Ending our national nightmare of illegitimate rule by the Bush-Cheney regime.
by James K. Sayre
There is a simple way out of our current national nightmare of being ruled by the illegitimate Bush-Cheney regime. Instead of going through the inevitable coming impeachment, trial, conviction and removal of Cheney and Bush, with all its partisan unpleasantries, it would be much better for all, if they simply resigned and allowed Al Gore and John Edwards to replace them. These changes would restore legitimacy to our federal government.
First, Bush would pardon himself, Cheney and their Administration staff members for all of their thousands of felonies, high crimes and misdemeanors that they have committed since stealing the Presidential election in 2000 with the connivance of five partisan Supreme Court justices.
Second, Bush would ask Vice President Dick Cheney to resign and he would do so. Then Bush would appoint Al Gore as the new Vice President and he would be confirmed by the Senate. Next Bush would resign and return to his horseless and catteless ranch in Crawford, Texas and resume cutting brush. Then President Al Gore would appoint John Edwards as Vice President and he would be confirmed by the Senate. This transition will allow Bush, Cheney, et al to avoid serving long prison terms for their many criminal acts. Letting them all off the legal hook for their crimes is the tradeoff necessary for us to get our democracy back.
With our American democracy restored, we, the people and
the new Gore-Edwards Administration could get on with the enormous task
of cleaning up the messes, quagmires, morasses and other assorted problems
created over the past five years of the illegitimate, corrupt and incompetent
First, we will immediately and unconditionally withdraw all of our troops, mercenaries and officials out of Iraq and Afghanistan. We need to let the Iraqis and Afghanis determine their own destinies without any further American interference. We need to end our war on the poor people of the third world and let them live their own lives without American interference.
Second, we will rescind all of the absurd tax cuts for the rich enacted by the GOP and Bush in the last five years. We need to get a grip on our federal budget deficits and reduce them to zero as President Clinton did in the 1990s.
Third, we will create a single-payer federal universal health insurance system that will cover all Americans. It will include health care, dental care, vision care, nursing home care and pharmaceutical drugs for all Americans. This bold and long overdue step will probably immediately cut health care costs by about a third and will also greatly slow down future health care cost increases.
Fourth, we will immediately return to time-tested traditional hand-counted paper ballots in all of our elections. We will dump most of the electronic computerized voting machines and electronic computerized vote tabulating machines into the nearest bodies of water. A few will be saved as exhibits in Museums of Corporate Greed, which will be established in towns and cities across this great land, to educate present and future generations. These actions will end the practce of the GOP electronically hacking, rigging and stealing of computerized elections in 2002, 2004 and 2005.
Fifth, all elections will be 100% publicly funded. There will be plenty of time for extended debates and discussions made available on our publicly-owned airwaves (television and radio). All in person lobbying by special interest groups with campaign donations and gifts will be outlawed. They can write letters to government representatives, just like the rest of us.
Sixth, we will end all illegal spying and wiretapping and eavesdropping by the NSA, the CIA, the Pentagon and other government organizations. All such wiretaps and surveillance will need to be approved by the FISA court or other courts before being undertaken.
Seventh, we will break the monopoly grip of a few major corporations on our public airwaves (radio and television) and return the public airwaves to broadcasting by non-profit public interest groups.
Eighth, we will rewrite our NAFTA, WTO and other international trade agreements to protect our traditional American manufacturing jobs and our new technology jobs from being exported around the world. We will take our manufacturing jobs back from China and we will take our technology jobs back from India. The label, "Made in the USA" used to a point of pride. We can make American shoes in America for American feet in factories located in the USA.
Ninth, we can raise corporate tax levels to the traditional rates of the 1950s. Corporations need to pay their fair share of taxes since they greatly benefit from the sound and secure functioning of our complicated infrastructure. Multinational corporations that sell products to us need to pay taxes that they are currently evading and avoiding by offshoring their headquarters in little Caribbean island nations. Oil companies, pharmaceutical manufacturing companies, HMOs and credit card banks are all making obscene and growing profits. Credit cards need to have an interest ceiling equal to the current prime interest rate, about 6%, not at 12%, 18% or 27% interest rates now being charged. Traditional Muslim culture does not permit the charging of any interest on loans; this may help explain some of the Bush-Cheney Administration's extreme hostility to Muslim cultures.
Tenth, we need to establish a federal minimum wage of ten dollars per hour plus an annual four week paid vacation for all workers. This will help allow all Americans to enjoy the American dream.
James K. Sayre
4 February 2006
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