Revised 05/06/2014 (added trade)
Here is an idea for a website I am thinking of launching, but if anybody else beats me to it, that’s fine with me. I’m not in this for myself, but for my fellow human beings. So if you see an idea here you like and have the ambition to run with it, like actually creating the website or applying for the 501(c)(4) status, go for it, as long as you adhere to all these principles. I also would welcome suggestions as to other areas of agreement.
Who We Are
We are a coalition of angry citizens who believe neither Democrats nor Republicans are listening to their grass roots, and are controlled by powerful corporate interests, especially in the banking and defense/security sectors. We are mainly left-libertarians, Greens, right-libertarians (those who launched the original grass-roots Tea Party movement to support Ron Paul) and traditional conservatives. One might think that people generally thought to be to the “left” of Democrats would have little in common with people generally thought to be to the “right” of Republicans. However, one might be wrong. The Green-Libertarian Coalition believes there is a great deal of agreement among Greens and left-libertarians on the left hand and right-libertarians on the other hand. While there may be other areas of agreement, the most obvious commonalities include the following:
- Peace: We all are for peaceful engagement with the rest of the world, and oppose war. We oppose the careless killing of civilians at all times and oppose all bomb, missile or other attacks on countries in the absence of a Congressional declaration of war.
- Reduced military spending: There is probably disagreement as to a specific level of cuts. Some might want to see military spending cut by 50%, others less, but we all believe it should be reduced. The sequester would have been a good start, but Congress reversed those cuts and undid what good they did.
- CIA and NSA: While there may be some value in so-called human intelligence, black ops interventions in foreign countries must be halted, along with CIA participation in drug trafficking. Neither the CIA nor the FBI should be spying on political dissidents unless there is probable cause to believe a crime is being or has been committed. Indiscriminate collection of people’s phone records must be stopped. There is only one purpose for such spying and data collection — to intimidate or discredit those opposed to government policies, or to silence the few government officials who act in the public interest and against corrupt, powerful interests.
- The Federal Reserve: At a minimum, there must be transparency, starting with a full audit of the Fed’s activities for the past 10 years.
- Corporations: All corporate subsidies must be eliminated. Corporations and their officers must be held accountable for all debts they incur and damages they cause. Too big to fail/jail must be broken up into smaller units that can be held accountable. Bankruptcy laws must not be abused to allow corporate assets to be stripped before liabilities for debts and damages are paid. Pension obligations must not be turned over to PBGC so that bondholders can be paid.
- Trade: Free trade is possible only with nations that protect the rights of all people. The new world order of unelected, corporate-dominated WTO courts is antithetical to free trade.
- War on drugs: Certainly, marijuana and hemp cultivation must be legalized. All individuals should be free to buy or sell marijuana with no restriction other than the age of the purchaser. There may be some substances, especially refined substances, that should continue to be controlled, but users should be treated with education and medication, and even sellers should be treated humanely with an eye toward alternatives to incarceration.
- Federal power: The Federal Government abuses its power. Corporations make use of this concentrated power to pre-empt and thwart state and local reforms of environmental protection, product labeling, employer health insurance and education. Most of these are not remotely related to interstate commerce. The Federal Government should continue to enforce equal protection of the law and guarantee each state has a republican form of government as stated in the Contitution. Other than that, power should be devolved to the states.
- Keeping commitments: Whether or not we agree with government programs such as Social Security, commitments made to seniors and veterans must be kept. We are particularly opposed to cuts in pensions and medical care for enlisted retirees while general officers are exempted from such cuts.
- Ballot access: The Republicans and Democrats have deliberately made it difficult for alternative movements to get started through an unfair petition process and by freezing third party candidates out of debates. We support ranked choice voting (instant runoff) for all elections, both partisan and non-partisan. People who advocate for interest voting or proportional representation should not be unfairly disparaged as “quota queens.”
To be sure, there are areas of disagreement such as taxation and whether in the long term essential services should be provided by private sources or by society in general (government). However, as long as we waste our resources on war, spying on one another for no reason, a futile war on drugs, the resultant Prison-industrial complex and bailouts of corrupt corporations, there will be nothing left for education, health care, infrastructure or caring for the old or infirm, whether those things are provided by private or public institutions. Thus, these 10 core beliefs are more important than other positions on which we may disagree, such as government-provided education or healthcare. Candidates who support items we agree on and when elected act to further those aims are preferable to almost any of the politicians holding Federal office today.
We believe the most successful “fusion” candidates will be those who emphasize these 10 core positions and prioritize accordingly. Naturally, elected officials must vote their conscience. However, a Libertarian candidate who campaigns on reductions in defense spending, but once elected votes for a budget that slashes funding for programs that benefit our most vulnerable citizens while making no cuts to the defense budget is likely lose support from Greens. Likewise, a Green candidate who campaigns against Federal power but once elected pushes programs that increase Federal power in order to advance Green objectives is likely to lose support from Libertarians. We believe either of these would be a mistake and weaken our ability to address the 10 points of agreement. To win our support or endorsement, candidates are advised to pledge that they will prioritize the 10 points of agreement and if elected will not press more divisive issues until we have succeeded in moving the country forward on the 10 points.
The Green-Libertarian Coalition would be a social welfare organization dedicated to freedom from excessive taxation, both state and non-state terrorism and war, to personal privacy, to the ability of government and/or private agencies to care for the infirm or vulnerable and to the fullfilment of society’s contractual commitments to those who have contributed all their working lives. As such, we will investigate formation of a 501(c)(4) organization and will promote these goals through lobbying. We are dedicated to educating the public on our 10 core areas of agreement, promoting communication among apparently disparate political groups and philosophies, finding additional areas of agreement and developing strategies for individuals to work together in areas of agreement without compromising each individual’s core political philosophy.
We are non-partisan and will encourage political candidates who agree with our beliefs regardless of what party label they run on. We will solicit people who share these beliefs to challenge candidates, in either Democratic and Republican primaries, who have shown a lack of commitment to these beliefs. If neither the Republican nor Democratic party offers candidates who support our core beliefs on the general election ballot, we will solicit people to step forward under a 3rd party or independent label. In turn, we pledge to vote for such candidates in preference to candidates who have not shown such commitment. As Greens and left-libertarians, we pledge to vote for Republicans, Libertarians or any other 3rd party candidates supporting these 10 points of agreement in preference to Democrats who pay lip service to Green and left-libertarian positions but who “compromise” and bow to political pressure for war and other interventionist policies, permit violations of Constitutional rights or the human rights of non-US populations, kow-tow to corrupt corporate interests or continue the drug war and excessive imprisonment. As Libertarians and traditional conservatives, we pledge to vote for Democrats, Greens or any other 3rd party candidates supporting these 10 points of agreement in preference to Republicans who pay lip service to Libertarian and conservative positions but who “compromise” and bow to political pressure for war and other interventionist policies, permit violations of Constitutional rights or the human rights of non-US populations, kow-toe to corrupt corporate interests or continue the drug war and excessive imprisonment.
We encourage 3rd party and independent candidates who agree with our core beliefs to run under a “Green-Libertarian Coalition” or other similar labels, but will endorse any candidate who is dedicated to these beliefs, regardless of party affiliation, and will endeavor to avoid splitting this vote. If both Green and Libertarian candidates are running for the same office in a general election, support our core beliefs and make the pledge to tread softly on divisive issues, we will not take sides. We will endorse either both or neither. If any PAC associated with us contributes financially to their campaigns, it will contribute equally.
We’d like to create a website with links to allow people to create an “account” providing contact information and identifying State and Congressional district, and to indicate whether they are prepared to help with either 1) a financial contribution or 2) volunteer to circulate ballot access petitions, 3) become a candidate or 4) do other volunteer work. We need a back end to collect this information in a database that can be accessed by candidates for office who agree with our core beliefs.
If people say they will contribute financially, we would need payment methods once 501(c)(4) status is obtained.