FOR DEAN & COMPANY
Republicans keep referring to Democrats as "obstructionist," implying
that the minority party doesn't really have any ideas for changing the
status quo. I think this does them a disservice. If they'd known about
John Kerry's Yale grades beforehand, they might have picked a standard
bearer more adept with words than George W. Bush. And since the
election, it may be the case that the Democrats have been too caught up
in their anti-Bush emotions and rhetoric to articulate a set of
proposals for definitive action, but that doesn't mean they can't be
articulated. All that's required is to draw some logical inferences
from the views consistently espoused by those who speak for the party
and convert them into an agenda that could be presented to the voters
in the next two elections.
Here's a first draft of what such an agenda might look like in several
broad areas of policy:
If the American people vote to return Democrats to a majority in the Senate and House and to the
1. The Democrat Party will immediately pass legislation making it
illegal for any American troops to serve as instruments of national
imperialism in any way whatsoever. All U.S. troops presently serving
overseas will be brought home immediately and put to work rebuilding
the infrastructure of our impoverished inner cities.
2. The Democrat Party will immediately pass legislation declaring an
end to the illegal and undeclared War on Terror. Further, legislation
will be passed to ensure appropriate reparations to all nations and
demographic constituencies who have been victimized by American
bombing, troop actions, prisoner abuse and humiliation, U.N.
resolutions, and domestic and international propaganda efforts.
3. The Democrat Party will immediately nominate and assure the approval
of a U.N. ambassador who will work tirelessly to repair the damage done
to America's reputation abroad by the current administration's
unilateral efforts to conquer alleged enemies, overthrow alleged
tyrants, and undermine international efforts to secure a more fair and
equal distribution of the world's wealth.
4. The Democrat party will immediately nominate Former President Jimmy
Carter as a cabinet-level Ambassador-at-Large-for-Life to
negotiate mutually acceptable peace terms with North Korea, Iran, al
Qaida, and the Palestinian people, including terms for ending the
illegal occupation of Palestinian lands and for executing the prompt
relocation of Jewish people from Palestine to other countries,
including the United States and our closest allies, such as France,
Germany, and Russia. Mr. Carter will be specifically chartered to
conduct all negotiations in a spirit of true tolerance for the cultural
traditions of other countries and their historical mistreatment by the
United States of America.
5. The Democrat Party will immediately pass legislation authorizing the
World Court in the Hague to begin war crimes proceedings against all
U.S. government and military personnel who have been complicit in the
undeclared war on terror and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
1. The Democrat Party will immediately pass legislation creating a new
commission to identify the perpetrators and/or accomplices in the
September 11, 2001 attack on New York during the period of time between
January 2000 and October 2001. All those identified and proven
complicit by the commission will be prosecuted and punished to the
fullest extent of the law, including George W. Bush, Condoleeza Rice,
Donald Rumsfeld, and their aides and representatives.
2. The Democrat Party will immediately triple the budget for 'first
responders' to domestic attacks by aggrieved foreign constituencies,
including the first ever budget for education and sensitivity training
to prevent the possibility of hostility or acts of revenge by American
victims of such attacks. All Americans must understand and accept the
abiding rights of other peoples and civilizations to freely express
their resentments against their historical oppressors. This initiative,
combined with the Carter initiative to negotiate a peaceful resolution
with al Qaida, should speedily end the irrational aspects of
international relations which have fueled the cycle of violence.
3. The Democrat Party will pass legislation to reduce the military
budget of the United States by 90 percent. This will preclude the
possibility of inadvertent provocation of other foreign nations and
constituencies by the fact of American military power, reinforce the
importance of diplomatic negotiations as the only appropriate road to
peace, and vastly reduce the federal budget deficit created by the
4. The Democrat Party will pass an employment bill guaranteeing minimum
wage jobs to all unemployed Americans and undocumented aliens as security guards at nuclear
power plants, chemical plants, truck depots, shipping docks, and other
facilities which might be targeted by foreign insurgents prior to the
attainment of lasting peace. Any American citizens killed while so
employed will receive compensation equal to that received by civilian
victims of the September 11, 2001, tragedy.
1. The Democrat Party will immediately pass legislation raising the
minimum wage to a level equaling the minimum annual income of the
nation's highest tax bracket, thus eliminating the nation's recent
history of giving tax breaks to the rich at the expense of the poor.
Any increases in revenue associated with this legislation will be used
to guarantee the continuation in perpetuity of the current social
security system, as well as to radically refund affirmative action
programs designed to offset any new disparity between rich and poor,
and to finance reparations from the federal government to
African-Americans, Arab-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Native
Americans, women, and Undocumented Aliens -- all of whom have created
wealth for the rich without being fairly compensated in the past.
2. The Democrat Party will immediately pass legislation creating a
single-payer national health care system, so that Americans can finally
enjoy the unparalleled benefits of the health care enjoyed in such
countries as Canada, the United Kingdom, and France, where all share
equally in such attributes as access and expertise, as well as delays
1. The Democrat Party will immediately pass legislation banning all new
domestic oil exploration and requiring automotive and energy companies
to find a replacement for petroleum-based fuels in 12 months.
2. The Democrat Party will immediately pass legislation endorsing the
Kyoto Protocols, so that the ensuing worldwide economic slowdown will
be shared equally with Europe and Asia, thus forestalling the potential
for military and diplomatic conflicts arising from inequity.
1. The Democrat Party will immediately pass legislation to realize the
historical dream of Franklin Delano Roosevelt for a Supreme Court
consisting of 12 justices. All subsequent nominations to the Court will
dispense with the Republican litmus test on abortion and will instead
focus on the highest principles of constitutional justice, such as the
need to continuously rehabilitate the obsolete verbiage of 18th century
slaveowners with the more enlightened judicial principles practiced by
our closest allies, such as France, Germany, and France.
2. The Democrat Party will immediately pass legislation extending legal
protections afforded American citizens under the U.S. Constitution to
all living human beings on earth, without exception.
1. The Democrat Party will immediately pass legislation banning all
forms of voter registration as intrinsically discriminatory against the
poor and uneducated. In future, voters may vote where, when, and as
often as they choose during the entire month of November, and all
disputes will be resolved by the new, larger, and more democratic
Supreme Court, thus ensuring that every voter's voice is counted.
2. The Democrat Party will immediately pass legislation creating
a commission of our country's most prestigious academicians to
develop standards for the politically correct use of the First
Amendment, thus ensuring that our national political discourse will no
longer be impeded or diverted by language insulting to disadvantaged
minorities, including women, African-Americans, Arab-Americans, Native
Americans, undocumented illegals, and so-called "liberals." The
recommendations of this commission will be enacted immediately after
the swearing in of the new Supreme Court.
3. Immediately after the signing of the political reform act described
above, the Democrat Party will pass a series of special
reform measures banning the Fox News Channel, political talk radio,
political abuse of the internet, and the participation of any avowedly
religious persons in the political process, with the exception of
muslims, hindus, buddhists, taoists, new age spiritualists, wiccans,
and some Jews.
I think it's a good start. Did I leave anything out?