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The platform is composed of seven general planks, and many specific
items compose each one of these planks. You may recognize many of these
platform issues from other political parties - this is by design. A true
moderate can draw from all sides of the debate to find what suits them the
Creating a comprehensive platform is an onerous task, and due to the
complexity of creating a consistent, well-threaded platform, this is a
living document. I will surely change things, add things, or recognize and
insert omissions. There are probably things that you see missing. If so,
please let me know!
If you find that you support more of these issues than you oppose, then
perhaps you have found a candidate that can work for you.
- General Beliefs
- Freedom is not free - it requires work, education,
participation, and most importantly responsibility to yourself, your
family, and your neighbors.
- Environmental Issues
- We only have one planet. We must tread cautiously and
intelligently, while still maintaining progress and sustainable
- Technology Issues
- We need legislators who understand technology issues such as
the Internet and can create reasonable and technically sound
legislation to support the Information Economy.
- Fiscal Issues
- We must create a fiscal environment that works for our children
as well as ourselves. The government should be just as responsible for its
spending as any corporation, business or individual.
- Social Issues
- A free, educated and responsible society should be able to have
choices, and most of all live under laws that allow free and responsible
exercise of their rights. An educated society understands and knows the
options available to them as choices, and will make choices early on that
will ameliorate the need for unfortunate choices later. An educated
society does not make decisions about persons based on race, religion,
sexual orientation, or other superficial criteria.
- Political Issues
- Our elected and appointed leadership should hold to the highest
standards of ethical behavior. To this effect, campaign finance reform,
election reform, legislation reform and term limits should be imposed.
- Foreign Policy
- We should hold our global partners to the same human rights
standards that we claim to stand for. We should be working to strengthen
the United Nations rather than undermining it, and we should help the
United Nations recognize that enforcement of sanctions is as important as
the sanctions themselves. Internationally recognized treaties, sanctions
and decisions should be enforced equally across all nations, and not
selectively ignored for historical or political reasons.
- With freedom comes responsibility. Freedom without
responsibility is chaos. If you stick a pencil in your eye, it is not
the fault of the pencil manufacturer. If you cut your arm off with a
hacksaw, don't sue the company that made the saw. I believe in common
sense and personal responsibility for both your successes and your
- Take responsibility for yourself and your family. If
you don't want to have an abortion, use reliable birth control. Teach your
children responsibility. Be responsible for yourself, and don't blame it
on something else when you are the only one who can make your own bed. If
you have kids, love them and respect them and treat them as the single most
precious resource on our entire planet - for they are that precious.
- Freedom of does not mean freedom from.
This applies to speech, religion, lifestyle, etc. An individuals choice for
their relationship with their God is between them and their God. If a
child chooses to pray before lunch at school, they should be able to
without fear of reprisal. However, the State shall establish no religion,
which means that if you do not want to pray or perform other organized
religious activities then you should not have to. If you don't like the
lifestyle that your neighbors have chosen, it is not your place to correct
them unless they are harming innocents or intruding on your rights.
- The First Amendment of our Constitution is the most sacred
right that we have as Americans. However, this amendment does not
state that you have the right to not be offended. Everyone has the right
to speak as they will, and if you don't like it then walk away, change the
channel, or turn the page.
- Freedom from speech is a right in your own home.
I fully support the National Do Not Call initiative, and believe that it
should be extended to include non-profits and political parties as well.
- An unobtrusive government is the best government. Our
government should manage programs and policies to enforce the freedoms
guaranteed by the Constitution, and nothing more beyond that.
- We must create federal programs to develop viable, scalable,
sustainable and environmentally sound fuel and energy systems. We should
create significant Federal incentives to create these energy systems.
- Set performance standards for energy-consuming and
pollutant-emitting products in order to encourage adoption of
state-of-the-art technologies and to protect responsible and innovative
manufacturers from being undercut by those who produce cheaper but dirtier
- Advocate fuel efficiency standards and rebates or tax credits
for production and purchase of vehicles that have lower environmental
- Protect our natural resources, both here and globally, avoiding
legislation that endangers habitats.
- Protect our oceans and fishing rights by eliminating agreements
that allow other nations to harvest beyond capacity.
- Encourage the retention of farmlands within families or as
donations to local land trusts and conservancies.
- Limit rural development by use of Master Zoning Plans.
- Encourage both topsoil preservation and topsoil regeneration
- Reduce government spending to reduce the $6.8 trillion national
debt. This must be done in a manner that does not upset the Federal Bond
- Eliminate federal deficits while keeping trusts intact such as
Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
- Require a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget.
Prioritize each department of government and each line item in the Federal
budget, so that if unexpected costs arise or revenue does not meet
projections, there will be orderly retrenchment, thus preventing deficit
- Review existing government programs every 5 years for cost
effectiveness. Programs that are not cost effectively accomplishing their
initial goals will be or reprioritized.
- Every Department of the Government shall be audited by an
independent party every two years.
- Create a business environment that supports small business,
which accounts for roughly 80 percent of jobs held by Americans. Create
tax incentives for small businesses, assist in health care costs, and other
motivators to help small businesses succeed. Form trade agreements, tax
and health care reform, and other programs to support small businesses.
- Simplify the tax codes, including a possible national sales tax
and a flat tax. If necessary, institute a graduated flat tax.
- Investigate the feasibility of eliminating the income tax and
replacing it with a federal sales tax. (although this would impact GDP and
existing investment incentive such as Roth IRA's)
- Ensure that any new taxation system is both fair and able to
raise enough funds to cover the budget.
- Require that any future tax increases under this new system be
approved by the people in the next federal election.
- Protect entitlements by developing long-term programs to
protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security Do so by actively
privatizing these agencies to increase efficiencies.
- The Internet is a basic right, just like other communication
infrastructures such as the telephone.
- The DMCA is bad legislation - Patenting a simple algorithm is
like patenting mathematics.
- Software patents are a bad idea, same as the DMCA.
- Software manufacturers should be liable for their products just
like any other industry. 'Click-through' licensing on commercial software
removes any culpability for defective design, including inherent
instability, lack of security, or performance should not be acceptable.
- The National Literacy Act of 1991 should be expanded to include
computer support, to research, provide, and help implement computer-aided
instruction, including Internet instruction, in literacy programs.
- Alot more coming here!
- Race-based affirmative action undermines the vision of the
civil rights movement. A demographically diverse society serves the needs
of the truly disadvantaged of every color and ethnicity.
- Affirmative action should help people in need, not people who
have a certain skin tone.
- Socio-economic affirmative action is more fair in the long run,
and addresses the true needs of underpriveleged persons.
- The second amendment of the constitution clearly defines the
right to keep and bear arms.
- Ammunition sales should be made only to licensed individuals
(have a permit for their weapons), and strong penalties should apply to
individuals selling or giving ammunition to non-licensed persons. I know
that this inconveniences responsible, legal gun owners. Unfortunately,
that is a side effect of the irresponsible people who shoot up schools,
restaurants and our inner cities.
- Legalize non-lethal weapons such as tazers and stun guns for
alternatives to firearms for home defense.
- Create and support programs for child safety locks, waiting
periods, and background checks to help prevent guns from falling into the
hands of children and convicted felons. Create these programs to have as
little impact as possible on careful citizens.
- Enforce personal responsibility legislation that holds gun
owners responsible for crimes committed with their guns. If you own a gun,
you should know exactly where that gun is at all times and take appropriate
measures to keep it safe.
- A human being has the absolute right to choose what they do and
don't do to their body. This includes a woman's right to choose if she
wants to be pregnant or not. However, at the same time we must respect the
unborn. There are many other choices that can and should be made before
abortion is an option. Abortion should be the last choice, but it should
be an available choice.
- Abortion rates can be lowered through education and awareness.
- No abortions beyond the first trimester unless the health of
the mother is at risk. Cases of rape or incest are excluded and will be
given special consideration.
- A woman should have as much choice to have an abortion as to
not have an abortion. A woman should not be coerced into a decision
through outside pressures, special interest groups, or other
- Mandate that tubal ligation, vasectomy and contraceptives are
covered in all medical insurance policies.
- Create public programs for free vasectomies for
underpriveleged men who cannot afford one or do not have health care.
- Encourage a shift from public to private funding of abortion --
specifically, private charity by those who wish to make abortion accessible
for women who cannot afford it.
- Committed same-sex domestic partners should be able to share
the same benefits of heterosexual married partners. To this effect,
same-sex domestic benefits should be a right. The legal right to a
recognized commitment is no different for heterosexuals as it is for
- Mandate the addition of the category of sexual orientation to
all existing hate crimes legislation.
- There are times when the appropriate punishment for a crime is
death. However, the social cost of executing one potentially innocent
person may outweigh the perceived justice of executing clearly dangerous
and habitual offenders. Prosecutors which seek the death penalty must
fulfill significantly stricter burdens of proof, possibly including larger
juries or greater requirements for proving guilt.
- Harsh penalties and prosecutions for using drugs only serve to
exacerbate a significant social problem. I believe that drugs should be
legalized to certain extents and possession for personal use for should be
decriminalized. 'Hard' drugs such as crack and heroin should not be
included in this legislation, and strong recovery programs should be
created to treat this illness and help addicts recover and reenter society.
- Creating a legal model of decriminalization and taxation
combined with a medical model of education, prescription and treatment
would solve these problems by simultaneously defunding criminals and easing
the drain on police resources, while increasing revenues for the state and
helping citizens return to productivity.
- A free society requires an educated citizenship. To this end,
public school funding should be tied to other spending programs, including
comparable increases in education spending tied to military spending.
- Encourage the states to embark on rigorous programs of teaching
the Constitution of the U.S. and of each respective state to its
- Pay incentives should be provided to encourage teachers to move
to economically depressed areas to provide equitable methods of
instruction, state-wide. This would include forgiveness of student loans
in exchange for certain terms of service.
- Every teacher in this country deserves a raise. Federal
programs for education can help subsidize teacher pay in underpriveleged
areas to established national minimums based upon regional costs of living.
- Restore good faith, trust and integrity in the government
through active reforms of campaigning, term limits, fiscal policies and
- Reduce the size and spending of government while increasing
service and support of our national infrastructure and programs through
accountability for efficiencies and privatization where possible and
- Institute long-term fiscal policies and priorities to ensure
- Require that all legislation brought to the floor of Congress
cite the portion of the U.S. Constitution that grants its authority.
- Require all legislation to address one issue only.
- Require congressional and federal retirement plans and health
care to be equitable with the private sector.
- Pass laws to enforce ethics, not guidelines - require
significant penalties for breach of ethics. Empower citizens with the
right to recall elected officials who engage in proven unethical behavior,
violate existing law, or fail to uphold their oath of office.
- Allow foreign governments to provide information to our
government through the State and Commerce Departments and the Executive
Branch, but prohibit them from giving contributions or gifts of any kind.
- Allow foreign representatives to visit with Members of
Congress, but under no circumstances allow them to give elected officials
contributions or gifts of any kind at any time.
- Prohibit any former high level federal employees - including
elected officials - from working as a domestic lobbyist for five years
after leaving government service in the area for which they served.
- Limit domestic lobbying to presenting client's ideas to the
Legislative and Executive Branches.
- Prohibit domestic lobbyists from giving money, trips or other
incentives to current or former members of the Legislative and Executive
- All donations to political organizations, be they
issue-oriented, political parties, or candidate committees, must come from
actual persons who are citizens and registered to vote or from other
- Do not allow elected officials to work for PACs or Special
Interest groups for a period of five years after their term in office.
- Require Members of Congress to raise a significant majority of
money from voters in their districts, and require members of the Senate to
raise a significant majority of money from voters with in their States.
- All freshmen congressmen should attend classes stressing
Constitutional principles and responsibilities for upholding those
- Make every vote count. Prohibit announcement of exit polls and
election results until all districts have completed voting. This includes
waiting until polling is complete in Alaska and Hawaii for national
elections. If results appear close, then no results shall be announced
until all absentee and military ballots have been received (within five
days of the election) and counted.
- Institute instant-runoff voting, Condorcet voting, or some other voting system which affords more opportunity to diversity than the system currently used. We must break the duopoly of the two-party system, which is not
mandated by the Constitution.
- Mandate a national poll closing time of midnight eastern
standard time (6 pm in Hawaii). Allow states to choose the time of opening
for the polls, no later than 2pm.
- States must grant fair ballot access for third party candidates
- TV and Radio debates and forums must include ballot-qualified
third-party and independent candidates.
- Each state should publish uniform statewide voter's guides.
- Require the courts, not political parties, to construct equal
legislative voting districts to avoid gerrymandering based upon voter
- Shorten the election cycle to 4-6 months to reduce the cost of
- Either make Election Day a national holiday to allow everyone
to vote, or hold elections on weekends so more people can vote.
- Require proof of citizenship when registering to vote.
- Retain and strengthen the Electoral College, which serves a
vital role in ensuring all regions of the country are represented, rather
than only a few urban population centers.
- Create secure and auditable and standardized voting methods,
and enforce these methods nationally.
Terms and Term Limits
- Increase Congressional term to 3 years to allow representatives
to work rather than constantly campaign and fundraise. Set 4 year limits
for legislative leaders, committee chairs.
- Set clear term limits of 3 terms in the House and 2 terms in
- Restore normal diplomatic relations with Cuba.
- Reduce impression of the Middle East that the United States is
a instrument of Israel.
- Require the same human rights and treaty enforcement policies
from Israel, Palestine, and other tumultuous nations as we expect from the
rest of the world.
- Tie financial aid to Israel with honoring existing treaties and
agreements with the Palestinians and cessation of expansion and
colonization of Palestinian territory.
- Work to strengthen the United Nations while still maintaining
our interests overseas.
- Keep the United Nations dues current, setting a standard for
membership in the organization rather than actively undermining it.
- Work with the United Nations to provide backbone to UN
resolutions that remain ignored throughout the world.
- Create an immediate shift in U.S. foreign policy away from
military aid towards a more life-supporting policy based on the exportation
of U.S. know-how -- American expertise and technical assistance in
business administration, entrepreneurship, education, sustainable
agriculture, energy conservation, and emerging environmental technologies
-- supplemented where necessary with economic support.
- Require trading partners to meet standards of human rights,
labor laws and environmental laws, including a rigid ban on imported
products of child, prison, or slave labor. Revoke most favored nation
trade status from nations that restrict or ignore the basic human rights of
- Work to reduce the trade deficit.
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- Establish a cap on the number of immigrants legally allowed to
enter the country annually.
- Reforming the visa preference system to give priority to
reuniting nuclear family members such as spouses and minor children, and
ending the chain migration of extended family relatives.
- Establish clear guidelines to asses refugee and political
asylum cases (above and beyond the annual cap).
- Enforce existing immigration laws without creation of an
environment counter to our national history of a melting pot.
- Adoption of a law clarifying that the 14th Amendment to the
U.S. Constitution does not give automatic U.S. citizenship to a child born
on U.S. soil to illegal alien parents.
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