Texas Longhorns with newborn calf in Bluebonnets

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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...


What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.

"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

Let's talk...

Let's talk...

Saturday, February 27, 2010

We need a new party like the Canadians have

We need a new party like the Canadians have with their socialist New Democratic Party whose best known leader is Tommy Douglas.

We need a new party in order to make this presently very corrupt government functional.

I would suggest there are three major points of unity people who are liberal, progressive and on the left can come together around:

1. Peace: ending these dirty wars.

2. Socialized health care or some variant of it which would include a vastly expanded public healthcare sector which includes single-payer universal healthcare based upon Canadian-style healthcare.

3. Jobs, jobs, jobs... creating a single-payer universal health care system would create about three million jobs--- a fully socialized healthcare system would create about ten million jobs.

Paying for this kind of healthcare reform which would create jobs is very easy if we stop these dirty wars.

Peace = Healthcare reform + Jobs

If a new political party did nothing more than deliver these three things that most Americans want it will have been a success.

The first thing we need to do is sign a "Declaration of Independence" from the Democratic and Republican parties controlled by Wall Street.

The second step is to serve notice on the Democrats and Republicans:

•No peace; no votes.
•No real healthcare reform; no votes.
•No jobs; no votes.

This is called "accountability" which is fundamental to democracy... voting out of fear does not create "accountability."

Then we need to convene a national conference to plan how to move forward in establishing regional, state and local committees for a new party--- perhaps we need to begin by challenging the Democrats in their own primaries and running as independents and even as write-in candidates committed to these three unifying things: peace, healthcare reform, jobs.

If everyone who are members of this FaceBook page would copy and paste this all over the Internet and on their FaceBook pages, blogs and WebPages and e-mail it to everyone on your e-mail lists we would start building a new political movement one person at a time... it would be like rolling a little snowball down a long, steep hill on a warm spring day--- the movement would keep getting bigger and bigger.

Each of us is like one little snowflake--- we don't amount to much... but, let a blizzard come along and try shoveling those little tiny snowflakes.

No one is going to do any of this for us; this needs to be a grassroots initiative.

Presently, we are living in what Tommy Douglas refered to as Mouseland... check out this brief video narrated by Tommy Douglas' grandson--- actor Keifer Sutherland: