I’m starting the Bagel Party.
Like the Tea Party, the Bagel Party is not formalized into an authentic third party.
In fact, no one needs more than a one-pager to describe this party, and I can hold down the fort as a one-man political party (for now).
Bagel Party positions
Our three-part plan for governing?
(a.) Stop bad things
(b.) Prevent future bad things
(c.) Start good things
Part I — Stopping bad things
(1.) End the Federal Reserve
(2.) End the Globalization, exit the WTO
(3.) End the War on Terror
(4.) End the Deficit spending
(5.) End Obamacare, the Patriot Act, and the Commodity Futures Modernization Act. Stop and disclose all aerial spraying.
Part II — Preventing future bad things
(1.) Prosecute the Bush administration. Re-investigate 9/11, and follow up on murder, torture, and any other war crimes and crimes against humanity.
(2.) Affirm and ratify the International Criminal Court (ICC). Expand ICC mandate to include crimes of aggression and international terrorism.
(3.) Prosecute the financial meltdown. Follow up on fraud re: loans, mortgages, investments, and foreclosures.
(4.) Remove profit motive from problems. Establish that government may not privatize policing and prisons. Establish windfall profits tax for emergency response vendors, that kicks in during FEMA emergencies.
(5.) End speculation in food commodities, stop genetically modified food and untoward regulation of agriculture, and stop geoengineering.
Part III — Starting good things
(1.) Restore the Fourth Amendment, Posse Comitatus, Habeas Corpus, and the principles of Glass-Stegal. Curb abuse of eminent domain.
(2.) Pass a clean elections amendment and abolish the electoral college.
(3.) Pass amendments for Congressional term limits, a balanced budget amendment, and a line item veto. Establish that “loser pays” in civil litigation.
(4.) Reindustrialize America while being eco-friendly, fix its infrastructure, and build out green energy. Those will be three sectors with new jobs.
(5.) Enlarge Medicaid to simply do its job and heal the poor people.
The Bagel Party can stop upon articulating the points above. Almost anything else can be vetoed as a distraction. If we can “only” accomplish the above, that’s a huge agenda of much needed and long-overdue attention to the right places! I am the author of the following paragraph:
“In the 1980s, men were real men. Posse comitatus was in effect, and the Supreme Court had told us that the Constitution is not only a peace time document – it also applies in war time. We had the right to a writ of habeas corpus. Searches and seizures required a warrant, and warrants required probable cause. Torture was illegal, we weren’t going to assassinate world leaders, and the human rights abuse of Soviet Communism was denounced.”
With the exception of the Soviet Union, I want to bring the above back — in a contemporary version of America that will include its cell phones, internet, flat screens, and green energy!
The thought is of a healthy America. That is all!