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"Seeking The Greatest Good For The Greatest Number,
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by Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director - Internet Church Of Christ - LoveAllPeople.org
     "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall
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INTRODUCTION

Welcome to AMERICAN DEMOCRAT. This is a website of progressive policies, strategies, and ideas for the Democratic Party in the United States.

The purpose of this website is to prepare the Democratic Party to win their elections and to govern the Country correctly once again. This website presents a comprehensive, coherent, unified set of progressive policies and strategies which will prepare us to win our elections and to govern well after we have regained political control.

"Ideas rule the world." - (attributed to Plato). There is a huge competition of ideas going on now in this country and throughout the world. And the stakes are very high. The ideas which prevail will largely determine the future of the world. We hope to develop and present some of the very best ideas here, at this website.

Republicans in the United States have proven themselves to be incapable of governing properly when they held power. Everything they touched during the Bush/Cheney administration has turned to mud - the economy, the financial system, the deficit, the tax code with its outrageous favoritism toward the ultra-rich. And today's Tea Party People are even worse. They need to be marginalized and disempowered.

But the Democratic party has been fumbling around aimlessly, crippled by its so-called "Moderate" wing; and the people may not yet think the Democrats are ready to govern, either.We hope that this website will help to get the Democratic Party "ready for prime time" once again.

This is a completely independent website, written and maintained by Rev. Bill McGinnis, who is Director of Internet Church Of Christ - LoveAllPeople.org. It is part of Bill McGinnis Internet, which is a "tax-paying, profit-making, free-speech business." Our fundamental beliefs and values are described at our website Big World View, so you can see them clearly, without any pretense or deception.. These beliefs and values influence everything we do.

All people are welcome here, no matter who you are what what you are trying to do. Even if you are our most determined foe, you are nevertheless welcome here, in the hope that some of our ideas may rub off on you and help you make a change for the better in your political life.

Blessings to you. May God help us all.

                Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director
                LoveAllPeople.org
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A. Policies, Strategies, And Ideas For American Democrats

(1) Capture and hold the high moral ground.
    "Always seek to know the truth, wherever it may lea

(2) Always try to achieve "The Greatest Good For The Greatest Number, 
    With Basic Rights For All." APPLY THIS RULE TO ALL POLICIES.

(3) Marginalize both the Ultra-Right and the Ultra-Left. Govern from 
    the pragmatic Left of Center, where the true heart of America is 
    located. (Just like in your body: your heart is left of center.)

(4) Expose and repudiate the disastrous policies of the Bush-Cheney administration and their
    Ultra-Right supporters.

(5) Co-operate with the very few moderate Republicans to get things done; but 
    strongly oppose the Ultra-Right.

(6) After we regain control of Congress, re-establish a bi-partisan 
    foreign policy, based on "The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights"
    and justice for all people.

(7) Finish up this idiot  war in Iraq, which should never have happened, and withdraw our forces completely,
    allowing the Iraqis to run their own country. 

(8) Oppose  unregulated "Free Trade" and "Predatory Capitalism" at home 
    and abroad.

1. Capture And Hold The High Moral Ground
These are the values we should embrace and profess.

(a) - We believe in one God, Who created all things - God gives us freedom of religion, to worship Him however we choose, or not at all, as our conscience directs us. Religion shapes our values, and our values determine our goals and our actions. Therefore it is both impossible and unwise to ignore our religious beliefs in our political life. However, if we hold an official position in Government, and our personal religious beliefs conflict with the laws of the Government, we will follow and enforce the laws of the Government. We recognize and accept the the facts that most of us are Christians, but some of us are not Christians; and that all of us need to work together for the benefit of our Country.

(b) - We believe in a day of judgment, when we must give an account of our life to God - This belief keeps us on the right track in life. Because we believe this, we try to avoid all personal wrongdoing, knowing that we will have to explain it to God on the day of judgment. However, if we hold an official position in Government, and our personal religious beliefs conflict with the laws of the Government, we will follow and enforce the laws of the Government. We trust that this is what God wants us to do in these situations.

(c) - We "Always Seek To Know The Truth, Wherever It May Lead" In the Bible, Jesus teaches us always to seek the truth, because the truth will make us free. (John 8:32). "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Most other religions and ethical systems also teach the importance of seeking the truth. We categorically reject the idea that we should ever lie to the People for any reason, or try to deceive them in any way.

Even if you have no belief in God, it is still necessary to seek and find the truth, because "Truth is to reason as magnetic North is to navigation." If some of the compasses in the world failed to point to magnetic North, how could navigation take place? The false readings would cause total chaos, and ships and airplances would be crashing into each other. Likewise for truth: if people base their rational decisions on falsehood, they get chaotic bad results, like this idiot war in Iraq. Also see www.loveallpeople.org/truthandlies.html)

(d) - We try to follow The Golden Rule as our basic code of ethics. "Treat others as you would like to be treated." The Golden Rule is a part of, or compatible with, all major religions and ethical systems worldwide. It is a reliable guide for all human behavior, and we try to promote it as a basic American value. (Also see => www.loveallpeople.org/golden.html)

(e) - We recognize that the Golden Rule is the foundation of Democracy, because the Golden Rule directs us to give the same power to others as we would like to have for ourselves, namely, the power to make decisions in matters affecting our lives. How much power? The same as we have ourselves, and this leads immediately to the idea of "one person, one vote," with all votes being of equal weight. So, Democracy is the natural result of applying the Golden Rule to the question: "What kind of government should we have?" Similarly, the Golden Rule leads directly to the idea of equality of all people under the law. (Also see => www.patriot.net/users/bmcgin/foundationofdemocracy.txt)

(f) - We recognize that the Golden Rule leads us to seek "The Greatest Good For The Greatest Number, With Basic Rights For All." - "TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED." - When it is applied to Politics, the Golden Rule leads to policies which create "The Greatest Good For The Greatest Number, With Basic Rights For All." Thus, total good is maximized and none are denied their basic rights in life. This is a perfect formula for happiness and social stability anywhere! And this should be our basic guideline for all policy: "The Greatest Good For The Greatest Number, With Basic Rights For All."

(g) - We Oppose Torture Everywhere, For Any Reason. - "Everywhere, in every case, in any form, for any reason." Torture is totally wrong, completely against the will of God. It is the exact oppposite of God's one law for everyone, which is "Love all people as yourself." Torture grossly violates the Golden Rule, "Treat others as you would like to be treated," which is the almost-universal ethical standard for the world. Moreover, torture of prisoners is a bad way to get true information because people will tell you anything you want to hear, just to stop the pain. Then, you take action based on false information, and the result is worse than if you had done nothing. (This fact demolishes the so-called "Ticking Bomb" justification for torture.) Furthermore, if we torture theirs, they will surely torture ours. So our guiding principle should be, "Don't do to theirs what we don't want done to ours." Also, once you open the door to torture, for any reason, you invite a horde of other unexpected depraved activities to occur, such as the sado-sexual crimes at Abu Ghraib and other places. We should also recognize the fact that some people desire to torture others simply to inflict pain, either for revenge or for sick sexual thrills, as in Abu Ghraib. For them, "obtaining information" is just an excuse to torture. Finally, it is completely against hundreds of years of American policy and tradition. We are supposed to be the good guys. We must not follow the brutal example set by some other people. Torture must always be unacceptable for us, in every case. (For details please see => www.loveallpeople.org/anti-torture.html)

Please also see John Stuart Mill's classic essay, "The Utility of Religion."

2. Always Try To Achieve "The Greatest Good For The Greatest Number, With Basic Rights For All." APPLY THIS RULE TO ALL POLICIES.

- Nobody left rotting in the street, like in New Orleans after Katrina.

Now we apply this rule to some major areas of policy: - TERRORISM - WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION - PROMOTING DEMOCRACY, PEACE, AND SECURITY - OUR MILITARY FORCES - ENERGY - DISASTER PREVENTION AND RESPONSE - JOBS AND EMPLOYMENT - DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH AND INCOME - HEALTH CARE - EDUCATION - THE ENVIRONMENT - THE AMERICAN COMMUNITY.

(a) - TERRORISM - Our broad objective is to live at peace with all people. We cannot stop terrorism by killing the terrorists (and everyone else nearby), because that only radicalizes the moderates and pushes them, too, into becoming active terrorists. This makes the problem worse, not better.We cannot convert the hard-core, because they are too far gone. What we can do, however, is to give the moderates a stake in maintaining the status quo, so they do not provide help to the hard core. Also, we try to reduce the level of anger and resentment felt by the moderates. Basically there is not one in a hundred Muslims who thinks we are right in our middle east policy, particularly regarding our unqualified support for everything Israel wants to do, right or wrong. Not one in a hundred. I've talked talked to several hundred, and never found even one who thought we were right. There is some hope for us in the Qur'an. Muslims are not supposed to kill people who believe in Allah and the last day. That means God and judgment day. The hard core doesn't care about that, because they think everyone is guilty but themselves. The moderates do care, however, and the more we demonstrate a recognition and respect for God, the less willing they are to help the hard core kill us. There is much more to it than this. Please see my websites at http://www.loveallpeople.org/antiterrorist.html and http://www.loveallpeople.org/homelanddefender.html.


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Partially Updated June 29, 2011
NOTE: Update is not yet complete.

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More coming soon. Page will be at Policy - Terrorism

(b) - WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION - Our objective here is to keep WMD's out of the hands of people who might use them to do something bad. The United Nations would have been the perfect mechanism to make this happen, right after World War II. The five permanent members of the Security Council are USA, Britain, France, Russia, and China. These were also the first five countries to obtain nuclear weapons. We should have frozen it at that point, not allowing any other countries to get them, or any other WMD's. As the legitimate winners of World War II, these five countries did have the moral right to impose their will on the rest of the world, under the doctrine, "To the winners go the spoils." That's why they set themselves up as the only permanent members of the Security Council. We may still be able to do this. It would involving disarming Israel, India, Pakistan, and maybe some others. It might still be possible to do this. Otherwise? Who knows . . . I would be inclined to try it.

More coming soon. Page will be at Policy - Weapons Of Mass Destruction

(c) - PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS, PEACE, AND SECURITY - Our broad objective here is to maximize the happiness and well-being of all people. Democracy in some form is one way to do this, but not the only way. Democracy is not an end in itself, but a means to the end of government by consent of the people. Thomas Jefferson expressed it perfectly in the Preamble to the Declaration Of Independence, where he said people should establish their government by "laying its foundations on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." Source: U. S. Declaration Of Independence To me, this means "Self-Determination," not necessarily Democracy. It might possibly be that some Muslim-majority areas would prefer to choose a Caliph and follow the Qur'an as their Constitution. If so, it should be their right to do so.

Please also see our Institute For Democratic Procedures

More coming soon. Page will be at Policy - Human Rights, Peace, and Security

(d) - OUR MILITARY FORCES -

This whole subject needs to be completely re-examined.

More coming soon. Page will be at Policy - Our Military Forces

(e) - ENERGY - After all the rhetoric and emotionalism has passed away, there are two clear energy forms which allow us to be self-sufficient, efficient, and clean. And those two are nuclear - for heavy-duty, fixed location applications; and hydrogen - for portable applications such as automobiles. With nuclear, powered by uranium, we make electricity, at large centralized facilities. Then, with electricity plus water, we make hydrogen. We have abundant supplies of water and uranium. Therefore, we can surely have an abundant supply of electricity and hydrogen. Automobile engines can be made to run on hydrogen and/or electricity. The only remaining problems are power distribution problems, and these can be worked out. Minor forms, such as solar and wind, are not really a factor in the big picture. We should concentrate on nuclear and hydrogen.

More coming soon. Page will be at Policy - Energy

(f) - DISASTER PREVENTION AND RESPONSE - We observe that the Bush administration ignored the many warnings and allowed the disastrous 9/11 attacks to occur. Similarly, the Bush administration responded weakly to the disastrous flooding in New Orleans following Katrina. So we see that both disaster prevention and response need to be improved. We know that the Ultra Right dislikes Public programs of all kinds, and tries to cut their budgets. So we should not be surprised that FEMA was not ready.

More coming soon. Page will be at Policy - Disaster Prevention And Response

(g) - JOBS AND EMPLOYMENT - We observe that some of our best jobs are now leaving this country and moving to less-expensive labor markets; and we recognize that this trend will grow even greater as long as unregulated "Free Trade" permits profit-seeking corporations to hire and fire whomever they please, with no accountability to any political authority.

More coming soon. Page will be at at Policy - Jobs And employment

(h) - DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH AND INCOME - We observe that the rich are getting richer, while everyone else falls behind; and we recognize this as the natural consequence of Predatory Capitalism at work here. The remedy for this injustice is to establish wise and reasonable regulations for corporations, coupled with needed changes in the income tax structure.

More coming soon. Page will be at Policy - Distribution Of Wealth And Income

(i) - HEALTH CARE - We observe that health care costs continue to rise as a percentage of income, even while the percentage of people covered by health insurance continues to drop. We find that more and more people are getting hooked on certain medications for the rest of their life, even while television ads for prescription medications are everywhere. This is a natural result of privatization, deregulation, and unrestrained profit-seeking by pharmaceutical corporations.

Please also see our pages on Predatory Capitalism and the twin frauds of Privatization and Deregulation

More coming soon. Page will be at Policy - Health Care

(j) - EDUCATION - We know that the Ultra Right dislikes Public programs of all kinds, preferring to privatize everything. And we know that the Ultra Right dislikes Public Schools in particular. So we should not be surprised that our Public Schools are struggling under their neglect. Please also see our pages on Predatory Capitalism and the twin frauds of Privatization and Deregulation

More coming soon. Page will be at Policy - Education

(k) - THE ENVIRONMENT - The Ultra Right hates Government regulations of all kinds, particularly those that cost big money, such as environmental regulations. Therefore nobody should be surprised to see the general trashing of our environment under the Bush administration. Please also see our pages on Predatory Capitalism and the twin frauds of Privatization and Deregulation

More coming soon. Page will be at Policy - The Environment

(l) - THE AMERICAN COMMUNITY - Not so many years ago (mid 1950's), there used to be a broad set of cultural values shared by most people in the USA, summarized by the phrase, "Truth, justice, and the American way," and embodied in the comic-book hero, Superman. During this same time, basic Christian religious values were being taught in the public schools - and promoted in other public places - legally and quite openly. There were relatively few choices in radio and TV programming, so most people were exposed to the same cultural content. And this content was carefully regulated, in the Public Interest, by the Federal Communications Commission, and highly moral by today's sewer-like standards. Abortions were illegal and hard to get, and birth-control pills had not yet been invented. Unwanted pregnancy was a life-breaker, so there was far, far less unmarried sexual intercourse than there is today. Most couples stayed married, and women with children stayed home for the day, so unsupervised houses were mostly unavailable for teenaged lovemaking. And you had to prove you were married to get a hotel room.

Now, this seems to be gone forever, replaced by a culture of "every man for himself" and "every group for itself," with almost no limits on personal behavior. Trying to teach morality without religion, or at least a recognition of God (or some other punishment/reward mechanism, such as Karma), is a very difficult thing to do, because the question always arises: "If there is no God, then why shouldn't I do anything I want, as long as I don't get caught?" And there is no convincing reason why not, if there is no God and no feeling of accountability to God. And we wonder why society seems to be breaking apart . . .

More coming soon. Page will be at Policy - The American Community

References:

Democratic Party Platform - 2004
Republican Party Platform - 2004
Green Party Platform - 2004
Libertarian Party Platform - 2004
Vermont Progressive Party - Statement Of Principles
Socialist Workers Party Platform - 2005

3. Marginalize Both The Ultra-Right And The Ultra-Left.

The Neo-Fascists (ultra-right) and the Neo-Communists (ultra-left) are both wrong . Their proper role is to illuminate the outer limits of policy and opinion, not to govern. Both extremes are useful, helpful, and entertaining to the country. But neither extreme is capable of good government, because they ignore mainstream values and leave too many people out. We must be "Progressive Democrats," positioned nicely to the left of Center, where the true heart of America is, and where God wants us to be.

4. Isolate And Expose The Disastrous Bush-Cheney Administration And Their Ultra-Right Supporters, Including Specifically John McCain.

We Consider George W. Bush and his Ultra-Right supporters to be deeply irresponsible in the following areas:

(a) - Social Security - The reckless changes he tried but failed to enact were Deeply Irresponsible, because they would have needlessly endangered one of the most successful government programs ever devised, all for the sake of appeasing his anti-government friends.

(b) - FEMA and Katrina -A bad appointment to be head of FEMA, plus sloppy oversight, led to a needless disaster when Katrina came along. This was Deeply Irresponsible.

(c) - The 9/11 Attacks - By disregarding all the warnings, he made it possible for the 9/11 attacks to occur. This was Deeply Irresponsible.

(d) - Tort Reform - He is trying to change the laws so that when someone is badly injured because of a corporation's negligence, it will be very difficult to sue. This is Deeply Irresponsible.

(e) - Tax Policy - Huge tax giveaways to the very rich, while borrowing more money to pay the bills: this is Deeply Irresponsible.

(f) - Privatization of Everything - This takes ownership and economic power away from the people and gives it to the corporations, all in the name of supposed "efficiency." It converts Public to Private. Deeply Irresponsible.

(g) - Deregulation of Everything - By throwing out necessary regulations, he destroys all structure in competition. Thus the corporations run free to do anything they want. And our economy turns into one big street fight, where the most powerful corporations always win everything, and everybody else loses. Deeply Irresponsible.

(h) - The War In Iraq - A big mistake. The stupidest thing this country has ever done. Saddam was totally under control and had already destroyed his weapons, as the Bush administration must have known but chose to disregard. Conceived in delusion, justified by lies, begun without planning, botched on all levels: this war may never end. Needless, reckless, murderous, illegal, immoral, inherently wrong - Deeply Irresponsible.

Please Also see www.DeeplyIrresponsible.com

5. Co-operate With Moderate Republicans To Get Things Done; But Strongly Oppose The Ultra-Right.

6. Re-Establish A Bi-partisan Foreign Policy, Based On "The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights" And Justice For All People.

Universal Declaration Of Human Rights

Source of text: http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html

7. De-Authorize The War In Iraq, And Withdraw Completely, Allowing The Iraquis To Run Their Own Country.

Please see my press release, A Clear and Simple Plan For Getting Out of This Idiot War in Iraq. also see => www.loveallpeople.org/truthandlies.html)

Recognize that serious opposition will arise from the Israel Lobby, which worked very hard to start this war, is delighted that its perpetual enemy Iraq is going up in flames, and hopes that U. S. forces remain in Iraq forever. (In my opinion.) And if you plan to say anything whatsoever against Israel, you should also see my text file => "If they call you an anti-Semite, what should you do?"

To see my posted messages about the War in Iraq,
please click HERE! and HERE!

8. Oppose Unregulated "Free Trade" And "Predatory Capitalism" At Home And Abroad

(a) - We oppose unregulated "Free Trade." - "Free Trade" is a pretty name for the ugly economic policy of murderous, dog-eat-dog, unregulated, cut-throat competition, in which the most powerful profit-seeking corporations join together to crush everyone else; and eventually, piece-by-piece, they gain ownership or control over all the economic resources in the world. (For more, click => www.loveallpeople.org/tragicfreetrade.html)

(b) - We oppose "Predatory Capitalism." - "Predatory Capitalism" is what happens when corporations go unregulated. Unregulated profit-seeking corporations cannot be trusted to protect the Public, because their main objective is to make profits, not to be a do-gooder for the Public. Whenever profit-making conflicts with the Public interest, profit-making wins! (Please also see our pages on Predatory Capitalism and the twin frauds of Privatization and Deregulation.)

Therefore we support wise and reasonable regulation of international trade and profit-seeking corporations.

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