A Platform for a Free America
Forward by William Quick:
Tracy Coyle created this platform and asked for my assistance in helping to get it as widely distributed as possible.
The philosophy underlying what follows is straightforward: Fewer and fewer Americans each election take the trouble to participate in their own governance. A significant part of the reason for that is that many – rightfully, in my opinion – regard the choices presented to them each election cycle as being no real choice at all. The recent spectacle of one party running as its candidate the first man to implement statewide socialized medicine against the first man to implement nationwide socialized medicine tends to support that notion.
It seems to both Tracy and I that the solution is to write a platform, not for a specific party, but for a specific set of political convictions. Just as it is the nature of government to grow into Leviathan, it is the nature of political parties to dilute their messages into amorphous mush in order to attract as many dupes into their “Big Tents” as possible. This makes perfect sense when you understand that the goal of these parties is to obtain power – and nothing more. For such political parties, the power itself is the reason to seek it. Power is never sought in order to advance principles or defend them. It is instead sought for its own sake. Yet when power becomes its own justification, systemic corruption and unprincipled drift become endemic.
This platform is not for everyone, nor is it intended to be. It is, instead, intended as a rallying point for those who accept its principles and prescriptions, to use as a clarifying and crystalizing tool with which to inspire others and to expand the number of Americans who might find themselves in agreement with it, and thus convince them to engage once again with our American political system.
It is neither a Republican nor a Democrat platform. It is an American platform, designed to create an America more free, more wealthy, and more happy than we have enjoyed since Leviathan began its vast metastasis a century ago.
You didn’t build that? No. This is America. If you build it, they will come. Here, then, is the beginning of an edifice that could become a great and shining city on the hill. This could be America.
If you want it.
Enough is enough. We are done with political platforms that pander to every group with no actual intention to attempt to enact any of the positions claimed. Any politician, organization or cause that wants our support will either agree to the following or they can keep their propaganda to themselves.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Our rights are inherent in our existence. Whether you believe they are granted by a Creator or we born with them, they are not the grant of any document or government. Our rights are subject to ONLY these structural limits: our reach and the extent of every other individual’s rights.
“To assert our rights we assume certain inalienable responsibilities, among these are to defend ourselves and our families, to provide for our needs, and to ensure the future for the generations to come.”
The defense of our rights, our selves, our families, our homes and our country is first and foremost OUR responsibility. Authority granted to police and government supplements but does not replace, nor absolve us of, this responsibility.
Providing the needs of ourselves and our families is our responsibility. Assistance to those in need or unable to provide for themselves is an obligation not of government, but of each of us and our communities. Government does not determine the level of need nor is it subject to some formula.
We decide the future and it is our choices that determine the course of this country. The ship of State is under our control, we are not subservient passengers or mindless cargo to be directed where others deem best for us.
Platform – Limited Government
Every law is an infringement upon a right and we demand STRICT consideration before any such law is enacted. Our Constitution was created to establish government to protect our rights, not to dictate our actions. The establishment of government included strict limitations upon its authority to act in our stead and actions that exceed that authority are not recognized as a legitimate exercise of power. At no point is the government authorized to take from one or a group of citizens to provide the needs of one or a group of citizens.
As each individual is sovereign, each of the fifty States is sovereign. The Constitution is a document between governments, not between governments and individuals. It is the responsibility of States to reassert their authority over their borders and lands and to relegate the Federal Government to its Constitutional limits.
While many countries are our friends, few are our allies. The United States has made commitments to support and defend allies throughout the world and we will continue to do so. Our first responsibility is to protect our security interests and our access to freely travel as necessary wherever necessary. Support of our allies is not an open checkbook to providing the security costs countries should be bearing themselves. Support of NATO and the UN should be reduced to equalize the burden amongst all participants. Our support and defense of our allies does not give the United States license to interfere in their sovereign choices.
While we support the efforts of indigenous peoples to claim their individual liberties and we stand ready to assist when ready, we will make no direct efforts on their behalf. While we do not support democracy we do support the individual liberty of peoples to choose their own form of government. It is time to withdraw a significant portion of our deployed military back to our own shores.
Federal Budget Spending
The law requires the Federal Government pass a budget for the following fiscal year prior to its start. The law should be enforced with specific penalties for failure to abide by the law. Federal spending is out of control and must be restricted. It is not the purpose of the Federal Government to fix what is not working in our society. Nor is it the purpose of the Federal Government to provide for the welfare of the citizen, citizens, communities or States.
Our military is second only to what our military should be. A strong defense makes a strong offense less necessary. This is the primary authority of the Federal Government – to provide defense of our nation and our interests. An inability to do so will increase the threats around the world. We also see the ‘civilian-ization’ of the military to have been a failed experiment and seek to return to fully staffed and functioning military with military members.
Taxation is not an instrument of social engineering. The divisive use of class warfare to enact tax rates rife with inequality has paid off handsomely for the bureaucrats of Washington DC, not so well for everyone else. The deceit of ‘fair share’ must stop. If the Federal Government must tax income then it taxes everyone’s income regardless of amount.
This country was built by the blood, sweat and tears of immigrants. The Melting Pot was heated with the effort of millions of people first working to provide for themselves and to build a nation for their children and future generations. We stand with and embrace the millions that wish to come to the United States and add their effort and dreams to the cornucopia of America’s gifts. But this country is also built on a rule of law and illegal entry to this country violates that standard. We can not reward the law breaker. A neighbor, welcomed to our backyard barbeque is not welcome in our pantry when we are not home.
One social issue has divided this country for 40 years, abortion. Lets be clear. Roe v Wade is the law of the land and until a case is presented to the Supreme Court from TWO different districts, and it rules explicitly on the legality of abortion – NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE in the United States. And if it were to change at the Supreme Court, it would revert to the States to decide INDIVIDUALLY what, if any, restrictions might or might not be applied.
Marriage is a fundamental institution that creates and cements the family relationship and it should be encouraged and revered whenever possible. Sacraments are the purview of the appropriate religions and there is no authority, power or reason for the federal government to suggest, dictate or demand any religion act contrary to its own beliefs. Further, marriage is a State issue and should not be legislated in any way at the Federal level. At the State level, marriage has become a legal contract issue and rights, responsibilities and strict consideration should be addressed before States enact laws that interfere in the individual right to enter into contracts legally.
There is no authority granted the Federal Government to provide individual heath care, to mandate individual health insurance or to dictate specific health care provisions. The failure of the States and the Supreme Court to prevent the implementation of Medicare stands as the second largest mistake in the 20th Century. Unfortunately, many Americans and industries have acted in reliance upon Medicare being provided and that obligation will be honored. However, it must end as soon as possible.
Food Stamps and Housing Assistance
There is no authority for the Federal Government to be providing the housing and food needs of individual Americans and it must stop as soon as practical.
The largest mistake of the 20th Century by the Supreme Court and the States. Like Medicare, many Americans rely on the promise and that promise will be kept. However, we need to end the attempt to provide retirement for everyone.
Policies to Implement Platform
1. States are the rightful place for the interaction between citizen and government.
2. Land within the borders of States belong to the States and with the exception of Federal Parks, should be controlled by the States.
1. Federal spending is frozen at the current level for a period not less than 4 years and not more than 6 years.
2. Each department of the Federal Government must prepare a budget that must be approved by Congress individually and signed by the President before the fiscal year begins. No omnibus budgets are to be allowed.
3. Each departmental budget program and line item must be justified from the first dollar to the final dollar each year.
4. Each department must prepare a plan to reduce regulations promulgated, personnel and costs by 5% per year during the spending freeze. The plan must be part of the annual budget proposed and approved by Congress and the President.
Individuals and families:
1. A flat tax with one fixed exemption for earnings.
2. A flat tax on interest, dividends, and capital gains* 1/2 the flat tax rate on earnings.
3. No estate taxation.
* No taxation on capital gains from the sale of primary residences.
1. No federal income tax.
2. No corporate bailouts.
3. Subsidies are banned.
1. Our borders define the point where an invitation is necessary to enter and need to be as secure as our homes from unwanted intrusion.
2. Permission to enter is not a right, but a privilege. Until such time as a guest is given permission to stay, they are a guest to be treated fairly and forthrightly but not as an owner with a claim upon the bounty and liberties citizens enjoy. Like a child born to parents visiting our home, children born to guests of our country do not become citizens or residents of our home.
3. Current illegals, if they present themselves, can pay a fine and obtain permanent residency with no eligibility for citizenship. If they commit a crime and then are found to be here illegally, they and any family members will be deported.
1. DOMA is a Federal intrusion into States sovereignty.
1. Repeal of Obamacare.
2. Phase out of Medicare from the Federal level and return funding and control back to the States.
1. Foodstamp programs are to be phased out from the Federal level.
2. Housing assistance, either direct or for housing development should be phased out.
3. Phase Social Security out for those under 35.