This (s)Election, Vote For Me

I’ve been thinking a lot about the next Presidential (s)election coming up. None of the candidates on the ballot represent me, not even close. Only Ron Paul was “closest” (among the more well-known), but even he didn’t want to do enough to satisfy me.

I started thinking along the lines “if I were President” the things that I would want to do. This is a reasonable exercise for every American to engage in. What would you do? Just how close are the crop of candidates to representing you real views?

If you are planning on voting, on your presidential ballot, here is what I suggest you do: vote for me.

You could do worse, and in fact, you probably will. By voting for the status quo candidates on the ballot, you will get what you’ve always gotten, which isn’t much. If your stupid, you believed the lies that “change is coming”, but it’s not. Both candidates don’t represent real fundamental change, both are beholden to the entire apparatus and system that has appointed them where they are today. It will be business as usual, a deadly combination of arrogance, ignorance, denial and death.

Eight years of insanity under George W. Bush proves that business as usual is the worst possible choice anybody could make. We survived it — but millions more did not. They wound up as grist for the grinder in very grisly ways. This is exactly what we are still be promised as being in the “best interests” of America and Americans. I think not.

Neither Obama or McInsane (or his crazy side-kick) are going to change this country for the better. I don’t care what they are promising, they are business-as-usual men and have publicly said so with the crap they are promoting every night. They’ve already told you what they intend to do, which is nothing at all like what I would do.

So I made a quick list of these things. These are only a few of the things that I stand for and what I would like to see done by the next President, although I am not criminally insane enough to actually want to be President:

  • Reduce the federal government by 2/3rds to essential services within 6 months. Provide these newly unemployed real job training in providing real services to Americans in health care and community services, and repair and maintenance of the nations infrastructure, areas that are sorely lacking.
  • Suspend ALL defense spending for the next four years, we have more then enough “defense” already, which is always offensive anyway (double-engender). We’ve killed millions in “defense” for absolutely no reason other then we can, or they’ve got something we want. This has got to stop (stop killing people needlessly).
  • Return all overseas military personnel except at embassy protection to the United States. Stop all military foreign occupations and wars, return all active duty soldiers to US soil, reduce the military by 2/3rds, provide PTSD counseling and civilian job training, stop all “stop-loss” programs immediately.
  • Disable the American war machine and its ties and interdependency to the U.S. economy.
  • Dismantle the entire “defense industry” to essential services sufficient for the continental defense of the United States. Appoint an independent commission of industry experts and citizens to study and make recommendations of how best to accomplish this.
  • Stop criminalizing dissent. Stop harassing journalists. Stop having secret government, we’re all adults here and we ought to know what is going on, it is our country after all. Abolish all lobbyists, anyone caught receiving or giving special privilege from government representatives would receive a mandatory ten years in prison for each offense.
  • Stop all domestic spying operations and programs, including those many in cooperation with foreign governments to spy on Americans and bypass the law. Repeal the Patriot Acts. Repeal the Military Commissions Act and all such Acts, decrees and such like that are offensive to the citizens of each State that restrict the lives, liberties or pursuit of happiness to be secured by the federal government.
  • Stop all torture and rendition programs and activities.
  • Dismantle the Department of Homeland Security and get rid of this Nazi terminology. Stop creating a fascist police state in America. Stop equipping law enforcement with excess military hardware and surplus. Stop creating paramilitary units. Convict Blackwater of murders and assassinations in Iraq and Afghanistan and dismantle this private mercenary army. Abolish the secret schools and training centers for assassinations and murder (attended to by foreigners from all of the world and Americans) such as the School of Americas.
  • Respect the sovereignty and international rights of nations to be self-governing and self-protecting. Stop pitting one nation against for the self-interest of the United States and its corporate benefactors.
  • Stop enforcing all sanctions and restrictions that are starving and killing civilians in foreign countries.
  • Remove China from favored nation status. Remove Cuba from all restrictions and boycotts. Support the restoration of the Palestinian homeland.
  • Remove all Presidential signing statements and Executive Orders by all Presidents. Abolish this practice and illegal behavior forever.
  • Remove all Congressional and Senate perks and special privileges and exemptions (including padded retirement packages for minimal service). Restrict the Senate and Congress to a maximum of two term-limits of four years each. Remove their “right” to vote themselves pay raises and privileges – forever.
  • Restrict Congress and the Senate to removing bad laws instead of stupidly creating an endless succession of more and more, by enforcing the requirement that all existing laws, rules, restrictions, regulations and such like are required to come before them for periodic review and examination for removal.
  • Abolish the IRS, none of the money we pay them is used for our benefit anyway.
  • Abolish the Federal Reserve and arrest Henry Paulson for high crimes and misdemeanors (and Alan Greenspan). Return to the gold standard and control of the nations money supply to the U.S. Treasury.
  • Abolish all electronic voting, it can never be trusted or accounted for accurately, require mandatory paper ballots for all federal elections and state elections. Abolish the Electoral College forever.
  • End all foreign aid except food and medicine and developmental support for essential service (non-defense). End all defense aid to Israel. Stop selling armaments and weapons to all countries.
  • End all corporate welfare and special protections and privileges. End all subsidies. End all “value-added” taxes.
  • End all foreign oil imports within five years by emphasizing energy conservation, reduced energy and transportation demands and public transportation. Create public transportation systems including light rail and bicycle paths. Enforce minimum mileage standards on all new transportation.
  • Educate, inform and legislate the need for sustainable communities and limited development activities, including lowering the carbon footprint and energy demands of US citizens. Become a model nation on population control, sustainable living practices, localized living and healthy living practices.
  • Emphasize through education programs and incentives humanities need to live lightly upon the planet. Punish offenders and industry and corporate transgressors (with prison time, not just fines) in violation of strict air, water and soil contaminant standards.
  • Restore the environment wherever possible by suspending (stopping) all further industrial activity in critical habitat areas and regions, reseeding and replanting where necessary or helpful and letting nature do the rest.
  • Restrict greenhouse gas emissions by all industries, transportation (public and private), targeting a maximum 325 ppm.
  • End all trawling. End all overfishing and enforce strict limits.
  • End all ocean dumping of all kinds.
  • Abolish all factory farming of animals.
  • Abolish all animal testing.
  • Embark on a nationwide program of cleaning up and protecting our environment. Support this endeavor on a worldwide level.
  • Abolish the Mining Act of 1872.
  • Create nationwide conservation programs for recycling and preservation of the environment from wasteful dumping and landfills.
  • End all new freeway construction, this makes no sense at all in the face of peak oil.
  • Relocalize the entire country in production, manufacturing, food production and all other essential services.
  • Establish stiff tariffs on all imported goods and services by American and foreign corporations (but not small businesses).
  • Remove the lifetime tax on expatriated Americans. Remove the maximum dollar limits allowed to leave the country for emigrants.
  • Abolish the “No Child Left Behind” act. In fact, undue everything that George Bush (both of them) has ever done.
  • Suspend all immigration for four years. Abolish automatic citizenship by birth on U.S. soil by illegal aliens. Abolish all welfare and federal and state assistance to illegal aliens.
  • Remove all federal presence from sovereign Indian lands, pay all debts and obligations due for the last two hundred years (to the tribes that will accept them, some won’t), respect the sovereignty, ancient history and tribal heritage and cultures of all native peoples.
  • End the so-called “drug war”.
  • Release all minor drug offenders from prison, provide education and counseling and job services.
  • End the so-called “war on terror”.
  • Dismantle the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and other domestic and foreign spying agencies and operations outside of the military command structure.
  • Arrest George W. Bush and his entire Cabinet (including those that have already flown the coop) for war crimes against countries abroad and the Americans they killed on 9/11, prosecute to the fullest extent of the law and publicly execute those convicted by a international court of law.
  • Publically investigate 9/11 and publicly reveal all the facts and evidence uncovered and hunt down to the ends of the Earth those responsible, including Americans.

There’s a lot more, but this is the short-list and it’s late. If I had my way, I’d go quite a bit further then this, I’ve shared a few thoughts on these things in past posts.

However, if you won’t vote for me and none of you probably would, then I strongly suggest you vote for YOU. Since none of the candidates being (s)Elected for us even remotely represent you or your personal views, then don’t even bother showing up to vote.

Withhold your vote and your consent to be governed and deny this entire sham the legitimacy it demands of you and pretends to perpetuate in your name, and tell everyone you know that your dissent is the highest form of patriotism that there is.

(Well, to be honest, there is one other form of citizen patriotism that is higher. Shoot the bastards that have run this planet into the ground. But Americans are still not ready for that.)

I “predict” who will win this (s)Election (but I’m not saying), but frankly, I don’t care because it is all rather meaningless anymore. The candidates are so far off the mark in comparison to my own views on how to make this planet a better or even livable place, that it won’t make any difference who will “win”. My other predictions on collapse still remain as true as ever, and the latest data I’ve seen (but not shared) indicates that it’s coming far faster then we feared.

That’s what I’m still preparing for, not a stint in the White House, pretending that I can actually change anything.

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27 thoughts on “This (s)Election, Vote For Me

  • October 30, 2008 at 4:33 am
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    You forgot to promise us freeze dried and dehydrated bread!:)

  • October 30, 2008 at 5:23 am
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    Since whoever gets to be President either has to be part of TPTB problem or get assassinated – we won’t vote for you, to help you avoid that fate. Besides, there isn’t drive-thru’ voting in MY state yet (re-cue link to drive-thru’ voting)…

    Fern

  • October 30, 2008 at 7:55 am
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    John Hussein Admin for Prez. – now that’s funny

    no doubt it was late, but you forgot

    Remove all tax exempt status (income and property) from all so-called ‘religious’ denominations and similarly escapist delusional groups. Perhaps institute a pulpit tax, alter tax, communion tax, etc. Someone has to pay to fix the shit they’ve done and perpetuate, might as be those that cause such (alleged) thinking and deeds.

    Declare null and void all CDO’s, derivatives and similar purely speculative ‘investments’ that have no tangible productive value or purpose other than to make a few wealthy wankers even more ‘powerful’ (odious) at the expense of the planet and the people.

    Price all natural resources – including energy, metals, minerals, biota at true replacement value/cost/worth instead of merely at the extraction cost plus supply/demand corporate profit. Exceptions for air and water

    Remove all/every corporation from “personhood’ status and legal protections. Such entities are not individuals/persons.
    [Sorry, don’t recall the name of the ‘laws’ that implemented this insanity at the moment.]

  • October 30, 2008 at 8:02 am
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    Deek says, ‘we’re all doomed, so party like there’s no tomorrow. ’cause there FKN ain’t.’

    Admin says, let’s start the Doomer Party. Which creature shall we select for our party logo/symbol.

    the nominees include:
    The Cockroach
    Necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating bacterium}?

  • October 30, 2008 at 8:59 am
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    Actually, in recent lab tests, fruit flies outlived cockroaches when subjected to high levels of radiation. And Cockaroaches are house pests/civilization pests – they will do about as well as humans do during the die off.

    Which brings me to my nomination for party logo (Combining Halloween and Elections appropriately): typical skeleton or robed death-carry-scythe image, and the words “Exercise. Eat Right. Prep All You Can. Die Anyway.”

  • October 30, 2008 at 10:40 am
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    OK, Admin for prez, Lonewolf for VP. But please Admin, pick me for a cabinet position. I would love to be the one to fire everyone in the NSA and CIA and we could hire a demolition team to demolish their buildings, but only after opening their vaults to the worldwide press. I bet there are some really juicy secrets in there that all Americans would want to know.

    Adding to the list, I would enforce fair access to the nation’s airwaves by canceling the leases owned by the networks and their corporate masters. All media would be non-profit. I would adopt technology to permit every viewer to blackout and silence all commercials. All billboards would be eliminated from all highways in the U.S. For every rightwinger that gets his own show on commercial radio, a leftist would be provided an equal forum.

    Lonewolf, there was never any law to make corporations “persons.” The ruling was made by a court, and was misinterpreted as precedent. In other words, a whole body of law that protects commercial speech and gives it more rights than individual speech is simply the product of a mistaken interpretation of that courts ruling.

    For anyone interested in learning more about this, I highly recommend the movie “The Corporation.”

  • October 30, 2008 at 10:55 am
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    Oh, another thing. Do away with the president’s ability to grant pardons for anyone in the government, especially himself or his staff. Make the violation of the public trust as heinous as child moslesting and rape; that is, treat it as a major felony. And do not reimburse legal fees at taxpayer expense for such violations.

  • October 30, 2008 at 11:18 am
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    Quoting LBJ:
    “I shall not seek and will not accept my party’s nomination for another [sic] term as your [vice] [resident. And if elected, I will not serve.”

    I might entertain Secretary of Defense Sectretary or State, presuming I would get my very own undisclosed secure location staffed with nubile virgins and several lifetimes supply of Twinkies and Kahlua (etc).

    As always, I will however accept my elevation to (aka acknowledgment of) Deification.

  • October 30, 2008 at 12:05 pm
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    John McAdmin / Solo Lupus
    ———————-
    Planetary First

    in the ‘vein’ (spirit) of
    “jump You FUCKERS”
    we’ll give you
    “Rapture the SUCKERS”

  • October 30, 2008 at 12:12 pm
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    Lonewolf,

    You’ve gotta be VP. I mean, if Rush Limbaugh decides to sit on Admin, you’ll have to take up where he left off.

    I’d also like to nominate “the Prisoner” as Attorney General.

    Log

  • October 30, 2008 at 1:02 pm
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    I suggest we change the national anthem to “We Won’t Get Fooled Again” by “The Who”

    … and the change the flag, to a rendering of the image “Earth Rise” as captured by Apollo 14 (from lunar orbit)

    National Bird: Dodo (as reminder of our fate)
    National Flower: C. indica (or L. williamsii)
    National Past Time: Husbandry

    Hey, I can’t be having all the fun (reality avoidance)

  • October 30, 2008 at 1:07 pm
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    Ah, another long-term goal of mine, prying Limpgasbag’s leaking ass off of Admin’s face – NOT

  • October 30, 2008 at 1:15 pm
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    Sorry, I’m kinda busy. Still got tons to do here.

    Being Prez would NOT be fun. I would not accept the job, neither would any sane person. Unwinding the terrible mess the US government has done would take multiple lifetimes. And most of the people would hate your for it to boot, they still want their bread and circuses (to wit, look where they still spend their credit).

    I was too tired to continue last night when I posted this, but crash / collapse really is the best solution of all. There is zero chance to salvage this civilization without carrying through the very things that made it so wrong.

    But in the spirit of fun, I’d appoint Rush Limbaugh as court jester in a diaper, all of his nourishment would come from Gerber in a baby bottle, and Ann Coulter as a spittoon bullseye dressed in rags at a gay biker bar.

    Residing at Gitmo indefinitely would be the entire Bush Administration and every single sucker in government that voted for war with Iraq and Afghanistan. These would be fed only bread and water for the rest of their natural lives.

    May the Doomer Party live on!

  • October 30, 2008 at 1:21 pm
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    Oh, and Admin,

    How bout a little Gitmo/Abu Graib treatment for the Bushies to go with their bread and water.

    Anal probes might be appropriate, but I’m afraid the probe might get stuck up Cheney’s backside.

    Go Doomers!

  • October 30, 2008 at 4:39 pm
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    Attorney General!!!!
    Well I use to be on the Library board. Would I have to give up my Happy Valley Funeral home? after all where will everyone get their all natural SOYLENT GREEN from? I might have to sue myself…

    Can we throw in Sean Hannity and tape his mouth shut for life? Damm his voice irks me to no end…

  • October 30, 2008 at 5:05 pm
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    This is a little OT from (s)elections, but I’m posting a correction for a MUST SEE video which appears to be from C-Span, of U.S.Rep. John Haller, 12th District, PA, who is reading HR 8791 to the rest of the House. The bill is called the Homeland Terrorism and Preparedness Bill and to see the video check out:
    http://www.stockmarketimplode.com/2008/10/martial-law-plans-revealed.html

    Someone on this list suggested this is a fake, but I really don’t think so.

  • October 30, 2008 at 5:40 pm
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    The carolynbaker site where I saw it admitted now that it is indeed a hoax–the video allegedly showing U.S.Rep. Haller of PA reading from HR8791 to House.

    Never mind.

  • October 31, 2008 at 8:51 am
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    I would add: Give free land to everyone who wants it. I read somewhere once that most of the land in California is owned by government, at one level or another. There are likewise enormous acreages of government land in my own state.

    Prime targets for land redistribution would be factory farms and milirary reservations–but any private ownership of acreages of land larger than what would be required for a family farm should be broken up. In my area, that would be no more than 150 acres–but this would vary. (Some areas of the country are very arid or unsuited to anything but running cattle, and larger land areas would probably be needed.)

    In pioneer times, the typical amount of land that could be acquired in areas where land was being given away was a quarter-section, or 160 acres. This is about the maximum amount of land that is workable by a family, using preindustrial technologies–and probably presupposes that you have a large family including several grown sons.

    In my area, there is a huge corporately owned acreage surrounding an ammunition-plant complex. Most of the land seems to serve no other purpose than to put a vast distance between roadways and the actual physical plant.

    I hesitate to say this, but it seems reasonable to say that anyone who owns land in acreages in excess of what they are willing and able to work themselves should have the surplus confiscated and redistributed. Where large acreages are corporately owned, acreages could be distributed among the corporate owners–a quarter-section per family–on the condition that they live there and work the land themselves. No absentee ownership or tennant farming allowed. If they can’t or won’t live on the land and work it themselves, it should be given to someone who can and will, and the corporate owners should look for another way to make a living.

    Real family-owned working farms should remain undisturbed.

    People who are not interested in producing agricultural products to sell, but would like to provide for their own needs, should be given five acres.

    While it’s arguable that there isn’t enough land area in the US to do this, it seems likely to me that only a small percentage of people would actually choose to accept 150 acres of land to farm. The takers would probably be largely drawn from people who are already farming, either as farm workers or as renters–in other words, people who know their business. But there would probably be a lot takers for five-acre lots.

    Since such properties would probably have no existing housing, people would have to be allowed to house themselves as they wished and were able–without codes restrictions.

    The type of people who would accept deals like this would be the able, the rugged–and maybe some of the desperate. Housing would probably initially be a bunch of used single-wide trailers, or even campers. And they’d probably have to have outhouses and rely on rainwater collection and/or hauled water. Only rugged types need apply, in other words.

  • October 31, 2008 at 3:11 pm
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    Sharon, around my area, confiscating and distributing acreage in excess of what people are willing and able to work by themselves, would mean confiscating “idle” land (it’s not idle–it’s being used by wildlife) and then giving it to a bunch of religious nut fundies who have kids by the dozens and have not a clue about sustainable living. I’m in a food co-op where several families have 11 and 12 children, and many have 6 or more. Where on earth (pun intended) does anyone think future generations, as well as wildlife will live? A family across the road from us uses a bathtub covered with plywood for a septic tank, all of which isn’t too distant from their spring, no doubt by now full of E.Coli.

    Taking land from someone who manages a nature preserve and giving it to a family who would spit out a baby every 10 months makes no sense whatsoever.

    The statement assumes land that isn’t being “worked” has no value.

  • October 31, 2008 at 3:45 pm
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    “Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.” ~ Native American Proverb

    “This land is not your land and it is not my land. We do not own it and we did not inherit it. Just like our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”

    Chief Seattle’s Thoughts
    How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them? Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. http://www.stevenredhead.com/Native/
    “….all things share the same breath….the beast, the tree, the man …. the air shares it’s spirit with all the life it supports.”
    http://www.geocities.com/impurplehawk/quotes.html

  • November 1, 2008 at 9:53 am
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    I’ve been thinking about this after reading “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress”. An excellent book on revolution, and rethinking government.

    For any new law/bill/constitutional amendment passed, the author and its sponsors must spend one day in jail. That jail must have a minimum population of 500 prisoners.

    I think that would stop all of the nonsense that our ‘law makers’ makeup.

  • November 1, 2008 at 10:05 am
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    Robert Heinlein is one of my favorite authors, this book you recommended should be mandatory reading for all junior and senior level highschoolers. They should teach this in ethics too.

  • November 1, 2008 at 12:43 pm
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    ‘they’ teach ethics? since when?

    X-ian indoctrination (hatred of non-self) is NOT ethics. Mass ignorance and willful delusion is NOT ethics. Neither is self-loathing at the altar of almighty greed (aka ‘worship’).

    In a totally unrelated story (or is it?))

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