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William John Cox authored the Policy Manual of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Role of the Police in America for a National Advisory Commission during the Nixon administration. As a public interest, pro bono, attorney, he filed a class action lawsuit in 1979 petitioning the Supreme Court to order a National Policy Referendum; he investigated and successfully sued a group of radical right-wing organizations in 1981 that denied the Holocaust; and he arranged in 1991 for the publication of the suppressed Dead Sea Scrolls. He promotes a peaceful political evolution at Voters Evolt! and at Voters Rights Amendment (USVRA); and he archives his articles at WilliamJohnCox.com. He is currently working on a fact-based political philosophy.
An Ode to My Father, Samuel Hubert Cox
A poem written in honor of all fathers in the lineages of two revolutionary war patriots, as a message to all of the cousins of the author who share Solomon and Samuel Cox as grand fathers.
Avoiding Anoither War in North Korea
With the most mentally unstable person ever to occupy the presidency having the most powerful military force in history at his unfettered disposal, Americans must ask themselves whether or not they approve of another war being launched in their name. If not, they must arrive at a solution to avoid their personal complicity with the consequences of their failure to act.
Monday, April 17, 2017(2 comments)
A Financial Toll Tax: Transform, Not Reform, the Tax System
Transformimg the taxation system into a tiny financial toll tax on the movement of all money in the economy, effectively transferring the tax burden from workers and small business owners to the wealthy, large corporations, and financial institutions.
Police Shootings: Law, Policy, and Accountability
Learning from police shootings, such as what occurred in El Cajon, can lead to enlightened solutions and a commitment by the People and their Police to achieve a peaceful outcome. A thoughtful response may be more difficult to arrive at, accept, and implement than the simplistic commentaries being tossed out during the 24-hour news cycle, but it is essential if peace is to prevail in the Nation's communities.
Friday, September 9, 2016(9 comments)
The Presidency: Character Matters
A timely review of the character flaws of the two major party candidates, what these failures portend for the future, and the choices available to the voters.
Monday, July 11, 2016(3 comments)
The Right to Vote, Effectively
The USVRA is far more than a set of constitutional amendments that would curtail these anti-democratic practices. Its ratification"-and the movement that forces it to happen"-would create a dramatic transformation of the United States government into finally becoming a true representative democracy.
Friday, June 24, 2016(1 comments)
Who Should Make Political Policy, the People or the Politicians?
Given the opportunity, the American People are not only capable of charting their own future, but they are also smart, wise, and brave enough to seize the chance to do so. There is no alternative--the People of the United States of America will either take control of their own government, or their experiment in self government will ultimately fail.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016(1 comments)
Write-in Voting and Political Protest
If America is to continue as a representative democracy, it must transform its government into one that actually represents and cares for those who elect it--rather than the corporations and financial elites who are now paying for election campaigns and bribing the candidates.
Monday, April 25, 2016(2 comments)
Transformation: A Student-Led Mass Political Movement
Young people around the world have been at the vanguard of recent mass political movements. Are the students of America willing and capable of leading a peaceful uprising in the United States to compel the constitutional changes required to transform their government?
Friday, April 1, 2016(2 comments)
Confirming Supreme Court Justices and Electing Presidents
Although history will record that congressional Republicans have opposed virtually every program advanced by Obama throughout his administration, including their very own health care plan, history also reveals what happened during a similarly contested election and "lame-duck" nomination of a Supreme Court justice shortly after the United States was founded.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016(1 comments)
The Scandal of Voter Suppression
The scandal of voter suppression corrupts the core of representative democracy, and the quality and effectiveness of political representation is directly related to the percentage of voter participation. Unless representatives are selected by the greatest number and broadest range of voters possible, the processes of government will not reflect the true will of the People.
Friday, February 19, 2016(2 comments)
Statecraft vs. Politics As Usual
Recognizing that partisan politics is not the same as statecraft, can anything be done to attract statesmen (gender neutral) to stand for elections, address the true issues, and to represent the interests of voters? Must the financial elite and corporations be allowed to continue their wholesale corruption of kowtowing politicians who prostrate themselves before stacks of campaign cash and pander their elective offices.
Friday, December 18, 2015(9 comments)
A Nuturing Society vs. Socialism
If the title of this article began with "socialism," many readers would click past without reading it--even though a majority of Americans want a government that nurtures their families and society. The word "socialism" has taken on a negative meaning in the minds of most Americans. So, how does one define what the voters of the United States really want from their government
Friday, October 9, 2015(1 comments)
The Pornography of Hatred
With each of the last three mass shootings involving individuals acting under the influence of racist ideology, this article is a timely study of the effect hate speech--particularly on the Internet and social media--has on our lives, and what can be done about it.
Taxation Without Representation--Dej- vu
A decision by the Supreme Court that allows the allocation of voting districts by registered voters rather than all persons will condemn millions of Americans to taxation without representation.
Thursday, May 7, 2015(4 comments)
The Power and Symbolism of Voting
What does the Boston Tea Party and Gandhi's Salt March have to do with voting in the United States today? These were symbolic political acts that were effectively used to demonstrate against and defeat the same kind of powerful forces now corrupting American politics.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Marijuana: Legalize--Don't Advertise
Given the ways of capitalism and the greed of corporate America, how long will it be before highway billboards, radio and television advertisements, and Internet pop-up ads begin to promote the latest and best in marijuana products? "This bud's for you" will take on a whole new meaning.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013(1 comments)
Committees of Correspondence: To Defend Freedom and Secure Good Government
If Samuel Adams were alive today, he would be all over the Internet and social media establishing nonpartisan Committees of Correspondence in every community. These committees could demand that every local political candidate, irrespective of party or office, affirms the essential elements of good government and pledges to support these elements, if elected.
Friday, November 8, 2013(1 comments)
Paying the Toll On the Economic Highway
The political coma of the U.S. government induced by Congress and its failure to represent those who elect it can ultimately be traced to the unfair and complex system of income taxation. Better for the country and more equitable for its taxpayers would be a toll tax on the movement of all money along the nation's economic highway.
The Power of the Mormon Church Over Mitt Romney
Born to and raised with privilege, Romney wants it all; he wants to attack Obama's religious principles and he wants to avoid answering questions about the legitimacy of his own religion and how it would affect his decisions, if elected.
Friday, September 14, 2012(3 comments)
The Separate Security Interests of the United States and Israel
A history of Iran and its conflict with the United States and Israel over its uranium enrichment program, a discussion of the likelihood of war between the parties and a peaceful solution that offers a comprehensive nuclear weapons policy for all nations.
Sunday, August 19, 2012(1 comments)
A Law Enforcement Alternative to War in Syria
Why not adopt a national policy of avoiding war against other nations and their innocent people as a matter of principle? Instead, to confront the danger posed by foreign dictators, such as Assad, who threaten its national interests, the United States should adopt an alternative policy based upon a law enforcement model.
Saturday, April 14, 2012(21 comments)
Challenging America's Plutocracy: The Power of Individual Voters to Transform Their Government
The Voters' Rights Amendment (USVRA), which provides all of the People with the right to cast effective votes and guarantees that each write-in vote is counted, is intended to serve as a catalyst for the discontent that is widespread among American voters. It will operate for the benefit of every citizen and it will serve as a common cause for everyone, irrespective of their social, political or religious beliefs.
Transformation: Effectuating Democracy by a Voters' Rights Amendment
If they are to ever achieve true representative democracy and the freedom and opportunity inherent in its promise, the People of the United States must transform their government, rather than to reform or restore it back to something which will not serve or protect their best interests.
Thursday, December 1, 2011(3 comments)
A Voters' Rights Amendment to Unify Occupiers and Tea Partiers
The most basic issue that Occupiers and Tea Partiers can readily agree upon is a Voters' Rights Amendment to the Constitution which insures that the future of the United States is decided by its voters rather than by the corporate and wealthy elite, which currently manipulates and controls the voter's representatives.
Saturday, September 10, 2011(23 comments)
Reflections on the Holocaust Denial Case
As we witness the increased militarization of the U.S. and its acceptance of torture and illegal wars, we must reflect back on the fate of the last nation that believed it could do as it pleased.
Friday, September 2, 2011(1 comments)
Voterism: A Government for The New Millennium
Voterism is the political belief that a legitimate government must be composed of and created by the voters who elect it, and that the primary purpose of such a government is to care for the needs, aspirations and interests of those who elect it.
Monday, August 22, 2011(3 comments)
Airport Screening Policy: Repression or Discretion
Google "TSA stupidity" and you will find that almost one-and-a-half million websites have something to say about the subject. If the United States is to avoid another major terrorist attack on its air transportation system without placing greater restrictions on the civil liberties of air travelers, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had better get smart.
Monday, June 27, 2011(2 comments)
Netroots Nation Talks About Voters Evolt!
Interviews regarding a National Policy Referendum and write-in ballot for president were conducted at the Netroots Nation Conference held in June 2011 in Minneapolis.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011(2 comments)
An All-American Retirement System: Building for the Future
While Congress bickers and the President dithers, roads are crumbling, bridges are failing, dams are cracking, and water and sewer systems are leaking all across the United States. If that's not enough to worry about, the government is threatening to default on the $2.5 Trillion it has borrowed from the Social Security Trust Fund, and few private employers are offering decent retirement plans.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011(1 comments)
The Race for Space Solar Energy
The radiation plume from melting reactor cores and the smoke of burning spent fuel rods threaten the lives of the unborn; yet, they point in the direction of the only logical alternative to these failed policies -- the generation of an inexhaustible, safe, pollution-free supply of energy from outer space.
Saturday, March 5, 2011(16 comments)
Who Are the Tea Party Patriots?
Most people only see the public faces of the Tea Party Patriots: those doing televison interviews, appearing on the covers of magazines, waving from the steps of private jets at political rallies, and who spend the millions of dollars in donations they have raised; but who are the 15 million "patriots" who attend the 1000s of local tea parties across the heartland of America? Answers were sought at the TPP Summit in Phoenix.
Monday, February 28, 2011(1 comments)
Ron Paul Endorses National Write-In Presidential Election Protest
During a wide-ranging interview prior to taking the stage at the Tea Party Patriot National Summit Conference in Phoenix this week, likely presidential candidate Ron Paul stated he "encouraged a write-in vote" as a protest against the existing corrupt "single party system" consisting of Democrats and Republicans.
Thursday, February 24, 2011(3 comments)
A Tale of Three Nations: Freedom, Religion and the Rights of Women
As the youth-led Freedom Movement of 2011 spreads rapidly across the Middle East and around the world, one can only wonder what would be happening in Iraq today if the U.S. had not invaded eight years ago. What does the movement portend for the rights of women in other nations, such as Tunisia and in the United States?
Wednesday, January 12, 2011(1 comments)
An American Suicide Terrorist
The shooter of Congresswoman Gifford acted as a domestic suicide terrorist on the political "battleground" of American politics. His YouTube postings and "goodby" phone messages are ominously reminiscent of the traditional farewell videos of Islamist martyrs.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010(6 comments)
Voter Empowerment - Not a New Party
Rather than a violent revolution, American voters have the duty and obligation to peacefully evolve a new system of government that will better serve to provide freedom, justice and prosperity to all who share this fragile planet.
Saturday, November 6, 2010(3 comments)
The Youth Vote and the Election of 2012
Looking across the piles of dead and wounded on the political battlefield at the vast hoard of mercenaries gathering to administer the coup de graĉe to representative democracy, paid for by unlimited secret corporate financing, there is only one reserve force with the motivation, power and loyalty to defeat the army of fascism --" those who have most to lose --" the youth of America.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010(10 comments)
The Fraudulent Criminalization of Marijuana
For almost 40 years, the United States has waged a war on its own citizens who have used marijuana as a part of a drug culture originally encouraged by the government. The war was commenced despite the government's own findings that marijuana posed less of a risk to American society than alcohol, and that the greatest harm that would result from criminalization would be the injury caused to those arrested for possession.
A Smart and Simple Tax
It is time to discard our stupid and complex system of taxation and replace it with a smart and simple tax that balances the burden of taxation with the benefits of government.
Friday, June 19, 2009(11 comments)
Ground the Airbus?
We do not know if Air France Flight 447 was brought down by a lightning storm, a failure of speed sensors, rudder problems or pilot error. What we do know is that its plastic tail fin fell off and the plane fell almost seven miles into the ocean killing everyone aboard.
Monday, June 15, 2009(1 comments)
Extremism and Suffering Children
What does a shootout at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., the confessions of a Khmer Rouge jailer and the murder of a Kansas medical doctor have in common? The answer is "children," and how they suffer from being targeted and used by extremists to advance their own hateful agendas.
Friday, June 12, 2009(3 comments)
From the Comet and Airbus to the Spaceplane: The Future of Commercial Aviation
As commercial aviation becomes increasingly dependent upon computerized digital technology and less reliant upon hands-on human control, we have to consider the crash of Air France Flight 447 into the Atlantic Ocean, with the loss of all aboard, and other similar disasters in the light of our collective experience and expectations.
Thursday, May 14, 2009(1 comments)
Fear of Crime and Things to Come
The fear of crime strikes all who live with its dread, as well as those who are personally victimized. Fear keeps us from doing what we want to do; it causes us to distrust friends and to view strangers with prejudice; and it can trick us into trading freedom for a false sense of security.
Thursday, January 8, 2009(3 comments)
No Victors in the War on Dissent
Among the wars currently being fought by the American government is one in which there can be no winners. The "war on terrorism" has spawned an internal "war on dissent" in which everyone loses.
Monday, December 1, 2008(1 comments)
Making Smarter Cars Instead of Stupid Decisions
With sales grinding to a halt and their credit ratings plummeting, the Big Three cannot borrow sufficient funds in the credit markets to survive. Like drunks on a freeway, they are racing down the fast lane without a seat belt, holding a bottle in one hand and flipping off the public with the other, daring everyone else to stop them before they crash.
Sunday, November 9, 2008(1 comments)
America Has Already Changed
Barack Obama campaigned on a platform of "Change"; however, the fact of his election proves that America has already changed.
Sunday, October 26, 2008(9 comments)
Abortion: Government's Choice?
Any government having the power to prohibit abortions has the power to require abortions. Any government having the power to prohibit birth control has the power to forcibly sterilize women (and men).
Thursday, October 23, 2008
A Dream Ballot for 2008
Can you even dream about a National Ballot that will establish your authority, one in which you, rather than politicians, create the policy guidelines for your government and you, rather than hacked computers, decide whom you want to implement your policy?