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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Forty-One Reforms That Most Third Party Supporters Can Agree On
1. Improve ballot
access for third parties, through multi-party primaries and ranked preferential
2. Revoke the
Commission on Presidential Debates’s charter, restoring host status to the
League of Women Voters.
3. Pass measures
that improve voters’ ability to access voter I.D. documents, register to vote,
and access polls.
comprehensive measures against voter fraud and election fraud in all
5. Urge all
states to implement mail-in voting and same-day voter registration, and count
all absentee ballots.
6. Pass campaign
finance reform, potentially through passing a federal law overturning Citizens
7. Shrink the
number of government contractors, and abolish excessive and duplicative units
of local government.
8. Restore the 10th Amendment;
and decentralize, localize, subsidiarize, & strictly limit the size and
scope of gov’t.
9. Abolish the
U.S. Senate, reform the Electoral College, and / or convert to a unicameral
10. Call for a
constitutional convention, as long as one can be held without putting the Bill
of Rights at risk.
11. Establish an
all-volunteer military, by abolishing the draft, and ending mandatory Selective
12. Amend the 2nd Amendment to protect
conscientious objection, and prohibit mandatory civil service programs.
13. Bring the troops
(& bases) home from Iraq and Afghanistan; draw down troops in Germany,
South Korea, Japan.
14. Prohibit “enhanced
interrogation” (torture), and extrajudicial killings of enemy combatants, and
15. End domestic
surveillance and warrantless wiretaps (spying), abolish the N.S.A., &
restructure security apparati.
16. Cut all foreign aid:
Cut, end, and abolish the disbursement of U.S. federal aid moneys to foreign
17. Legally mandate
balanced budgets in all jurisdictions, and pass a federal Balanced Budget
18. Audit the Federal
Reserve System annually, allow votes to abolish the Fed, return it to
19. Require publicly
announced local supermajority votes to pass property tax increases (and cut
20. Decrease reliance on
income taxes, end double taxation of income, and repeal the 16th Amendment.
21. Allow states to
experiment with split-rate taxation, Land Value Taxation, and citizens’
dividends or U.B.I.G.s.
22. Shrink the executive
branch, limit the power of the president to write law and wage war, &
23. Pass term limits for
members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, and the state
24. Reform congressional
by-laws to protect supermajoritarianism from parliamentary procedural tricks.
25. End U.S. Supreme
Court justices’ lifetime appointments, and pass other federal and state
judicial term limits.
26. Create a Tenth
District federal Circuit Court of Appeals, by splitting the Ninth District into
27. Support legislation
to abolish the death penalty, and commute death sentences to life, in all
28. Repeal statutes of
limitations on all felonies and all corpus delicti crimes,
especially for sexual assaults.
29. Enhance jurors’ and
accuseds’ rights, by abolishing civil asset forfeiture, and normalizing jury
30. Reverse the militarization
of local police forces, by altering or abolishing the 1997 N.D.A.A.’s 1033
31. Repeal federal mandatory minimum sentencing
guidelines (especially in drugs and victimless crime cases).
32. Decriminalize and
normalize - or legalize, tax, and regulate - cannabis, hemp, and other
33. Repeal legal
barriers to importing legal and unregulated drugs from overseas, & trying
34. In 45 states,
legalize the interstate purchase of health insurance policies which are
compliant with state law.
35. Repeal the federal
tax credit for employer-provided health insurance plans (or extend the tax
credit to all).
36. Abolish the U.S.
federal Department of Commerce (abolishing all taxpayer-funded supports for
37. Amend Section 9 of
the 1935 federal Wagner Act so as to allow dual-unionist, minority-unionist,
and members-only collective bargaining.
N.A.F.T.A. in a manner which protects the ecology and indigenous peoples, while
lowering barriers to trade.
39. Prohibit infanticide
in all jurisdictions, and in all jurisdictions prosecute partial birth abortion
as infanticide. 40. Pass comprehensive reform of family courts and family law,
potentially including the reform, investigation, and/or abolition of Child
Protective Services agencies.
41. Pass constitutional
amendments after building national consensus regarding age requirements for
consent to sex, marriage, and contract; driving and car rental; purchase of
tobacco and alcohol, and eligibility for public office.
Originally Written and Published on September 20th, 2017 Edited and Expanded on September 24th, 2017