There must be gender equality and respect for alternative sexual preferences. To reduce the forces of domination and hierarchy, our institutions and organizations can be built from the bottom-up, not the top-down, whenever possible.
There is one branch of government that is most responsible for our plight, but potentially it is the most powerful branch of government that can actually rectify most of our many social and economic problems: the national legislative branch or the U.S. Congress. Currently only ten percent of Americans approve of Congress, which is quite pathetic.
We have to take responsibility for allowing the one percent to control us. We need to recognize that although the members of Congress enjoy the pay, prestige, and perks of the job, they need financial contributions in order to get reelected. The wealthy one percent is able to donate the most money, which they do as long as members of Congress do their bidding. So the American people must realize the importance of taking all money out of politics, so that Congress can fulfill its rightful role of meeting the needs of the many groups in our society. In short, the best political remedy for our local communities, our nation, and the world is to force the U.S. Congress to maximize democracy and promote world peace.
The following recommended amendments and laws, expressed as demands, can be made of members of Congress, even if it takes several generations for some of them to be implemented. These demands could be the basis for a new political party, which could be called the New Congress party. If no other political party sees the need to make these specific demands of the U.S. Congress, then a new political party is needed. If an existing political party can adopt these demands, then starting a new political party is not necessary. To make radical improvements, radical changes must be made--the sooner the better. Here are some of the most important demands to make of Congress.
1. Take leadership to dismantle all nuclear weapons and nuclear-energy power plants, simultaneously and voluntarily, the world over as soon as possible.
2. Bring home all U.S. troops and close down the government's 700 military bases around the world. Even with such a drawdown, our nation would retain more than enough capacity to defend its own borders. The money previously spent on the military would be used to create jobs and rebuild our nation's infrastructure: ""[A]nd they shall turn their swords into ploughshares." (Isaiah 2:4) Many of our existing military ships, submarines, and planes can be used for low-budget travel and tourism.
3. Remove the influence of private financial contributors and of corporate lobbyists on members of Congress that they have had in the past. Instead, the Library of Congress will create a website that will become an online forum and clearinghouse for all public-policy proposals. All positions and arguments will be publicized. Everyone will know who is lobbying for what and why. And also, publicly provide the same finances to the political campaigns of the seven largest, national political parties, and give all seven parties equal public exposure.
4. Elect the U.S. House of Representatives through a system of proportional representation, and abolish the U.S. Senate: Why should California and Wyoming have the same number of senators when California's population is about 70 times greater? Implementing this may take a Constitutional Convention, since senators may not want to vote on an amendment that abolishes the U.S. Senate. These measures are necessary to create the ideal government.
The seven largest, national political parties will be empowered in a single-chambered, national legislature. Under proportional representation, the National Green party, for example, may get 15 percent of the vote, or 65 members, in the 435-membered House of Representatives, and Indiana's population currently allows it to have ten members in the House of Representatives. But it may be that of the top seven national political parties, the Indiana Republican Party will get to select and send five of Indiana's ten representatives to the House of Representatives because Indiana is a conservative state.
5. Abolish the electoral college system for electing a president. A president must win with 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 favorite to least favorite. And it may take two or more rounds of voting to eliminate the candidate with the least amount of 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 curricula. 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 better educated citizens, as they strive to become better teachers and tutors in the neighborhoods where they live. The current reliance on public school "experts" who dictate when, how, what, where, and who can teach has not worked well for teachers, students, parents, and our society.
8. Abolish the Federal Reserve and allow the Treasury Department to oversee a publicly owned banking system like the existing Bank of North Dakota. Currently the Federal Reserve has pumped $16 trillion into the central banking system to bail out the banks and big corporations, as many people wonder, "Where is my bailout?"
9. Strive to establish a democratic world federal government that provides equal pay for equal work, with no one earning more than three times the wages of the lowest-paid worker. We only get cheaper prices at Walmart because someone in Bangladesh or in some other impoverished place is working for about 17 cents an hour. Is that fair? This policy will eliminate the extremes of poverty and wealth and provide adequate food, housing, and jobs for all citizens of the world. Moreover, the world map can be divided into 500 rectangular-shaped, legislative districts of equal population to create a World Legislative Council. This 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.