ABC's of Political Reform
Over 24 Political Topics and 80 Issues of Reform to Clean Up American Bureaucracy!
by Stephen L. Rush
Stephen L. Rush is the author of `applied quantum politics´ the belief where a political ideal can be simultaneously liberal and conservative in its inherent focus simply by removing the objectionable component to an issue that keeps opposing viewpoints polarized, supposing that what remains must be amenable.
(Not to be confused with 'theoretical quantum politics' by Theodore Becker.)
ABC's of Political Reform
by Stephen L. Rush
The Motive For Reform
A modern précis of the Declaration of Independence might say: “When a government deliberately inflicts damage and intentionally prescribes negligence, and where repeated attempts at diplomatic resolution and legislation has had no effect, then a remnant of the injured party who possess the knowledge to rescind the injustice is also ripe to intercede for the public.”
When the President takes the oath of office, he swears to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States (Art. II, Sect. 1, Para. 9). The Constitution is far more important than the office of the President, for without it there would not be a United States of America. That document gives life and purpose to this great country.
Equally important is the Bill of Rights, the guarantee of how governance by this document is measured. It is not sufficient for this government to merely distinguish itself from the monarchy of England, but what value does this new government place on the lives of the people it serves. Even the Declaration of Independence states, "Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter it". Therefore, it is not proper for this government to tyrannize its citizens by ignoring the domestic issues left unresolved for generations, either.
With that understanding, reform is needed. Anyone can say they can fix the problems that this country faces today just like FDR (successfully) and Nixon (unsuccessfully), but the distinction is whether one actually serves the people they are sworn to and follow through on their promise. In order to follow through on their promises, America's political leaders must have a plan of reform that can be launched from sound platform and policies. Voters must be careful to scrutinize the platform that their political representatives make and determine if their rhetoric of reform is yesteryear's political tools redressed to resemble progress. Any presidential candidate can declare that they have the best method to reform American government, but many fall short of being true public servants because those plans have already been exhausted by former administrations and congresses.
What the U.S. needs is a new plan, like Applied Quantum Politics. It resolves political issues through defining a methodology for centrist views. A methodology ensures most every voter can agree on the path chosen, whether they ultimately agree with its policies. Naturally bi-partisan, Quantum Politics provides immediate resolution to the current problems that Americans care about the most. The result is getting domestic issues out of the way, a platform perfected upon inauguration. The purpose behind forcing domestic issues through "meat-grinder bi-partisan politics" is so that these United States are fully prepared for whatever disaster may lie ahead. Consider the threats like oil crisis, social security bankruptcy, economic winter, environmental calamity, immigration woes, health care dysfunction, and terrorist cells. Clearly, these are serious issues needing attention, and Americans are tired of the inaction on the part of lawmakers.
Reform is not merely a novel word. Reform presumes politicians will want to be honorable public servants, building on an ideology of hope. Applied Quantum Politics is not simply another gimmick because it is founded on the promise of hope. Applied Quantum Politics is a means finding common ground where none exists. Therefore, Quantum Political Reform is a battle cry against the onslaught of disastrous events that stand to diminish any effort to care about the needs Americans. Quantum Political Reform will make a difference in the lives of every American, because it dares to address domestic issues while there is still hope.
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What Is Quantum Politics
When one considers reform, there are many different angles to approach resolve from. However, some angles might be perceived as devises for backdoor political maneuvering. Reform is therefore equally volatile in the hands of power and must be preserved just as one would treat the Constitution or other heritage. A scholarly approach was needed so that there would be wider acceptance and keep propelling the desire for reformation. In order to preserve the momentum for reform, there needed to be rules that prevent unfair tampering with existing platforms.
Theodore Becker is well noted for dragging Einstein's Theory of Relativity and its notion of quantum physics over to the unlikely field of social-political constructs. Where the scientific community espouses how an atom can both be present and absent at the same time, quantum politics is similar by suggesting an ideology can become both liberal and conservative simultaneously. Mr. Becker addressed this topic from a purely theoretical standpoint, and practical examples of application have been generally lacking until now.
The basic idea behind Applied Quantum Politics is the belief where a political ideal can be simultaneously liberal and conservative in its inherent focus, encompassing the full political spectrum. To accomplish this, one must remove the objectionable components of a particular issue so that there is no friction to keep the opposing viewpoints polarized. It has been my observation that an estimated 80% of the time what remains after removing the moral dilemma will be amenable, and another 15% requires additional compromising, whereas the other 5% cannot be reconciled because the offensive component is the issue - being an issue of morality.
The best example of this process is the issue of stem cell research. The issue is divided because current scientific pursuits want to use unwanted embryos, where conservatives cite the destruction of human babies as equivalent to murder despite the gains envisioned from such medical advances. In order to remove the objection, embryos must not be used as a source of stem cell tissue supply. This begs the question as to whether another source exists, and one does not have to look far to discover umbilical cord blood contains stem cells as well. Thus if cord blood is used to harvest and catalog stem cells, the objection is removed and the moral offense dissipates. When the offense is removed, in this case through substitution, what remains ends up maintaining both liberal and conservative goals, and therefore exists in a state of quantum politics.
However, it was determined that substitution would not be always immediately evident. Rather than drawing conclusions directly from opinion, observations were made first of the social-political climate for hints of trends involving injustice, then guidelines were set in place to determine issues with the greatest need (in terms of humanitarian and health concerns, issues with benefits that have inverse relationship to consequence or inaction, and scientific advancement). Following that sequence, the next phase involved how to decipher what solutions work best (ideas supported by innovation to resolve existing loopholes and gaps in the current system without worsening their conditions or penalizing parties involved, the ability to glean benefits from viewpoints spread across both sides of the spectrum without conflict to other issues, and active promotion of fairness and amicable provisions for compromise).
Oftentimes, there were issues that remained unresolved even after applying these standards, due to some deeper issue than politics and another rule had to be devised. For issues that contained objectionable or moral components that offended another belief system by the inclusion or exclusion of specific values, and other tactics that forces division of political parties, only the absence of the offense would allow reform to take place (the moral components were removed and either substituted with an alternate solution or a Constitutional minimum was established until the issue could be resolved in the courts). These procedures provided the framework for every issue to be resolved by either an amicable solution, fair compromise exchange, or interim alternative. Essentially, this means problems that could not be resolved are now resolved, and issues that could not be agreed upon now have common ground. More specifically, the articles presented on the website are the motives behind the issues represented.
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About True Reform
Want Big Government? The argument over big government verses little government is little more than a trick question. This platform is not in favor of promoting the myth that size of government is the problem and therefore requiring a reversal of ideology that will ultimately become undone at the sound of the next battle cry. No matter the size of government, the agendas addressed in Congress can still miss the target of currently needed foreign and domestic issues. Legislation, for even the issues at hand, can reinvent new solutions provided by special interest groups instead of core constituency. Through the process of legislation, even the best intended bill can be eroded by political bargaining. The question whether government is too big needs to be appropriately discerned. Reform is the correct answer to provide fair Constitutional legislation and appropriate governmental practice.
Why reform American politics? It is the responsibility of the American people to protect our government by reforming it with balanced agendas. This presumes a fundamental need for government and its reform. To those who would want to shrink government to the point of chaos and at the expense of the Constitution, one must heed the warning that the pursuit of undermining the existing establishment will be the resurrection of barbaric regimes. Historically, absence of intervention has always created a power vacuum where personal interests will thrive. Even ancient cultures have recorded in their writings, “Without a king, everyone did what was right in their own eyes.” Corporations, assemblies, and individuals have all tested the legal systems of past and present by "seeing how much they can get away with", and government many times was the only entity capable of responding or restoring order. Due to human nature, absence or reduction of government below the minimal threshold society can endure is not going to be supported by extra citizen involvement, but revelry. A good example might be letting prisoners go free during hurricane Katrina for survival purposes and watching them end up looting. It is clear then, government intervention may be flawed but ultimately necessary to curb injustice, confusion, and chaos.
Now knowing how it is better to have government than its absence, a flawed political machine is not a real choice either. A reformed system would be better than keeping a flawed one, should that be viably possible. American government can improve, and has the means for incorporating reform within its political cogs, as provided by the Constitution: whether through representation or protest, new laws and amendments, watchdog organization oversight or executive administration to name a few. Of course, introduction of passive complaints to this mechanism of republic representation, such as Supreme Court cases, is not guaranteed a voice. If American government is going to improve at all, the smart choice would be to change the system from within using strategic internal pressure to get these rusted gears turning efficiently. And, that means reform.
The method for quantum reform has been applied to the following topics:
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Americans tend to be more pragmatic than their forbearers and political affiliations. Soccer Moms, Office Park Dads, and the Affluent Minority are creating new socio-political leanings where conservative and liberal views are melded together to meet the smorgasbord of interests that do not fit typical political choice. Our country has grappled over issues in times past relating to Circumstantial Evidence vs. Innocence, Constitution vs. Governing Powers, Morality-based Law vs. Illegalizing Sin, and now we are beginning to explore Reform over Bureaucracy. Consider how there is no current method for systematic re-paradigm of any institution. The burden of change on the human psyche never sufficiently accounts for the expected emotional response to change, and old ways are diehards until the next generation can retrain the institution that propagated yesteryear’s myth. When the change does take place, it typically becomes a pendulum swing into the opposite domain from the current spectrum because the former leaders were not open to engaging themselves in discussion.
The real questions is then, at what cost to our values are we prepared for compromise? The process to get to reform does not have to become a bitter pill, though. Government is vital to the control of public order, and governmental reform is both needed as well as attainable with bipartisan support. With careful observation, analysis and discussion, common ground can be reached. In many instances while debating what issues of reform to include here, either the objectionable components were removed or both polarized views were given much needed advances simultaneously. By stating what options exist for common ground, it is less likely to offend and the resistance to change becomes ill-prepared, leaving no cause for an all-out rebellion against the established political norm. Whether you agree completely or not with every detail of this publication, it is a step in the right direction toward unifying “Post 9/11 and Katrina disaster America”. Let this be your invitation to seek a nonpartisan agreement to topics in every area of politics.
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The intention of this work is merely to piece together balanced solutions that encompass both sides of American partisan debate into one discourse. This e-media treatise is merely a consolidation of those intentions: first observing an imbalance in government, and secondly providing partisan leadership with a better means for American government to help the Americans that they govern.
Americans desire a leader who is equipped to handle turbulent times and even cares about the people they serve. One may recall California's Energy Crisis, the bankruptcy of Enron, 9/11 attacks, Quecreek trapped coal miners, Columbia Space Shuttle disaster, Northeastern U.S. snowstorms and blackouts, California and Arizona Aspen Wildfires, Indian Ocean Tsunami, Federal Budget record deficit, Pre-Iraqi war CIA scandals, and Hurricane Katrina. Prior to these events, unprepared leadership slid under the radar of mediocrity and concentrated on making themselves look good. Not anymore. Now today's leaders have to resist getting broadsided by disaster, security, and issues of compassion. Our leaders will be tested whether they have the internal fortitude to hold their ground during any crisis. The goal here was to set in motion, not just recognition over the need for reform, but also a plausible solution.
Inside this are ideas for using umbilical cord stem cells, fair share of taxes, proxy jury selection, reduced economic recession, teacher performance reward, metric rounding, social security funding, and content media ratings. Not all of the ideas contained in this booklet are unique, as some sources are indicated where possible. Now, these political reforms are simply astounding because they are revolutionary solutions that has seniors, soccer moms, and office park dads buzzing about its presentation. There is only one unfunded program in the entire text: NASA. The remaining mandates are funded through a series of budget and tax reforms that include revenues from sources such as Internet Sales Tax, Carpool Tax, Smog Certification for Older Cars, not to mention switching from existing program funding or using corporate sponsorship/citizen involvement in other cases.
Education should cause understanding among the genders not curiosity, America should fund umbilical cord stem cell research instead of using the unborn as guinea pigs and form impartial coalitions to decrease teen pregnancies. Provide veterans and Indians better way of life in medicine and standard of living rather than postponing or ignoring their concerns. Revise job discrimination designations and create jobs for the homeless, remove welfare-to-work gaps, and reduce new cases of working homeless rather than costing the taxpayer in failed programs. Dr. Sam Sheppard, a former fugitive of justice wrongly accused, is an excellent example of how Preponderance of Innocence can be used to prevent unnecessary Death Penalty sentencing. To preserve the economy in times of emergency, the federal budget should include a Disaster Relief Fund while regulating future construction so those funds continue to go unused instead of not being prepared and making similar mistakes. It seems ridiculous to continue utilizing older energy technologies that continue to pollute as long as no incentive for elimination of waste or innovation exists, such as diesel-based co-generation. It is equally counterproductive for the EPA to require unnecessary use of paper and hostile seizure of property at the expense of the very species to be saved. Advanced fisheries are needed before restrictions can be imposed on over-fishing. Foreign Policy should be about saving lives, causing understanding and preserving culture, not about preemptive war while ignoring ethnic cleansing and stalling human rights. It is true that America should act on every intel it receives, but only eminent threats should declare war. It is true that third-world countries are ill-equipped to address human rights, yet progress can be mentored. It is not excusable to take the law into one’s own hands and force beliefs on another without consent, neither are gay communities and religious groups innocent of retaliation. Gays should have protection for civil rights available to every citizen, while protecting influence of minors. Regarding defense, America has incited offense partly from careless selfish acts performed by enlisted personnel when our troops should perform their duty as ambassadors. Gaps in the security of this country’s transportation and intelligence should be built up without infringing on privacy. Immigration should not be such a complex process that immigrants misunderstand, get separated from family, or get approved when supposed to be deported. It is incredulous how some citizens must pay more than 20% of their income in state and federal taxes, and those who make less than the poverty line are also included. To exacerbate the situation, loopholes allow people to fraud the government out of monies meant for farmers and claim terrorist activities as charitable donations. After certain aspects of the Patriot Act are rescinded, warrants meeting certain criteria and much of the jury selection process can and should be replaced with automation. When the Supreme Court makes decisions along political lines, it places distrust in their representation to discern the position of the Constitution, not to mention there is no expedient method for rescinding bad laws. Simple balanced budget reforms and Congressional term limits do not fully address lobbying contributions and qualified profession following political career, leaving legislation that will never pass by majority. Most presidential candidates are not economists and may not recognize something must be done now to shorten the highly probable economic winter approaching that could bankrupt Social Security before its predicted expiration (domino theory of economics). Tenure should not take precedence over the student environment. Teacher’s vacation time should be flexible. The entire educational system lacks options in its planning, leaving parents and disadvantaged students few alternatives. Guidelines for paying student loans are so rigid it causes default. Medical insurance is not affordable due to frivolous lawsuits, significant equipment costs, and few substitute markets. Indigents and convalescents typically are not privy to their own records and receive less than adequate care. FDA appears to approve untested drugs and genetically altered food upon significant lobbying by pharmaceuticals, but alternative therapies such as T-cells and Lorenzo’s Oil go unnoticed. NASA seems to find new ways to cause catastrophic events, yet should use one unit of measure, never regard any problem as simply a maintenance issue, and have a way to fix the error no matter the destination. The argument over oil dependence centers around Alaskan drilling, but should consider whether wildlife friendly structures can be erected. Also, even if America car makers were to go green, there are few pumps that accommodate the consumer and businesses. The Patriot Act was inscribed to protect the country against further incursions, but would become a public outcry in the hands of the wrong leader. Therefore, the secret riders should be repealed and search and seizure needs conditional provisions or expire altogether. Equality is a concept that eludes race and gender alike. Newscasters do not portray crime equally, neither do employers value transferable skills and intelligence equally in the job market. Religious issues are similar to equality without the presence of mutual respect for differences of belief. That respect must include the heritage of the founding fathers of this country, but it does not. Simple legal reforms can impose a gentle affirmation of our ancestral roots without conflicting the balance between church and state. When it comes to Social Security, those with income over a certain dollar amount should not receive benefits, and those that rely on it can be weaned off with guaranteed investments. It can be kept running with sound fiscal action. Outsourcing has affected the balance of trade, and is a concern if China and Japan discontinue buying American Treasury Bonds. At the same time, human rights violations go unpunished overseas and unions are getting weaker. Also, the unemployed should not be taxed. With the advent of inverted population pyramid, increase in trucking industry and foreign drivers, road rage is affecting vehicle safety exponentially and will continue to drive up insurance costs without regulation to encourage common courtesy. Railroads lack inspectors and toll roads cause congestion. Police in large cities are increasingly aiming at the wrong suspect, and acts of aggression in schools and the workplace certainly makes a good case for gun control, but any legislation must be precise to not infringe on individual rights. It has been said that entertainment is a first amendment right, yet law is able legislate protection of minors from its influences. In keeping with that precedent, a Content Rating System can restrict mature entertainment without imposing on one’s freedoms.
The views expressed here arrive at a balanced government using a delicate combination of reforms. Arriving at bi-partisan supported legislation throughout the political spectrum and diffusing hot topics through fairness is the difference behind this astonishing compilation. Finding common ground in this manner will assist the lawmaking process and resolve many domestic and foreign issues as never before.
What America needs right now is a man of action as president. As a leader of Generation X and a descendant of Declaration of Independence signer’s family, instinctively this saying rings most fitting: “Those who have the knowledge to rectify an injustice also have the responsibility to correct it.” It was from this conviction that to reform government bureaucracy was originally sought.
Let this election platform, and the political ideal it represents, cause you to ponder beyond mere party agendas and help guide your decisions in the upcoming 2008 presidential election. Get involved in the grassroots effort and support this political action committee, to help elect into political office the man that made these solutions. Contact RushForReform@aol.com or www.ABCsofReform.StephenRush.com for more information.
All the best,
Stephen L. Rush
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