of all national political parties that capture at least one percent of the national vote. You can't get more democratic than that. Moreover, any new document that the constitutional delegates come up with would not be legal until 51 percent of the American people approve of it in a national referendum.

Otherwise, getting back to 3-5 demands that masses of Americans would endorse right now, don't you think we should equally empower and give a voice to the 7 largest national political parties in presidential elections? Moreover, are you saying, at least for now until more state level experimentations have been done, we should not require that a president win by a 51-percent majority and we should keep the Electoral College system intact?


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There is a movement already well underway, The National Popular Vote Initiative, that I strongly endorse. New Hampshire endorsed it today. It would guarantee that presidents would not be elected with a minority of the popular vote but it would leave states in control of elections.


What I am against eliminating the EC through a Constitutional amendment that could put Congress in control of elections.


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Thanks, Paul. After considering how the National Popular Vote Initiative is a much more practical way to go than going through the long process of getting a new constitutional amendment passed to abolish the Electoral College, I am thinking about changing my #3 Demand in the article above to something like the following:

3. We demand that all states that have not yet passed the National Popular Vote Initiative (NPVI) to do so. The NPVI is an interstate compact to effectively "abolish" the Electoral College without amending the constitution. States that join the compact agree to award their electoral votes not to the candidate who wins the state, but to the candidate who wins the national popular vote.

So, what problems do you have with #1 and #2 Demands above?

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Just to clarify, my objection was to #3, not to #2. That was a typo.

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So, do you think that masses of Americans would endorse the 3 Demands as they now read?

1. We demand that corporations not be allowed to make contributions to political campaigns for presidential elections.

2. We demand that the political spectrum be broadened by equally empowering multiple national political parties, not just the Republicans and Democrats. The 7 largest national political parties must be represented in all presidential public debates that involve more than one political party in all future presidential elections.

3. We demand that all states that have not yet passed the National Popular Vote Initiative (NPVI) get on board and join the states that have. The NPVI is an interstate compact to effectively "abolish" the Electoral College without amending the constitution. States that join the compact agree to award their electoral votes not to the candidate who wins the state, but to the candidate who wins the national popular vote.

It would be wonderful if these 3 Demands could be implemented, but I also think that we should limit the Supreme Court justices to 6 year terms and require that they be elected by the people. I also think we should eliminate the U.S. Senate altogether and use proportional representation to elect a unicameral federal legislature. I also think we should make it much easier to pass Amendments to the constitution. But all of these changes would require passing new constitutional amendments--something that is very hard to do.

My Proposal #13 above would be an extremely fair and democratic way to have a Constitutional Convention. If masses of Americans understood why we need a new constitution and they demanded that elected officials support Proposal #13, and Congress enacted it into law (it's possible), I think we could have a Constitutional Convention, if 51 percent of the American people approved, without the need for a new Constitutional Amendment officially allowing or requiring a Constitutional Convention. Do you agree?

The Declaration of Independence states that we have a right to "alter or abolish" the government. Though it does not have as much legality as the Constitution does, the sentiment of the Declaration is accepted by many people.


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Many Americans surely would endorse them but there are many who would stand in the way.


Even the more reasonable Supreme Courts we had just a few years ago gave every reason to think they put corporate rights above the rights of mere voters and it I'd nearly inconceivable that this court would allow a restriction on corporate campaign donations.


As for the other two I remain hopeful but it will take time we may not have.

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There are some who argue that the needed change will only come through a working class revolution, and that the change will never come through the electoral process because the oligarchs, the one percent, will never give up their power and control without a fight.

However, I think resorting to violence would have violent repercussions, and it would just be a repeat of revolutions in the past. And the police state now has more powerful weapons to suppress any insurrection. But I can understand why many have given up on the electoral process.

This is why I favor having a constitutional convention in the democratic way that I have suggested in Proposal #13. I realize it is a hard sell, but if masses of people demanded it (which may be possible at some point when society starts to unravel more and more), it would be a way to change society through the electoral process and not through violent revolution.


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I would think that those currently in power would also not give up without a fight at any Constitutional Convention. They surely would see such an event not so much as a threat, but as a golden opportunity to consolidate their power.

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Yes, of course, if there was a constitutional convention, the one percent would try to influence the process, unless the clearly established process prevents it.

In my Proposal #13, it is the American people who decide if they want a constitutional convention, and if they say yes, then all political parties that have captured at least one percent of the national vote, through a process of proportional representation will be represented at a Constitutional Convention for 3 months. If the 100 delegates at the Convention approve a new document with a 51-percent majority, then that document will not be legal unless 51 percent of the American people approve the new constitution in a referendum vote.

If the Constitutional Convention is done in this manner, then there is no way that the one percent in control of the current government could dominate the process.

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With the religious right and TV Media so out of control, selling wars and more wars, something has to be done about both. Be good if "the church" would follow the last advice given to John in Revelations 22:10, which is basically let it be and live and let die by the Beatles, when it says let the wicked be wicked and let the holy still be holy.... Now in this crowded melting pot we got everybody throwing stones from glass houses yelling fire, fire, fire.


Not really out to make more laws, for know day is coming (Maybe over my dead body as departed Belgium wife Marie would say to me every-time we heard Jim Page sing song by that name.), when those with insight in Daniel 12:3 (Many of them we know as the Rock and Rollers from the sixties dreams SHATTERED in Daniel 12:7.) will shine brightly, when given control of the TV, leading many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.

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