Who Could Disagree With This Platform??

25 Nov

STEP ONE: The Question.

Liberals and Conservatives can fight over their pet issues until they turn blue. But as I see it, there are only about 4 areas of policy that are realistically still up for debate:

  • The Economy/Social “Issues”

  • Foreign Policy

  • National Security

  • The Environment/Green Initiative

Am I wrong?? Do correct me if I am.

STEP TWO: The Solutions. 

As promised, here is a platform I believe most every sentient being should agree with, if not, do tell me where I’m wrong…

In a nutshell:

THE ECONOMY/SOCIAL “ISSUES”

  • Legalize, regulate, and tax the hell out of gambling and pot for starters.
  • Use that revenue to decrease or rid of income tax.
  • Decrease taxes in general; let businesses flourish; get more people gainful employment; then a small tax on the booming economy will raise significantly more revenue than will crippling businesses who then have to cut employees; raising the unemployment rate further; and in the end generate less revenue as the economy continues to exhaust its resources. Allow me to share an extremely apt aphorism:

~ A rising tide lifts more boats ~

  • Let decided issues like abortion and the right to bear arms lie.
  • Let each state decide their position on gay marriage rights.
  • Also, let’s stop being so “politically correct” so as to proliferate divisiveness. “African-American”, “Asian-American”…what the hell happened to just being “American”???

FOREIGN POLICY

  • Stop kidding ourselves that the zealots in the Middle East might just give up their ideology and life’s-mission to destroy Israel and the United States if we can find the right words to change their minds…I think not.
  • Secure our borders and citizenry first. There is plenty of inhumane suffering right here at home.

NATIONAL SECURITY

  • Support our military. The protection of Americans and our way of life is paramount, though often taken for granted.

THE ENVIRONMENT/GREEN INITIATIVE

  • Yes, clearly nothing else really matters if we don’t have a planet to live on. But the Earth is astoundingly resilient–what we need to do FIRST, is support our coal and oil industries and thus local economy; become independent of foreign energy resources allowing us to stop compromising our values; and once our economy and our citizenry has healed and is stable, then and only then, do we put our efforts toward the future and implementing the “Green Initiative.” People are really hurting right now. And as nice as is it to dream big, we simply don’t have that luxury at the moment. We need to get real–to help our neighbors and fellow Americans get back on their feet first, before we start implementing crushing policies based on environmental concerns. Human life is precious and should ALWAYS come first.

Please, comments welcome. Tell me why this platform wouldn’t have mass appeal and solve nearly each and every one of the U.S.’s major problems…

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4 Responses to “Who Could Disagree With This Platform??”

  1. J.D. St. Michaels November 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    I don’t actually expect anyone to disagree with me, but do welcome the challenge. It’s a learning process.

    • carter November 25, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

      the thoughts on national security were a little bit vague. are you suggesting we bring our troops home?

      • J.D. St. Michaels November 25, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

        Thank you so much for the insightful question. I had actually combined two separate thoughts there, which perhaps in retrospect I will consider editing.

        The answer to your question is a solid no. Now I may not know all of the facts involved in the situation and that is something to be considered when privy, but I will say this: I wholly believe in the Machiavellian principle of ‘defeating your enemies completely.’ Otherwise, what’s the point? You leave them standing and able to come back at you even more motivated and fueled by unquestionable justification.

        So plainly, it comes down to old saying of “Go big or go home.” If we choose to involve ourselves in foreign conflict, we have the obligation to see it through. Absolutely no one is benefitted by a half-assed military involvement; in fact, it only makes things much much worse, especially for the people we are claiming to defend.

      • J.D. St. Michaels January 25, 2014 at 11:58 pm #

        I am a fan of both diplomacy and “The Prince” by Machiavelli. There is a happy medium. If the cost-benefit weighs in favor of engagement, you see it all the way through. If not, we must come to terms with the fact that the U.S. is not the World Police. We have a tremendous amount of domestic suffering and difficultly. I feel it best to resolve the plights of our own before shipping all our resources abroad-

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