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Justice Democrats Platform

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Padawanbater2, Feb 2, 2017.


    Padawanbater2 Well-Known Member


    Pass a constitutional amendment to put an end to Washington corruption and bring about election reform. Super PACs should be banned, private donations to politicians and campaigns should be banned, and a clean public financing system should be implemented to end the takeover of our government by corporations and billionaires. Americans deserve free and fair elections – free from the corruption of big money donors. The Supreme Court has effectively legalized bribery. It’s time for an Article 5 convention to take our democracy back from the brink of oligarchy. Prior to passing this amendment, all members of the Justice Party should reject billionaire and corporate donations when running for office to show the American people we don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk. Ranked choice voting should also be implemented to make smaller parties a viable option. All provisions of the voting rights act should be reinstated, and gerrymandering for partisan gain should be banned.

    Re-regulate Wall Street and hold white-collar criminals accountable. Despite engaging in systemic fraud and causing a subprime mortgage meltdown and the great recession, you can count the people from Wall Street who are in prison for their crimes on one hand. It’s time to prosecute the criminals, bring back Glass-Steagall, and re-regulate Wall Street to prevent another crash. Prison is not just for the poor and the middle class anymore. We will have cops on Wall Street, not just Main Street.

    End billionaire and corporate tax dodging, fix the system to benefit middle-class and poor people. Corporations dodge $450 billion a year in taxes by using offshore tax havens. We should end this injustice, as well as chain the capital gains tax to the income tax, increase the estate tax, and implement the Buffet rule so that no millionaire CEO pays less in taxes than his or her secretary. It’s time for a tax system that benefits the middle-class and the poor, and makes the top 1% and multinational corporations pay their fair share.

    Defend free speech and expression. We support the right to express unpopular opinions without fear of censorship. We support free speech on college campuses. The marketplace of ideas should be embraced. A vibrant debate is healthy for democracy, and we should cherish our first amendment. We also support net neutrality for a free and open internet.

    Oppose bigotry. We must speak out against racism, sexism, xenophobia, and all forms of bigotry. Non-discrimination protections that currently apply to race, religion, and gender should be expanded to include the LGBTQ community and the atheist community. Making all Americans equal is not asking for special privileges, it’s asking for the rule of law – justice and equality for all as outlined in the United States Constitution.

    Make the minimum wage a living wage and tie it to inflation. This is about justice and basic human decency. If you work hard and you work full time you shouldn’t live in poverty.

    Ensure universal healthcare as a right. The United States should catch up to every other modern nation and implement a single-payer, medicare-for-all system. There’s no reason we can’t be #1 in the world instead of #37. It’s time to end the destruction of American healthcare by rapacious, price gouging, for-profit, private health insurance middlemen.

    Ensure universal education as a right. Educating the citizenry of a nation pays dividends in the long run, with the economy getting back much more than is initially put in. Crushing student debt for higher education would no longer burden young men and women trying to improve their lives through hard work. We should strive to have the best education system in the world.

    End unnecessary wars and nation building. The United States maintains 800 military bases worldwide at a cost of $100 billion a year, this is money that can be spent at home creating jobs, rebuilding infrastructure, and investing in the future of the people. The disastrous war in Iraq cost trillions, the war in Afghanistan is 15 years in with no end in sight, and we’re currently bombing 7 different countries. We spend more on our military than the next 8 countries combined. Despite countless lives lost and destroyed, terrorism has only gotten worse. It’s time to end the wars and the perverse monetary-incentive structure that makes politicians flippant about sending young men and women to die. Unilateral U.S. military force should only be used as a last resort to defend the nation. The current budget could be cut drastically if we used our department of defense for what it was intended – defending us, instead of waging interventionist wars.

    End the failed war on drugs. The goal is legalization, taxation, and regulation. Prohibition only makes drug cartels more powerful, increases crime, and makes drugs more dangerous due to lack of enforced safety standards. What you put in your body is your own business, and your right. A free society should allow individuals to make their own choices about their bodies. While most users are recreational and moderate, rehabilitation and treatment should be available for people struggling with addiction. Additionally, those serving time for non-violent drug offenses should be pardoned.

    Create the new new deal. Our infrastructure gets a grade of D from the Society of Civil Engineers. The government should invest billions in rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges, schools, levees, airports etc. There’s no reason why we can’t have the world’s #1 infrastructure.

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    Padawanbater2 Well-Known Member

    Create the renewable energy revolution. Scientists are sounding the alarm on climate change. In order to avoid the worst case scenario and a dystopian future we need a massive green revolution. It’s time to drastically and immediately move away from fossil fuels and develop the technologies of the future. This will be a giant boon to both the private and public sector, as well as a necessary response to a global crisis. We can and we must be #1 in sustainable energy production in the world.

    Block the TPP and all outsourcing deals that will further damage the middle-class. As a result of NAFTA, CAFTA, PNTR with China and the WTO, Americans have lost millions of decent paying jobs. It’s time to end the race to the bottom and renegotiate these rigged deals that only benefit elites. We should not sacrifice our sovereignty, the only people who are allowed to make laws for the United States should be the American people, not multinational corporations.

    End Constitutional overreaches. Ban the NSA from bulk data-collection and warrantless spying. Shut down Guantanamo Bay and all extrajudicial prisons. Prosecute torturers and those who violated the Geneva Conventions, Nuremberg Tribunal, International law and US law. Return habeas corpus and due process. Pardon whistleblowers like Edward Snowden. We shouldn’t be leading from behind on human rights, we must be the home of liberty. We should practice the values we preach.

    Ban arming human rights violators. We recently gave Saudi Arabia billions in weapons and watched the civilian death toll in their vicious bombing campaign in Yemen tick up. We continue sending Egypt arms as they violently crack down on peaceful protesters. Israel received $38 billion in aid and promptly announced new settlements. The first step to peace is not enabling nations who regularly violate international law. We must be bold enough to stand up to human rights violators who aren’t just our enemies, but our allies. We don’t weaken our allies by holding them accountable, we strengthen them.

    Enact common-sense gun regulation. 92% of Americans want expanded background checks, 54% want a ban on assault weapons, and 54% want a ban on high capacity magazines. This should be implemented along with a federal gun buyback program to cut down on the 300+ million firearms in circulation. Over 30,000 Americans die every year from gun violence, including over 10,000 homicides. The time to act is now to address this public health crisis.

    Ensure paid vacation time, sick time, maternity leave, childcare. The United States is one of just three countries in the world that doesn’t offer paid maternity leave, the others being Oman and Papua New Guinea. We are the only industrialized nation that doesn’t offer paid vacation time. This should be changed immediately.

    Abolish the death penalty. Humans are fallible, we’ll never get the right answer 100% of the time. 4% of the people on death row are not guilty of a crime and have been wrongly convicted. A system that puts innocent people to death is indefensible and should be reformed. We want justice for the American people but killing innocent people on death row is the exact opposite.

    Defend and protect women’s rights. We support the Paycheck Fairness Act. We oppose Republican cuts to Planned Parenthood and women’s health clinics all across the country. In 2016 alone, 60 TRAP laws targeting abortion were passed in 19 states. We will vigorously oppose all efforts to dismantle reproductive rights.

    Enact police reform. We believe in the core idea of policing – to serve and protect the community. Police are a vital part of American society and that is why it’s so important to reform the system to make it serve all Americans. For-profit policing should be abolished, police training should be retooled to emphasize deescalation tactics, and body cameras should be mandatory on all officers. Furthermore, community oversight boards should be created and broken windows policing should be eliminated. Stop & frisk – which disproportionately targets blacks and latinos 87% of the time – has a 97% failure rate. On top of being discriminatory and ineffective, it’s also unconstitutional and should be ended. Special prosecutors must also be appointed to hold police accountable.

    -Pass a constitutional amendment to put an end to Washington corruption and bring about election reform.
    -Re-regulate Wall Street and hold white-collar criminals accountable.
    -End billionaire and corporate tax dodging, fix the system to benefit middle-class and poor people.
    -Oppose bigotry.
    -Make the minimum wage a living wage and tie it to inflation
    -Ensure universal healthcare as a right
    -Ensure universal education as a right
    -End unnecessary wars and nation building
    -End the failed war on drugs
    -Create the new new deal
    -Create the renewable energy revolution
    -Block the TPP and all outsourcing deals that will further damage the middle-class
    -End Constitutional overreaches
    -Ban arming human rights violators
    -Enact common-sense gun regulation
    -Ensure paid vacation time, sick time, maternity leave, childcare
    -Abolish the death penalty
    -Defend and protect women’s rights
    -Enact police reform
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    schuylaar Well-Known Member


    Padawanbater2 Well-Known Member

    I want to hear from people who disagree with this platform and why they disagree. I feel like these are the things most of us support, right and left.
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    schuylaar Well-Known Member

    Uber CEO resigned from Trumps Advisory team after one days worth of boycott:


    Coordinated Boycott! It works!

    The key is their wallet, but boycott effort must be coordinated THATS how they get the message!!!
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    schuylaar Well-Known Member

    All in all it's just another brick in the wall..

    Hey you..don't tell me there's no hope at all..
    Together we stand..divided we fall.

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    Padawanbater2 Well-Known Member

    So who are the enemies of Justice Democrats?

    Number 1, no surprise here, Republicans. Their political philosophy is diametrically opposed to our platform, they must be defeated at all costs

    Number 2, establishment Democrats. Cory Booker, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Tom Perez, Jehmu Greene, etc. People who work for establishment causes that contradict progressive issues

    Number 3, defeatists and political nihilists. People who say changing the system is a lost cause so why bother anyway?

    Kyle breaks it down in this clip and discusses how to combat each of them;

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    Padawanbater2 Well-Known Member

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    UncleBuck Well-Known Member

    how in the fuck is tom perez an establishment democrat? he has never held elected office.

    be less hyperbolic.
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    666888 Well-Known Member

    Defend free speech and expression, yeah right, free speech as long as it agrees with leftie ideals, if "not"well we all know that answer don't we cry-baby's

    Padawanbater2 Well-Known Member

    Having held elected office is not a prerequisite to being an establishment Democrat
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    UncleBuck Well-Known Member

    free speech simply means that the government can't imprison you when you call for the annihilation of jews and muslims, virgin boi.

    it doesn't mean you get to spew that racist bullshit anywhere you please without consequence.
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    UncleBuck Well-Known Member

    tom perez was a civil rights lawyer who made great strides in paid family leave and overtime pay while in the department of labor.

    what exactly is your objection to any of that?
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    Padawanbater2 Well-Known Member

    I don't object to any of that. Good for him.

    One good deed does not erase other actions. I'm sure even the worst of people have their good sides..

    Perez, Clinton, Obama, etc. all have done good, commendable things any progressive would champion. The problem is all the other things they've done, too.. Like voting for the Iraq war in Clinton's case, like leading interventions in 7 different nations when you campaigned on 'hope and change' in Obama's case, and like overturning the rule against lobbyist contributions in Perez' case.

    You say you're progressive, but then you go do these things that show you're actually not..

    So what are we to believe? Your words, or your actions?
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    UncleBuck Well-Known Member

    so you don't want democrats to accept donations from groups that lobby for progressive causes?

    "hey, planned parenthood, FUCK YOU! your money is no good. we will compete against the NRA on our own!"

    i get the appeal of fighting for institutions like PP without their dollars, but how do you think campaign operatives are hired? ideas are only as good as the money people like you and i are willing to put behind them. without dollars to hire the best, most competent campaign people, we might as well relegate ourselves to complaining on message boards.
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    fdd2blk Well-Known Member

    No one cares what you think.

    UncleBuck Well-Known Member

    why so bitter?
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    Padawanbater2 Well-Known Member

    I don't want Democrats to accept bribes from groups that lobby for corporate interests
    Does Planned Parenthood lobby for corporate interests?
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    tangerinegreen555 Well-Known Member

    Me neither.

    But, I don't think a campaign contribution is necessarily a bribe. It may look like a bribe, it may smell like a bribe, but it isn't a signed contract that you will personally make sure the contributor actually gets anything.

    Hillary's contributors aren't getting anything these days. And if she had won, there were no guarantees either.
    Congress has to pass to stuff through.

    As I have mentioned, the corporation I worked for donated to both sides equally in senatorial races. And they didn't get what they wanted all the time, as far as trade cases and foreign subsidized dumping.

    Nobody gets everything they want.

    I want what you want. The difference is, if I don't get everything I want, I still support them as the best alternative. Compare my idea to what happened on Nov. 8th. I'd rather be a little unhappy with Clinton as opposed to the war against truth machine, the horrible cabinet, the right wing judges, etc.

    I wonder how much different a Sanders cabinet vs. a Clinton cabinet would have looked. There would be overlaps, I'm certain. Same with judges.

    It's not just the top of the ticket one is voting for.

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