Anybody with half a brain these days knows America is no longer the country of her Founders’ intent. But the question plaguing us all is: How do we stop the destruction taking place?
Our perspective at AFR has been clear from the beginning. America’s troubles stem from disastrous ideology being taught in the schools and implemented in Washington. Such ideology has created a one-party state to govern us, a Democrat-Republican monopoly that has grown into a Godzilla to dominate our lives more dreadfully with each passing decade.
Despite the domination, however, all is not lost. There is a way to slay this beast. AFR’s National Independent Report (linked at the end of this article) explains the essence of our strategy to break the stranglehold that the Democrat-Republican monolith has over American politics.
It’s very important to grasp that we are NOT trying to create a three-party political system. America needs a two-party system, but we no longer have two parties. We have only the Demopublican Party comprised of a Democrat wing and a Republican wing. Or as Patrick Buchanan says, “Two wings of the same bird of prey.” Both wings preach and implement big, monstrous government. Thus our goal is to establish a second party, the National Independent Party, that forces the Republicans and Democrats to merge. This will break their monopoly that dominates American politics and give us a genuine two-party system.
The Four Pillars of Reform
What will bring this about is AFR’s Four Pillars of Reform for the country’s tax, monetary, immigration, and foreign policy systems. Our goal is to recruit a prominent free-market conservative – such as Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Michele Bachmann, etc. – to run an Independent campaign on these four reforms in 2016 (like Ross Perot in 1992; only this time we stand clearly for freedom instead of the vague reformism that Perot campaigned on). There can be no salvation of America without implementation of these four reforms; but Democrats and Republicans refuse to promote them. The Four Pillars are explained in our National Independent Report below. They are briefly:
Pillar # 1: Enactment of a simplified 15% flat tax. All special privileges in our present tax code must be eliminated. Everyone above the poverty level of $22,000 for a family of four will pay a simple 15% equal-rate tax of their income that can be figured in 10 minutes every April 15th. If we as American citizens are to have equal rights under the law, then we must have equal tax rates for everyone. There can be no justice without equal tax rates. Such a tax is not the ultimate reform. Ultimately we must abolish the income tax itself. However, the country’s not ready for that just yet – in due time, though. But a simplified flat tax now will stop the unjust redistribution of wealth that creates the constant expansion of government spending in Washington today.
Pillar # 2: Enactment of Milton Friedman’s 4% auto-expansion plan for the Federal Reserve. We must stop the Fed from expanding the money supply arbitrarily every year at 9%, 12%, 15%. This is what causes the relentless price inflation that plagues us. Our monetary base must be expanded every year at the same rate as goods and services are growing, which is 4%. This will reduce annual price inflation to zero and end the chaotic “boom-bust economy” from which we suffer. The 4% auto-expansion rate can be phased into so as to avoid crashing the economy.
Such an auto-expansion plan is, like the flat tax, not the ultimate reform. The ultimate reform is to end the Federal Reserve totally. But that will take many decades to bring about. In the interim, the Fed must be brought under control to restore a sound currency and stable economy.
Pillar # 3: A vigorous crackdown on illegal immigration. This will be done through a three-point plan that will bring about “self-deportation” of the great bulk of illegal immigrants in America today. There will be no amnesty granted. In addition America must return to the pre-1965 Immigration Accords, which will restore the sanity of a small stream of “legal” immigrants every year (approximately 250,000) who wish to become Americanized, learn our language, and respect our Constitution. Immigration is not a “natural right.” It is a “privilege” granted by the citizens of the country involved. This was the view of Jefferson, Washington, and the Founders in 1787. It was the view of the Supreme Court in 1892. And it must become America’s view again.
Pillar # 4: A return to a “mind-our-own-business” foreign policy. This means ending our obsession with nation building and the role of policeman for the world. Such policies are bankrupting us both financially and morally. This does not mean isolationism. America needs the strongest military in the world. And there are plenty of crisis areas that need our concern to protect our security and survival. Help defend our strategic allies, yes, but stop the insanity of “nation building” and the neocons’ “militaristic global hegemony.”
The dangers of Islamist terrorism must be fought at the border by denying Muslim immigrants entrance to our country. Fighting guerrilla wars in their territory is suicidal. Our two greatest generals, Douglas MacArthur and George Washington would be horrified with such an irrational strategy of war. The dangers to America do not lie in foreign lands; they lie here at home in Washington.
A very important point to grasp: All challengers to the Democrat-Republican monopoly today, such as the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party, marginalize themselves with “utopian political platforms” that scare the daylights out of the voters. These parties consequently are unable to attract a nationally prominent candidate to represent them on the campaign trail. This dooms these parties to only 1% of the vote on Election Day.
What is necessary is a more common sense approach that will avoid the marginalization. This is what our Four Pillars of Reform offer. They are powerful, substantive reforms that will stop the growth of the federal government, yet they will not scare the electorate and thus will be attractive to nationally prominent candidates. This will make a profound difference in voter acceptance.
We believe a free-market conservative ticket with a nationally-known candidate running an Independent campaign on the Four Reform Pillars, would get 45%-50% of the vote. The country is ready for the Four Pillars of Reform. As Victor Hugo said, “There is nothing more powerful in history than an idea whose time has come.” Potential candidates would be Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Michele Bachmann, and maybe Ben Carson. Our idea of a dream ticket would be Ted Cruz as President and Michele Bachmann as VP.
Forming the National Independent Party
How do we bring the NIP about? There are four steps:
First, we build a grassroots base by forming two or three hundred Meetup Groups around the country. With a proper promotion, we should be able to put 10,000 activists into a foundational base for the party.
Second, we enlist big league pundits such as Pat Buchanan, Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham, etc. to endorse the National Independent Party and work with us. They wish very much to challenge the Democrat-Republican monopoly. They know progressive taxation and fiat money inflation are dangerous threats to freedom. They understand the perils of open borders and the neocons’ egregious foreign policy that seeks militaristic hegemony throughout the world. They will readily support the Four Pillars of Reform.
Third, we gather such big league pundits into a group and invite several of the mega-billionaire conservatives in America who are politically active to join us. Of prime importance will be the “anti-amnesty billionaires” (men like Donald Trump and Peter Theil). And we commit them to putting up the necessary pac-advertising money to build a grassroots base of one million member-donors.
Fourth, with a base of one million member-donors, we recruit a prominent free-market conservative to run as an Independent candidate for President on the Four Pillars of Reform in 2016 and do what Ross Perot tried to do in 1992. One million supporters gives us the financial clout to put an Independent candidate on the ballot in five months in all 50 states. Only this time we stand clearly for “freedom” rather than a “vague reformism” as Perot did. This time we will get 45%-50% of the vote. This time we will win!
Launching the Revolution
Americans are ready for radical reform of our tax, monetary, immigration, and foreign policy systems. An Independent ticket, headed by a nationally prominent conservative, would sweep to victory in 2016. His “freedom campaign” would force Republicans to have to merge with the Democrats in order to remain politically viable in the future. We would then have two genuine parties: the National Independent Party representing “freedom” and the Democrat-Republican Party representing “statism.”
Can this revolution actually happen? Yes, history is now ready for this. It is an idea whose time has come. Once big league pundits like Pat Buchanan, Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, Michael Savage, Alex Jones, etc. begin to lend their support, and the necessary pac-advertising money is obtained from mega-billionaire “anti-amnesty” donors, a powerful coalition of mind and money will have been forged.
This will get a strong patriot candidate into the 2016 election race, not as a Republican, but as an Independent. Our National Independent Report below explains why he cannot run as a Republican. If he does so, he then is beholden to the “neocon intellectuals” who control the GOP, Washington, Wall Street, and the media. The neocons are just liberals in disguise. Thus our candidate must run as an independent and appeal directly to the American people. This frees him from control by the neocon intellectuals and their Wall Street cronies.
All it takes is one mega-billionaire to fund the advertising necessary to build a member-donor base to one million supporters. It is such supporters who will then contribute the money to get a conservative “freedom candidate” on the ballot in all 50 states. Such a candidate would easily get into the national TV presidential debates where he could vigorously challenge the Democrat-Republican monopoly in front of 70 million voters. This would electrify the nation and profoundly change the American political paradigm.