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First, re this issue, I am assuming that Mike and Kerodin will work things out as gentlemen and patriots, with the Big Picture in mind.
Next, as far as Kerodin's draft platform goes, it's a useful start. I'll add my hopefully-useful comments in CAPS below; apologies in advance for the visual "shouting":
Consider this concise political Platform for 2012: A) The United States Constitution AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS, AS AMENDED, says what it means and means what it says. The Commerce Clause and THE General Welfare CLAUSE are not license for Congress to violate a single articulated ENUMERATED power described in Article I, Section 8 or elsewhere. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PRIOR DECISIONS BY THE SUPREME OR INFERIOR FEDERAL COURTS, CONGRESS SHALL HAVE NO POWERS NOR AUTHORITY OTHER THAN THOSE SPECIFIED IN ARTICLE I, SECTION 8. No vote shall be cast IN CONGRESS on any legislation without obvious AND EXPLICITLY-STATED Constitutional Authority. B) ...shall not be infringedsays what it means and means what it says. ALL FEDERAL STATUTES AND REGULATIONS WHICH, WHEN READ ACCORDING TO THE PLAIN MEANING OF THEIR CONTENTS, INFRINGE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY ON ANY CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT SHALL BE IMMEDIATELY REPEALED. C) The Fourth Amendment says what it means and means what it says. No more TSA groping to fly. No more Stop & Frisk. No more PATRIOT Act tracking, tapping, snooping. THE PATRIOT ACT, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE IMMEDIATELY REPEALED. D) The proper place for Entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and FEDERALLYState-sponsored healthcare is in the respective States, and are prohibited to the Federal Government. WITHIN ONE YEAR OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS LEGISLATION, ALL FEDERAL TRANSFER PAYMENT PROGRAMS SHALL BE PERMANENTLY ABOLISHED, ANDEevery American shall receive a refund of all money paid into these programs NO LATER THAN ONE YEAR AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS LEGISLATION. E) We support legislation to immediately de-fund and disband every extra-Constitutional DEPARTMENT AND agency within the Federal Government WITHIN ONE YEAR OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS LEGISLATION, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, THE BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS EXPLOSIVES, THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION, AND THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION. ALL OTHER FEDERAL DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES SHALL SUBMIT A WRITTEN JUSTIFICATION FOR CONTINUED OPERATIONS TO THE APPROPRIATE HOUSE AND SENATE COMMITTEES WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS LEGISLATION. F) BY SEPARATE LEGISLATION,WEwe support legislation to immediatelyWILL end every extra-Constitutional policy and program and law currently in effect. G) We support Impeachment proceedings for Treason against politicians, bureaucrats, AND judges who are found to have violated their oath of office. H) All US Military bases around the world should be immediately closed WITHIN ONE YEAR, and ALL AMERICAN troops brought home. Any threat that may have once been posed to America from Iraq or Afghanistan has now been eliminated, and ALL American FORCEs should come home immediately. I) The Navy has the PRIMARY responsibility for Force Projection around the world, and the Air Force AND NAVYwillSHALLJOINTLY AND immediately BEGIN TO establish American dominanceSUPREMACY in space FROM EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE TO THE FAR SIDE OF THE MOON. J) Guantanamo Bay should no longer serve as a long-term prison for enemies of the United States. Those held by the American Government shall be TRIED BY A MILITARY TRIBUNAL, AND executed or released to their home country UPON FINAL JUDGMENT OF THAT PROCEEDING. K) Immediate action based on common sense is required to restore American dominance in the world as an economic power. All imports from countries that are politically hostile to America will end immediately. We do not trade with Communists, Socialists or Tyrants (except oil, see below). Imports from friendly countries must come from factories or fields that are compliant with American environmental and safety standards. These rules will motivate an immediate return to American soil of manufacturing facilities across the business spectrum WITH THE GOAL OF ELIMINATING ALL FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE IN GLOBAL MARKETS WITHIN ONE YEAR, A PRESIDENTIAL COMMITTEE SHALL BE ESTABLISHED AND DELIVER TO THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF FORMATION A REPORT ON HOW TO ACHIEVE THAT OBJECTIVE. (editor's note: Free trade is one of the primary principles; me wanty tres beaucoup more Wolf ammo and milsurp parts/mags/kits from Eastern bloc countries, including the PRC) L) Energy: Federal restrictions on construction of Nuclear Power Facilities must be immediately removed. Private industry is motivated to build safe power generation facilities and will also be motivated to upgrade our TRANSMISSION infrastructure. WITHIN ONE YEAR OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS LEGISLATION, THE NAVY SHALL COMMENCE CONSTRUCTION ON 100 NUCLEAR GENERATION FACILITIES TO BE LOCATED ON MILITARY AND FORMER MILITARY FACILITIES WITHIN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES, WITH ALL FACILITIES AND THE COMMENCEMENT OF COMMERCIAL POWER GENERATION TO BE COMPLETED AND COMMENCED WITHIN FOUR YEARS AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS LEGISLATION. TRANSFER OF THOSE GENERATION FACILITIES FROM THE NAVY TO APPROPRIATE PRIVATE COMPANIES SHALL BE EFFECTED WITHIN TWO YEARS OF COMMENCEMENT OF COMMERCIAL GENERATION ACTIVITIES.
M) WITHIN ONE YEAR, A COMPLETE AND PUBLIC AUDIT OF ALL OPERATIONS AND HOLDINGS OF AND BY THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM SHALL BE COMPLETED, WITH JOINT HEARINGS ON THE ABOLITION OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM TO BE COMMENCED WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF COMPLETION OF SAID AUDIT.
That's very rough, and I am too tired to take my edits (in the style of actual legislation) and smooth them into the platform format.
That's where you come in.
Volunteers for Draft 2.0, along with insertion of real-world dollar approximations of costs and benefits?
And to set the mood, take a few minutes to watch this wonderful number from 1776: