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To date, Donald Trump's myriad lies and wanton disregard for the COVID-19 pandemic has infected millions of Americans and killed over 500,000.  He has evaded taxes.  His corrupt, unpatriotic, self-serving administration has turned a convenient blind eye to his blatantly conspiratorial ties to enemies of our democracy.  He CAUSED THE JANUARY 6th INSURRECTION AGAINST OUR GOVERNMENT!  Yet, 74 Million Americans (47%) voted for Trump in 2020!  Why?  It behooves all patriotic Americans to know why.

The Democrats' Burden

Donald Trump has clearly shown us what can happen to a democracy when a self-serving, disingenuous and utterly incompetent, tyrant-wannabee is given unlimited control of its democratic institutions: Our National Insecurity is jeopardized!
Obviously, the endurance of our democracy, as Donald Trump and his self-serving, unpatriotic allies made so clear, demands that permanent, unequivocal reforms which will prevent the candidacy of future Donald Trumps for the U.S. presidency be enacted.

Unfortunately, most of today's self-serving Republicans will not support any reform which does not favor them and their wealthy campaign donors.

Not surprisingly, enacting any serious reforms designed to protect our democracy and its sovereignty falls squarely on Democrats' shoulders!

Only codified reforms can permanently protect our democracy and its institutions.  Effecting these reforms will require consent from a great majority of American voters.  This consent, in turn, will strictly depend on Democrats' ability to convince Independents and disgruntled Republicans that we are not the enemy that will tax them to death, force Medicare For All down their throats or take away their guns — that every American matters!

Thus, the following Americratic Reforms are offered as "preemptive vetting steps" designed to prevent future unqualified individuals from ever occupying the White House and threatening the very foundations of our democracy.

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Tax-Return Disclosure

Rationale

Countless questions and doubts have arisen about Donald Trump′s possible conflicts of interest and corruption at the highest levels of government.

Thus, any future candidate who wishes to run for any federal elective office must be subject to the following:

Mandatory Pre-Registration Tax-Return Disclosure

Immediately upon registration to run for any federal office and before beginning any political campaign activity, including fundraising, candidates shall unconditionally and mandatorily release complete federal tax returns for the previous 5 years, whether or not said tax returns are subject to the IRS audit process.
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Blind Trust Compliance

Mandatory Pre-Election Blind Trust Compliance

To protect our democracy and avoid conflicts of interest and corruption at the highest levels of government, the following rules must be adopted and strictly-enforced:
  1. No later than fifteen (15) days after winning nomination, candidates shall either:
    1. place all business holdings and interests in a "blind trust" OR
    2. fully divest from any and all business holdings and interests
  2. Any nominee who fails to initiate compliance, as outlined in Paragraph a, above, shall be automatically disqualified and office in question shall be awarded to the next "runner-up" candidate, provided said "runner-up" is able to fully comply with the aforementioned requirements.
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Legalized Tax Evasion

Since the Internal Revenue began collecting taxes, with the help of serve-serving politicians whose campaign coffers they fill, the wealthy, more often than not, have avoided paying their fair share.
Fair Taxation
When the wealthy and the corporations in America avoid paying their fair share, our government lacks the necessary revenue to provide the services required by the citizens of the wealthiest nation in the world — ever!

When the government does not have the revenue to provide the necessary services, the people lose faith in the system and stop participating in elections.

When the people stop participating in elections, the greedy enemies of democracy gain control of the government.

THIS IS WHAT IS NOW HAPPENING IN AMERICA!

Consequences

  1. high unemployment
  2. growing poverty
  3. homelessness
  4. children suffer and go hungry
  5. public health worsens
  6. national infrastructure keeps crumbling
  7. environment deteriorates
  8. social services suffer
  9. social order is endangered
  10. national security endangered

Caveat Lector

Let the reader beware: Americracy is not, in any manner whatsoever, opposed to the creation of wealth.

In fact, we encourage the legitimate, environmentally responsible and humane creation of wealth!

To be sure, more often than not, the creation of wealth has lifted millions from poverty in America and throughout the world.

What we oppose:

  • unbridled, immoral, insatiable greed
  • the economic inequality and poverty to which millions of Americans are subjected
  • the exponential growth of the wealth gap
  • the danger insatiable greed poses to our elections and our democracy
  • the growing, unnecessary, national debt which threatens our national security, borne of the reluctance by greedy hoarders of wealth to pay their fair share of taxes.

Lifetime Tenure and Dark Money

As citizens of a bygone era, the Framers of our nation's Constitution could not possibly have foreseen the lengths to which anti-democratic, foreign and domestic individuals would go to undermine our elections and our democracy.

Luckily for the Framers, in their time, serving the nation was still considered a privilege, not a conduit to wealth and power.

Unfortunately, In our era we have a Republican party leadership which aids and abbets a president who has openly conspired with foreign dictators to undermine our elections, our constitution and our democracy — and, banana-republic-style, refuses to concede a certified election he has indisputably lost.

As long as self-serving quasi-Americans like these are able to stay in power for decades, protecting the likes of would-be dictators like Donald Trump and his kind, the endurace of our republic will remain in question.
Electoral Reform

The above is a partial list of self-serving Republican Trump abetters who have been in office for decades, gotten wealthy as a result, and who are gradually bringing our nation to it's knees.  Of course, term limits is a notion they are vehemently opposed to!

It's Time To Codify Term Limits

Of course, even some Democrats oppose term limits — perhaps in deference to tradition or because they don't want politicians they support and admire to leave office.

Arguably, Democrats might better serve our nation if they were mindfull or the fact that lifetime tenure is what gives the likes of McConnell, Lindsay Graham, Chuck Grassly and the rest the power to control the Supreme Court, derail the People's Agenda and handicap Democratic presidents.  Remember Merrick Garland?

Opposition to term limits in the face of U.S. Census tampering, gerrymandering and non-stop, systemic voter suppression can only be described as asking for more of the same!

The following, therefore, are offered as solutions designed to put a damper on the erosion of our electoral system.

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Rational Term Limits

Rational Term Limits

Without Rational Term Limits, the fate of our Democratic institutions will remain in the hands of a few, self-serving, power-hungry politicians willing to turn a blind eye to corruption and collusion with foreign and domestic oligarchs intent on undermining our Democracy.

Rational Term Limits would mitigate the effects of the flagrant use of gerrymandering and other voter-suppression methods perpetrated by politicians to keep their own party in power for as long as possible, regardless of the negative impact on voter confidence and participation.

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Campaign Finance Reform

Corporations Are Not People!

Money Is Not Free Speech!

As things stand today, the corrosive influence of Dark Money in our electoral system further tilts the balance of power toward adherents of Citizens United.

Dark Money is the tool through which wealthy campaign donors and corporations insure that their interests are promoted and protected by armies of lobbyists and self-serving politicians.

How can we permanently get rid of Dark Money?  Through a constitutional amendment!

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Voter Suppression

To make up for demographic trends which are thinning the ranks of their party, Republicans have been shamelessly and illegally kicking voters off the voting rolls in order to stay in power.
In every election, using debunked voter-fraud claims as an excuse, along with other unsavory methods, without fail, Republicans have been disenfranchising voters by the thousands.
  • Slowing down the mail; removing mailboxes
  • Limiting early voting and polling places
  • Voter ID Laws
  • Voter Registration Restrictions
  • Voter Purges
  • Felony Disenfranchisement
  • Gerrymandering
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Uniform Voting And Registration

National Uniform Voting And Registration Act ("NUVRA")

NUVRA will ensure voter equality and participation during presidential and mid-term elections.  It will end Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Targeting Minorities in Georgia, Texas, North Dakota and elsewhere in the U.S.  The process:
  1. nationally, all campaign-related activities shall be uniformly executed, for example,
    • starting date, time and duration of activity
    • voter registration methods, e.g., automatic at age of 18, online, in person
    • voting methods, e.g., in person, early voting, vote-by-mail, absentee ballot, etc.
  2. Voter registration shall be up to 21st Century standards.  See Brennan Center For Justice Recommendations.
  3. Election Day shall be declared a national holiday and held on Sunday.
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The 11-Month Rule

The 11-Month Rule

The 11-Month Rule is intended to narrow the campaign-contribution window to minimize the impact of unaccountable Dark Money in political campaigns.
  1. Regardless of its source, whether directly or indirectly, no political contribution to any registered candidate running for office or reelection shall be permitted 11 months prior to the date of the next election.
  2. All political contributions to registered candidates shall be limited to those officials in fact running for reelection and subject to the limitations stated in Paragraph a, above.
  3. Any candidate in violation of the limitations stated in Paragraph a, above, shall be disqualified and unable to participate in the election.
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Ending Government Shutdowns

It is monumentally absurd that a single individual — whether president, senator or whomever — ignoring the consequences for the country, should have the absolute power to shut down the United States government — just because he can!

In fact, putting an end to this thoughtless, harmful, perennial threat is not difficult at all.  In fact, the solution is quite simple:

Automatic Continuing Budget Resolution

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