A dozen steps to sanity…
By Jack E. Lohman
YES for Democracy, but with great care. Nobody likes a dictatorship, but nobody likes a corrupt democracy either. That is, if they recognize it, and unfortunately we Americans haven’t recognized it very well.
The United States government has a near-great model, though we have two major problems: First, the wording of our Constitution has been misconstrued by our Supreme Court to make corporations equivalent to human beings. But they do not go to jail for wrongdoing, thus they do that a lot. In our case our politicians rise to their defense because we have political bribery. The Fat Cats fund their elections, thus corporations can get away with murder, literally.
Secondly, our Supreme Court has ruled that money is equal to speech, thus it is legal to influence politicians with cash. No they don’t like to call that bribery, but if our politicians are smart they will pass laws that benefit the corporations to the detriment of the voters, rather than the other way around. Egypt can change that, and she must.
Here it is in a nutshell:
- Demand Free and Fair elections, with assistance and oversight by the United Nations. Decline help from the U.S., however, for political reasons. You don’t want our fingerprints on it.
- Demand Ranked Choice Voting, so that if the voter’s first choice doesn’t win the vote goes to the second choice.
- Demand a None-of-the-above ballot choice in case nobody likes the choices.
- Demand public funding of all political and judicial campaigns. ZERO dollars from outside or commercial interests and only a limited amount of personal money can be spent. If politicians are to be beholden to their funders, those funders should be the taxpayers.
- Reimburse politicians on a pay-for-performance basis. If taxes go up or services go down, their salary is decreased.
- Mandate that politicians receive the same health care and retirement package as the voters, so they’ll make sure it is fair.
- Mandate that politicians put their personal wealth in a blind trust so they cannot vote on legislation that benefits them. No exceptions.
- Severely punish political corruption. At least 10 years in jail, even for your president if he is found guilty.
- Create a totally independent ethics committee with staggered 8 year terms, and the authority (with majority rule) to investigate and charge all politicians and judges.
- Privatize everything that is elastic and market-controlled (with a “regulated free market”).
- Make everything that is non-elastic (and uncontrolled by the market) government- and taxpayer-owned. Like water and healthcare and police and fire protections. Punish ALL corrupt government workers, even policemen.
- If an industry is “too big to fail” it is “too big to be privately run.” We should have nationalized our banks; learn from our mistakes. And if your politicians are not on the bank’s payroll, it will be easy to do.
So when all is said and done, Egypt, please do this right because dozens of other countries will be following your lead.