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Platform Points
Creating a true health care system (as opposed to a disease care system) by adding cost-effective, prevention-oriented health care programs that promote good health.

Education that develops the student's full potential through curriculum innovations proven to increase intelligence, creativity, and academic performance

Preventing crime --not warehousing criminals--that focus on the root cause of crime, the high levels of individual and societal stress.

Safeguarding America's food supply through sustainable, organic agricultural practices proven to produce healthy, high-quality food without hazardous chemical fertilizers and pesticides

Mandatory labeling and safety testing of genetically engineered foods, and a moratorium on the release of these experimental life-forms into the environment until proven safe

Protecting the environment through energy efficiency and the use of renewable, safe, nonpolluting energy sources such as wind and solar

Ending special interest control of our politics through (1) elimination of PACs and soft money, (2) public sponsorship of election campaigns, and (3) prevention of lobbying by former public servants on behalf of domestic and foreign interests

Promoting more prosperous and harmonious international relations by shifting our foreign policy away from the export of weapons towards the export of U.S. know-how and technical assistance in key areas, such as business, entrepreneurship, education, sustainable agriculture, and environmental technologies

The Idea:
Envision an America free of crime, where all citizens live fully in accord with both natural law and national law; where people move freely on the streets without fear; and where Americans live and work together harmoniously for both their own fulfillment and the national good.

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The Problem:
Crime costs Americans over $500 billion annually. Despite two decades of "get tough" policies -- with longer, often mandatory prison sentences - the rate of crime in America is high compared to other developed nations. In fact, the United States now has the highest percentage of its population in prison than any other nation. Of gravest concern, juvenile violent crime has spiraled during the past decade

Clearly, a "get-tough" policy is not enough. Effective crime prevention is also crucial. Yet despite the dismal track record of "get-tough" approaches, Republican and Democratic legislators ignore proven preventive strategies and press for more police, more prisons, and stiffer punishment.

These "bandaid" approaches do not work because they fail to address the root cause of crime - the epidemic of stress throughout society. During the past two decades, medical science has documented the alarming rise of stress-related illness such as hypertension, stroke, and heart disease. This same build-up of stress is responsible for a similar rise in social illnesses -- crime, drug abuse, domestic violence, and family disintegration.

Current crime prevention programs overlook the psychological and physiological devastation wrought by constant, traumatic stress. Stress causes a complex psychophysiological chain reaction that makes the nervous system hyperexcited and unstable. Chronic, acute stress leads to serious physiological malfunction.

A Solution:
Scientificaly proven programs will reduce stress in the individual and throughout society -- thus eliminating the root cause of crime. At least one such program has been scientifically shown to:
  • reduce individual and social stress;
  • reduce cortisol and increase serotonin production in the body, thus counteracting the neurochemical imbalances produced by stress; and
  • decrease anxiety, hostility, and anger, and improve psychological development and moral reasoning.
Also, effective educational programs will keep children in school, off the streets, and out of crime's reach. A proven educational program encourages greater creativity and intelligence and develops ideal citizenship by raising life to be in accord with natural law. This strong educational focus is the true, long-term solution to the pervasive problem of crime.

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