First, I believe in honesty and openness in democratic government. I will not lie nor deceive, and I will communicate as much as I can. I am always learning, and I will encourage the expression of all relevant views on each issue. I would like to participate in conferences with experts on various issues. These conferences and other meetings with department heads, advisors, and Congressional leaders to discuss what policies would be best could be video-recorded and streamed on-line.
Most of all, I believe in love applied to all. Thus I am opposed to violence and killing. This would mean a radical change in what is called “foreign policy.” I believe that if the United States adopted peaceful policies and accepted effective international law with collective security through the United Nations, we could lead the world in the disarmament process that would involve every country on Earth. Because of their great danger to humanity, the total disarmament of all nuclear weapons is the highest priority. Since the end of the Cold War nearly four decades ago, the United States no longer has a rival enemy. However, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have created more enemies with the Islamic State (ISIS) the latest Frankenstein’s monster.
The problem of global warming caused by the increase in greenhouse gases has arisen as the second greatest crisis humanity has ever faced. This also requires an emergency response, and I support a Green New Deal to implement solutions. We need to reduce carbon emissions by taxing them and using the revenues to subsidize renewable energy, conservation, and organic farming that sequesters carbon in the soil. I encourage everyone to read my recent book UNITING HUMANITY which offers solutions to the megacrisis of climate change, poverty, and war.
I believe in maximizing freedom as much as possible. I oppose the use of force because it is the opposite of freedom. Why is it that so many conservatives who say they believe in freedom and limited government favor a huge military establishment? Is it because they believe in freedom for themselves but not for others? Yet to make sure that one’s freedom does not take away the freedom of another (whether individuals or groups), we must apply the principle of justice. History shows that this is usually best accomplished by using laws that are equal for all and democratic processes in order to prevent tyranny and oligarchies. I personally do not like bureaucratic hassles, and I would like to see laws and governmental regulations simplified. The public does need to be protected by laws. I favor trusting people to do the right thing without having to answer to government for every little thing; but those violating the laws and harming others must be held strictly to account. I believe the criminal justice system needs to be reformed by using restorative justice and rehabilitation rather than punishment.
In most areas of life I think the government should let people be as free as possible and not interfere. I think the government should stay out of religion and should avoid getting involved in censorship. No government or anyone else should interfere with a woman’s right to make decisions about what is in her own body. See News post “Spiritual Perspective on Abortion” on December 20, 2018.
I believe very strongly in the free expression of ideas so that people can be aware of many options in life and make their own choices. I believe in free markets for commercial goods so that consumers have choices and can find efficient products at competitive prices.
Nonetheless in some areas of providing services to the public I believe that government can most fairly and efficiently organize the process, and in those areas I do not support privatization. The most obvious examples are the judicial process of laws and courts, highways and roads, bridges, and public utilities. Public utilities such as water lines, electricity, gas, telephone, cable, and so on could be publicly operated; which might be privatized are debatable issues, and I have no fixed views. Generally when the service is a single universal system, I think it often is in the public interest to have this accomplished by a government agency; but when diversity will serve the public better or when it is not a universal necessity but an elective option, then private competition may give us more choices.
In education a combination of public and private institutions can provide a variety that serves the public well. Because I believe that universal education is a necessity and should be provided for all, I do not favor the complete privatization of schools. I think that everyone should have access to free and public schools and colleges so that they can get a good education, while some can still pay for private education to suit their special interests.
Another analogous social need is health care, and I believe it is a human right. With millions of Americans still lacking health insurance and many others struggling with inadequate care, I believe this is a dismal failure in the richest nation on Earth. I believe that any decent society will make sure that all its people have good health care. The Canadian and European systems of national health care for many years have proven that this can be accomplished efficiently and reduce costs by eliminating the private insurance bureaucracy and sales agents by simply providing free health care for everyone. Individuals can still hire private doctors if they want, and such things as cosmetic surgery would not be covered by the public health system.
Thus I think it is clear at this point that I am not for either extreme of unfettered private capitalism or totalitarian governmental socialism; but rather I support a mixed economy that socializes public needs such as education and health care but allows a free market in areas of discretionary spending. The United States is the only major nation that allows profit-making from health care, and that has resulted in Americans paying about twice as much for health care that does not even cover everyone and has shortened the average life-span of Americans.
I believe the most important duty of the President is to keep Americans safe and secure, and I will make sure that the United States is defended. My vision is to end all wars and to disarm all national armies, navies, and air forces in the world, allowing local law-enforcement officers to remain. All disputes not settled locally or by national governments internally would be resolved by the International Court. The United Nations needs to be reformed in order to make it more democratic and effective at keeping the peace, or a world constitutional convention needs to plan a democratic federal world government that would be ratified and joined by all nations on Earth for the good of all. This world government would have limited powers and checks and balances to make sure that everyone’s rights are protected. Nations would continue to have sovereignty within their borders as long as they do not violate human rights or interfere with other nations. The peacekeeping forces of the world government would be drawn from many nations and would only use the force necessary to bring suspected criminals to the International Court. People would be educated and trained to use nonviolent methods for resolving all conflicts. Global disarmament would allow the United States to dismantle the largest military establishment in the world by far and greatly reduce the size of the national government and federal taxes.
I see the United States changing from an oppressive military superpower and selfish exploiter to a generous leader that sets an example of how good life can be when we all cooperate for the benefit of all. I admit that the wealthy in our society will be contributing more to the general good than they are now; but I believe that they will be better off for this also as they realize greater inner happiness from the good they do. The opportunity to earn and possess wealth in this society is a blessing, and I believe that those people have an obligation to give back to the society in which they prosper so richly. Someone may ask, “What if the rich leave the United States?” Of course they would be free to go; I would hope that other countries taking them in would also expect them to contribute. I suppose they might try to change some other country into a refuge for greedy and selfish people; but others in the world may not want to buy the products controlled by such people, and at least they would be isolated and not fomenting wars in order to increase their wealth.
Essentially I believe in a balance of freedom with justice that promotes the general welfare of all by making sure everyone has what they need while allowing every individual free expression and opportunity to achieve their dreams.