Announcing The Bagel Party

By John P. Kusumi

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!


7 responses to “Announcing The Bagel Party

  1. Hmm…I don’t see anything in there concerning Cream Cheese….


  2. John: Does that come with a schmear?

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    Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections. Elections wouldn’t be about winning states. No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps. Every vote, everywhere would be equal and counted for and directly assist the candidate for whom it was cast. Candidates would need to care about voters across the nation, not just undecided voters in a handful of swing states.

    Now 2/3rds of the states and voters are ignored — 19 of the 22 smallest and medium-small states, and big states like California, Georgia, New York, and Texas. The current winner-take-all laws (i.e., awarding all of a state’s electoral votes to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in each state) used by 48 of the 50 states, and not mentioned, much less endorsed, in the Constitution, ensure that the candidates do not reach out to all of the states and their voters. Candidates have no reason to poll, visit, advertise, organize, campaign, or care about the voter concerns in the dozens of states where they are safely ahead or hopelessly behind. Voter turnout in the “battleground” states has been 67%, while turnout in the “spectator” states was 61%. Policies important to the citizens of ‘flyover’ states are not as highly prioritized as policies important to ‘battleground’ states when it comes to governing.

    The bill would take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes–that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538). When the bill comes into effect, all the electoral votes from those states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

    The bill uses the power given to each state by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution to change how they award their electoral votes for president. It does not abolish the Electoral College, which would need a constitutional amendment, and could be stopped by states with as little as 3% of the U.S. population. Historically, virtually all of the major changes in the method of electing the President, including ending the requirement that only men who owned substantial property could vote and 48 current state-by-state winner-take-all laws, have come about by state legislative action, without federal constitutional amendments.

    The bill has been endorsed or voted for by 1,922 state legislators (in 50 states) who have sponsored and/or cast recorded votes in favor of the bill.

    In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). The recent Washington Post, Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard University poll shows 72% support for direct nationwide election of the President. Support for a national popular vote is strong in virtually every state, partisan, and demographic group surveyed in recent polls in closely divided battleground states: Colorado– 68%, Iowa –75%, Michigan– 73%, Missouri– 70%, New Hampshire– 69%, Nevada– 72%, New Mexico– 76%, North Carolina– 74%, Ohio– 70%, Pennsylvania — 78%, Virginia — 74%, and Wisconsin — 71%; in smaller states (3 to 5 electoral votes): Alaska — 70%, DC — 76%, Delaware –75%, Maine — 77%, Nebraska — 74%, New Hampshire –69%, Nevada — 72%, New Mexico — 76%, Rhode Island — 74%, and Vermont — 75%; in Southern and border states: Arkansas –80%, Kentucky — 80%, Mississippi –77%, Missouri — 70%, North Carolina — 74%, and Virginia — 74%; and in other states polled: California — 70%, Connecticut — 74% , Massachusetts — 73%, Minnesota — 75%, New York — 79%, Washington — 77%, and West Virginia- 81%.

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    The National Popular Vote bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers, in 21 small, medium-small, medium, and large states, including one house in Arkansas (6), Connecticut (7), Delaware (3), The District of Columbia (3), Maine (4), Michigan (17), Nevada (5), New Mexico (5), New York (31), North Carolina (15), and Oregon (7), and both houses in California (55), Colorado (9), Hawaii (4), Illinois (21), New Jersey (15), Maryland (10), Massachusetts (12), Rhode Island (4), Vermont (3), and Washington (11). The bill has been enacted by the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Washington. These seven states possess 76 electoral votes — 28% of the 270 necessary to bring the law into effect.


  4. John:
    A cream cheese straight up, cream cheese with scallions, cream cheese with non-GMO salmon and cream cheese with non-terminator weed. Does that sounds ok to everyone? ;-))

  5. Gonna be some party…and Kushikimi -san: non-cholesterol cream cheese is made from Tofu….but its good, honest! 😉

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