A group which I follow on LinkedIn put out an interesting question to the group a few weeks ago. The question was “If you were running for president, what would your 10 point platform be?” I have thought about this a lot over the past few years so it was fairly difficult to keep it down to 10 points. Of course, if you are running for anything, trying to concentrate on any number of points over four makes you look like you cannot settle on what is important. But since I’m not running for anything, I can put out my thoughts to my heart’s content. Besides, running for public office is a rich man’s game and I certainly do not fall into that category.
These are the points with which I responded. Those of you who have read my postings in the past will find that on most of them I am covering familiar ground.
1) Eliminate all cabinet level departments except those enumerated in the Constitution; those being War (now Defense), Treasury, State, and Commerce. There could be a case for Interior. All others would go. I would appoint Cabinet Secretaries to the soon-to-be-disbanded agencies for the purpose of closing them down. It is hard to decide which should be shut down first.
2) Eliminate all funding for foreign countries just to get their “support.” The only foreign aid I would agree to would be for no-kidding disaster relief on a loan basis. Along with this, I would stop funding insurgents of any flavor. Our experience in recent years is that they take our money and supplies and when the time is right they turn their weapons on us, getting us more deeply embroiled in whatever despotic conflict happens to be broiling at the time.
3) Pull out of the UN and tell them to go home. Along with this I would demand all of their diplomats pay their parking and traffic tickets. We have been supporting the failed missions of the UN for 60 years and all we get for our money and effort is grief.
4) I would tell Congress that there would be only ONE issue per bill submitted for presidential signature. Bills with riders and add-on measures would be automatically vetoed.
5) I would tell Congress that any bill that is submitted for presidential signature that does not have a CLEAR constitutional linkage would be vetoed. This is supposed to be the case now but it isn’t working. Congresses and successive administrations have bent and twisted the Constitution into unrecognizable linkages, especially the commerce clause.
6) I would send a message to Congress that in the first 100 days of my administration I would only sign bills cancelling spending programs, starting with unearned handouts to illegal aliens. Along with this I would strongly urge Congress to pass legislation that would carry heavy penalties against states that subvert the security of the United States. Examples of this would be sanctuary cities and giving benefits to illegals.
7) I would direct the complete closure of the borders of the United States until such time as the Customs and Border Patrol could assure me that it could handle their area of responsibility (that would take a LOT of convincing). Our borders are there to keep the citizens of the US safe and secure. Farmers and ranchers along our southern border are not safe in their own homes. These folks should be given special dispensation to protect their families and property.
8) I would disband the Department of Homeland Security and place those functions under the appropriate agencies. The list is too long for this venue but an example would be the military. DoD is tasked with keeping our country safe from invasion. I would advocate for a special branch of the military with arrest authority to patrol the borders. Having a civilian force such as is being built within the DHS subverts the role traditionally given to the military. This measure would NOT subvert Posse Comitatus. This act, passed in 1878 and updated in 1981, puts strict limits on the use of the US military to enforce laws. This is as it should be.
9) I would inform all world governments that diplomacy with the United States would be much different from now on; the first government to be notified would be PRC. Cyber warfare is just that, war. It would be treated as such.
10)I would notify the government of Mexico that they would have three months to stop the flow of drugs and illegals into the US before we would consider it an invasion of our sovereign territory. I am sick and tired of Mexican officials blaming the US for their problems. With the rampant corruption within all levels of the Mexican government they have absolutely no justification to blame anyone, let alone the US.
These are just 10 of my hot buttons. Not covered is our debouched energy policy, the “pick-n-choose” attitude of which federal laws to enforce, and the “progressive” idea that you cannot execute a murderer but it is OK to butcher babies in and out of the womb. Those topics will have to wait for a future time.
As always, your comments and discussions are welcome.