An Open Letter to the top 21 Democratic candidates for President
July 2, 2019
TO: Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Steve Bullock, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Bill de Blasio, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, John Hickenlooper, Jay Inslee, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Tim Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Eric Swalwell, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang
Certainly the disruption of the Earth’s climate by global heating is an extreme emergency that requires immediate and massive attention and effort in order to prevent this catastrophe and ameliorate the effects that are already apparent in hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, ocean rising and acidification, heat waves, droughts, and fires. This crisis deserves extensive discussion and debate.
I am also concerned about another crisis that I believe is of equal importance and is even more dangerous in the short-term as well as long-term. That crisis is also caused by human actions and is the warfare people wage against each other using various weapons from hostile rhetoric, cyber attacks, economic sanctions, covert operations, chemical exposure, biological contagion, explosive devices, projectiles from guns to missiles, armies, marines, navies, air forces, and most dangerous of all to human survival: atomic and thermonuclear weapons which in one day could devastate planet Earth so much that the human species may not even survive.
The issue of warfare must be the primary concern of American candidates for the presidency because the United States is the “greatest” military power in the history of the world and with its nuclear arsenal is constantly threatening the future of humanity.
I believe that the next President of the United States can help lead the world to peace with justice, and the purpose of this letter is to explain how we as candidates can work to make that happen. First these issues need to be discussed in the debates so that American voters will know what our options are.
Conscientious leaders need to realize and acknowledge that since the latter part of World War II the United States has been the greatest perpetrator of violence in the world. From the aerial bombing of cities in Germany and Japan to the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia to the recent wars in the Mideast the US has killed millions of people while fewer than 4,000 Americans have been killed by attacks on our country. The United States has never bombed a nation that could bomb us back. Covert operations directed by the CIA have also overthrown governments and interfered in foreign elections. Especially now under the current President the hatred and fear of the United States has increased.
America needs leaders who will reverse this horrendous pattern by transforming our warfare mentality and economy and global militarism into a peaceful economy with diplomacy and humanitarian actions based on love and respect for all.
A top priority should be the abolition of all nuclear weapons in the world by coming into compliance with the 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Since Russia and the United States have more than 90% of the nuclear weapons in the world, we can begin this process by negotiating the disarmament of these weapons in stages. This will stop the latest nuclear arms race that was started by President George W. Bush and was continued by Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump and recently by President Vladimir Putin as well. These two former superpowers will benefit greatly from this by saving much money and effort that would have been spent on useless and obsolete weapons that no intelligent person would ever use.
Russia and Putin have become concerned by the expansion of NATO in the last thirty years since Mikhail Gorbachev, agreed to accept the reunification of Germany and was promised by the President H. W. Bush administration that NATO would not be expanded to the east. Instead NATO has taken over seventeen former satellites and even Soviet nations near the borders of Russia. The United States could also save much money and wasted effort by bringing home our troops from foreign military bases. Who appointed the United States the policemen of the world? Instead we can strengthen the United Nations and begin adhering to international law by accepting the International Criminal Court (ICC) and other transnational organizations that help keep the peace by fair and nonviolent means.
After the United States and Russia have disarmed most of their nuclear weapons, then I believe the other seven nations with nuclear arms can be persuaded to dismantle theirs as the United States and Russia complete the process of nuclear disarmament to create a world free of nuclear weapons. The current US policy of trying to stop nuclear proliferation in North Korea and Iran while ignoring our responsibility in the NPT is hypocritical and arrogant bullying.
The United States should also stop selling arms to other nations such as Saudi Arabia or giving military aid to other nations such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Egypt, Pakistan, and Ukraine. We also need to stop the economic sanctions against North Korea, Russia, Iran, and Venezuela that are severely harming the people of those nations. To lead well we should love all our global neighbors and not engage in actions that harm other nations.
By strengthening the peacekeeping operations of the United Nations and by making it more democratic and a more effective system for resolving international conflicts nonviolently through diplomacy and by judicial means, then the nations would be able to begin the process of disarming their weapons of war and reducing their military forces. No nation would be allowed to deploy any military forces outside their borders. This will help reduce the suffering of humanity and create more wealth and greater economic balance in the world, reducing the number of the very poor and the poor as China has done so well in the last few decades by raising about 850 million people out of poverty. The great powers of the future will never use armed forces but rather the soft power that benefits others instead of hurting them.
This transformation from war to peace will enable us to reduce the US military budget by about 25% per year for several years. In a disarmed world international conflicts will be resolved nonviolently. Eventually nations will no longer need military spending at all, though they could provide volunteers to the United Nations peacekeeping forces that enforce world laws by democratic processes when necessary. Human rights would be protected worldwide, and only local police would be needed to respond to local crimes.
This is my vision of the future, and the next US President could begin the process and in eight years could accomplish many of these goals. I hope that you will consider these things in your hearts and support this effort and these policies in the current campaign as the world faces the current megacrisis.
See my book UNITING HUMANITY by Spiritual Evolution & Democratic Revolution: Solutions to the Megacrisis of Climate, Poverty & War which can be read by going to: http://san.beck.org/UH-cover.html
Love and Light,
Sanderson Beck, http://beck4president.us