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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
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ELECTION REFORM
STRENGTHENING DEMOCRACY

The Idea:
Restoring the vision that our nation's founders strove to create of a democracy that would guarantee fundamental human rights and hold the government accountable to the people by overcoming the bipartisan conflict and special interest control that has paralyzed and subverted it.

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The Problem:
There is no Constitutional basis for America's current two-party system. In fact, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson specifically warned against political parties, which they feared would become entrenched as elitists and servers of special interests, unresponsive to the needs and desires of the people. Today we find ourselves in this very situation. Frustrated by political gridlock, many Americans feel that government has grown into a self-serving, self-perpetuating partisan body that neither reflects nor recognizes their desires.

A Perspective:
As former Chief Justice Earl Warren commented:
All political ideas cannot and should not be channeled into the programs of our two major parties. History has amply proved the virtue of political activity by minority, dissident groups, which innumerable times have been in the vanguard of democratic thought and whose programs were ultimately accepted. The absence of such voices would be a symptom of grave illness in our society.

A Solution:
Support the following election reform measures:
  • Every political party and candidate should have the same requirements in every election for getting on the ballot. Incumbents should no longer have privileges over challengers with new ideas.
  • It is the right of the American people to hear the views of every candidate on the ballot. All candidates who meet ballot access requirements should have the same access to their constituencies through publicly financed campaigns.
  • Election day should be made a mandatory national holiday, as in most other nations, so that everyone has time to vote.
  • Instant Runoff Voting, where every vote counts as you rank your votes for candidates based on your beliefs.
  • Facilitate voter registration by creating uniform laws that allow same-day registration or even automatic registration.
  • Abolish the Electoral College. The President should be elected by direct popular vote.
  • The "public initiative" process, already enacted and in operation in 23 states, should be expanded to the national level. This process allows the collective will of our citizens to initiate legislative reform.
  • Proportional representation has been effective in countries around the world and more fairly represents the true will of the people than our current "winner-take-all" process.
  • Eliminate PACs. The elimination of PACs and special interest control of the political process would make our elected representatives responsive to the people once again.
  • Eliminate "soft money." This loophole circumvents the legal limits on what individuals or corporations can donate to campaigns - limits that are flagrantly violated today.

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