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My political platform

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This is my platform:

A strong, free nation can only be made up of religious and virtuous individuals, strong nuclear families with a cisgender father and a cisgender mother, and a lively and effective civil society, all protected under the wise framework of the Constitution as it was intended by our Founding Fathers.

The Constitution, as the Founding Fathers would have wanted it, is the best form of government for a virtuous people. It is the “last best hope of Earth.”

A Virtuous People

A virtuous people is a people that obeys the God of Israel. Thus, the Constitution is meant for a people that serve God.

Religion

To have a virtuous people, America must return to its religious roots.

It also means that, should it be possible, God’s servants should be in the government.

When a people are righteous they want the best to lead them in government….Those who would remove prophets from politics would take God out of government.

Ezra Taft Benson

If we will not have God to be our King, we reject the liberty He granted to us through the Constitution.

The Constitution

And we have rejected it. We must return to a Constitution that is more in line with what the Founders intended; they were wise men, inspired by God, and we should never think we could have done better than they did.

The following is what I believe the Founders intended:

The Bill of Rights is, by far, the best protection of liberty. We must keep them.

The Eleventh Amendment was ratified by the Founding Fathers; it must stay.

The Twelfth Amendment was ratified by the Founding Fathers; it must stay. Likewise, the Twentieth Amendment reduced the amount of time for a “lame duck” president, so it must stay.

Slavery was allowed under the original Constitution, but many Founding Fathers looked forward to the day when it would be abolished. They would have been happy when it did happen. Thus, the Thirteenth Amendment should be kept.

The Fourteenth Amendment had good intentions, but it needs a complete rework. First, birthright citizenship should be done away with. Second, the Supreme Court has used the Fourteenth Amendment to informally repeal the Tenth Amendment and force its will upon the states who should be able to choose for themselves.

The Fifteenth Amendment must be kept.

The Sixteenth Amendment must be abolished. It has been used to allow the Federal Government to prosecute individuals. It has also been used to levy taxes unfairly, in so-called “progressive” taxes that punish hard workers for building businesses and employing others.

The Seventeenth Amendment must be abolished. When it passed, it destroyed the biggest check on the Federal Government by the States. Since that check was lost, the power of the States have diminished, while the power of the Federal Government has grown unchecked.

The Eighteenth Amendment and the Twenty-First Amendment can be ignored.

The Nineteenth Amendment must stay.

The Twenty-Second Amendment can stay, but it is better if it does not; the Founders wanted voters to choose when to kick politicians out of office. Until voters do that, instead of repeatedly voting in career politicians, no Amendment is going to prevent the problems that term limits are supposed to eliminate.

The Twenty-Third Amendment needs to go. If the citizens of the District of Columbia are to get a say in who the President is, they should be allowed to vote as a citizen of a nearby state. Giving DC even some of the rights reserved to states is a bad precedent.

The Twenty-Fourth Amendment must be changed. Poll taxes should never be charged, but this Amendment also flies in the face of something the Founding Fathers knew: that those without a stake in a society should not be allowed to vote. I will talk more about this below.

The Twenty-Fifth Amendment must go. It allows unelected people to get into office. A three-fourths majority of Congress should prevent the party in power from staying in power without the say of the people.

The Twenty-Sixth Amendment should be abolished, for the same reasons that the Twenty-Fourth Amendment must be changed. See below.

The Twenty-Seventh Amendment was proposed by the Founding Fathers as part of a group that included the Bill of Rights. It must stay.

Right to Vote

The right to vote should not be denied on the basis of sex or race, but it should also not be given on the basis of age. It should be given on the basis of whether the voter has a stake in the government.

At the founding of the United States of America, most states had rules requiring ownership of land for the right to vote. This was a flawed version of the right idea.

The idea is that those with a stake in a free society have incentives to maintain the freedom of that society. Those who do not have a stake in the society have no such incentives.

Today, the Federal Government is a welfare government. Most of the expenditure goes to welfare in some form or another, including Medicare. Those who receive the welfare have no stake in the freedom of the society because they have made themselves slaves to the politicians they vote in, the politicians who vote for the welfare they receive.

This is what happens:

  1. Welfare is offered, and they take it.
  2. They raise the quality of their lifestyle with that welfare.
  3. By so doing, they now depend on that welfare for the maintenance of their lifestyle.
  4. Because they depend on the welfare, they start losing their stake in the free society.
  5. They will keep voting for the politicians who vote for welfare, no matter what else those politicians vote for.
  6. The politicians slowly start dismantling the freedom of the society and taking the power for themselves.
  7. Over time, the welfare dependents are so dependent on the welfare that even though they have started to learn that the politicians are enslaving them, they will keep voting for them because they have nowhere else to turn.

This is backwards. It should be government that is dependent on the people for everything, including votes, revenue, and power. Otherwise, government is just a monopoly with the ability to force submission.

So votes should be tied to something that proves the voter has a stake in society. In these modern days, it would be hard to tie it to land ownership, so I propose the following instead:

The right to vote should only be granted to those who are tax positive for the government in which they are at the booth to elect.

What does “tax positive” mean? It means those who have paid more in taxes to the government in question than they have received back.

These are they who have actually paid for the services of government, and thus, should have a say in how it runs. Those who haven’t, and get themselves addicted to welfare, should not, for they do not pay the price of living in society.

In addition, all government welfare is waste.

Families

Strong, nuclear families consisting of a cisgender father and a cisgender mother are the “fundamental units of society." All governments under the Constitution should protect and encourage them and discourage all other kinds of families made through voluntary actions.

“Made through voluntary actions” means that families fractured by death or divorce for the right reasons should also be protected.

Civil Society

Government cannot, and should not, do everything. As we have seen, it should not do welfare. Civil society should be encouraged to fill the gaps.

It should take on the burden of welfare, for civil society will not easily tolerate welfare addicts.

It should take on the burden of lubricating the “cogs of society.”

It should take on the burden of providing recreation and outlets.

If it will do those things, people will find that they will have friends, connections, and “wholesome recreational activities."

Conclusion

My platform is really this: America as it should be according to the prophets and the Founding Fathers.

As a politician, my job is to do what is best for America and its people. I am to remain dependent on them, on you, not the other way around.

And to start, I depend on you to vote for me.

Edit 16 July 2020: Changed my position on a few Amendments after digging into their consequences more deeply.