Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Poll Analyses
Share on Facebook 8 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds   

Progressive Strategies Tried and Policies Recommended

By       (Page 1 of 4 pages) (View How Many People Read This)   No comments
Author 81476
Message Roger Copple
Become a Fan
  (10 fans)

(Article changed on September 2, 2013 at 16:22)

Progressive Strategies Tried

and Policies Recommended

From http://www.flickr.com/photos/9124789@N06/9638874684/: Congress
Copyrighted Image? DMCA

Congress by Rasmus Knutsson

By Roger Copple

It seems that the Occupy Movement, like the former Peace Movement, has come and gone, but I hope both can be resurrected in some form.  As I surf the Internet, I find hundreds of excellent progressive websites, many of which I have added to my Favorites List on my laptop.  There must be thousands of excellent articles to read on a daily basis, but who has the time to read but only a small percentage of them, even on a full-time basis.    

Many articles say similar things, but if the right words are put in a search window, one can find a cornucopia of political ideas.  For example, in doing a google search on local self-determination with a global focus, I revisited the Institute for Local Self Reliance and Progressive Utilization Theory (PROUT), which I hadn't considered for a long time, but then I discovered a new one: EarthHolocracy.org, based in Australia.    I visit conservative websites too such as HumanEvents.com in order to read what people such as George Will, Patrick Buchanan, and Charles Krauthammer have to say.  And I turn on mainstream TV news for brief periods every day. 

By visiting alternative-news websites, one can even find coalition-building groups that focus on social justice.  But despite the numerous progressive websites and activities, it seems that the wealthy one percent is still entrenched in its improper influence on Congress, foreign policy, the mass media, and even the workplace.   

In my political activism, I have always tried to take a solutions approach.  For example, years ago, I emailed several third parties.  I thought why can't all the third parties unite and have their own political primary? They could vote on a presidential candidate, who would make certain promises to all parties if elected (that sounds familiar), and then all the third-party members could agree to vote for that candidate in the later election.  A third-party president, once in office, could emphasize the importance of getting the ballot access laws for third parties changed for all future elections.  But no third party responded to my request for a primary. 

In hindsight, I would say third parties should continue to be purists and not compromise their values.   Years later, I decided to propose empowering the seven largest national political parties, using a system of proportional representation to elect the House of Representatives, while abolishing the U.S. Senate altogether.   This may seem like a very difficult task to accomplish, but it is what needs to be done.       

When third-party candidates Ron Paul, Cynthia McKinney, Chuck Baldwin, and Ralph Nader during the 2008 presidential race found four points of agreement regarding foreign policy, privacy, the national debt, and the Federal Reserve--I was delighted.  But it seems that not much became of that either.  The problem is that third parties still cannot overcome the two-party monopoly of the political process.    

In a few of my previous articles, I mentioned how there have been over 700 state petitions over the years calling for an Article V Convention.  At an Article V Convention, state legislatures could bypass the U.S. Congress altogether and have their own national convention to pass various proposed amendments.  But the Article V Convention still hasn't happened yet. 

For awhile, I thought that getting various progressive amendments passed, such as reversing the Citizens United ruling in 2010, could be an effective strategy, but even if that amendment passed, there are still many amendments that need to be passed simultaneously to create a socially just, democratic society. 

We have the longest existing constitution that is the hardest to amend.  So, I thought, what if the focus was on amending and revising Article V itself, so that in the future we could not only amend the constitution more easily, we could actually abolish it in a very democratic and orderly way.  I even wrote my version of what the Third Constitution of the United States (I'm counting the Articles of Confederation as the first constitution) should look like.  But both the political Right and the Left were shocked and apprehensive about it, judging by the online comments that my articles generated. 

I still take pride that I was one of six delegates representing Indiana at a national Green gathering at Hampshire College, Massachusetts in 1987.  At that 4-day conference many of us felt we were making history.  A few years later, while living in Florida, I remember attending a state Green conference there.  We were working on developing the state platform, and at one of the forums on Education, I advocated neighborhood control of neighborhood public schools.  Though the Greens normally support grassroots democracy, decentralization, and respect for diversity--they seemed to make an exception when it came to the public schools. 

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

 

Rate It | View Ratings

Roger Copple Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

March 20, 2020 I grew up in a church that said you had to speak in tongues to get saved and go to heaven. I often prayed fervently for the experience in the prayer room at church, where people would cry and wail, and roll on the floor. One (more...)
 

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Is COVID-19 a Biological Warfare Weapon?

Integrating Karl Marx and Abraham Maslow

Veganism: Why Doctors Don't Recommend It

Bring Back the U.S. Peace Movement

How Bernie Can Create World Peace in Less Than 4 Years

To View Comments or Join the Conversation: